Motorcycle Racing News 2012 Yamaha FJR1300 A | Preview

2012 Yamaha FJR1300 A | Preview

2012 Yamaha Motorcycle

Since its introduction to the United States motorcycle market in 2003, the Yamaha FJR 1300 helped refine the sport-touring category.

The original FJR1300 brought long-hauling comfort while touring, but a nimble chassis and powerful, 1298cc engine that produced over 140 horsepower when carving some canyons.

The 2003 wasn’t offered in the US with ABS, but that changed in 2004, Yamaha offering ABS as an option. The bike got it’s first overhaul in 2006, which included standard ABS, and due to its popularity in the sport-touring segment, the FJR1300A has remained relatively unchanged since, except for a few upgrades in engine electronics.

And in 2012, Yamaha continues offering the FJR1300 A, which is offered with standard ABS and adjustable ergonomics (seat and handlebars). These two features alone, along with supersport styling, make the FJR1300A a great buy for the sport-touring motorcyclists. But there’s more, including standard heated grips, adjustable windscreen, adjustable fairings, and standard hard sidebags.

For 2012, Yamaha only offers the bike in one color, Cobalt Blue. But because the FJR1300A was designed for serious sport-touring, potential buyers won’t likely be thinking about color options, but rather long-mile treks with all the comfort and amenities the FJR is known for.

Following are the highlights, specs, color options and MSRP for the 2012 Yamaha FJR1300 A.

2012 Yamaha FJR1300 A Highlights:

Key Features:

  • Heated grips are standard equipment on the FJR1300A – adding more convenience for riders.
  • A light-and-rigid aluminum frame, sportbike running gear and standard hard sidebags go beautifully together.
  • Push button adjustable windscreen and a thick comfy seat for two are perfect for comfortable, long-distance riding.
  • The world’s first supersport touring bike boasts standard ABS and adjustable ergonomics-that widen the gap between it and common sport tourers to a gaping chasm.
  • Advanced air management system and adjustable bodywork keep the FJR rider looking and feeling cool.
  • Instrument panel contains an electronic analog speedometer and tachometer; LCD digital odometer, dual tripmeters, gear position indicator, fuel, coolant and air temperature gauges, and clock; lights for neutral, high beam, turn signals, low oil and engine warnings-as well as real-time mileage, average mileage and air temperature.
  • Adjustable ergonomics: the seat can be adjusted up or down by nearly an inch, and handlebar pullback angle is three-position adjustable over a half-inch range.
  • Standard equipment Unified Braking System w/ABS: The front brake lever activates six of the eight front braking pistons; the rear brake pedal activates two rear pistons and the other two front pistons-provides balanced anti-lock braking in all conditions.


  • Compact, lightweight 1298cc, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine delivers power and torque for an unequaled spread of muscle over a wide rpm range.
  • Engine is a fully stressed chassis member, allowing for a lightweight frame design.
  • Curved radiator with custom ducting and twin-ring cooling fans help keep engine and cockpit cool.
  • Slant-block engine design uses stacked, tri-axis gearbox shafts that help minimize powerplant size while optimizing chassis geometry for balanced weight distribution and great handling.
  • Lightweight forged pistons with carburized connecting rods provide superb strength and reduced reciprocating mass for outstanding high-rpm durability and performance.
  • Patented electroplated ceramic composite cylinder bores ensure greater heat dissipation and thus reduced frictional power loss.
  • Advanced fuel injection system is ideal for long-distance supersport-touring, delivering crisp, seamless throttle response in a variety of altitude/weather conditions.
  • Gearshift shaft features a needle-roller bearing to reduce friction for silky-smooth shifting.
  • Shaft final drive system is super-durable and virtually maintenance-free.
  • Low-vibration crankshaft with two gear-driven secondary counterbalancers help deliver a glass-smooth ride with reduced rider/passenger fatigue.
  • Constant-mesh 5-speed transmission utilizes wide ratios to deliver relaxed long-distance touring performance combined with seamless power and acceleration.
  • Four-into-one-into-two stainless-steel exhaust optimizes engine performance across the powerband.
  • Wet-sump oil system uses an easy-access cartridge-type oil filter mounted on the engine’s left side.


  • Sharp-looking bodywork and air-management system keep the bike and rider cooler; a central vent beneath the instrument panel cools the rider and reduces negative pressure for less buffeting, and fairing side panels with 1.2-inch adjustability let the rider direct airflow.
  • Adjustable ergonomics: the seat can be adjusted up or down by nearly an inch, and handlebar pullback angle is three-position adjustable over a half-inch range.
  • Long swingarm provides even better ride and handling characteristics, and rear spring preload adjustment is a snap.
  • Standard equipment Unified Braking System w/ABS: The front brake lever activates six of the eight front braking pistons; the rear brake pedal activates two rear pistons and the other two front pistons-provides balanced anti-lock braking in all conditions.
  • Ergonomically shaped, large-capacity, 6.6-gallon fuel tank offers excellent comfort and range and is constructed of steel allowing for the use of magnetic tankbags.
  • Rear frame with integrated grab handle makes lifting the bike onto the centerstand a snap.
  • An additional catalyst and a heated O2 sensor are located in the exhaust for increased fuel injection control range and low emissions.

Additional Features:

  • Heated grips come standard on the FJR1300A and offer riders even more convenience.
  • Subframe-fitted quick-release luggage mounts provide easy use of the standard accessory hard sidecases, which are conveniently matched to the ignition key.
  • Slim profile even with bags in place for excellent in-town maneuverability.
  • Long dual seat features two-part construction using different foam densities for the front and rear sections, ensuring plush comfort for both rider and passenger.
  • Big windscreen adjusts over a wide range for improved wind protection with little negative pressure.
  • Sleek, cat-eye dual 12V 60/55-watt multireflector headlights throws an extremely broad beam for superb visibility and feature easy-access adjustment knobs; mirrors are easy to adjust and retract horizontally.
  • Powerful dual-bulb taillight features integrated turn signals for a slick, one-piece look that’s aerodynamic and conspicuous.
  • Integrated front turn signals with clear lenses add to the FJR1300A’s cutting-edge aerodynamic bodywork.
  • Glove box contains a 12V outlet for phones, GPS units, electric vests, etc.
  • Standard toolkit located in convenient storage compartment under passenger seat.

2012 Yamaha FJR1300 A Specs:


  • Type: 1298cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder; DOHC, 16 valves
  • Bore x Stroke: 79 x 66.2mm
  • Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
  • Fuel Delivery: Fuel Injection
  • Ignition: TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
  • Transmission: 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
  • Final Drive:Shaft


  • Suspension / Front: 48mm fork; fully adjustable, 5.3-in travel
  • Suspension / Rear: Single shock; adjustable preload and rebound damping, 4.9-in travel
  • Brakes / Front: Dual 320mm disc, UBS ABS
  • Brakes / Rear: 282mm disc, UBS ABS
  • Tires / Front: 120/70-ZR17 radial
  • Tires / Rear: 180/55-ZR17 radial


  • Length: 87.8 in
  • Width: 29.5 in
  • Height: 57.1 in
  • Seat Height: 31.69 or 32.48 in
  • Wheelbase : 60.8 in
  • Ground Clearance: 5.1 in
  • Rake (Caster Angle): 26°
  • Trail: 4.3 in
  • Fuel Capacity: 6.6 gal
  • Fuel Economy: 39 mpg
  • Wet Weight: 644 lb


  • Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

2012 Yamaha FJR1300 A Color Options/MSRP:

  • Cobalt Blue / $15,590

Available from November 2011

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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