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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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Lowering the FJR

Will England | Kansas

loweringfjrLast Spring my wife and I bought a 2006 Yamaha FJR. I’m not unfamiliar with large heavy supersport touring bikes, having ridden over 50,000 miles on an ST1100, a BMW K1100LT and a ZG1000 Concours before that. However, my wife, Nikki, at 130 pounds and 5’4” has but 2,000 miles under her belt. The FJR has a stock seat height of over 31” even on the lowest setting. We removed the bracket under the seat, gaining us half an inch, but Nikki was still on her toe tips balancing the bike. After research on FJRForum.com, we found several options for lowering the bike including Soupy’s Lowering Links. (http://soupysperformance.com/)

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