The Yamaha FJR1300
is the Yamaha Motor Company
, is a Japanese motorized vehicle-producing company. Yamaha Motor is part of Yamaha Corporation and its headquarter is located in Iwata, Shizuoka. Along with expanding Yamaha Corporation into the world's biggest piano maker, then Yamaha CEO Genichi Kawakami took Yamaha into the field of motorized...
's largest sport touring motorcycle, currently in production as the FJR1300A
in the United States) .
The FJR1300 was introduced to Europe in 2001, before arriving in North America in 2002, with the 2003 model year
The model year of a product is a number used worldwide, but with a high level of prominence in North America, to describe approximately when a product was produced, and indicates the coinciding base specification of that product....
designation, and offered in a non-ABS version only. Motorcyclist magazine named the 2003 model Motorcycle of the Year. It had 298 mm front brake discs.
The 2004 North American models included both a non-ABS version with traditional blue anodized brake calipers and a new ABS version. Other refinements included an upgrade to the suspension rates, 320 mm front brake discs, and a fairing pocket for small items.
The 2005, North American model year remained structurally unchanged with a non-ABS and ABS model.
In 2006, the U.S. and rest of the world model years synchronized with the introduction of what has become known as the 'Gen-II' version of the machine. The design changes included significant trailing arm changes, a curved radiator exhibiting a larger surface area, instrumentation changes, an upgraded alternator and significant attention to airflow changes to deal with reported heat issues in previous years. Yamaha added adjustable vents to the FJR1300, allowing the rider to direct air closer to or away from the body. Starting with the 2006 models ABS and linked brakes became standard.
FJR1300 AE and AS models were introduced which featured a semi-automatic transmission
A semi-automatic transmission is an automobile transmission that does not change gears automatically, but rather facilitates manual gear changes by dispensing with the need to press...
; a switch operated, solenoid actuated manual transmission with a computer controlled clutch that Yamaha termed YCCS (Yamaha Computer Controlled Shifting). There is no clutch lever on this model. Under the YCCS program the rider can utilize the standard foot shifter, or he can shift via a set of manually operated push buttons on the left handlebar. In the USA and Canada the AE variant was discontinued for 2010, although AS models continued to be sold in some other markets.
For 2007, some very minor changes were made to the ECU to deal with potential issues related to altitude changes under certain circumstances. In 2008 changes were made to throttle 'feel', to improve low speed on/off throttle transitions. As well Yamaha changed suppliers for the ABS system. Further refinements in the throttle control were introduced with the 2009 model.
The FJR1300 has a 1298 cc transverse
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-mounted inline-four engine with four valves per cylinder.
The FJR1300 uses a five-speed manual gearbox
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with close ratio
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gears. Final drive is via shaft, encased within the swingarm
A swingarm, or "swinging arm" is the main component of the rear suspension of most modern motorcycles and ATVs...
, which has monoshock suspension with remote quick-set two position adjustable pre-load.
The FJR1300AE/AS model features an electronic clutch, which Yamaha calls YCCS (Yamaha Chip Controlled Shift). This system is a solenoid-operated five-speed sequential manual gearbox with a computer controlled clutch that dispenses with the conventional clutch lever. These models have no lever on the left bar and instead have a push-button shifter operated with thumb and index finger. Gear shifts are completed in around 0.2 seconds. The conventional foot shifter may be used simultaneously. The gearbox pattern is also unconventional in that neutral is at the bottom end of the range, otherwise the gearbox is identical to the A model. The ECU automatically controls the robotic clutch and ignition timing to ensure smooth gear shifting and will actuate the clutch at standstill. Stalling the engine is not normally possible.
The AE model has been discontinued in the US and Canada with the 2010 model year.
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of the FJR1300 is a twin spar design manufactured from aluminum alloy; the engine is a fully stressed member.
The FJR1300 features a standard 12 volt, negative ground electrical system. The 2006 and later models feature a fused, switched cigarette-lighter style accessory jack in the left central locking glovebox. The 2003 U.S. model does not have a glovebox or electrical outlet; while model years 2004 and 2005 have glove boxes, they do not include the electrical outlet. As well, 2006 and later models have larger alternators and so can support more electrical accessories than their predecessors.
The FJR1300 features an electrically-adjusted screen controlled by a rocker switch on the handlebars. By default the shield returns to its lowest position when the key is off, however some riders choose to disable the 'return' feature.
A number of new features were added beginning with the 2006 model year, including a rider-adjustable airflow system.
All Gen-II AE/AS models (and some A models, depending on year and market) feature standard integrated heated handlebar grips with speed sensitive adjustment (available as an aftermarket OEM kit for models not so equipped by the factory). The handlebars are position adjustable, with 3 settings, and the seat is adjustable to high or low, with about an inch between the two.
Locking side panniers are supplied as standard in most markets and some markets include cloth 'liners' which can be used a a carry-all for the contents of the cases. Each case will take a full face helmet. Factory options include foot protectors, hand guards, fairing protectors, larger wind screen, and a color-coordinated top box to name but a few.
Many riders equip their bikes with a servo-operated cruise control system. There are several providers supplying the market.
There is a large community of dedicated FJR1300 owners on the Internet both on web sites and mailing lists, as well as groups dedicated to the model on social networking sites.
In the Republic of Ireland and the UK, the FJR1300 has replaced the Honda ST1300 Pan-European
The Honda ST1300, also known as the Pan-European, is a sport touring motorcycle manufactured by Honda and introduced to Europe in 2002. The following year, it was released in North America as the ST1300....
as the patrol motorcycle with several police forces, following its withdrawal due to concerns over high speed handling. The FJR is the patrol vehicle used by the police force of Trinidad and Tobago including the units in the convoy of the President and the Prime Minister. It is also used as the standard patrol motorcycle of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.
Data from: Yamaha UK
|| 1298 cc, four-stroke, inline four-cylinder, liquid-cooled
| Bore Stroke
|| 79 by 66.2 mm (3.1 by 2.6 )
|| 105.5 kW @ 8,000 rpm
|| 134.4 N·m (99.1 ft·lbf) @ 7,000 rpm
| Compression Ratio
| Fuel System
|| Electronic Fuel Injection
|| Wet sump, capacity 4.9 litres (5.2 US qt)
|| TCI (Digital)
|| 5-speed, constant mesh
|| 5-speed semi-automatic
| Final Drive
| Overall Length
|| 2230 mm (87.8 in)
| Overall Width
|| 770 mm (30.3 in)
| Overall Height
|| 1245 mm (49 in)
| Seat Height
|| 818 mm (32.2 in)
| Ground Clearance
|| 140 mm (5.5 in)
|| 1539 mm (60.6 in)
| Wet Weight
|| 291 kilograms (641.5 lb)
|| 295 kilograms (650.4 lb)
| Suspension Front
||Telescopic, coil spring, adjustable spring preload, adjustable rebound damping
| Suspension Rear
|| Link-type, gas/oil damped
| Brakes Front
|| Dual hydraulic disc
| Brakes Rear
|| Single hydraulic disc
| Tyres Front
| Tyres Rear
| Fuel Tank Capacity
|| 25 l (52.8 US pt)