Launched at the start of the
millennium in the western world, the FJR1300 was one of the first large
capacity models in the Sport Touring segment to offer sporty performance
combined with genuine long distance capabilities. For 2016 Yamaha is taking the
FJR1300A/AE/AS models to the next level with the introduction of a range of new
features that give a more dynamic sporting character together with increased
riding enjoyment and enhanced comfort at all speeds.
Yamaha's designers have
developed an all-new 6-speed transmission that gives increased acceleration
together with reduced rpm during high speed top gear cruising. Another
significant change for 2016 is the use of new A&S (Assist & Slipper) clutch
that gives smoother downshifts for improved chassis stability when
decelerating, to give more enjoyable corner entry on twisty roads - while the
new lower rate clutch springs give a lighter and easier clutch lever action for
reduced effort on the part of the rider.
All new LED lighting at the
front and rear enhances the look and feel of all the FJR models - whilst new
cornering lights on the FJR1300AE/AS improve the night time riding
capabilities. And with their refined instrumentation and a new Matt Silver colour
option, the latest generation of FJR models continues to offer sophisticated
style with high levels of functionality that look sure to be appreciated by
bike's loyal followers.
New 6-speed transmission for increased performance
With its powerful and smooth-running
1,298cc engine, the FJR is renowned for its ability to cover long distances at
high cruising speeds, and the 2016 model has been redesigned to give an even
more dynamic and enjoyable riding experience with the fitment of an all-new
The complete gearbox has been
redesigned for 2016, and the FJR's new 6-speed transmission is the first Yamaha
to feature a separate dog clutch with newly designed helical gears. Compared to
the current bike's conventional transmission with a single unit dog gear and
spur type gears, this new 6-speed design is around 400 grams lighter and is no
larger than the 5-speed unit.
The new 6-speed transmission
enables the sport touring rider to make even better use of the 1298cc engine's
high torque output by optimizing the bike's performance through the speed range
to produce a more enjoyable and connected riding experience.
New light-action A&S clutch for smoother downshifting
In order to achieve even
gentler and more fluent chassis movement during downshifting, the 2016
FJR1300A/AE models are fitted with a new A&S (Assist and Slipper) clutch
that is similar to the design featured on the 2015 YZF-R1.
The A&S clutch utilises a
slanted cam located between the clutch boss and pressure plate, and this design
offers a number of advantages compared to the conventional clutch. Firstly, the
slanted cam structure augments the force of the clutch springs, and this has
enabled the use of lower rate clutch springs to give a much lighter lever
action that requires less effort from the rider.
Secondly, during downshifting
the A&S clutch is designed to partially disengage when the rotational
torque being transmitted back from the rear wheel to the transmission exceeds
the torque from the engine side. During hard engine braking the slanted cam is
designed to allow the pressure plate to disengage partially and give about 50pc
clutch slip. By effectively damping the forces generated by back torque, the
A&S clutch helps to moderate any chassis movement and instability during
downshifting to give smoother handling.
New twin-eye LED headlights
To underline the FJR's
position as Yamaha's definitive large capacity sport tourer, the 2016 models
are equipped with a new twin-eye headlight design featuring all-new LED
lighting. With its added impression of 3-dimensionality and depth, this
attractive new 'face' conveys a commanding look together with a feeling of
premium quality that perfectly complements the high-end specification of the
The elaborate new headlight
structure consists of a main lower portion that contains four compact and
lightweight LED headlights, with the two outer lights projecting the low beam,
while the two inner lights come on in association with the outer lights during
the high beam mode.
LED position lights with new dimpled lenses
Situated at the outer edge of
the headlights, the chevron shaped LED position lights and their multi-faceted
reflectors accentuate the 3-dimensional form of the new-look assembly. For 2016
all of the FJR models feature a dimpled texture on the inside of the headlight
lens, and this gives the LED position lights an even greater degree of
illumination that not only projects a unique look, but also reinforces the
dynamic performance potential of the latest higher specification models.
Adaptive cornering lights for FJR1300AE/AS
The 2016 FJR1300AE/AS models
are the first Yamaha motorcycles to be fitted with adaptive cornering lights
that illuminate the road as the bike starts to lean into a bend. Three LEDs are
located in an upper compartment above each of the twin-eye headlights, and
these are illuminated in succession when the bike's Inertial Measurement Unit
(IMU) detects that the motorcycle is banking over. Reflectors are positioned
between each of the cornering lights in order to project the right amount of
light onto the road, and the upper and lower portions of the headlamp are
separated by a special attachment that is unique to the FJR1300AE/AS models.
At low banking angles the
innermost pair of LEDs are automatically turned on, and as the bike's lean
angle increases the middle pair illuminate, followed by the outer pair of
lights when the bank angle becomes more extreme. This innovative system
operates whether the headlights are on low beam or main beam, and by enhancing functionality
during night time riding it underlines the serious long distance capabilities
of the FJR1300AE/AS models.
New combination LED tail light assembly
As well as featuring an
all-new headlight design, the 2016 FJR models are also equipped with a completely
redesigned LED tail light that gives a greater impression of 3-dimensionality
together with concentrated mass and advanced technology.
The new combination tail light
is slightly wider than the current design, and features a central cluster of
LEDs for the brake light, surrounded by an outer perimeter of LEDs that make up
the rear light, and each turn signal is made up of group of three horizontal
LEDs. Featuring a raised upper edge, this new tail light assembly complements
the sportier character of the higher-specification 2016 FJRs.
Redesigned instrument panel
Detail changes have been made
to the FJR's comprehensive instrumentation that are designed to offer more
intuitive readability as well as to achieve an enhanced overall look that
matches the sportier character of the 2016 models.
The frame that surrounds the
three main displays is now finished in gunmetal colouring to accentuate the
refined high quality specification of the latest models. A redesigned
tachometer features the same fonts and look as the dials fitted to the R-series
models to underline the sporty performance of this high-tech 1,298cc Sport
Tourer - and for better readability the central digital LCD display features a
block style bar for the fuel gauge, as well as revised information displays and
a low reflection lens.
These subtle yet significant
changes add to the overall feeling of quality, functionality and style, and
underline the close attention to detail that characterizes these top of the
range sport tourers.
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