Yamaha FJR1300 Review from United Kingdom

2002 Yamaha FJR1300

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB750


It’s a basic bike compared to other tourers eg Pan European or BMW RT, but it goes like a rocket


I felt the seat was uncomfortable so I had the foam adjusted and softened, and the seat recovered, and now it is just fine.

I also felt the handle bars were too low (I am 6’ 4”), so I raised them by 20mm. They now feel much better.

For no apparent reason, the whole bike just dies. Usually on starting, but occasionally at junctions. I turn it off and back on and its OK, but the clocks are zeroed. My dealer has checked it and says there is no fault.

General Comments:

The engine area is warm, but not overly so. The heat is most noticeable in July, in town, in traffic. Nice in spring/ autumn though.

The 2002 windscreen has just enough protection, even at high speed. It's not windy enough to justify replacing.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2006

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 1 review