Yamaha's FJR1300 revolutionized the sport-touring segment in 2002, but now, 10 years later, that bike desperately needs a redo. Excepting a minor update in '06—which included an optional (and imperfect) semiautomatic transmission—the FJR is essentially unchanged and lags behind bigger, faster,infnitely more sophisticated competition such as Kawasaki's Concours14 and BMW's K1600GT.
Information from Europe suggests the FJR might fnally get upgraded this year, adapting technology from the YZF-R1 sportbike in a larger-displacement, 1400cc engine. Crossplane engine technology—which locates each crankpin 90 degrees apart (as opposed to 180 degrees) to smooth power delivery and enhance traction—seems tailor-made for sport-touring. Adding the safety net of traction control, now almost mandatory in this category, is an obvious companion move.