2005 Yamaha FJR1300 Reviews

2005 Yamaha FJR1300 from Australia

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired25500 kilometres
Most recent distance37800 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha FJR1300

Summary:

Very good bike, and I would buy another one, they are great

Faults:

On my FJR1300, the engine light comes on sometimes. I've been told that the bike is running too cold. If you ride it at 120km/hour, it doesn't come on. Has anyone else had this problem?

General Comments:

The bike is great apart from that one problem.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2010

2005 Yamaha FJR1300 from United States of America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired4500 miles
Most recent distance9000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Concours

Summary:

The best bike I have owned; it is smooth, fast, stylish, and reliable

Faults:

No Problems at all.

General Comments:

I had to personalize the FJR to my liking. I added a Corbin modular seat, vista cruise, Yamaha taller windshield, 2 brothers exhaust, K and N filter, Michelen Pilot Roads, heli bars. I also did a heat reduction modification to the areas behind the fairing. Before, it was too hot, now it is nice and cool.

Now the ergonomics are perfect for me. I am 5'10" 210 lbs.

Above 4500 rpm, there is a slight buzz in the seat and bars.

In all, the FJR is so much better than my 1993 Kawasaki Concours. This is by far the best motorcycle I have owned. I have owned 7 other bikes.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2008

2005 Yamaha FJR1300 from United States of America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance3800 miles
Previous motorcycleBuell S3 Thunderbolt

Summary:

Lots of power for the money, but too much heat and vibration for a serious touring bike

Faults:

Excessive vibrations from 4000RPM up.

General Comments:

Very fast over 6000RPM. Pretty fast up to 6000RPM.

Annoying power plateau at 4000RPM.

Ungodly heat from the engine.

Lots of concern online about valve train issues and "ticking."

Very bad vibrations in the bars and feet, especially around 4500RPM.

Very uncomfortable seat.

Front end feels very heavy coming from a bike with USD forks and a single large disk brake.

Great bags and optional top box. But liners for the bags are soft and do not fit well in the hardbags.

Windshield buffets at all levels.

Uncomfortable seating position. Not good for sport or distance riding.

Low electrical output limits accessories.

Great lights.

Lots of fasteners and panels to remove to do basic maintanence.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2005

29th Mar 2005, 23:15

Your comments on the Yamaha FJR are rather surprising. I rode a friends bike - who was on his second FJR - and found it to be incredibly smooth and powerful, with none of the vibration or power peaking that you mentioned.

At the time I rode the bike we were traveling on the May long weekend over the North Cascade Mtns. (SR20) in Washington State. It was raining heavily, so I had the opportunity to play with the windshield; only in the most upright position was I free from buffeting and wind noise, but below that the wind noise was significantly louder.

If I was taller than 6ft, then it is highly probable that the wind noise and buffeting would be constant, no matter where the windshield setting was.

Another possibility is the particular bike you rode. My friends previous FJR did have its share of problems, whereas this particular bike has been trouble free.

Average review marks: 9.3 / 10, based on 3 reviews