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The Yamaha FJR1300ES is a stalwart in the sport-touring category. With refined power delivery, electronically adjustable suspension, and room for luggage and a pillion, the FJR is a sensible choice for sporty touring.
The Yamaha FJR1300ES is a stalwart in the sport-touring category. With refined power delivery, electronically adjustable suspension, and room for luggage and a pillion, the FJR is a sensible choice for sporty touring. (Yamaha/)

Ups

The definition of a “sensible” motorcycleReady to tour straight from the factory, with a comfy seat, integrated hard bags, and heated gripsTorquey, smooth-running 1,298cc inline-four engine

Downs

Tech package is decidedly behind the timesMore than 100 pounds heavier than the newest crop of sporty sport-tourersMore expensive than some of the competition

Verdict

The FJR1300ES hasn’t been updated since 2016. While it’s a bit long in the tooth, for many riders it hits the right compromise between sport and touring. Perhaps not the most exciting option on the market, but certainly one of the most sensible and reliable.

Integrated hard luggage is standard. The large 6.6-gallon tank is another selling point for long-distance riders.
Integrated hard luggage is standard. The large 6.6-gallon tank is another selling point for long-distance riders. (Yamaha/)

Overview

The Yamaha FJR1300ES is the quintessential sport-touring motorcycle: sporty enough for spirited canyon carving, comfortable and refined for piling on interstate miles, but about as youthful as a pair of pleated Dockers. Powered by a 1,298cc inline-four, the soundtrack and smooth-running nature of the FJR are as tried and true as the sport-touring category of which it’s still practically the poster child.

Considering the FJR1300 was last updated in 2016, some sticker shock may accompany its $18,299 MSRP, but the FJR still has many useful features, including electronically adjustable suspension, cornering LED lights, linked antilock brakes, an electrically adjustable windscreen, and two throttle response modes. Seven years is a long time in motorcycle development time, however, and newer models from Kawasaki and Suzuki, in particular, offer more modern electronic aids and are considerably more affordable.

We’d like to see an updated FJR with lean-angle-sensitive traction control and ABS, a TFT dash, and a quickshifter. Not to mention high-end features that are cropping up on the latest tourers, like adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection. Still, we’d venture to say that for some riders, the latest tech is less important than a comfortable seat, heated grips, a nearly-maintenance-free drive shaft, and integrated hard luggage, all of which come standard on the FJR.

Yamaha says that its goal with the FJR1300ES was to put the “sport” in sport-touring. Newer, more modern sport-touring options do a better job at that, but it’s hard to argue with the balance between performance and comfort.
Yamaha says that its goal with the FJR1300ES was to put the “sport” in sport-touring. Newer, more modern sport-touring options do a better job at that, but it’s hard to argue with the balance between performance and comfort. ( Yamaha/)

Updates for 2023

The FJR1300ES is unchanged for 2023.

Pricing and Variants

The 2023 Yamaha FJR1300ES is available for $18,299, in just one color option.

Competition

The FJR1300ES’s closest competition is the Kawasaki Concours14 ABS ($15,999). Although more expensive, the FJR is 48 pounds lighter and has more electronic adjustability.

For riders who wish to go for sportier options, the latest sport-touring entries from Suzuki, the GSX-S1000GT ($13,349) and the GT+ ($14,099 including hard bags) are higher performance and considerably more affordable. The same can be said of the similarly positioned Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX ($13,199). While the Suzuki’s and Kawasaki’s sport-bias mean they lack some of the FJR’s amenities, they’re also considerably lighter: The luggage-equipped Suzuki is 144 pounds lighter and the Kawasaki is 128 pounds lighter. What the FJR loses in performance, it makes up for with more generous passenger accommodations, a larger screen, and touring-oriented comfort features

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By: Cycle World Staff
Title: 2023 Yamaha FJR1300ES
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/yamaha/fjr1300es/
Published Date: Tue, 08 Aug 2023 18:28:40 +0000

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.

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Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2024-rodeo-drive-concours-delegance-preview/
Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:10:18 +0000

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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-motorcycle-news-june-16-2024
Published Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 20:50:06 +0000

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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/rolls-royce-silver-ghost/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 23:23:29 +0000

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