Voted most helpful review
North Island, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Reviewed on February 25, 2007
OK, so you hop on, find neutral, engage the front brake and start her up. Hmmm, no clutch, so just kick into first. What's gonna happen when I let go of the front brake? Nothing - she just sits. Twist the throttle slowly and at about 1400 rpm she starts to roll and off you go . . . Down the 2 lane blac...
OK, so you hop on, find neutral, engage the front brake and start her up. Hmmm, no clutch, so just kick into first. What's gonna happen when I let go of the front brake? Nothing - she just sits. Twist the throttle slowly and at about 1400 rpm she starts to roll and off you go . . . Down the 2 lane blacktop, using your left index finger & thumb to shift gears. don't roll off the throttle, no need, the computer's got it down. Coming to your first complete stop is freaky. Downshifting from 100 mph in 5th gear down to 1st and to a complete stop. OK, you're holding the front brake and you're stopped. The LCD display shows you're in first gear. You let go of the brake and it feels like neutral. How do I go forward again? Oh yeah, roll on the throttle - OK here we go again - wooosh. Riding 2 lane back roads in New Zealand during the summer - priceless. Fast, powerful, fun & sweet. I want FJR1300-AE but . . . It's bulky around 'town'. The big fuel tank makes for a high center of gravity. I could not get my feet down well (32 inch inseam) and yes, I had the seat adjusted to the lowest of the two available positions. With a full tank of fuel - ugly. Does the seat need to be so wide? Using the finger shift control is phenomenal, but the HORN button is just above the thumb downshift lever so you go to downshift and end up beeping the horn instead - scary, for you and the other traffic around you. The left handlebar switch block has way too much stuff: lights (norm/bright), bright flasher lever, L/R turn signals, horn, finger shift mode on/off AND the up/down gear shift. Too much stuff. Move SOMETHING to the right switch block - for the additional $1,800 for this model you'd think they could spend a few $$$ on ergnomic control layout, if for nothing else, safety's sake... No handlebar adjustments. Height would be nice and maybe some angle? The electric windshield 'whistles' annoyingly and when you switch the igntion off (getting fuel, short stops, etc.) the windshield retracts back to the lowest position; dumb, if I want to 'park' and put the windshield down I'll do it myself domo arigato. An absolute joy to ride on the open road, although I really wanted an overdrive gear - how about a 6th gear? The high sustained revs above 60 MPH (3,000 rpm) was distracting. Overall, this bike is a gas and a joy on the open road - amazing technology. I own four other bikes already and I'd buy a FJR tomorrow if it 'fit' better, but alas, I guess some of us are just vertically challenged so we don't get to play too. Hopefully Yamaha will put the AE on some other bikes (FZ1 or FZ6 are great candidates). Ride safe !!!