2004 Yamaha FJR1300

Wow! That's the first word that comes to mind when describing the FJR. Imagine a motorcycle that is comfortable, powerful, revs like an inline four, pulls like a big twin, and handles like a sportbike. Now, what if I told you it's a few thousand dollars cheaper than anything in its class? Yamaha has a real winner in the FJR and I can honestly say it's the best all around bike I've ever ridden. I've added a few things to the bike such as heated grips, a Dynojet Power Commander, a Corbin seat, two accessory plugs, a RAM mount ball, and a set of BMW handgrips.

I've always loved BMW motorcycles, and having owned two of them, the big Yamaha makes no bones about who it was shooting at when it added features such as a power adjustable windshield, shaft drive, ABS brakes, and color matched side cases.

I think the true test of a great bike is whether you would buy the same bike again if you had the choice. I can honestly say that I would. The FJR pictured above is my SECOND identical FJR. My first one, which I traveled to Austin, Texas to buy, was crashed by a friends wife (she was unhurt). He owns that bike now. I found my current FJR in New Jersey. I couldn't go pick it up due to a prior commitment, so I flew a friend up to ride it back for me. He enjoyed the bike so much that he is now considering buying an FJR. That's a real compliment considering how discerning this particular gentleman is.

You may wonder why I had to go so far to get both of the bikes. Yamaha sells the FJR by special order only. If you don't order one (which I didn't), you'll have to beg, borrow, or steal to get one.  One ride and you'll understand what all the fuss is about.

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