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    FJR

    Anybody ride an FJR on here now.... Just sold the 1150GSA (wanted a change).....got a '53 fjr in silver with a few bits and it's lovely , does what it's supposed to , VERY quick and yes it's a complete change ... enjoying !

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    I rode a bit on one about the same years as yours, great bike I really liked it. Maybe a need for 6 gear but not really an issue. Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by richie View Post
    I rode a bit on one about the same years as yours, great bike I really liked it. Maybe a need for 6 gear but not really an issue. Enjoy
    I had one only issue was mpg about 45 getting 54 from my 12rt much better finish than BMW JJH

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrumager View Post
    Anybody ride an FJR on here now.... Just sold the 1150GSA (wanted a change).....got a '53 fjr in silver with a few bits and it's lovely , does what it's supposed to , VERY quick and yes it's a complete change ... enjoying !
    http://www.fjfjrbiker.co.uk/index.php?action=unread

    not a patch on ukgsers for number of members and depth of info, but still worth a look if you havent found it yourself by now!

    fjr owner myself, very happy...its a rocket ship actually
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    battlestar galactica!!!

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    I got one too and really like it

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    check your back brake lever for it sticking slightly on and all the callipers are a bit renowned for needing care if riding in winter (not much change to the GS then )

    Also Factory alarms can immobilise at inconvenient times,. There is a workaround for it though!
    Oh Great and Wise Deity, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

    Courage to change the things I can! And the wisdom to know the difference!

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    THIS IS IMPORTANT

    Don't believe the service history. FJR rear suspension linkages are built up dry (no grease) at the factory. Unbelievably Yamaha don't schedule greasing them till 12,000 miles. Dealers then often miss this out as it is a big job involving supporting the bike and removal of the centre stand.

    Lots of bikes (including some police serviced bikes) have had rear suspension collapse locking the rear wheel because of this lack of servicing.

    One indicator is the position of the centre stand bolts. Factory assembly has the nuts on the inside and the bolts inserted from the outside. To remove them you have to "spring" the silencer out of the way. Any decent mechanic then puts them back with the bolt on the inside and the nut on the outside to make it easier the next time.

    Lastly the experts are the The FJ Owners Club. http://fjclub.co.uk There is an old article on the linkage here: http://fjclub.co.uk/#/lastest-news/4546944309

    I see you are based in Swansea, their workshop is just over the Severn Bridge. If you intend keeping the bike I would join the club and get them to do a service checking the linkages. For my last service at 24,000 miles I did a day trip from the other side of the country (Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk), why, because they are the experts.

    The FJR 1300 is a fabulous bike. I have owned mine since new in 2004. It is a torque monster. I camp with my wife and we tow a fully laden trailer. The bike doesn't know it's there, which can be a problem e.g. staying out of the 3rd lane on motorways. The national limit for towing is 60mph but keeping up with the traffic above this has never been an issue.

    I commuted 60 miles a day summer and winter for a few years and it shrugged off the couple of winters I did on it before retiring, I am not an avid bike washer!

    My only problem is that I am nearer 70 than 60 and short in the leg. It is getting a bit big for me.

    tom

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    Didnt the FJR win out in the super tourer road tests? and that included the BMW 6
    I never owned one but did have the FJ1200 with no issues whatsoever and i never touched the rear suspension linkages.

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    still liking mine, FJR owners club serviced end of last year and treated it to a few farkles over winter, trip to Cornwall planned for end of March cant wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patzx12 View Post
    I never owned one but did have the FJ1200 with no issues whatsoever and i never touched the rear suspension linkages.
    Didn't/doesn't apply to the FJ.

    When my linkages were first taken apart (I knew the problem and had them greased early at the 6,000 mile service) one of the bearings was handed to me to look at. I had clean hands when it was given to me and, still had clean hands when I handed it back. It was totally dry, no grease anywhere.

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    Rear suspension linkage needs to be greased as above, FJR Owners Club is excellent. Great bike, enjoy!

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    In this moths bike magazine there is the long term test report on the new FJR.

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    Just picked up one of these. Didn't have to go far. Next door Infact.
    It's a 2002 model with just 5800 miles. Chap has owned it from new. But only done about 20 miles in the last 10 years. To the MOT station and back. 10 times.
    Got a few small jobs planned. New front tyre going on later in the week. FZ1 mirrors ordered. Will get the suspension greased within the next few weeks. Having seen the post above and checking the forums.
    Went for a spin yesterday. Never rode one before.
    What have I been missing. Like an fj1200 but better.
    Having owned a K1600 and a 1400GTR I was not dissapointed.

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    That's nice Nick

    My 'Job bike' was a 58 plate FJR... it got abused as all the police bikes do.... left for an hour at a time ticking over on the side stand , never an issue. One day I see myself getting one of my own. It was a toss up between an FJR and the Super Tenere last year, SWMBO reckoned there was more room on the back of the S10 than the FJR, so that swayed it.

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    Had a 06 plate Gen 3. Reliable, comfortable missile, but lacking in the handling dept.
    Took mine around the pyrenee's, and the rear suspension could definitely do with stiffening up.

    Apparently the Gen 4 bikes are much better.................... I'd have another, but with suspension upgrades or a Gen 4.

    Club workshop in the Thornbury area are the masters of the FJ/FJR.

    Good luck.

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    Out again on it today!
    So nice to ride a bike without a slipper clutch. Just hate the feeling in the lever on the new bikes.
    Decent rear shock will be fitted if I find the suspension too soft. However, no real complaint with the standard setup.
    Will see what it's like with the wife on the back. Probably be OK as she is only 9 stone. Plus, not allowed to go too fast with a passenger.

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