Yamaha FJR1300

2001-2012 | 143.5bhp | 99ftlb | 264kg | 154mph

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Why you want one

Launched in 2001 as the all-new, shaft­drive re­place­ment for the leg­endary FJ1200, the FJR has now ma­tured to be­come the de­fin­i­tive, pur­pose-built, big, value Ja­panese tourer.

It may lack the sleek good looks, ul­tra-so­phis­ti­cated elec­tron­ics and gad­getry, not to men­tion the sheer class of some ri­vals, but in­stead it just gets on with it in a no-mess­ing, prac­ti­cal way.

The big, 1298cc, shaft-drive four is grunty, flex­i­ble and proven; for its weight and size the FJR (like the FJ be­fore it) han­dles im­pres­sively well and with ad­justable screen, bars and pegs, com­fort isn’t an is­sue. What’s more, used ex­am­ples can be bril­liant value and of­ten come fully laden with factory pan­niers, heated grips and more. On the down­side, al­though solid and re­li­able the fin­ish isn’t the best, so in­spect care­fully, it can’t match the classy, glam­orous ap­peal of some ri­vals and, though £4k will get you a de­cent early ex­am­ple, the im­proved, post-2007 ver­sion (in­clud­ing the au­to­boxed AS vari­ant) will al­most cer­tainly be out of reach.

What to look for

“These eas­ily cover huge mileage with ba­sic main­te­nance. Ser­vic­ing is straight­for­ward, too, and home main­te­nance is pos­si­ble. The chas­sis fares well if kept clean through win­ter. On ABS mod­els, get the brake fluid changed ev­ery year. Elec­tri­cally, FJRS are ro­bust with no charg­ing is­sues. The ma­jor­ity of prob­lems are from cor­ro­sion in the wiring har­ness.” Charles Marvell, Chief Tech­ni­cian at Fl­itwick Mo­tor­cy­cles, Bed­ford­shire

The big Yamaha is the epit­ome of no-frills fun

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