Author Topic: FJR1300 Sport Touring Bike  (Read 265 times)


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FJR1300 Sport Touring Bike
« on: November 20, 2022, 08:32:25 AM »
My son is 21 and in his last year of college. He's a great kid and has done really well, but we were worried he was getting pulled away from school by his job. Think "Why Should I Finish My Degree When I'm Already Making XXX$$$."

Last year he bought a Harley (did I mention the job pays well?) and has been bugging me about doing a long road trip. I'd gotten out of motorcycling when he was born but of course the idea of going on a long ride with my kid started to root.

Anyway, I told him 1) I'd do a road trip with him but that he HAD to graduate and 2) I loved my kidneys too much to do a long ride on a Harley. I'd be buying something else.

Ever since Yamaha redesigned the FJR I've always though "Hmmmmmmmm."

Yes, it's an old man bike but it's an inline 4 with antilock brakes and enough horsepower to make life interesting.

So I thought I'd start looking in Spring for a decent used one. You know...for my kid's sake...

Well, what do you FJR popped up on CL. Run through the usual back and forth. Check the VIN and red flags. Inspect the bike...a few minor it needs a new headlight bulb...nothing major. Ride the bike. Purrs and shifts just fine. And yes, enough power to scare the $%^$^ out of me.

End up getting it for $2k.

Kid freaks out. Pinky swears and spit shakes not only is he going to graduate, but he's going to do it early! And of course he starts giving me shit because it's not a Harley. :)


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Re: FJR1300 Sport Touring Bike
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2022, 11:38:44 AM »
FJR makes for a great long distance bike, but so do Harley touring bikes.

I rode from MD to FL and back, covering 1,500 miles, in just under 24 hours, on an Electra Glide, to earn the cert for Iron Butt Association Bunburner Gold.

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Re: FJR1300 Sport Touring Bike
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2022, 06:17:37 PM »
FJRs are NICE!!!
I know someone with 300,000 miles on his.  He does his own maintenance and repairs.


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Re: FJR1300 Sport Touring Bike
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2022, 06:24:44 PM »
I don't know anything about touring bikes in general and this model in particular, but for $2K, you can't go wrong and I'm happy if you're happy. I am currently looking for a bike myself for an upcoming trip to Panama and maybe further south from where we currently live in Mexico, but our roads are nothing like in the USA so I'm looking for a small adventure bike in the 200-400 cc. But if a bike like yours at that price came my way, I'd likely jump on it and stick to the paved highway, and still have a great road trip.

Stay safe and have a blast with your son.


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Re: FJR1300 Sport Touring Bike
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2022, 05:57:16 AM »
Congrats on scoring a good deal. More so though for investing in shared experiences with your son that have no price tag.


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Re: FJR1300 Sport Touring Bike
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2022, 06:48:45 AM »
Congrats!  FJRs are nice bikes!  Inline 4s are definitely the best for cruising.


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Re: FJR1300 Sport Touring Bike
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2022, 07:01:05 AM »
Congrats on the new ride & well bought.  I used to ride & my favorite bike owned was a 2001 FZ-1.  My dad and I used to ride together quite a bit.  Ironically, he's a Harley guy.  I'd MUCH rather be on the FJR.  Have fun on the road trip and keep the shiny side up.  :) 


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Re: FJR1300 Sport Touring Bike
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2022, 07:15:34 AM »
Hope you have a great time with your son! I still look at bikes occasionally and sort of dream of a big tour but I doubt I will ever ride again due to lower back issues and other interests taking precedence.
 I was a long time BMW rider (anyone remember the old BMW MOA?) and, yeah, I wouldn't buy a Harley either.


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Re: FJR1300 Sport Touring Bike
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2022, 08:34:24 AM »
Congrats on the moto! What a steal. I commuted on a small Yamaha 550 for years (also had a larger sports bike for fun) and then used it for long distance multi-month long touring/camping trips after I FIREd. Great fun but eventually got dogs I wanted to take with me so used a small truck with camper instead. I still miss it but too many crazy drivers now. You might check out forum member @EndlessJourney  blog as he's and his spouse Have been road touring around the world for years. Have fun!
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