2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES – First Look


Something about this touring bike we have always liked.  In Canada the base price is

/// $18,499.00…as always we seem to pay thousands more than the USA for the same bike.  Our Dollar just FYI has been in and around par with the USA for years but we are always told it’s about supply and demand…importing etc…I say that is crap. 😉  But we shall always “accept” our prices will never be at par and move on…

2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES studio 3/4 view

Irvine, CA — After a long slumber, Yamaha and Star are finally waking up and delivering some very cool new motorcycles for 2014. And now–joining the much-anticipated FZ-09 Triple, hot-selling Star Bolt and updated four-stroke YZ MXers (YZ250F and YZ450F)–comes the FJR1300ES. Those letters at the end stand for Electronic Suspension, and this feature helps update the bike further (after an overhaul in 2013) in the face of some pretty stiff competition in the sport-touring class.

A new upside-down fork and shock can be adjusted via a bar-mounted switch. Shock-spring preload settings include One Up, One Up with Luggage, Two Up, and Two Up with Luggage (fork preload is set manually). Additionally, three damping choices–applied front and rear–can be selected: Soft, Standard and Hard. These overall damping settings can be further fine-tuned plus or minus 3 increments, meaning Soft and go three clicks softer or harder, and so on. A three-panel dash features an analog tachometer at left with a pair of LCD screens that provide speed, fuel level and suspension-setting menus and more.

With traction control, D-Mode (throttle-response setting), Unified Braking System with ABS, cruise control, standard heated grips and an adjustable-height seat, the $16,890 ES-equipped FJR is undercuts BMW’s K1600GT by more than $4000, is $2000 less than Triumph’s Trophy SE and only around $600 more expensive than Kawasaki’s Concours 14 ABS.

The standard $15,890 FJR1300A returns, as well. Both models are offered in the same Candy Red paint.

Studio front 3/4 right-side view (Candy Red).
Studio right-side view (Candy Red).
Studio left-side view (Candy Red).
Studio front 3/4 left-side view (Candy Red).
On-road action shot.
Static front 3/4 right-side view.
Unified Braking System with ABS.
New upside-down fork.
Windshield in standard position.
Windshield in up position.
Three-panel dashboard.
Up control for headlight level.
Down control for headlight level.

Author: advgrrl

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