Author Topic: My new ride (FJR-1300)  (Read 1620 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Jim Snyder

  • Crotch Rocket
  • ****
  • Posts: 1182
  • The Connie Rocks !!!
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 7055
  • Membership Level: Asst. Area Director
My new ride (FJR-1300)
« on: October 14, 2017, 02:39:25 am »
Well she's not new (2008) but new to me since I sold my C-10 two weeks ago. Took her for her maiden voyage today. Big difference between this and my old C-10. Love the extra horsepower, but hate the seat and handlebar position. But those are fixable.
After a few dozen Arkansas twisties today I think me likes it.   
"Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug" Get used to it cause thats life !!!

Offline seagiant1

  • Sport Tourer
  • *****
  • Posts: 2847
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 11323
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2017, 02:47:54 am »
Hi,
       Congrats on the new bike....BUT

With all the great deals on C14's...

I don't really "get it"! ;D
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” -Samuel Adams

"The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it"
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." George Orwell

Offline RodWpg

  • Crotch Rocket
  • ****
  • Posts: 1280
  • AREA: North Central Area
  • COG#: Forum
  • Membership Level: Forum Subscriber
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2017, 02:48:46 am »
i went from 03 connie to 08 fjr ae, heli risers and a laam seat and your gonna be very happy  ;).................
« Last Edit: October 14, 2017, 02:58:53 am by RodWpg »
2003 concours winnipeg manitoba canada

Offline Sparkie

  • Road Bike
  • ***
  • Posts: 488
  • AREA: Southwest Area
  • COG#: Forum
  • Membership Level: Forum Subscriber
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2017, 02:58:48 am »
Congratulations on the new bike. I did the same thing earlier this year, selling my 2006 C10 and buying  a 2016 1300A model. I'm enjoying the big upgrade into the modern era. More hp, less vibes, and a real cruise control. I have to change the seat too, the stock saddle is terrible. Enjoy the ride. Mark
2006 Kawasaki Concours (Sold)
2006 Ducati 620 Multistrada
2016 Yamaha FJR 1300A

Offline Jim Snyder

  • Crotch Rocket
  • ****
  • Posts: 1182
  • The Connie Rocks !!!
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 7055
  • Membership Level: Asst. Area Director
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2017, 03:26:49 am »
Hi,
       Congrats on the new bike....BUT

With all the great deals on C14's...

I don't really "get it"! ;D

I tried the C-14 several times and it just didn't trip my trigger. The bike is just too big and top heavy for me. I have been eyeing the FJR's for a year or two and just happened to catch a deal on this one. But hey I saved my engraved COG clutch reservoir cover from my C-10 and it fit right on the FJR clutch reservoir.
"Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug" Get used to it cause thats life !!!

Offline Jim Snyder

  • Crotch Rocket
  • ****
  • Posts: 1182
  • The Connie Rocks !!!
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 7055
  • Membership Level: Asst. Area Director
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2017, 03:34:06 am »
Congratulations on the new bike. I did the same thing earlier this year, selling my 2006 C10 and buying  a 2016 1300A model. I'm enjoying the big upgrade into the modern era. More hp, less vibes, and a real cruise control. I have to change the seat too, the stock saddle is terrible. Enjoy the ride. Mark


Here is the seat I am looking at. I like the look of this one better than the others.

 http://www.sargentcycle.com/Seats-Accessories/World-Sport-Performance-Plus-Seat-Yamaha-FJR1300-06/
"Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug" Get used to it cause thats life !!!

Offline PeteTN_zgtr

  • Moped
  • **
  • Posts: 217
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: Forum
  • Membership Level: Forum Subscriber
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2017, 09:40:02 am »
I wonder if I'd like an FJR (used - about 08 vintage) over my gen 1 C14.  I'm struggling with the heat, which I'm trying to fix to my satisfaction, but I don't know if it's the weight or tallness of the C14 (and maybe sitting more upright than my previous bike)  but I haven't gotten totally comfortable with it. Mag reviews always mentioned the FJR being more nimble but I didn't ride one. Rode an ST1300 back to back with the C14 and preferred the C14 over that.

