Yamaha XJR1300 (1999 - 2014)

With a claimed 80lb.ft spread through the whole rev range the XJR is effectively one massive twist-and-go motor
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£8699
Available from
1999
Looks, style and torquey engine.
Handling is a bit soft.
The grandfather of the retro scene is back (with a new hip replacement). It's sharper and stronger than before without losing any character

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Overall Review

Good looking. Good performing muscle bike. Really can't think of another bike that I would want at the moment that would match the performance and looks of this type of bike.

Strengths

For a big heavy muscle bike it looks great, feels great and rides great. On the track or road it performs well.

Weaknesses

The only weakness that I can think of is that there is not a lot of adjustment on the suspension and the rocker box cover seems to deteriorate badly.

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Submitted by mighty mt on Fri, 01/02/2008 - 21:29

Overall Review

great bike very under raited can handle every bit a good as a sports bike if riden by the correct guy

Strengths

very torquie handles very well for design of the bike

Weaknesses

exhaust corrossion

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Overall Review

Good all day riding comfort, good fuel economy. The best looking of the retros.

Strengths

Looks, engine, comfort

Weaknesses

None to speak of.

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Submitted by Tony Slade on Tue, 05/02/2008 - 15:13

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have not for one minute regretted buying this bike even her in doors thinks it1s the mutts specially as she spends most of her time on the tail end.

Strengths

more torque than anything i have so far ridden

Weaknesses

suspension is a bit soft but there are many fixes out there to improve your bike, really depends on what you want from it. not really sure on the 07 model single exhaust goes away from the twin look and the R1 tail lights take some getting used to if you can.

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Submitted by Sheepy1209 on Thu, 14/02/2008 - 18:51

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After a Strom 650 (loved it but wanted a change and more grunt for two-up) and a Pan 1300 (impressive but coldly efficient, and mine was a tatty example) I decided to let my heart rule my head for a change. The XJR1300 looks impressive in black and there's something just 'right' about the air-cooled engine. I hated the screen on the Strom (too much buffetting), the Pan was better but too hot and, for the 90% commuting I do, simply the wrong bike. I'd avoided a naked bike but as soon as I tried the XJR I was a convert - it's fine up to 80ish, which is all I need, and lovely clean air. With ACF50, Muc-off, a hosepipe and a weekend pipe polishing session it seems to be standing up to the winter reasonably well - I don't expect it to stay immaculate, but I think it'll stay presentable. My wife says it's good for the pillion as well - good broad seat, pegs about right. This is a bike that non-bikers seem to like - a 'proper' bike is the typical comment. While it's imposing and looks mean and intimidating, it's an absolute pussycat to ride. That engine's always ready to give whatever you ask of it, with a nice sound to it. A sixth gear would be nice, but fifth is so flexible you don't really miss it.

Strengths

Looks. It's all engine, which is good. Brakes are pretty strong and progressive. Performance treads the right line between bland and intimidating. Fuel injection is superb with no snatching that I can detect. Ride comfort except for some pitching on occasions (I haven't tried any adjusting yet)

Weaknesses

Handling isn't top notch, but perfectly adequate for road riding. Clear indicators on the 2007 are incredibly cheap and nasty. Stock mirrors show nine-tenths of sod all. Extenders soon fix that. LED lights are effective but somehow look a bit out of place.

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Submitted by Upthepalace on Wed, 20/02/2008 - 09:26

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I'm sick and tired of people who slate this bikes handling. It handles perfectly well when ridden with plenty of forward planning by an experienced, mature rider. I have embarrassed many sports bikes on both road and track many times. My '06 model in the dark blue with the 'AC Cobra' stripe looks eally classy and the bike draws attention from admirers wherever it's parked. I made the mistake of selling an earler version, a 2000 SP model, changing to a Honda ST1300, quite possibly the dullest bike I've ever owned and there's been about 30 of them! So glad I've gone back to an XJR, probably the most satisfying bike I've owned both for riding and pride of ownership. It tours with full hard luggage and my wife, will scratch or cruise on the road and do track days competetnly albeit with limited ground clearence. A brilliant bike. Take journo's test reviews with a pinch of salt and test ride one yourself and prepare to be impressed.

Strengths

The motor obviously, hugely simple to ride quickly, brakes (from R1) excellent, comfort but over 90mph causes bit of neck ache but fine for cruising/touring up to that speed.

Weaknesses

Corrossion/pitting on fork legs, rocker covers and engine covers but easily kept at bay with a product such as Scottoiler 365

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Overall Review

really good

Strengths

pulls two up at any speed comfy .giant twist an go

Weaknesses

lacklustre paint schemes

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Submitted by doepfool on Tue, 17/02/2009 - 17:00

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had my 02 now four years, once again a reliable and comfortable bike ride all day no probs. keep below 80mph less strain on the neck muscles. fit a front mudguard ext keep the muck of the front of the bike and a hugger. Portect it with wd 40 etc, fit a small headlamp screen keep a bit of wind of you. Change brake lines for aftermarket Hel lines and brakes improve. easy to work on and service, plenty of companies to individulise your bike. Great all rounder.

Strengths

air cooled engine, brakes, looks

Weaknesses

build quality.

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Submitted by debzwallace on Sat, 21/02/2009 - 17:34

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i love my stripes and the easy handling of the bike. for a woman its a fantastic bike to ride and move.

Strengths

it's a great bike for in the town, very smooth and handles relly well. great weight for a large bike

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Submitted by Big Burd on Thu, 05/03/2009 - 17:43

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nothing else out there floats my boat quiet like the XJR

Strengths

no sore arse after 500 miles in the saddle. More grunt than a stud in a porn movie.

Weaknesses

collector box rots like a tin can in an acid bath. Needs stiffening a bit for the twisties

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