Used FJR1300S

Yamaha’s su­per-tourer could be a bar­gain buy

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Phil West MCN GUEST TESTER

What we said then

‘The launch of the FJR1300AS in 2006 brought crit­i­cisms of the clutch lev­er­less sys­tem… two years on and the sys­tem has been al­tered subtly, and for the bet­ter. Other no­table changes in­clude: a new ABS sys­tem, throt­tle pul­ley; scratch-re­sis­tant screen; re­shaped han­dle­bar grips and black dash sur­round. The stan­dard and semi­auto models get re­fine­ments that put them closer to BMW ter­ri­tory. It’s up to you which gearshift sys­tem you pre­fer; gim­mick or no gim­mick, the FJR is a like­able choice.’ MCN launch re­port | June 4, 2008

But what is it like now?

The FJR is one of those bikes that seems like it’s been around for­ever and in many ways, as I’m re­minded on leav­ing Wheels (01733 358555) aboard this 2009 AS model, that’s a good thing. It takes a few mo­ments to re-ac­quaint my­self the auto sys­tem (us­ing ei­ther pad­dle-style up and down but­tons on the left bar or, as I pre­fer, the foot­shift, but without a clutch lever), but once on the move the FJR is fa­mil­iar, grunty and ef­fec­tive.

Launched way back in 2001 as the suc­ces­sor to the much-loved FJ1200, the FJR13 had a tough act to fol­low. Ini­tial reser­va­tions about its looks aside, the bike has taken on the 1200's man­tle and evolved to ce­ment it­self as pretty much the bench­mark, large­ca­pac­ity, Ja­panese sports-tourer. There’s good rea­son for that: with 141bhp it’s brisk, pow­er­ful and torquey. Its low-slung han­dling is se­cure and sportier than most and with an elec­tric screen, shaft drive, ABS and, of­ten, fac­tory pan­nier kit, it ticks all the tour­ing boxes. If looked af­ter, it’s ro­bust and durable with no me­chan­i­cal grem­lins and it’s de­cent value, too.

This one's aged well…

This ex­am­ple is a 59-plate AS au­to­matic ver­sion show­ing 32,500 miles. As such it ben­e­fits from the 2008 im­prove­ments to the auto sys­tem plus ABS and up­rated screen and de­spite dat­ing back to 2009 could eas­ily pass for a bike half that age. It rides per­fectly, the en­gine is fresh, crisp and fault­less and the auto sys­tem is a dod­dle that takes lit­tle ac­cli­ma­ti­sa­tion. Age-re­lated wear, mean­while, is lim­ited to some ex­pected grot on the main­stand and a lit­tle peel­ing paint on the shaft drive housing and around the top yoke.

…and it wants for noth­ing

Big tour­ers are of­ten slathered in ac­ces­sories so this FJR, in be­ing vir­tu­ally stan­dard, is re­fresh­ing. That said it wants for noth­ing. It’s got the fac­tory-fit­ted, colour-matched, top­box and pan­niers, fac­tory heated grips and tank pad, stan­dard main­stand and un­marked stain­less ex­hausts, plus it has a sen­si­ble stain­less rad guard, slightly tacky stain­less mas­ter cylin­der cap (al­though the stock one is un­der­neath) and a use­ful sat nav mount.

No-mess­ing de­pend­abil­ity

Al­though not as glam­orous or gad­get­laden as some ri­vals, the FJR has al­ways im­pressed for its ef­fec­tive, no mess­ing, durable and de­pend­able ap­proach. In short: it just does it. No won­der it’s lived so long and is so pop­u­lar with or­gan­i­sa­tions like limo­taxis, the po­lice, res­cue ser­vices and more. As a used buy they can be even bet­ter yet. With just 32k miles un­der its Con­ti­nen­tal tyres this ex­am­ple is barely run-in, fully-loaded and not much over £5000. Per­son­ally, I’m not that fussed about the auto box and would be happy with the stan­dard ver­sion. But which­ever way you look at it that’s a hel­luva lot of bike for the money.

32,000 miles on the clock and it's barely run in Auto gear­box This auto ver­sion of the FJR won’t be to ev­ery­one’s taste but the good news is there is a geared ver­sion. There's no real price dif­fer­ence in the used mar­ket.

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