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post #1 of 31 Old 07-19-2008, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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My almost new FJR1300!

Well for those of you who were following the saga on the "Craigslist Finds Today" thread, you know that I drove to Saginaw, MI today and bought an '07 FJR. For those of you who weren't, hey, I drove to Saginaw, MI today and bought an '07 FJR!

Found it on Craigslist, had been looking at one locally in Indianapolis but that deal fell through, this one is virtually new, has only 480 miles! Was bought by a retired gentleman who then realized that carpal tunnel syndrome in his left hand wouldn't allow him to enjoy the bike for more than about 20 minutes before pain set in. I bought it for his payoff amount, $9500. Market price in Indy for this bike would be about $11,500-$12,000, I've been looking at '05 models with over 10,000 miles for $9000. This one is even still under factory warranty!

Not a scratch on it, fully loaded, ABS, trunk, bag liners, and a very nice V-Stream windshield that is about 4" taller than stock (stock w/s included). I haven't ridden it much yet, just a test ride and then from his house to the hotel and now it's raining again, have it parked under the canopy with the desk clerk promising to keep an eye on it tonight for me.

Here's some pics, Gin was following and took a couple as I rode ahead, the rest are in the hotel parking lot. I'll post detailed riding impressions when I get home tomorrow, supposed to clear up and I'm hoping for a decent ride home. 325 miles up here, should give me a good chance to get to know the bike. One funny side note, I pulled my riding pants out of the trunk to put on and go for a test ride, realized that I'd brought Ginger's instead, would look like shorts on me! Guess it's jeans for the ride home, at least I have a choice of two jackets depending on the weather.














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She's a beaut! I like that color, have a great trip home with your new ride!

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Gorgeous! Love the color. Congrats, Scott! You've got a fantastic stable now!

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Sweet purchase and great find! Congrats! I'm jealous.

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Thanks, I'm still kind of in shock that we're in Michigan at a Fairfield Inn hotel with a new motorcycle parked outside. Just kind of fell into place and felt like the right bike, plus I know if for some reason I don't totally love it I can sell it for more than I paid.

I liked the guy I bought it from, Chuck is a 63yo retired GM worker, has a beautiful '08 Corvette in his garage and a new Cadillac CTS in the driveway. His wife drove a Chevy Aveo, base model with no a/c and crank windows, didn't seem to share his love of nice machines. He was sad to see the bike go but I reassured him it was going to a good home.

We're having all kinds of long distance touring fantasies. We're heading to Iowa to visit my Mom next weekend, thinking if the forecast is decent we could ride out, there is a pickup there we can drive if we need a vehicle. Also will go to Ohio to visit Gin's family, up to northern Michigan to my brother's lake house, and when we're up for a big trip, down to my Pensacola business.

Looking forward to my long ride home tomorrow and hoping for sunshine!

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We have at lest one other knowledgeable member who owns a FJR1300.
All the best of luck with the new bike Scott.

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congrats on that beauty!!

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That is a gorgeous color! Nice find!

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Very glad it worked out! Congrats! Ride it for a year then I'll gladly take it off your hands.

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She's a beauty!

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wow! congratulations!! Absolutely gorgeous, can't wait to see where it will take you.

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Well it's foggy and wet this morning with a band of storms running lengthwise between here and home. Looks like we'll enjoy the hotel's hot tub and breakfast and take our time hitting the road, let the weather pass.

Dreamed all night about my new motorcycle, guess I'm a bit excited to take that first road trip! Stayed up too late checking out accessories and reading up on it, figuring out what mods come first. Doesn't need much, just some frame sliders to start. I'll buy a bike cover for garage storage, maybe some slip on exhausts eventually but I don't want it to be loud like the 919, will have to research my options.

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Congrats Scott, Thats one beautiful bike. Although a ways away that's on my short list of next bikes. Looks like you got a great deal too! Nice, very nice!

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Congrats Scott.
Enjoy your ride home today.
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That is a gorgeous color!
I was unsure of the color at first, wanted one of the blue ones, but it in person the "Black Cherry" is really beautiful and unique, love it!

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Very glad it worked out! Congrats! Ride it for a year then I'll gladly take it off your hands.
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What a find on a gorgeous bike! Talk about high-speed cruising at it's best! Congratulations on having the best of both worlds in your garage!

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Dang dude,... Nice bike. I'm sure you can make all your touring fantasies come true with that! I'm digging that color, I'll bet it looks really good in the sunlight.

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Cool. Nice find. I'm sure you'll have lots of fun with it.

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Ok, down to a light drizzle, looks like it will clear up by the time we get to southern Michigan, time to hit the road!

More to come.....

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What a great deal! Congrats, and enjoy chomping down the miles on that ride.

