2011 Yamaha Motorcycle
Long running, but updated a few years back, the Yamaha FJR 1300 A is a bare bones sport-touring canyon brawler that puts performance and handling above creature comforts and high-technology.
Weighing in at a claimed 644 pounds wet, the FJR is nicely at home in corners and willing to adjust its line, as conditions require.
Yamaha Motorcycle Recall
Yamaha is recalling 2011 FJR 1300 motorcycles due to brake-lever issues; 260 units are affected.
Yamaha says the brake lights on the 2011 FJR motorcycles manufactured from January 2011 through April 2011 may not illuminate when the front-brake lever is applied due to the activating mechanism in the front brake switch binding.
2009 Concours 14 Review
In the Concours 14, Kawasaki has engineered a first-class vision of the ultimate highway eating, mountain conquering device-a motorcycle with enough power and comfort to take you across the country while providing the performance necessary to turn a quiet back-country road into a thrilling experience.
Man for All-Four Seasons
This winter is the first I have stopped riding when it drops below 30 degrees. Having ridden in the Northeastern U.S. for over twenty years-with roughly the last seventeen of those consisting of year-round riding-I have clearly come to embrace the experience of cold weather cruising.
Sport Dexterity, Touring Ability.
I’ve never why sport-touring motorcycles have not caught on big in the United States. Perhaps it is a problem of marketing. Sport riders think the bikes are too much "tour" and, therefore, boring and stodgy. Touring riders see them as overly "sporty", conjuring images of bent over riders nursing back spasms at the end of a long day in the saddle. If you fit into either of these templates, you probably haven’t ridden the Yamaha FJR1300A.
Yamaha’s original FJR1300 firmly took the Sport Touring category by the scruff of the neck when, to much acclaim in 2003, it enabled a European-style Japanese sport/tourer to be purchased by the American public, albeit on a special order basis. The FJR was a phenomenal success and quickly garnered a reputation for being a spectacular touring- and sport-friendly package, featuring a 145 hp inline-four engine, wrapped in an alminum chassis.
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.