1984 Yamaha FJ1100 from United States of America
Alternator went out. Factory was expensive, so I had it rebuilt for less than 100.00.
Chin fairing; never bothered to replace it.
Second gear would sometimes drop if risen hard in mountains. Not every time, but sounded awful when putting it back in gear. Also it's not fun coasting around a corner.
Pure 80's muscle bike. I was never dropped when riding up HWY 9 or Skyline. Roll on power was amazing; you could just leave it in gear.
Ended up selling it when we purchased a house and had kids; didn't seem to have the same amount of free time. Stopped surfing too. The sacrifices we make.
Last year I got a Vstrom, which is a great bike, but does not have the same power (expected as it's a 650).
I have been lurking on the FJ forum to find another, that is how much I miss it. Like many I looked at the FJR, but it is so expensive, large, and heavy. My plan is to get a 91/93, do the wheel mods and then get the FJ09. My stable will be complete.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th April, 2015