Driving report: Fully automatic Yamaha FJR 1300 ABS

Driving report: Fully automatic Yamaha FJR 1300 ABS
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Driving report: Fully automatic Yamaha FJR 1300 ABS

Driving report: Fully automatic Yamaha FJR 1300 ABS

Driving report: Fully automatic Yamaha FJR 1300 ABS

Driving report: Fully automatic Yamaha FJR 1300 ABS

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The new Yamaha FJR 1300 comes as an AS variant …

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Servomotors on both plugs of the upside-down fork regulate the damping.

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The damping and spring base are set independently of each other and also displayed separately in the cockpit.

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The standard program fits very well.

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The electrified luxury tourer makes a good impression.

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The new ride-by-wire makes the automatic gearshifts faster and smoother.

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The new ride-by-wire makes the automatic gearshifts faster and smoother.

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Yamaha FJR 1300 AS.

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Thanks to the large fan base, the Yamaha FJR 1300 AS is often seen in packs.

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Buttons where the eye looks.

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The expanded reality becomes much less colorful.

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This is how it looks in detail.

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A look into the cockpit reveals the first changes: the chassis settings are displayed on the right.

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The AS is braked with a Nissin ABS.

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Externally, it cannot be distinguished from the base FJR 1300 A..

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The veteran travel tourer is taking a big step forward.

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… for the first time with an electrically adjustable chassis.

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… and now has an improved automatic gearshift …

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Yamaha FJR 1300 AS.

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Fully automatic: Out and about with the luxury tourer Yamaha FJR 1300 AS

Yamaha is now providing the basic version FJR 1300 A with the AS version, which for the first time has an electrically adjustable chassis in addition to an improved automatic gearshift. A first driving impression of the electrified luxury tourer.

Yamaha FJR 1300 AS

It’s been more than a decade Yamaha FJR 1300 is already on the market, and the touring flagship from the Far East, which set the benchmark for a long time and is still one of the most sovereign bikes in its class, has come astonishingly far despite the modest model maintenance measures. 95,000 units of the Express Tourer – including the AS (Automatic Shift) version available from 2006 – have been sold worldwide since 2001. In addition, the active long-distance liner with the powerful 1298 cm 3-row four-cylinder enjoys an above-average holding time. A Yamaha FJR 1300 is usually driven for a long time.

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Fully automatic: Out and about with the luxury tourer Yamaha FJR 1300 AS

FJR 1300 announced. MOTORRAD was able to test the basic version, which included ride-by-wire, traction control, cruise control and selectable engine maps, in winter. Now the Japanese are pushing the AS version with improved automatic transmission and electrically adjustable chassis.

Flexibility thanks to double-declutching


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The new ride-by-wire makes the automatic gearshifts faster and smoother.

As before, the shifting process on the AS is initiated either via a rocker switch on the left of the handlebar or in the classic way via the foot lever, after which electrohydraulic auxiliary motors operate the clutch, and the transmission is still operated electromechanically with only five gears. The thumb button on the ergonomically designed finger rocker has been lengthened by 4.5 millimeters. The longer lever helps: shifting maneuvers are easier with the new Yamaha FJR 1300 AS. However, the thumb still has to be extended quite a bit for downshifting. Experienced AS drivers will only use their left index finger for switching maneuvers – whether up or down – because the upshift key can still be easily operated from the back.

Especially in the partial load range, where the Yamaha FJR 1300 AS is most frequently moved, the system works extremely smoothly and at lightning speed. The newly achieved smoothness is due to the ride-by-wire, which slightly reduces the speed when upshifting and slightly increases when downshifting, i.e. a kind of double-declutching. With the previous model, this was all still the job of the driver if he wanted to bring about a smooth gear change.

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A sporty pace is also quite fun

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Speaking of sporty speeds, which are known to be quite fun to master on the Yamaha FJR 1300 AS: When braking, you sometimes miss the possibility of using the engine’s braking force via the clutch to support it. A very welcome update compared to the old AS is the stop mode that can be activated via a button on the left-hand dashboard. In the lowest speed range from around 30 km / h – for example when slowing down in front of a traffic light – it gradually downshifts the gears. A really handy feature. However, it is astonishing that the stop mode is switched off by default and has to be reactivated every time it is started.

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A successful mix of handling, stability and comfort

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The differences between the settings are clearly noticeable: In soft mode, the Yamaha FJR 1300 AS irons almost everything, including high-frequency waves, and thus offers excellent comfort, especially on motorway stretches or in the city. Yamaha hit the standard damping level very well. With refreshingly clear feedback, it covers an astonishingly wide range of uses and shines with a successful mix of handling, stability and comfort. The tighter sport setting helps the FJR to have even more cornering dynamics on good asphalt conditions, but because of the good standard setup it is more likely to be found under the chapter “Nice to have”.

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Technology in detail


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Servomotors on both plugs of the upside-down fork regulate the damping.

You can spend a long time discussing what you really need to ride a motorcycle, what you want or need. But one thing is clear: Electrically adjustable chassis make sense, especially for tourers, because the chassis can be adapted to the load and comfort requirements at the push of a button. The FJR is Yamaha’s first machine to offer this feature. It works in a similar way to the well-known ESA from BMW: At the rear, the spring base can be adapted to the respective load condition, while the damping can be adapted to the road surface and the desired driving comfort both at the front and rear. And all of this at lightning speed at the push of a button on the end of the handlebar. On the shock absorber of the Yamaha FJR 1300 AS, a hydraulic unit provides the necessary pressure to change the spring base. Due to the high load, this only works when the vehicle is stationary. The damping can also be varied while driving using small servomotors, which always happens at the front and rear parallel. Yamaha does not go so far as to combine the different suspension settings with engine mappings, as the Ducati first demonstrated with the Multistrada. Regardless of the suspension and damping, however, the performance characteristics can be varied in the two modes Tour and Sport. Traction control and of course ABS are on board as further helpers.

Technical specifications


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The damping and spring base are set independently of one another and also displayed separately in the cockpit.

engine
Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, two balance shafts, two overhead, chain-driven camshafts, four valves per cylinder, bucket tappets, wet sump lubrication, injection, Ø 42 mm, regulated catalytic converter with secondary air system, 490 W alternator, 12 V / 12 Ah battery, multi-disc oil bath -clutch, automatically operated five-speed gearbox, cardan, secondary gear ratio 2.773.
Bore x stroke 79.0 x 66.2 mm
Cubic capacity 1298 cm³
Compression ratio 10.8: 1
Rated output 107.5 kW (146 hp) at 8000 rpm
Max. Torque 138 Nm at 7000 rpm

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Bridge frame made of aluminum, telescopic fork, Ø 48 mm, electrically adjustable rebound and compression damping, two-arm swing arm made of aluminum, central spring strut with lever system, electrically adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, double disc brake at the front, Ø 320 mm, four-piston fixed caliper, disc brake at the rear, Ø 282 mm, double-piston floating caliper, partially integral brake system with ABS, traction control.
Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17; 5.50 x 17
Tires 120/70 ZR 17; 180/55 ZR 17

Dimensions + weight
Wheelbase 1515 mm, steering head angle 64.0 degrees, caster 109 mm, spring travel f / r 135/125 mm, seat height 805-825 mm, empty weight 296 kg, tank capacity 25 liters.
Two year guarantee
Colors bronze, black
Price 19795 euros
Additional costs around 230 euros

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