Since the time when the FJR1300 sports-tourer was first launched, fifteen years ago, Yamaha have sold more than 60,000 units of the bike in Europe alone. For 2016, the FJR has been updated yet again, with an all-new 6-speed transmission that provides improved acceleration, a new slipper clutch that's easier to operate and which provides smoother downshifts, four-LED headlight assembly, updated instrument panel and a new matt-silver colour option.
The FJR1300's 1298cc inline-four remains unchanged, and still delivers an impressive 146 horsepower and 138Nm of torque, allowing the bike to be ridden hard and fast all day long. The FJR1300AE and 1300AS models also get adaptive cornering lights, which illuminate the road as the bike starts to lean into a bend. Three LEDs, located above each of the twin-eye headlights, are illuminated in succession when the bike's "Inertial Measurement Unit" (IMU) detects that the motorcycle is banking over. Reflectors are positioned between each of the cornering lights in order to project the right amount of light on to the road. At low banking angles, the innermost pair of LEDs are automatically turned on, and as the bike's lean angle increases the middle pair illuminate, followed by the outer pair of lights when the bank angle becomes more extreme.
In a nod towards advanced rider safety, the 2016 Yamaha FJR1300 is fully compatible with the Dainese D-Air Street system, which consists of a range of sensors, connectors, display and brackets, combined with a D-Air jacket, which deploys an airbag in the event of a crash/collision. This, along with a the FJR's clean, quiet shaft-drive system, electronically adjustable suspension, electronically adjustable windscreen, switchable traction control system, ABS, cruise control, 25-litre fuel tank, sidecases and heated grips etc. ensure that the FJR is now more suited than ever before for long-distance sport-touring.
Prices for the new FJR1300 will be announced in February 2016.