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...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.
- 2011 Yamaha FJR1300A Review: 1,121 Miles Later
- 2011 Yamaha FZ8 Review: Potent Middleweight Seeks Open-Minded Enthusiasts
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