2009 Yamaha FJR Review


The 2009 Yamaha FJR was first introduced in the United States in 2003, and since its debut, has become one of the most popular sport touring bikes on the market. Seamlessly combining the power and performance of a sportbike with the long-range drivability and comfort of a touring bike, Yamaha continues its track record of building an award-winning ST bike with refined features, in its 2009 model lineup.

The 2009 FJR is available in two sub-models – the FJR1300A, and the FJR1300AE. Both models feature Yamaha's 1298cc, liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder, DOHC engine capable of producing a mean 145 horsepower and gutsy 99 lb-ft of torque. The primary difference between the models is the FLR1300AE features a five-speed manual/auto clutch transmission with Yamaha Chip-Controlled Shift (YCC-S) technology that allows the rider to choose between manually shifting gears, while allowing the bike to handle the job. The FJR1300A has a manual five-speed transmission with multi-plate wet clutch.

Both bikes feature Yamaha's innovative and reliable transistor controlled ignition, 79 x 66.2mm bore and stroke, 10.8:1 compression ratio, braking, and suspension systems. The FJR's excellent stopping power comes from its dual 320mm hydraulic UBS ABS brakes on the front, and single 282mm Unified Braking System (UBS) ABS disc on the back. Its smooth ride and excellent corner handling is a result of the bike's fully adjustable front fork with 5.4 inches of travel, and the single adjustable preload and rebound damping rear shock with 4.8 inches of travel, as well as its super-sticky 120/70-ZR17 (front) and 180/55-ZR17 (rear) tires.

With a fuel tank capacity of 6.6 gallons, and a fuel economy of 39 miles to the gallon, the 2009 Yamaha FJR is built for the long haul. With more than 250 miles of open road between fill-ups, the FJR is an excellent bike for weekends spent cruising the countryside, or for commuting to work on a daily basis.

The exterior of the FJR line of sport touring bikes has Yamaha's signature sharp angular lines, and forward-pointed features found in their line of sportbikes, but this bike's true genius lies in its rider-friendly attributes. The bike's seat can be conveniently adjusted between 31.7 inches and 32.5 inches above the ground to suit riders of varying heights, and the pushbutton adjustable windscreen enables individual riders to find their sweet spot with ease. As if the roomy hard case sidebags don't offer enough storage capacity, the gorgeously sculpted fuel tank is designed to accommodate magnetic tank bags as well, a true convenience when taking an extended road trip. Capped off with heated grips, adjustable handlebars, and a beautiful and easy-to-read instrument panel, the 2009 Yamaha FJR is a class-leading sport-touring bike that's built to deliver the goods in luxurious style.

The only other difference between the two models is their fit and finish. The FJR1300A is available in Raven Black, while the FJR1300AE comes in a Metallic Titanium and Liquid Silver color scheme.

New For 2009

  • The Yamaha FJR1300A is a carryover model with no significant changes in style or specifications over the previous year's models. The FJR1300AE's YCC-S system has been remapped for greater response when downshifting from neutral.

2009 Yamaha FJR Specs

  • Model: 1300A, 1300AE
  • Engine Type: Four-Stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 79mm x 66.2mm
  • Compression ratio: 10.81:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: Fuel Injected
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Manual, Manual/Automatic clutch
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Fuel Capacity: 6.6 gal
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 39 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Dual Hydraulic Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic Fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin Sided Swing Arm
  • Wheelbase: 60.8 inches
  • Seat Height: 31.7 inches
  • Curb Weight: 641 lbs. wet, 650 lbs. wet
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 180/55 ZR17


  • Bike Cover
  • Comfort Seat
  • Grip Warmer Kit
  • Rear Trunk Back Rest Pad
  • Touring Trunk
  • Touring Windshield

Key Competitors For The 2009 Yamaha FJR

  • 2009 Kawasaki Concours 14
  • 2009 Honda ST1300
  • 2009 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 SE Touring
  • 2009 Ducati GT1000 Touring