2016-03-22

2016 Yamaha FJR1300A/FJR1300ES – First Ride Review

Via Rider Magazine: 2016 Yamaha FJR1300A/FJR1300ES – First Ride Review

A host of smaller upgrades add up to a substantially improved FJR1300 for 2016. (Photography by Brian J Nelson)

A host of smaller upgrades add up to a substantially improved FJR1300 for 2016. (Photography by Brian J Nelson)

“14 years of refinement” doesn’t exactly sound like an earth-shattering tagline, but that’s what Yamaha led with at its press briefing for the new 2016 FJR1300A and ES models in Phoenix, Arizona. To be fair, that’s a fitting description: the FJR1300A (read about the ES in the accompanying sidebar below) doesn’t boast any major redesigns, but instead receives a barrage of smaller upgrades and refinements, the sum of which adds up to a substantially improved motorcycle.

And they’re on the right track. Especially notable for 2016 is a new sixth speed to help smooth out top gear cruising, while a new assist-and-slipper clutch uses engine torque to reduce clutch engagement force, making for easier cog swaps.

While the conventional 48mm fork remains on the FJR1300A, the fork and shock manufacturer is now KYB, and the fork itself is fully adjustable (manually), with revised settings for more damping character and feel, says Yamaha. The rear monoshock also receives revised settings, with rebound and preload adjustability. Read more...

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