C14 suspension is stiff and way overdamped which is $2k to really fix well. Throttle response has issues too but that's fixable with Steve's flash. How is the throttle response on the 08 FJR?  I read they had throttle issues also and not aware of a fix.  Anyway, I'm wondering how much time and $$'s  I spend re-engineering my C14 vs looking at something else. I guess I should keep my eye out for a local FJR I can test ride.

Congrats on you new rides!  Enjoy!  That red and black is kind of cool.


Offline Akumu

  • Training Wheels
  • *
  • Posts: 52
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: Forum
  • Membership Level: Forum Subscriber
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2017, 12:30:49 pm »
My father has a '14 FJR 1300 ES. I've ridden it many times, it's a great bike and from 2013 on, in most ways, better bikes than the C14. Only pro's of the C14 I can think is that it's slightly cheaper (year to year), we have an LED brake light (brighter) they don't get that until 16+ (where their LED lighting system blows ours away from 16 on), even the 08+ C14's have a slipper clutch (16+ for FJR), 5 speeds plus OD on C14 (Just 5 speed on FJR, 16+ gets 6th gear, 5+OD, though the 5 speed is spaced beautifully on earlier models) and C14 has more power stock (and MUCH more with a flash and full exhaust)

I like the 13+ FJR's electronics better, minus the TPMS that they don't have. It has cruise (13+) compared to our sucker asses  :D A bit less weight makes it a bit more flickable. Feels a bit less top heavy despite the larger 6.6 gallon gas tank. Yamaha obviously cares more about the FJR than Kawi does about the C14 (given the piddly '15 updates to our bike.)

That said, I'll put this file here. Very comprehensive. I wish the C14 had a file like this...

http://www.fjrforum.com/files/fjrcomparo.pdf

One thing about FJR riders, at least they 'get it.' Big(ish) adjustable windscreen, Japanese sport touring. No electronics to the gills like a BMW K1600 (a good bike it's own right), just 'budget' 'unpopular' 'slow selling' sport touring goodness.

Offline Swampcat

  • Officer
  • Road Bike
  • ****
  • Posts: 355
  • Editor of The Concourier
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 12154
  • Membership Level: Concourier Managing Editor
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2017, 01:10:21 pm »
The Yamaha factory test ride truck was near me yesterday. I dropped in and took a ride on the FJR. Gotta say I was quite impressed. If I were in the market (and I'm not) it would be on the short list.
--Ed
2004 C10 ("Shoodaben")
1991 Vulcan 500 ("Lorath")

Send articles/pictures for The Concourier to editor@cog-online.org

Offline Sport Rider

  • Two wheel addict!
  • I Need a Life
  • ******
  • Posts: 6639
  • 100,000 or Bust!
    • BikePics Site
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 8603
  • Membership Level: Asst. Area Director
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2017, 02:02:07 pm »
Nice Jim!  right now FJR is at the top of my list if/when the C10 goes.  mostly because of passenger comfort.  Tell me more about your seat issue.  I did some test rides and both of us found the seating position nice.  we didn't ride it long enough to test the seat over several hours though.
North Carolina AAD
COG, VROC, VBA, IBA, USCA and other TLAs
05 C10, 94 C10, 06 Nomad, 15 CB
https://www.bikepics.com/members/ncdave/

Offline Jim Snyder

  • Crotch Rocket
  • ****
  • Posts: 1182
  • The Connie Rocks !!!
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 7055
  • Membership Level: Asst. Area Director
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2017, 02:40:34 pm »
Nice Jim!  right now FJR is at the top of my list if/when the C10 goes.  mostly because of passenger comfort.  Tell me more about your seat issue.  I did some test rides and both of us found the seating position nice.  we didn't ride it long enough to test the seat over several hours though.
Well my issue with the seat has more to do with my 65 year old boney butt. It may be fine for younger butts but I need softer padding.
"Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug" Get used to it cause thats life !!!

Offline Sport Rider

  • Two wheel addict!
  • I Need a Life
  • ******
  • Posts: 6639
  • 100,000 or Bust!
    • BikePics Site
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 8603
  • Membership Level: Asst. Area Director
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2017, 02:48:31 pm »
Nice Jim!  right now FJR is at the top of my list if/when the C10 goes.  mostly because of passenger comfort.  Tell me more about your seat issue.  I did some test rides and both of us found the seating position nice.  we didn't ride it long enough to test the seat over several hours though.
Well my issue with the seat has more to do with my 65 year old boney butt. It may be fine for younger butts but I need softer padding.

