Yamaha has launched another industry first on the FJR1300AE, its excellent supersport-tourer. A computer-operated clutch with electronic shift actuators that entirely eliminate the clutch lever means that the electric-shift five-speed transmission can make ultra-smooth gear changes using either the left bar-mounted paddles or the traditional foot-operated lever.
But don’t be fooled into thinking that electric shifting has taken the teeth out of the FJR; the Yamaha is clearly a sporting machine with 145 hp on tap, a light, rigid aluminum frame, and a longer swingarm for even better handling and ride characteristics. But it is also equipped with enough creature comforts to encourage long distance rides. The height of the thick seat can be adjusted by nearly an inch, and the handlebar pullback angle has three positions.
Luxury amenities include standard hard side-bags, a bigger, pushbutton-adjustable windscreen, and heated grips. The Unified Braking System with ABS allows balanced anti-lock braking in all conditions, and taller overall secondary gearing reduces engine rpm for more comfortable long-distance cruising. New, sharper-looking bodywork and an improved air-management system keep the bike and rider cool and comfortable.