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2007 Yamaha FJR1300 Comparo Photo Gallery

Come along for the ride as we take five Super Sport-Touring motorcycles for over a 1000-mile trek up the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. Check out how the 2008 Yamaha FJR1300 did in our 2008 Super Sport-Touring Comparo.

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Yamaha FJR1300
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Yamaha FJR1300
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The Yamaha FJR1300AE toggle-shifter takes some getting used to, but we grew more fond of it this time around.
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The Yamaha FJR1300 heated grips control.
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The Yamaha FJR1300 12V plug is located in this side storage compartment.
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The four-piston Nissin calipers provide excellent feel with a snappy initial bite.
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The Yamaha FJR1300 windscreen at the furthest down, where it goes after every restart.
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Fully extended the Yamaha windscreen provides decent protection, but not better than the Honda and BMW.
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Fork adjustment for the Yamaha FJR1300 is simple with these knobs.
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The rear shock can be adjusted between hard and soft with the pless of a lever.
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The Yamaha FJR1300 bags are pretty easy to figure out.
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We appreciated the inclusion of interior bags for our test Yamaha FJR1300.
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The Yamaha FJR1300 shaft drive was smooth, as was the five-speed gearbox.
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The Yamaha ergos are comfortable, encouraging long stints in the saddle.
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Steering on the Yamaha is spot on, with the 26-degree rake and 60.6-inch wheelbase delivering a near perfect blend of maneuverability and stability.
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Every rider in our entourage commented on the natural feedback and feel offered up by the sporty ride.
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The 1298cc Inline-Four powering the Yamaha is potent, yet smooth, delivering just enough oomph to keep things interesting from corner to corner.
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Seat height is adjustable, between 31.5 - 32.3 inches. Reach to the bars and pegs feels natural but the FJR riding position is eager as well, egging its master to wick up the throttle.
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Whereas most bikes headline with the motor, the highlight of the FJR, by far, is its stellar handling.
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Although not better than the BMW or Honda, the Yamaha windshield delivers effective protection.
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Complying with a rider's request for more speed, the FJR1300's exquisite handling is complemented by a competent motor.
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The FJR1300 riding position is relaxed yet sporty, aiding in the Yamaha's incredible handling.
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Suspension is provided by Yamaha's Soqi 48mm fork and a single rear shock, each unit delivering a respective 5.4 and 4.8 inches travel.
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The Yamaha FJR1300 instrument cluster is the best of the bunch by our tester's opinion.
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Lighter than the Kawasaki and Honda, the Yamaha FJRs are heavier than the BMW.
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2007 Yamaha FJR1300
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The Yamaha FJRs are middle of the pack in torque.
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The Yamaha FJRs are middle of the pack in horsepower.
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Tipping in at 673 and 686 lbs (632 and 646 tank-empty), the regular and automatic FJRs are well-balanced - the extra 14 lbs of the AE almost imperceptible.
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The Yamaha FJR1300AE toggle-shifter takes some getting used to, but we grew more fond of it this time around.
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The FJr's brakes were deemed best in our test, with only one finger needed to slow things down thanks to a terrific initial bite.