2016 Yamaha FJR1300 Comes with Improvements

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The FJR1300 was first introduced in the United States in 2002. Its development over the years has been evolutionary. The 2016 FJR1300 is no different. It houses some beneficial new features on both the standard version and the electronic suspension model. Much of Japanese and European manufacturers have shifted their focus to the adventure market, leaving their sport touring lines with no updates or eliminated altogether.

Aware of that fact, Yamaha has kept their sport touring line up to date. By doing some research on the desires of their customers, they have found that these bikes Ares being used less for short rides and commuting and more for full day rides and long touring. They also found that technology is extremely important to the sport-touring rider. So they have added a number of new features that should enhance both comfort and safety.

Both new versions of the bike come with a six-speed transmission with an assist and slipper clutch for easier clutch pull. All the gear ratios in the new transmission have been changed to enhance touring performance with 1st and 2nd gears, now slightly taller, and 4th and 5th gears, now slightly shorter.

The ES model gets front LED cornering lights, which is a first for Yamaha. A corning light control unit that is connected to an inertial measurement unit (IMU) controls these lights. The IMU detects bank angle and successively lights up the to three LED cornering lamps. The standard and electronic suspension models have received updated instruments. The bach has been redesigned to have a sportier look while the LCD center display has an all-new design to allow for easier presentation of information.

The ES version also comes with an electronically adjustable suspension with a total of 84 available settings. Both versions come in cobalt blue and will be available for purchase in March of 2016.