2011 Yamaha FJR Review


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.

New For 2011

  • Gearing 2.7 percent taller which reduces revolutions per minute, adding to engine life.
  • Longer swing arm for better stability.
  • New aluminum subframe.
  • Updated seat design with a handle to help lift the bike off the center stand.
  • New headlight assembly with aiming knobs.
  • Digital display looks more legible.
  • Gear position indicator.
  • Taller windshield is closer to the rider and has better air ducting.

2011 Yamaha FJR Specs

  • Model: FJR 1300; FJR 1300AS
  • Engine Type: 1298-cc, 141-horsepower, inline four-cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.1 inches x 2.6 inches
  • Compression ratio: 10.8:1
  • Valve Train: Side-driven, DOHC, four valves per cylinder
  • Ignition: Electronic
  • Transmission: Five-speed
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Fuel Capacity: 6.6 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 39 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Dual disc, eight-piston linked with anti-lock brakes
  • Brakes (Rear): Single disc, two-piston linked with anti-lock brakes
  • Suspension (Front): Preload, compression, and rebound-adjustable fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Preload, rebound-adjustable
  • Wheelbase: 60.8 inches
  • Rake: 26 degrees
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 31.69 inches standard, 32.48 inches raised
  • Curb Weight: 644 pounds (wet)
  • Tires (Front): 120/70-ZR17 radial
  • Tires (Rear): 80/55-ZR17 radial


  • One-key system for main ignition and steering lock, saddlebags, and optional top case
  • Small under-seat area can hold a small U-lock
  • Heated grips
  • Glove box has 12V outlet
  • Comfort seat
  • Expandable tank bag
  • Sport tank bag with map pouch

Key Competitors For The 2011 Yamaha FJR

  • Honda VFR1200F
  • Kawasaki Concours 14
  • Triumph Sprint GT
  • BMW R1200GS/R1200GS Adventure
  • Ducati Multistrada 1200