My first motorcycle purchase was a V-star 1100 custom. It was a great bike for what it was, however, after a couple of years riding I craved a motorcycle that was quieter, smoother, faster, better handling and supplied a lot more of the grin factor.
Parting ways was hard to do, but having purchased a 2008 FJR, I finally have a bike that handles the way I always thought a motorcycle should.
The impression the FJR gives its rider is one of piloting a modern, powerful, capable machine, that is willing, and more importantly able, to perform any task required of it.
The ride is extremely smooth, and although not exactly flickable, it turns and holds a line extremely well.
I absolutely love the ABS brakes; they have a great feel under normal use, and I no longer have to fear hammering the brakes in an emergency situation. (Which I know I will do,again, having already high-sided on another bike in said situation).
This is such a great bike, I will gladly forgive its shortcomings.
It is tall, which is great when riding, but it is top heavy, and if not held completely vertical when pushing it around, it really wants to fall over, at least compared to a cruiser or lighter sports bike.
The seat is super spongy, but still manages to get my butt aching after a half hour or so.
The location of the rear set pegs were a concern, but for me at five-eleven they provide a really relaxing position.
The electric windsrceen is a cool feature, but could offer a quieter air pocket and with less buffeting.
The bags are great, and come off the bike with the turn of a key and a lift of the handle.
Engine heat is really not an issue unless stuck in traffic, and will be great in cooler weather when the adjustable fairing sides are pulled out, to allow the heat to blow on you legs.
The torque will not leave you wanting, and hard acceleration is such a blast it really takes self control not to get foolish.