Electronic Suspension for 2014 Yamaha FJR

September 6, 2013
Bart Madson
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Yamaha reveals the remaining models of its 2014 lineup, with the FJR1300 sport-touring platform now offering electronic suspension. Yamaha also debuts a new version of its zippy 50cc Zuma, the Zuma 50FX, and a limited-edition Raider SCL from its Star cruiser line. Also of note is what hasn’t changed for 2014, as the Tuning Fork brand’s R1 Superbike and R6 Supersport platforms will go untouched for yet another model year. MSRP hasn’t changed either, as Yamaha freezes pricing on its returning 2013 models.

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FJR1300ES

The FJR1300ES gets its moniker from the new electronic suspension package. The ES system adjusts damping in the fork, and the damping and preload setting in the rear shock. Four preload settings are available: One Up, One Up with Luggage, Two Up and Two Up with Luggage. Within each preload setting, three preset damping settings are offered: Soft, Standard and Hard. Additionally, riders can further adjust the damping – three firmer and three softer from the base setting. ES adjustment is operated via handlebar-mounted switch, with the setting displayed on the FJR’s right-side LCD display.

At $16,890 the ES model packs a $1000 premium on the base FJR1300, which returns following a 2013 redesign that included an overhaul of the 1298cc Inline Four, the addition of ride-by-wire, traction control and switchable engine maps, as well as significant chassis updates (Read more in the 2013 Yamaha FJR1300 First Ride). The FJR base model does get one tweak for 2014 as Candy Red colorway replaces last year’s Stone Gray.

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FZ-09

Coloring was also the news for the much-anticipated FZ-09, as the Blazing Orange paint scheme will be offered alongside the Liquid Graphite and Rapid Red options already revealed when the new mount broke cover earlier this summer. Yamaha says it added the new color option because of the enthusiastic response to the new design. Read more on the all-new naked standard and its Inline Triple in the FZ-09 First Look article and stay tuned for a First Ride report after we sample it later this month. 

YZF-R6 & YZF-R1

Yamaha’s Superbike and Supersport platforms are unaltered for 2014. The R1 got its last ground-up redesign in 2009, premiering its signature crossplane Inline Four, while 2012 marked the addition of traction control. The R6 has gone even longer since a major overhaul, way back in 2008. But, as mentioned before, the pricing is unchanged for the new year – making the $10,990 R6 the most affordable bike in its class. Yamaha also returns its FZ-1 standard for 2014, as well as the fully-faired FZ6R.

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