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