1993 Yamaha FJ1200 from United Kingdom
Buy one; I guarantee you will not regret it
Harder to control at low speed, but hey it's a heavy bike so it's to be expected really, so wouldn't really call it a fault.
Had to re-adjust the chain tension a few times as it tended to stretch a little bit and squeak annoyingly as the bike warmed up. Seems fine now.
I bought this bike as a step up from my first "BIG" bike after passing my test last year, which was a 1994 Honda CB 500 R.
I'm very, very impressed with the acceleration and power of the FJ 1200. I find that once you are in top gear, there is so much torque throughout the rev range that you find yourself making very few gear changes.
The power is brutal and this bike is an absolute beast of a machine when you twist that right hand back. It's not a machine for the total novice or the faint hearted, but I find it rather easy to ride once it is moving for being such a big, heavy bike.
The fuel consumption is around the mid 30's to the gallon, but that depends on your riding style, and what do you expect with around 119 or so horses at the back wheel? It's a small price to pay for the enormous grin factor that it gives you. I'm starting to judge how happy I am riding this bike by counting the flies on my teeth after every ride.
Another positive side is that it is very comfortable, and I found it surprisingly cheap to insure.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th June, 2014