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Hey guys,

I'm in a conundrum. I've had my Wee for a year now, and love it. However, I have someone who wants to buy it, and I've got a bit of a hankering for one of the Yamaha FJR1300's. I've only got a year of regular street riding under my belt, so I'm a little concerned about the size of the Yamaha. That being said, I'm in my late 30's, I'm 6'3, 230lbs, and ATTGAT. I don't really ride over my head much. I'd like some opinions of the FJR if you are familar with them, and thoughts on my situation if you can spare em.

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What Huh Why???

The first thing to ask is what year is the FJR?? Prior to this year's model they have a history of giving off a lot of heat. I mean a lot. I talked with a number of owners and they find it to be a problem.

That being said here are a few things to consider.
1) What type of riding do you do?

The FJR is a great touring bike. Comfortable and stable. So is the Wee perhaps just not as sexy.

2) Do you sport ride or is that an interest?

Sport riding is not about the bike but about the style of riding and state of mind.
I have a BMW Sport/Touring (1100RS) and a Wee. I sport ride both. I love cornering!! Doing 65 in a 35 corner (safely!) requires skill and knowledge as well as a lot of pratice. Doing it in my Wee is every bit as fun and in my 1070cc BMW. You won't have near the straight line acceleration you would in the FJR but that is about all.

3) Do you plan to ride off road?

This opens the can of worms!!! My Wee is great off road. That being dirt/gravel/hard sand. Not a goat trail. The Wee is not a trails bike BUT it's very good for off highway touring and camping. The wee is a great bike to ride 6000 miles and take dirt roads to places the FJR may not follow. Yet she's very comfortable on the street.

4) Does sex sell??

The FJR is no doubt the good looking blonde with the nice body giving you that "Come On Boy!!" look. The Wee is the girl with her hair in a scrungy with glasses and a pair of sweats on. But she can do things the blonde can't. She's not afraid to get her hair messy. So what kind of guy are you. (If you are a female we can reverse that analogy to the surf life guard and the computer nerd.)

5) What does your soul tell you??

Everybody has an opinion just like asshats. I have not met anyone with the perfect bike. That's a myth. So what are you looking for??

Good Luck!!
 

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Tubby , just so you aren't alone, I too will admit having FJR or ST fever. I have 270 miles of experience riding a rented ST 1300 in the Deal's Gap area. That's the kind of riding I love. What a bike. That thing is so smooth and planted in the turns. Bad thing is there's nothing quite like those roads here in FLA.

However, I work in outisde sales and I think I could justify maybe 10,000 miles a year for "business" travel. When I rode that ST 1300, I told myself the motor, windshield, brakes and handling were worth the extra expense. But I haven't bought one yet.

Some folks say the FJR is a crotch rocket with some sidebags, adjustable windscreen and higher handlebars. I saw the concept Kawasaki Concours at Biketoberfet. Looks just like an FJR. I wonder if Suzi would put a shaft on the busa and make one, too. I'm going to the motorcycle show in Ft Worth this weekend. All the eye candy is there. I'll let you know what I see :))

If the money was right and the bike had a decent dealer network, I'd think that Moto Guzzi Norge would be really nice. I think if I upgrade, I'll buy an FJR. That heat thing was supposedly solved in 06 and a local dealer quoted me 12,700 on one yesterday. V Strom isn't a bad ride either.


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I have the same bike-lust you do TubbyNinja. I think HeadingNorth summed it up VERY well. It is all about what kinda of riding you want to do. The FJR and the ST are bikes I would like to have - mainly so my wife and I can go on long trips together - on paved roads.

I got the Wee cause I wanted to take the road less traveled and go wherever I wanted in one bike. I have my SV650S cause I loved sport bikes but didn't want to kill myself on an I4 for my first bike. I'm looking at a dirt bike next - then possibly a long-distance tourer like the ST or the FJR. As others have said - there isn't a "perfect" bike.

Be honest with yourself about the kind of riding you do and then make your choice. If you do that, you won't be disappointed with the decision you make.

Cheers.

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Hey guys,

I'm in a conundrum. I've had my Wee for a year now, and love it. However, I have someone who wants to buy it, and I've got a bit of a hankering for one of the Yamaha FJR1300's. I've only got a year of regular street riding under my belt, so I'm a little concerned about the size of the Yamaha. That being said, I'm in my late 30's, I'm 6'3, 230lbs, and ATTGAT. I don't really ride over my head much. I'd like some opinions of the FJR if you are familar with them, and thoughts on my situation if you can spare em.

Thanks!
Well, the only thing that really matters is what you would enjoy riding more.
That said, I too was very tempted by the FJR. Eventually decided against it, it's size, weight and heat issues tipping the balance. 2 weeks ago finally got a Wee, and couldn't be happier with it.
For me, a smaller, lighter, less powerful bike is usually more fun, especially to ride hard. While the mega motor in an FJR is entertaining at times, in a lot of situations it's just too much, or if you stay in it you be doing go-to-jail speeds in very short order. A Wee on the other hand you can ride hard, feel like you're getting a good percentage of what the bike's capable of without being way out there in the stupid zone. More smiles per mile. :)
 

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I have read the same thing about the heat.I also look at the ST hard but for the money the 1000 was hard to beat,
 

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I have read the same thing about the heat.I also look at the ST hard but for the money the 1000 was hard to beat,
Don’t let the heat issue deter you from FJR. A couple of months back MCN wrote an article describing in detail how to drastically reduce the heat issue on FJR, so the solution is out there and its not expensive.

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I own both a FJR (2005) and a Wee. They are complimentary - there are a lot of things that either bike can do well that the other can't.

What the FJR really buys is a lot of a power for effortless high-speed cruising, a bunch more wx protection (the electric screen on the FJR is superb), and nice hard luggage. What you pay for is more money, a lot more bulk/weight, and no pretense of suitability for anything other than good paved roads. On tight, twisty, bumpy backroads, there is no contest - the 650cc Strom will bury the 1300cc FJR.

The Strom is the jack of all trades, the FJR is the big road-burner to get from horizon to horizon in all kinds of weather. On a tour, I let the roads and distances decide which I take. For around-town and commuting, it's strictly based on weather - with the same gear, the FJR can easily handle temps 15 degrees lower than the Strom and shrugs off rain that would drench me on the Strom. And hard bags are very handy.

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I wish I could own both, the FJR (or maybe now, the new Concours) would definately be my second bike. I do like Strom, though. You're a winner either way.
 

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If you've got a buyer for your bike lined up already, go for it. If it doesn't work out, you can always get another Wee.
 

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having a big road bike is fun but you quickly find that something lighter is better for most everyday tasks. Unless you plan to do a lot of distance, I think you'll miss the Wee fairly quickly. If you only can have one, I'd err on the flexible side which big road bikes really arn't. That said, if you have your heart set on it give it a whirl, as suggested, you can always go back. One thing tho, I'd take that FLR for a ride if you can. I'm just shy of 6'2" and I find them a bit small for long distance riding (multi-hour). The ST is bigger and may fit you better should you decide to go that way.
 
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