ENGINE Type air-cooled, dohc, 16v, inline-four Capacity 1097cc Compression ratio 9.5:1 Carburation 4 x 36mm Mikuni TRANSMISSION Clutch/gearbox wet, multiplate/5-speed CHASSIS Frame steel box tube perimeter Front suspension 41mm teles, adjustable preload, rebound and antidive Rear suspension monoshock, adjustable preload and rebound Front brake 2 x 280mm discs, 2-piston calipers Rear brake 1 x 180mm disc, 2-piston caliper Wheels cast aluminium Tyres 120/80 16, 150/80 16 DIMENSIONS Dry weight 245kg Wheelbase 1490mm Fuel capacity 24.5 litres PERFORMANCE Top speed 150mph Power 123bhp@9300rpm (claimed) Torque 75lb.ft@ 8000rpm (claimed) with two-pot calipers, and the whole plot was wrapped in a slippery, frame-mounted half-fairing and bellypan. It looked radically sporty back then – slim profile, engine set low in the frame for a low centre of gravity, alloy clip-ons and a semi-racing crouch.
And it still looks stunning today. Jimmy, on the GSX, and I stop for fuel on the M6 and, while he wrestles with the Suzuki’s recalcitrant filler cap (it takes a good tug to get it off, said the actress), a bloke saunters across from filling his Beemer: “What year is it, mate?” he asks, pointing at theyamaha. “Eighty-four,” I reply. “Thought so,” he says. “Still looks just as good now.” He’s right.the FJ11 belongs to Practical
Sportsbikes readerandyames, and is very much a workhorse. It has over 41,500 miles
Stoppers show their age a little
When clocks were clocks
Good, but not as punchy as the GSX