2016 marks the 5th generation of the famous FJR1300. With over 100.000 units sold world-wide, the bike has been a remarkable success and Yamaha has once more meticulously developed it, keeping true to its original concept.
The FJR’s DNA has always been sporty and fun to ride, with its 1300cc, 146 PS engine and full aluminium Deltabox chassis. In true sports essence, Yamaha always avoided making it heavy or bulky or overloaded with features. What’s new for this generation?
New gearbox with 6th (overdrive) gear
“We had this request for some time already” mentions product planning manager Oliver Grill. “The FJR engine is so torquey, that it could easily manage lower rpms at high cruising speeds. With the latest technology, we could fit a new 6-speed gearbox in the same space as the previous one that had 5 gears. So we kept the engine compact, while the new gearbox is 400 grams lighter than before.”
Assist- and Slipper clutch
“We first introduced the slipper clutch technology on our R1” he explains. “It allows a smoother behaviour of the bike when you’re downshifting for corners in a sporty way. It also has lighter springs, so it’s easier to operate.”
The A&S clutch is adapted to the FJR1300 ”A” and “AE” variations. Obviously not on the “AS” version, which uses a semi-automatic gearshift system.
What are the key differences between the three versions?
FJR1300A: Standard version, now with 6-speed gearbox, A&S clutch, and full LED lighting. Sidecases are optional.
FJR1300AE: Same as A version, plus: electronically adjustable suspensions, upside-down front fork, adaptive cornering lights and sidecases always included.
FJR1300AS: same as AE version, plus: semi-automatic gearbox with Yamaha chip-controlled shifting, YCC-S. This model has an automatic clutch and also allows shifting by your fingertips! The YCC-S system controls the clutch and gearshift operations by quick-acting electric motors.
Full LED headlights and adaptive cornering lights
In terms of lighting technology the FJR is advanced as well. Low beam uses 2 LED units; High beam adds 2 LED units more. Then for the versions that have the adaptive cornering lights, these lights aim into the corner and switch on progressively, depending on banking angle. This starts at around 5 degrees banking angle, which is detected by a gyro-sensing “Inertial Measurement Unit”.
Other items, already equipped on the previous FJR’s, are:
· D-mode: to set the engine response, with 3 possibilities Standard / Touring / Sports.
· Traction Control.
· Cruise control.
· Adjustable windscreen.
· Grip heaters with 3 base settings (and further finetuning possible).
· A convenient 12V socket, located in the glovebox in the left fairing.
· Seat, handlebar, and fairing panels that can be put in different positions to allow a personalized fit.
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