LOL....first thing that that comes to mind is "I like big butts and I can not lie..."!!!  :D
North Carolina AAD
COG, VROC, VBA, IBA, USCA and other TLAs
05 C10, 94 C10, 06 Nomad, 15 CB
https://www.bikepics.com/members/ncdave/

Offline Terrynyc

  • Street Cruiser
  • ****
  • Posts: 703
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 792
  • Membership Level: Asst. Area Director
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2017, 03:26:46 pm »
The FJR is an awesome bike.  Rode my buddy's back when I still had my '01 C10 and was very impressed.  Only thing that kept me off of one was my wanting something more sporty, hence my present ride.  Great choice enjoy the ride! :motonoises: :great:
Terry Faherty, COG #792, AMA #526406, CDA #123, '05 Yamaha FZ-1, NYC Metro AAD and chief bottle washer.    Bikes may change but a COGer forever!

Offline Rain Dancer

  • Street Cruiser
  • ****
  • Posts: 689
  • Just Ridin' in the rain......
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 10523
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2017, 08:24:57 pm »
FJR is a great bike. I have both an FJR and a c10. Wife likes the c10 better as far as comfort goes. Have the sargent seat on my FJR also. HP isn't as big deal to me, both can get me in trouble. Still have the stock bars on the FJR and the Connie. Put a Rifler screen on the FJR for longer trips. We have done 2 weeks on her with no trunk, and she is a blast. Hope you enjoy her!
"Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong."  Dennis Miller

1997Connie (rip?), 2004 FJR, 1983 xs650, 1980 xs11

Offline Just Cliff

  • Crotch Rocket
  • ****
  • Posts: 1134
  • 200,000 or Bust!
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 9547
  • Membership Level: Event Host
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2017, 11:41:07 am »
Congratulations on the new bike Jim! What are you doing coming to Arkansas & not looking me up  :??:?

Cliff   :beerchug:

Offline Gitbox

  • Scooter
  • ***
  • Posts: 251
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: Forum
  • Membership Level: Forum Subscriber
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2017, 12:52:09 pm »
Quote
Big difference between this and my old C-10

Totally agree!

I also went from a C10 to an FJR. Definitely better in every way in my opinion.

I also tried to like the C14, but once I test rode the FJR, I was sold. The mileage on it was just about where the valves should be checked but I did not get around to it until about 10K later. They were dead on spec and it really wasn't that big of a job.

I have a 2008 also.  :great:
2008 Yamaha FJR1300A
2004 Yamaha FJR1300 (sold)
2000 Concours ZG-1000 (sold)

Offline SteveJ.

  • I Need a Life
  • ******
  • Posts: 5222
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 5603
  • Membership Level: Asst. Area Director
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2017, 02:08:22 pm »
Jim, I picked up a Seat Concepts for my itty biddy six fiddy Versys and like it. Not a Day Long but not $900 either. About $200 shipped for just the front re-do or about $325 for front and rear. . Just road two 500+ mile days this past weekend to the RTB up in Rome, GA.

They send the foam and a cover, it's D-I-Y or you can send your seat in and they will mount the new one for an extra $25.

Obviously with seats, YMMV but it does work for me.

https://seat-concepts.myshopify.com/collections/yamaha-fz-fj-fjr/products/yamaha-2006-16-fjr-1300-gen-2-3?variant=29262669510
Yeah, if you want true ram air tuning, you better be willing to ram some air! (SiSF)
Steve J  Tavares, FL, one of the Floriduh Steves
'15 Versys650LT, '98 KLR650, (back home), '99 C-10, 234k miles sold
IBA 19221

Offline kv5e

  • Roll miles, Keep smiles
  • Officer
  • Crotch Rocket
  • ****
  • Posts: 1072
  • Push Mountain Road
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 5063
  • Membership Level: Area Director
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2017, 02:21:09 pm »
Congrats GEORGE......I mean JIM!!!!!!!!!! :)) :great: :motonoises:
South Central Area Director

Offline connie_rider

  • OtP {assistant} Slave Labor
  • I Need a Life
  • ******
  • Posts: 7101
  • Help us make "OtP" possible! "AGAIN"
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 4154
  • Membership Level: Asst. Area Director
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2017, 02:29:25 pm »
Congrats on the new bike Jim...
Don't you dare drop out of COG!!!

