For riders who love sport-touring, this has gotta be the golden age. A decade and a half ago, motorcycles that could unravel a zigzag backroad nearly as well as a sportbike yet make open-road travel almost as enjoyable as a full-blown touring rig were few and far between. But today, about a dozen bikes can [...]Read Full Post | Comments(27)
Photographer : Guy Spangenberg
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Over the past decade, sport-touring has been on a bit of a roll. And the one bike, more than any other, responsible for getting that ball rolling was the FJR1300. When it burst on the scene here in 2002, the FJR proved wonderfully capable of both carving up the backroads and cruising the open roads, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(7)
2013 Yamaha FJR1300 and FZ8 – First Look Major makeover for the 2013 FJR, Slicker suspension for the FZ8.
2013 FJR1300A Yes, it really has been ten years since Yamaha’s big sporty-tourer came to America, and Yamaha has seriously upgraded it for 2013. Number one in the minds of many long-distance riders will surely be the addition (at last) of electronic cruise control. And while the engineers were adding that function to the Yamaha [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
Years sold: 2002-present MSRP new: $11,499 (2003) to $15,590 (2012) Blue Book retail value: $5345 (2003) to $13,375 (2011) Basic specs: A fully faired sport-tourer that’s equal parts sport and touring—and damned good at both types of riding. Its headline features are quick-detach hard saddlebags, an electrically adjustable windshield and a 1298cc inline-Four engine good [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)