The 2011 Yamaha FJR is a smooth-looking operator. The first visual impression from the side view is a collection of parallel lines running at approximately 18 degrees to the ground, from back to front. The bike looks ready to run. A stance of movement, even while parked, invites interaction. The racetrack influence is unmistakable. The front edge of the rear seat slightly overlaps the back of the front seat, for an integrated connection. Twin saddlebags are handsome, but the attractive six-sided design, while gaining style points, loses storage room in doing so. Even though a lean machine, the fit and finish show attention to detail worthy of a more luxurious ride. The 2011 Yamaha FJR (two models: the 1300 and the 1300AS) illustrates the form-follows-function philosophy. Performance and handling trump some of the extra niceties such as multiple high-tech add-ons. The FJR is classed as a sport-tourer with full-protection fairing, easy ergonomics, and the aforementioned bags. The bags have liners, which bring a touch of convenience. The 2011 Yamaha FJR, even though not a big touring machine, will be comfortable on long cross-country rides.
This bike has plenty of punch, but safety is in play too with strong anti-lock brakes and great road handling in the curves. The front brakes operate independently while the rear units activate both the single-piston rear brakes and dual-piston fronts. In the realm of overkill, those front brakes have eight pistons, which is better than many cars. Heated grips are available, as is an electrically adjustable windshield. The bodywork is designed to manage airflow to enhance stability and cooling. The power-packed, 1298-cc, four-cylinder engine is tucked away under the body moldings, but the rider will know of its presence when acceleration is needed. Thanks to four valves on each cylinder, breathing is voracious and muscle is abundant. Double-overhead camshafts turn on the torque. Passing is nearly effortless, another safety factor. The engine is a chassis member, which reduces weight and increases rigidity for wonderful, tight handling. Cylinder bores are ceramic composite. There are no liners. Such design improves heat dissipation, reduces oil consumption, and saves weight. An automatic cam chain tensioner minimizes maintenance and engine mechanical noise.