Published on October 3rd, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Yamaha FJR1300, The Perfect Highway Cruiser

The iconic Japanese sport-tourer, Yamaha FJR1300 gets a set of moderate upgrades for 2017. The bike was first launched in 2001 and has since become one of the respectable motorcycles in the sport-touring segment. The upgrades to the new 2016 Yamaha FJR1300 are evolutionary, building on the amazing motorcycle that it already is.

For 2017, both the standard (FJR1300A) and electronic suspension (FJR1300ES) variant of the Yamaha FJR1300 will get all the new features. What it will retain are the trusty 1,298 cc in-line four-cylinder engine along with the shaft drive and familiar styling.

2016 FJR1300AS

The new features on the 2017 Yamaha FJR1300 are aimed at enhancing the comfort and safety of the rider without changing the familiar feel and styling of its predecessors. The biggest mechanical change comes with the transmission. The 2017 Yamaha FJR1300 will feature a new 6-speed transmission which provides smoother down-shifts. The new transmission is also equipped with assist functionality and a slipper clutch. It does not just get a new overdrive 6th cog but the gear ratio of all the gears have been revised for easy ride-ability.


The new FJR1300 sports a new and completely re-designed front fairing for accommodating the new dual LED headlight assembly. The tail lamps and indicators also feature LED lighting. The turn indicators are now controlled automatically by a cornering light control unit which uses inputs from the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU).

The instrument dash also gets a complete revamp with a newly designed Gunmetal grey dash. The tachometer dial is sportier and the new LCD display allows for easier reading along with better visibility.



Apart from these new upgrades, the 2016 Yamaha FJR1300 holds on to the features that have made this motorcycle so popular and appealing. The features such as D-mode, ABS, heated grips, cruise control, traction control, electronically adjustable windshield, adjustable handlebars, adjustable seats and hard side cases all come as standard in both of its variants. The ES variant comes with electronically adjustable suspension which has a total of 84 available settings.



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