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Kevin G.

Manchester, Connecticut

Reviewed on March 19, 2007

Motorcycle reviewed 1989 Yamaha YX600W Radian view listing

4.0
My 89 Radian is a fantastic bike. It is light enough for agile back roads blasting and easy to move around town. My only complaint is that you realize the bikes size once you get onto the highway. Its short wheelbase is a handicap when trying to cruise around 65-70 mph. I'm sure once you get used to it it... read more
My 89 Radian is a fantastic bike. It is light enough for agile back roads blasting and easy to move around town. My only complaint is that you realize the bikes size once you get onto the highway. Its short wheelbase is a handicap when trying to cruise around 65-70 mph. I'm sure once you get used to it it's fine, but it can be rather unnerving. Otherwise, its a great bike especially for those new to the sport or looking for a cheap commuter.
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CLAW

Dallas, Texas

Reviewed on March 25, 2001

Motorcycle reviewed 1989 Yamaha FJ1200W view listing

4.0
I've OWNED MY BELOVED FJ FOR ABOUT 7 YEARS NOW, AND HAVE LOVED IT! FOR SOMEONE OF MY SIZE, (5'7"), IT IS VERY COMFORTABLE AS WELL FOR TALLER RIDERS. I've BEEN ON SEVERAL TRIPS OF LESS THAN 1,000 MILES EACH, BUT FEEL IT WOULD BE JUST AS COMFORTABLE LONGER DISTANCES. I PREVIOUSLY OWNED A 82' SUZUKI GS ... read more
I've OWNED MY BELOVED FJ FOR ABOUT 7 YEARS NOW, AND HAVE LOVED IT! FOR SOMEONE OF MY SIZE, (5'7"), IT IS VERY COMFORTABLE AS WELL FOR TALLER RIDERS. I've BEEN ON SEVERAL TRIPS OF LESS THAN 1,000 MILES EACH, BUT FEEL IT WOULD BE JUST AS COMFORTABLE LONGER DISTANCES. I PREVIOUSLY OWNED A 82' SUZUKI GS 1100E, (UNTIL IT WAS STOLEN!), SO THE FJ WAS A NICE STEP UP. IT HAS 21,000 MILES ON IT AND THE ONLY THING THAT HAS FAILED WAS THE CLUTCH SLAVE. AFTER RIDING IT, THE MOST FUN IS THE ATTENTION IT ATTRACTS FROM THE REAL ENTHUSIASTS WHO RESPECT THIS MODEL AS A REALLY NICE CLASSIC! I AM NOW LOOKING TO STEP UP AGAIN AND PURCHASE A NEW BANDIT 1200. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A BEAUTIFUL FJ, LOOK NO FARTHER THAN DALLAS, TX...IT'S FOR SALE.
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Nigel Hodgetts

Dudley, England

Reviewed on October 23, 2000

Motorcycle reviewed 1989 Yamaha FJ1200W view listing

5.0
After four years with an 89 FJ12 I can say I recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap reliable tourer. Loads of torque and power top end 150mph 11.0 sec standing 1/4 comfortable with or without a pillion. Reliable low center of gravity so easy to move around at low speeds. Negative points are should have be... read more
After four years with an 89 FJ12 I can say I recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap reliable tourer. Loads of torque and power top end 150mph 11.0 sec standing 1/4 comfortable with or without a pillion. Reliable low center of gravity so easy to move around at low speeds. Negative points are should have been shaft drive and six-speed gearbox with a full fairing to keep your feet warmer in British winters.
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Ray Evans

Houston, Texas

Reviewed on August 25, 2000

Motorcycle reviewed 1989 Yamaha FJ1200W view listing

3.0
This is my first bike I Really like it. This bike has plenty of power and a good riding position for us bigger guys. I am putting in as many hours as I can on the road. Decent for short trips -- no long ones yet.... read more
This is my first bike I Really like it. This bike has plenty of power and a good riding position for us bigger guys. I am putting in as many hours as I can on the road. Decent for short trips -- no long ones yet.
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Ron

Denver, Colorado

Reviewed on August 16, 2000

Motorcycle reviewed 1989 Yamaha FJ1200W view listing

1.0
As a rider with over 350,000 miles of experience, I can safely say that the FJ1200 was my least favorite bike of all time. The motorcycle is not able to hold a straight line, has terrible wind turbulence, the most uncomfortable seat plus many, many more complaints. For a motorcycle designed as a sport/tourer ... read more
As a rider with over 350,000 miles of experience, I can safely say that the FJ1200 was my least favorite bike of all time. The motorcycle is not able to hold a straight line, has terrible wind turbulence, the most uncomfortable seat plus many, many more complaints. For a motorcycle designed as a sport/tourer I found it unusable. Great to look at, useless as a motorcycle.
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TERRY

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Reviewed on August 7, 2000

Motorcycle reviewed 1989 Yamaha FZR400W FZR view listing

4.0
I bought the bike in '90, and I've had it ever since. I learned how to race on this bike. I've been to Nelson Ledges in mid Ohio, and Indianapolis Raceway with it. It's a great bike. I've been down over on this thing, and yet it keeps going. There's no internal damage except for the radiator, but that's ... read more
I bought the bike in '90, and I've had it ever since. I learned how to race on this bike. I've been to Nelson Ledges in mid Ohio, and Indianapolis Raceway with it. It's a great bike. I've been down over on this thing, and yet it keeps going. There's no internal damage except for the radiator, but that's really not internal. It overheats once in a while, but nothing I really have to worry about. I don't ride it as much because I bought a 2000 YZF 1000, but I plan on keeping it to ride on the track. It's 11 years old and yet it runs like it's only two years old, ya gotta love it. I adjusted the valves in '96 and synked the carbs, and that's all besides the normal oil change and lubes. Overall, the FZR 400 is a wonderful bike that keeps on ticking, very reliable. I rode it to Arizona and then to California. It's a great bike for a 400. It's not extreme, but very fun.
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