Bought an '04 FJR last year. And didn't ride the Vee much after that. Admittedly, my Vee is an '02. I expect later gens have better features and performance.
Yes, the FJR requires better hip and knee flexibility, especially if you're tall (like me), compared to the relaxed riding stance on the Vee. And the FJR is a little heavier.
But the ride is pretty comparable, although better controlled on the FJR. The Vee feels less connected, for want of a better word. The Vee handles like my pickup, the FJR like my Porsche. The FJR's power and brakes are better, the engine is smoother and less fussy about where it is in the rev band, the shaft drive is nice, and the electrically adjustable windshield, which I figured was a gimmick, actually works well and gets used regularly. It feels far more solid in corners. And what appears to be a stock seat on the FJR is more comfortable, for me, than a modded Vee seat. I got the OEM shield and a larger aftermarket shield with the FJR, which can be swapped in a matter of a couple of minutes with one tool, so easy to convert from cold to warm weather. Had a couple of instances of getting up well into triple digit speeds on the FJR, and it seemed perfectly happy there, where the Vee seems a little nervous.
I'm sure the later Vee's have better wind control than the earlier years, and can be modded for a tauter suspension, better brakes, and better seats.
If I had to do many gravel or dirt roads, I'd rather ride the Vee, no question. But for eating up lots of pavement, I like the FJR.
Last edited by Jimding; 05-11-2019 at 07:38 AM.