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post #1 of 6 Old 03-22-2016, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Just bought an FJR!

After selling the Blackbird, I had my heart set on going bikeless until the right DRZ400 came along. However, a 2004 FJR1300 popped up on craigslist for stupid cheap so I decided to buy it.

The owner of the bike was trying to sell it, and a prospective buyer ended up wrecking it (lowsided on the right). Since the owner had full coverage, the insurance company worked out a deal with him and he figured that he could just fix the bike himself, but ended up cashing out altogether!

The Blackbird was (still is) a stupid fast bike. This FJR is a deceptively fast bike. For example, the Blackbird lets you know one way or another when it ripples the pavement behind you, whereas the tall windshield and upright seating of the FJR makes 70mph on a back-road feel more like 40mph. I find myself hauling @$$ into corners with the FJR without realizing the outrageous entry speed. It's a surprisingly rompy bike. I wasn't sure how I'd like the 5-speed transmission or how bulky the bike is, but it has definitely grown on me, and overall feels lighter on her feet than the blackbird!

So, I just made a few repairs to the right side fairings, added a carbon fiber vinyl band-aid, and have been enjoying the heck out of this bike!








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post #2 of 6 Old 03-22-2016, 08:09 PM
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Cool bike. What did you get it for? Under $3K since it was (lightly) wrecked?

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Welcome to the club! I also have a 2004 FJR. I like it a LOT more than I though I would. So much so I am considering getting a 2016 FRJ1300ES.

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Congrats on the new ride! I'd recommend some heat shielding under the tank if there isn't some there already.



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post #5 of 6 Old 03-27-2016, 04:43 PM
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fjr's are nice. I have several friends who ride them. I had an 07 st1300 and thought it was the better bike. I don't know anyone else who agreed with me or who owned one. Great bike except it hurt my right elbow so much I had to quit riding for the season and get a cortisone shot. Shit! That's why I traded that f'ing thing
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-30-2016, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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I bought the bike for $1800 since it was rashed up. That way if I didn't like the bike I could always sell it for what I end up dumping into it. So far I found the upper right side fairing for $70 on ebay and I'm considering a new Delkevic exhaust.

It's overall a very nice bike. Smooth ride, amazing storage options, and the tall windshield makes day trips a breeze. I really like the shaft drive since I live down a gravel road.

In comparison to a Honda, the FJR's gearbox is pretty clunky, the motor is a lot noisier, and the throttle is a little more abrupt. I wish it had a 6th gear but the gearing is spaced out adequately for what it is.

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