While ya'll are talking FJR Seats.
My son has a Corbin for a 2005 FJR. (Gen 1)
Silver striping / excellent condition. $250.

If interested, send me a PM with your cell # and I can send pic's..

Ride safe, Ted


« Last Edit: October 16, 2017, 06:39:40 pm by connie_rider »
14 Connie (Traveler II)
03 Connie (Buddy)

To contribute to "OtP", (Chg. Card or paypal)  Click Here
(For Paypal) send to treasurer@cog-online.org

Offline Brian

  • Mini Bike
  • **
  • Posts: 172
  • AREA: North Central Area
  • COG#: 6374
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2017, 03:58:34 pm »
Congrats on the new bike Jim...
Don't you dare drop out of COG!!!

While ya'll are talking FJR Seats.
My son has a Corbin for a 2005 FJR. (Gen 1)
Silver striping / excellent condition. $250.

If interested, send me a PM with your cell # and I can send pic's..

Ride safe, Ted

Seat from 2005 (Gen 1) won't fit on a 2008 (Gen 2)
The Other Brian in Minnesota
2010 Yamaha FJR

Offline connie_rider

  • OtP {assistant} Slave Labor
  • I Need a Life
  • ******
  • Posts: 7101
  • Help us make "OtP" possible! "AGAIN"
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 4154
  • Membership Level: Asst. Area Director
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #20 on: October 16, 2017, 06:31:33 pm »
I agree.
My son's Corbin will not fit Gen 2 FJR's...
   That's why I specified Gen 1...

Ride safe, Ted
14 Connie (Traveler II)
03 Connie (Buddy)

To contribute to "OtP", (Chg. Card or paypal)  Click Here
(For Paypal) send to treasurer@cog-online.org

Offline Mcfly

  • --2006 Concours--
  • Iron Butt
  • *****
  • Posts: 3522
  • Cruise Control
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 9921
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #21 on: October 16, 2017, 06:37:10 pm »
Beautiful ride Jim!  Safe and happy riding to ya!!!
Performance -- Rear: C14 Shock - Front: Sonic 1.1 w/emulators - SISF Jet Mod & Ex Cam Sprocket - Tokico front brakes
Comfort -- Russell Day Long - Madstad - Cruise Control

Offline Roger Dodger

  • Mini Bike
  • **
  • Posts: 180
  • AREA: North Central Area
  • COG#: 6017
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #22 on: October 16, 2017, 07:33:31 pm »
Jim, Congrats on the new FJR! I made the switch to a 2003 FJR and now to a 2013 FJR w/ more bells and whistles.

No foul to COG, as we come for the bike and stay for the people...  ;)  just keep riding with all of us and we love ya!

Offline Jim Snyder

  • Crotch Rocket
  • ****
  • Posts: 1182
  • The Connie Rocks !!!
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 7055
  • Membership Level: Asst. Area Director
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2017, 08:28:55 pm »
Congratulations on the new bike Jim! What are you doing coming to Arkansas & not looking me up  :??:?

Cliff   :beerchug:

I was only there for Friday and had to return home and could not get to your neighborhood. Next trip I promise to stay in Greenbrier
"Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug" Get used to it cause thats life !!!

Offline Jim Snyder

  • Crotch Rocket
  • ****
  • Posts: 1182
  • The Connie Rocks !!!
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 7055
  • Membership Level: Asst. Area Director
Re: My new ride (FJR-1300)
« Reply #24 on: October 16, 2017, 08:32:25 pm »
Congrats on the new bike Jim...
Don't you dare drop out of COG!!!
 
Ride safe, Ted

Don't worry Ted I just renewed my membership two weeks before I got the new bike. So you will have to put up with me for
at least another year.
"Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug" Get used to it cause thats life !!!