Test rode a FJR1300 today
So I stopped by my local dealership yesterday to pick up some riding pants they had on sale. Had been mulling it over for a while and decided to bite the bullet and pick up a pair.
While I was there, they had a used 05 FJR1300 with only 2,000 miles on it. I got to talking with one salesmen and found out they only wanted $7500 for it. Since it was getting late in the day, I told the salesman I would come back today and take it for a test ride.
So today I stop by the dealership on my way home from work and take it out for about 30 miles. Did a little of this and a little of that... I really wasn't impressed. I did notice that did have the factory nut toasters... but what bothered me more was that I was cruising down the highway and I was sweating under my jacket... like I was at a standstill in traffic. Seems like the faring does too good of a job, or I'm just used to riding naked.
The bike is also surprisingly quiet. It's been a while since I've ridden a bike with stock exhaust. When I twisted the throttle the bike did pick up and go, but I missed the roar of the exhaust.
When my ride was done I wasn't too impressed. I really wanted to love this bike as the 9er get a little cramped after a couple hundred miles. Everyone I ride with has either cruisers or Goldwings, so I want something that is better for a longer haul without giving up too much of the sporty feel.
It's funny though... With all the complaints I had above, when I got back on my 9er, I realized how much more comfortable the FJR was.
I'm torn. The FJR would make a nice addition to my stable, but I'm not sure how I feel about getting something that would 'grow on me'. If I got the FJR, I wish I could keep the 9er, but I've got no extra room in the garage.
Hoping someone can chime in with some input/experience with the FJR. I love the look of the 9er and the feeling that I'm on an (almost) sport bike, but there aren't a lot of places around here where I can open her up and let it rip.
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