Chassis design was a chapter considered closed by many Yamaha faithful, but the 1100’s square-section steel perimeter frame broke new ground for the marque and provided proof that racing does improve the breed. Considered spindly by today’s standards, the FJ’s chassis, suspension components, wheels and brakes were models of rigidity, adjustability and function in ’84. The 41mm forks held a 2.75 x 16-inch wheel complete with dual radially vented rotors gripped by twin-piston calipers; the aforementioned hydraulic anti-dive adorned both fork legs. Out back, a box-section aluminum swingarm, Monocross linkage suspension, 3.5 x 16-inch wheel and single disc got the call. Handling was described by most as a good combination of responsiveness and stability, especially compared with such log trucks as the GPz1100 and GS1150. Honda’s VF 1000F and Kawasaki’s 900 Ninja steered lighter but were less stable, especially the Kawi. It seemed the big FJ was the best of both worlds.