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thenudehamster
Reviewed: 17 August 2013

Possibly the best ever long distance bike

Where do you start?
Oodles of power, smoothly delivered from nothing to the redline - mine will pull smoothly from 15mph in top, two-up. Engine is bullet-proof as long as you keep enough oil in it. I don't find it noisy; mine's quiet enough on the road and smooth at tickover if the carbs are balanced properly - and easy job. Extremely comfortable to ride; the riding position is lightly forward and the fairing is narrow enough to let the wind pressure on your shoulders take the pressure off your wrists. Handling is not track sharp, but it takes bends smoothly without drama.
It's HEAVY! Don't drop it. Fuel consumption is heavier than I'd like, but not too bad considering the performance. At low speed, it handles like a bear, but this smooths out on the road. Design and basic philosophy is dated - it would benefit from twin headlights, for instance. Front mudguard setup is fragile; mine's broken, and it's difficult to repair; a proper fork brace would help. Tyres are less easy to find these; 16-inch wheels are out of fashion!
If Yamaha brought this bike back with some updates to frame design and a few more modern features, it would give any current 'sporty' touring bike a run for its money. Easy to maintain and simple to service, it is mechanically unsophisticated in modern terms and that's probably it's strength in the reliability stakes. Innovative features like anti-dive front forks and adjustable rear damping were dropped early on as unnecessary; they were. It is quite a large bike, but it's not a *big* bike to ride; though it's a little heavy in traffic, on the open road it's a dream. It doesn't inspire you to corner with your ears on the deck, but it is stable and smooth if you don't try to ride it like a race replica. Within its limitations it holds the road beautifully; it's too heavy to be 'flickable', but it swings around bends smoothly enough. Later models have four-pot calipers up front, improving the already good braking; I've not ridden the ABS version, so can't comment on that but the standard brakes give me no fears.
Living with it is much like to the FJ1100 I had twenty years ago - on that I could get off a ferry in Zeebrugge and be the other side of Lugano, 900 miles away, in under twelve hours, and still not feel tired. Haven't had the chance to do similar with the 1200 yet, but I have no cause to feel it would be any different. I love it.
Score breakdown



Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
5.0

thenudehamster would recommend this product
git
Reviewed: 16 November 2011

What can I say,it's all been said.

You can work on the bike without stripping ton's of plastic off the bike,Checking the tappet's no problem,easy to do if you have a £40 tool,carb's easy to check,engine will last for ever,cannot flog the thing,with two up and all the kitchen sink on ,away touring nothing bother's it,slip it into top gear and away she go's,the grunt is absolutely fantastic.
Tyre's can be a problem,especially if your after certain radial's,headlight bulb can be a pain to get in or out,Adjusting tickover watch you don't burn your hand,no grease nipple's especially where the bottom suspension joint's are,it cost's nearly £300 to sort them out,brake caliper's watch out for them seizing,bit of vibration in the handlebar's, Petrol tank not to bad I'm getting around 200 and more to a tankful
For the age of the bike it is still up there as a good tourer,sport's side as we know it's been left behind now.But I have two I think that say's it all.
Score breakdown



Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
3.0
Build Quality:
4.0

git would recommend this product
ScooterFaster
Reviewed: 15 November 2011

Big comfort for one or two, torque any time, never lets you down ... A KEEPER!

With 83,000 miles on her ( FJ1100 ) she is officially broken-in and ready for any trip any where. Comfort and torque are reason enough to never let her go, reliability is inherent and ensures the faith you need to just get on and go visit that friend who is just a few States away.
On the open road or in city traffic it is nice to know that a twist of the wrist will get you clear of danger without the need to search for a more appropriate gear.
When the ladies see the Corbin seat, they know which bike to jump on for the long ride home ... seriously guys, you call that fender a passenger seat?
I don't have any cons. I will say that a bike this heavy is not for the novice rider, but the handling does not suffer when in the hands of a skilled rider who is not afraid to put 800+ pounds on the edge of the tire and give your passenger an experience that will make them a lifetime "biker babe" who is just a call away.
Overall? Well, this is taking too long. I'm going for a ride, I'll look for you.
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
5.0

ScooterFaster would recommend this product
duck51
Reviewed: 05 November 2011

Great bike, reliable comfy and loads of power. Handles well.

It's quite a heavy old bike but weight is low down so it's easy to manoevre, nimble through traffic, reliable, good for two up touring with good build quality, strong engine and chassis. Engine pulls like a steam train.
Good for sunday scratching as well provided you plan well ahead.
Easy to work on for the home mechanic, with a good owners club.
Only thing I didn't like about it was it was a bit heavy on petrol.
But that's only to be expected with that big old air cooled engine.
Lovely old bike with endless torque. frame and other parts need a bit of TLC through winter.
Very easy to work on and it won't let you down.
Engines good for well over 100k.
Sorry to see mine go, yes I would buy another!
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
4.0

duck51 would recommend this product
Toni P
Reviewed: 17 August 2010

I have owned one from new, CV3 1988, and I will not part with it!!!!

Everything still works well. Apart from the usual replacement items, tyres, battery, fluids, pads etc everything else is original, even the exhaust system. After 22 years it still brings a smile to my face when I fetch the "old gal" out. In comparison I also own and ride regularly two BMWs, F800ST and K1200S. The FJ is the lowest bike of the three which at 5ft 5" is the easiest of the three to ride despite its weight. The engine is simple and gutsy, the handling is limiting but safe and the wind protection is very good. Performance is good.
Fuel consumption is poor compared to modern similar capacity bikes. Engine is noisy, but it is air cooled and done a few miles!!! Front suspension not the best when pushed hard.
Get a good one, use it and keep it.
Score breakdown



Engine:
4.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
3.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
5.0

Toni P would recommend this product
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