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2013 Yamaha FJR1300A Update Skips Sixth Gear; FZ8 Gets Uprated Suspension

By October 3, 2012

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2013 Yamaha FJR1300

The (relative) success of big-bore sport tourers is defying the motorcycle industry's downsizing trends, and Yamaha has finally updated their FJR1300A in the face of competitors including BMW's K1600, Kawasaki's Concours 14 and Triumph's new Trophy.

For 2013, Yamaha's trusty (but hefty) FJR1300A gets long overdue refreshed bodywork, as well as Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T), traction control, and D-Mode which switches between sport and touring settings. A new cruise control system should be welcomed by interstate warriors, and an all-new cockpit adds to the updates with an analog tach, digital speedometer, and what Yamaha calls a "multi-dot" display.

The 2013 FJR1300A is only available in grey, and will be priced at $15,890 when it hits showrooms this month; unfortunately, the famously five-speed limited bike still lacks a sixth cog--though that played less of a role than I would have expected when I put over a thousand miles on the bike last year...

2013 Yamaha FZ8

On a separate note, of my favorite naked middleweight bikes is the Yamaha FZ8, which also gets updated for '13 with revised fuel injection, a louder muffler, and fully adjustable front suspension with compression, rebound, and preload, as well as compression and preload at the rear. Available in matte grey/black, the FZ8 will be priced at $8,890 when it becomes available in February 2013.


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October 4, 2012 at 9:37 am
(1) Scottie says:

Yamaha is late on the sixth gear, but one may wonder if it is really needed. Those of us who own Yamaha Rodaliners and Stratoliners often debate about a sixth gear for our bikes. Our bikes peak at 2,500 rpm, so why am I looking for another gear when I’m only at 2,000 rpm? I’ve learned to run at 2,500 or more and the bike performs incredibly well.

October 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm
(2) Pete says:

Good friend of mine has a ’94 FJR with about 120,000 kms on it. Absolutely stone axe reliable..zero problems with it. He – with his wife on the bike as well – do not need or miss a 6th gear.
You said it yourself…did you really miss it?

Very nice bike.

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