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Felix, the 2014 Yamaha FJR 1300 ES

Norm Kern | Ohio

I enjoyed my ‘03 Honda ST1300 for 7 years and over 100k miles, but I wanted a bike that was lighter, with more air flow in hot weather, better suspension and cruise control. I rode most of the sport-touring and even some adventure bikes last fall. I was shocked that the clear winner of my comparison was an inline four, which has been my least favorite configuration over the years.

On January 30th, I took delivery of a 2014 Yamaha FJR 1300 ES motorcycle. I named him ‘Felix’ after Felix the Cat, a popular cartoon character from my youth. Felix the Cat had a round head, big eyes and a big smile. The front of the fairing on Felix the FJR has a similar round shape and the relatively large headlights look like eyes. One difference- the big smile is on the face of the rider rather than Felix himself!

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