Yamaha’s FJ1300A has anchored the Tuning Fork brand’s touring motorcycle line-up for quite some time. And after a 10 year run in the States it’s getting a facelift to give it a more contemporary look and function. Yamaha understands that it has a good thing going with the FJ so it didn’t want to re-invent the wheel, instead opting to fit it with some new electronics to further enhance its distance-riding capabilities.
The biggest news, perhaps, is the fitment of Yamaha’s advanced electronics suite similar to what’s used on its YZF-R1 sportbike. Two-way adjustable throttle mapping (Sport and Touring), traction control and cruise control are now standard and managed via Yamaha Chip Control Throttle (YCC-T—originally fitted on its YZF-R6 sportbike in 2006). The system does away with a conventional push/pull cable-style throttle cable for one manipulated by the computer and an electronic motor. The updates necessitate the fitment of a new throttle body and the modification of the design of the intake funnels as well as the exhaust pipe. The electronics are manipulated via rocker switches on the handlebar, and the traction control can be manually disabled if desired. For more details on how Yamaha’s traction control system works review the recently published Yamaha YZF-R1 Traction Control Comparison.
The motorcycle’s appearance also received some attention in the form of new forward fairings, windscreen, and instrument panel. The windscreen still features electronic height adjustment but now moves faster and more fluidly. Another nice touch is that it maintains its position after the key is turned ‘off’. Meanwhile, the front fairing has been streamlined for improved aerodynamics and to better shield riders from weather. The headlamps and turns signals are also new and feature daytime LED running lights on the outer perimeter of the headlight. Lastly the side panels feature a cowl that can be adjusted (without tools) for greater wind protection.
Suspension is also updated, highlighted by the fitment of a new aluminum piston rod and plunger. The spring rates and valving inside the fork and shock were also modified to enhance comfort without compromising its sport capabilities when riding on a twisty road.
As always the FJ comes standard with ABS-equipped linked braking system in which the front brakes are lightly actuated when the rear brake pedal is depressed. A large 6.6-gallon fuel tank and 12 volt power plug further enhance the FJ’s touring resume. The new FJ will arrive to dealerships in October with an MSRP of $15,890 – a $300 price increase from the ’12 model.