released the first FJR1300
as a 2003 model and graced it with its most recent major update in 2013. A year after that overhaul, the FJR1300ES
, with its cool electronically adjustable suspension was announced. For 2016 Yamaha has continued its process of refining this popular, established platform with some upgrades to modernize the FJR and address some owner requests.
Other than the 2016 Cobalt Blue color, the only visual alteration apparent on the new model is in the headlights, a change so subtle that only the sharpest-eyed – and cognizant – observers would notice. Some may ask, why bother with just making small changes rather than a major reboot of the platform? The answer is simple, Yamaha has a motorcycle that works quite well in its market, one good enough to claim runner up for Best Sport-Touring Motorcycle of 2014
, win our 2013 Sport-Touring Shootout
, take second in our 2014 Sport-Touring Shootout
against a touring bike in S-T clothes, costing $10,000 more, and notch another second in our second sport-touring shootout of 2014
while operating at a $4,000 MSRP deficit.
In fact, the case seems pretty clear that, while riders and motojournalists alike would love a major revamping of the FJR1300, the prudent approach in these still questionable economic times would be to address issues and polish up appearance. So, ahead of the inevitable cries in the comments section, a reminder: the FJR1300ES and FJR1300A were already pretty dang fun motorcycles. Shall we take a look at what Yamaha did to make them funnerer?