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I want one!

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/products/modelvideo/180/142/0/video.aspx

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/products/modelfeatures/180/0/features.aspx

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/products/modelspecs/180/0/specs.aspx

Many dealers will sell them in the $12,500 range. Seems like a pretty darn good deal and awesome bang for the bucks!



By the way, if you have not already seen these, they are pretty interesting:

http://www.mcnews.com/mcn/technical/perf_index_0105_p1.pdf

http://www.mcnews.com/mcn/technical/perf_index_0105_p2.pdf

http://www.mcnews.com/mcn/technical/perf_index_0105_p3.pdf

I do think the FJR's 0-60 time of 2.97 seconds and 1/4 mile time of 10.68 seconds is a "bit" optimistic. I'm thinking it was without saddlebags and with a professional midget driver on board with an almost-empty tank with a 40 knot tailwind. Still ... not bad! :xhere:

P.S. Here is an excellent review on a 2003 FJR1300 by a guy on the BMW forum:
http://bmwsporttouring.com/ubbthrea...248384&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=7&fpart=1
 

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Wow. Thanks for posting that. I've been looking hard at the 2007 BMW K1200GT or K1200RS. It looks like the FJR1300A, at least in the pdfs you posted out scored the Beemer. Hmmm. This may be worth looking at.
 

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Wow. Thanks for posting that. I've been looking hard at the 2007 BMW K1200GT or K1200RS. It looks like the FJR1300A, at least in the pdfs you posted out scored the Beemer. Hmmm. This may be worth looking at.
BMW makes some great bikes, but so does Yamaha. Horsepower-wise, you would think the BMW would dog the FJR, but that is not the case. In fact, if you read the PDF files, there are only about ten bikes that are as quick as the FJR from 0-60 and they are almost all liter crotch rockets. Bottoms line ... it is one BAD-ASS BAGGER, especially for the price!

What is surprising is how few after-market performance modifications are available for the bike. I guess the market sector that buys these bikes are pretty happy with the stock performance. After all, do you really need an extra 25 hp or so if you already have 145? :huh: If you do, Yamaha has a YZF-R1 available with your name on it.
 

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I'm pretty sure this is going to be my next bike. So much so that I have been really tempted to list my '03 Ultra and just get one. I ride with a more sport oriented crowd these days and an Ultra is anything but sporty...the FJR would be ALOT more fun on my annual trek to Deals Gap too.
 

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I'm in no way ever going to replace my 04' Ultra with another bike from another manufacturer. I would like something in addition to it that is sport bike'ish yet comfortable for the triple digit rides. The problem is I just never got the Ninja that I had in my 20's out of my blood. There is some awesome riding here in TN. And I always feel so held back on the Glide with folding up footboards etc in the curves. I would like just one more bike that makes a good canyon carver/sports tourer. And to me that would be either the BMW K1200GT or K1200RS or the Yamaha FJR. Thing is I've always wanted a BMW. Kind of like I always wanted a Harley. But it may all come down to price in the end. Plus the wife is saying if I'm riding a BMW bike she is going to be in a BMW car. And I think she is serious.:wacko: So the FJR it may be. I hope she kidding. Sometimes it's hard to tell.

Anyway, it's a big decision since there is alot to consider between the BMW and the Yamaha. Dealer support, OEM parts availability for the long term, cost of maintenance and doing a little more investigation of the overall reliability of the two manufacturers.

I could stand to hear a little background info on Yamaha's reliability and overall dependability. Especially on the FJR.
 

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I'm in no way ever going to replace my 04' Ultra with another bike from another manufacturer. I would like something in addition to it that is sport bike'ish yet comfortable for the triple digit rides. The problem is I just never got the Ninja that I had in my 20's out of my blood. There is some awesome riding here in TN. And I always feel so held back on the Glide with folding up footboards etc in the curves. I would like just one more bike that makes a good canyon carver/sports tourer. And to me that would be either the BMW K1200GT or K1200RS or the Yamaha FJR. Thing is I've always wanted a BMW. Kind of like I always wanted a Harley. But it may all come down to price in the end. Plus the wife is saying if I'm riding a BMW bike she is going to be in a BMW car. And I think she is serious.:wacko: So the FJR it may be. I hope she kidding. Sometimes it's hard to tell.

Anyway, it's a big decision since there is alot to consider between the BMW and the Yamaha. Dealer support, OEM parts availability for the long term, cost of maintenance and doing a little more investigation of the overall reliability of the two manufacturers.

I could stand to hear a little background info on Yamaha's reliability and overall dependability. Especially on the FJR.
I can't speak from personal experience, but my dealer has one as his personal bike and absolutely loves it (although he might be a tad bit biased). He and his wife routinely travel from the coast of North Carolina to the mountains and back.

Here are a "few" links I have on the bike. Be aware that the 2006 model has addressed the known "issues" with the bike.
http://www.mcnews.com/mcn/model_eval/Model_Evaluation03033.pdf
http://www.mcnews.com.au/Testing/Yamaha/FJR_1300/Page_1.htm
http://www.rideamotorcycle.com/features/fjr/featurefjr.shtml
http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2005models/2005models-Yamaha-FJR1300.htm
http://www.motorcyclenewswire.com/news.cfm?newsid=1914
http://www.sportrider.com/bikes/2004/146_04_yamaha_fjr13/
http://www.motorcycle.com/mo/mcyam/04_05_FJR1300/
http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Article_Page.aspx?ArticleID=28
http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Article_Page.aspx?ArticleID=1476&Page=8
http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Article_Page.aspx?ArticleID=386
http://www.fjrowners.ws/forum/
http://www.fjrtech.com/
http://www.fjr1300.info/
http://www.fjrforum.com/
http://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php
http://www.riderreport.com/output.cfm?id=747127
http://www.fjr1300.info/links.html
http://www.micapeak.com/bike/FJR1300/
http://www.motorbyte.com/mmm/pages/2002reviews/review54.htm
http://p083.ezboard.com/bfjr1300ownersassociation
http://www.fjrowners.com/fjro4/usa.html

P.S. You might consider getting yourself the FJR and your wife the new BMW M5! Awesome it is! :cheers:
 

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timbo said:
I'm in no way ever going to replace my 04' Ultra with another bike from another manufacturer. I would like something in addition to it that is sport bike'ish yet comfortable for the triple digit rides. The problem is I just never got the Ninja that I had in my 20's out of my blood. There is some awesome riding here in TN. And I always feel so held back on the Glide with folding up footboards etc in the curves. I would like just one more bike that makes a good canyon carver/sports tourer. And to me that would be either the BMW K1200GT or K1200RS or the Yamaha FJR. Thing is I've always wanted a BMW. Kind of like I always wanted a Harley. But it may all come down to price in the end. Plus the wife is saying if I'm riding a BMW bike she is going to be in a BMW car. And I think she is serious.:wacko: So the FJR it may be. I hope she kidding. Sometimes it's hard to tell.

Anyway, it's a big decision since there is alot to consider between the BMW and the Yamaha. Dealer support, OEM parts availability for the long term, cost of maintenance and doing a little more investigation of the overall reliability of the two manufacturers.

I could stand to hear a little background info on Yamaha's reliability and overall dependability. Especially on the FJR.
Just get a track bike and get yer speed jollies on the track. Nothing else even remotely compares. After a day on the track, I don't even want to sport ride on the street for a about a month. -2$en#e- :cheers:
 
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