Sep 6, 2013
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by David Swarts
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A 2014-model Yamaha FJR1300ES with electronically-adjustable suspension.
Yamaha’s new 2014-model FJR1300ES comes with all of the features introduced on the 2013-model FJR1300A and now gets new, electronically-adjustable suspension.
In 2013, Yamaha enhanced its “supersport tourer” FJR1300A with Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T, a.k.a. Ride-by-Wire throttle), two Drive Modes (D-Mode, Touring and Sport), traction control, Unified Braking System with ABS and cruise control, among several other upgrades.
The FJR1300A will continued in the lineup for 2014 at the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $15,890, but alongside it Yamaha will also offer the $16,890 FJR1300ES, ES standing for Electronically-adjustable Suspension.
The ES model comes with a new, inverted 43mm KYB fork and matching KYB rear shock that can be adjusted for spring preload and damping via buttons on the left handle bar.
Four settings for preload are offered, and damping can be adjusted three ways—Soft, Standard and Hard—to go with each of those preload settings. The settings cannot be adjusted independently front and rear, but the suspension settings remain as-adjusted when the bike is turned off and turned back on.
Other than the suspension components, the FJR1300A and the FJR1300ES are the same. This includes the liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 1298cc, DOHC inline four-cylinder engine; five-speed transmission; shaft final drive unit; 17-inch wheels; 6.6-gallon fuel tank; electronically-adjustable windscreen; and 644-pound (646 pounds in California) claimed wet weight.
The FJR1300ES will be available at Yamaha dealerships in November.
Other sportbikes returning to Yamaha’s 2014 lineup, unchanged other than differences in color schemes, include: YZF-R1, $14,290-14,490 MSRP (depending on color); YZF-R6, $10,990-11,190 MSRP (depending on color); FZ1, $10,790 MSRP; and the FZ6R, MSRP $6850. Those prices are the same as they were in 2013, according to Yamaha.