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I was so excited in anticipation I couldn't sleep Friday. You are very welcome! While you are safely riding that awesome bike all over the States please post many trip reports so I can vicariously enjoy your adventures!

Suggested updates: HL/BL modulators and Stebel airhorn.

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Ahhhh....home safe with an ice cold Grolsch Amber Ale in hand! Rode in intermittant rain for the first half of the trip, once we crossed into Indiana the sun came out and temps hit 90. Bike did great, I'll post detailed ride impressions later tonight.

Made it to Indy right as a big storm was blowing in, temp dropped 10 degrees, clouds turned ugly, lightning and thunder. Luckily I pulled into our driveway as the first big drops came down, quickly rearranged the bikes in the garage and managed to fit in the FJR. No way to fit both VWs and four bikes in our garage, sacrificed the Beetle to the storm.

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I was so excited in anticipation I couldn't sleep Friday. You are very welcome! While you are safely riding that awesome bike all over the States please post many trip reports so I can vicariously enjoy your adventures!

Suggested updates: HL/BL modulators and Stebel airhorn.
I appreciate your excitement, sounds like we need to take a trip out to see you! I didn't get much sleep last night myself, dreams of big motorcycles dancing in my head and all.

I had plenty of time to think about what I'd change on my way home, the seat wasn't bad but I might consider an update eventually. I need a cruise control or throttle lock of some kind, got cramps in my right hand frequently as the throttle return spring is quite firm. I know I want frame sliders, Motovation makes some very nice "no cut" ones, have put Motovation sliders on the 919 and 599 and have been pleased with their quality and appearance. I thought about the Stebel horn, although the stock horn is quite loud already, still when you're cruising on the Interstate at 80mph, the louder the better. Other than that, the bike is very well set up, will just enjoy it for awhile and see what catches my eye.

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One nice piece of machinery. Should be a real road burner.

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awesome buy! and i LOVE that color! hope you get some major mileage on that beauty!

for a throttle lock, look into Throttlemeisters. had a set on my RR and it was great! they are machined very well and look clean installed.

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Scott, congrats on the new bike. I have an FJR1300 as well, and if I could only own one bike it would be the FJR because it does so many things well. As for the heavy throttle, a well known fix is to disengage the center return spring on the throttle bodies by one loop. There is still plenty of spring return, yet it doesn't cause wrist issues. The FJRForum has the procedure with pictures set out in detail (if I was more computer savy I would post it up for you).

The Magnum Blaster horns are also a popular upgrade that I have done as well. The stock horns draw 300 milliamps, the Magnum Blasters draw 10 amps and when I hit the horns cars jump out of the way. With those horns or any other high current loud horns, you're going to need a relay and heavy gauge wire to install them properly. On the FJRForum there is a member that made up a wiring harness for these horns and sells it on the board.

If you have questions or need info about the FJR please feel free to PM me. Good luck and enjoy the new bike! Chris

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Scott, congrats on the new bike. I have an FJR1300 as well, and if I could only own one bike it would be the FJR because it does so many things well. As for the heavy throttle, a well known fix is to disengage the center return spring on the throttle bodies by one loop. There is still plenty of spring return, yet it doesn't cause wrist issues. The FJRForum has the procedure with pictures set out in detail (if I was more computer savy I would post it up for you).

The Magnum Blaster horns are also a popular upgrade that I have done as well. The stock horns draw 300 milliamps, the Magnum Blasters draw 10 amps and when I hit the horns cars jump out of the way. With those horns or any other high current loud horns, you're going to need a relay and heavy gauge wire to install them properly. On the FJRForum there is a member that made up a wiring harness for these horns and sells it on the board.

If you have questions or need info about the FJR please feel free to PM me. Good luck and enjoy the new bike! Chris

Awesome Chris, thanks so much! I'm sure I'll have many questions for you as I get to know my bike and start making it my own.

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Now you guys are going to have me get a FJR!!! Bastages!!!

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Can't believe I missed this thread! Way to go, Scott! Beautiful ride. You're gonna enjoy eating up some serious mileage now. I think a road trip to Winston-Salem is in order. You need me to give it the once-over for a weekend...

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Can't believe I missed this thread! Way to go, Scott! Beautiful ride. You're gonna enjoy eating up some serious mileage now. I think a road trip to Winston-Salem is in order. You need me to give it the once-over for a weekend...
You shouldn't be surprised if I show up on your doorstep, with all of the NC Wristtwisters it seems that a ride to that beautiful part of the country will be forthcoming!

Gin might get sent to Richmond, VA early next month for her company, Verizon employees are threatening to strike and since she's management she'll have to fill in. Thinking that would be quite the nice ride out to see her for the weekend!

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