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How long have you had your FJR? It seems like a bike you could tour around the country with comfort. Also seems incredibly fast and nimble for a bigger bike. Never ridden one myself. Interestingly, I saw one the other day after I rode across a 19 mile stretch of primitive gravel road and this fellow in his FJR had just done it too.
 

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How long have you had your FJR? It seems like a bike you could tour around the country with comfort. Also seems incredibly fast and nimble for a bigger bike. Never ridden one myself. Interestingly, I saw one the other day after I rode across a 19 mile stretch of primitive gravel road and this fellow in his FJR had just done it too.
I have only owned this '18 for 4 months, but she's not my first. I bought a new Gen II back in '06 and absolutely loved it! So, after letting her go after 4 years, I have been wanting a Gen III ever since. I went for a short ride yesterday, waiting to hear from my wife if she wanted to join me. When she said no, I decided to turn my short ride into a long ride! 250 miles later I returned home just as the sun was setting. The last 75 miles was a very spirited ride due to me forgetting to bring my clear rx glasses. Let me tell you that she is a very capable and comfortable high speed and long distance bike. I'm 6'1 and 240 lbs and with the addition of a Corbin seat, I can and have ridden sun up to sun down. Now for performance... she RIPS!! I believe she is somewhere around 145 HP with 128 HP to the wheel! And the handling is awesome as well. I have made the statement before and it still holds true that out of 40 motorcycles I have had, the FJR is hands down the best all around bike! You owe it to yourself to at least ride one. You won't be disappointed.
Cheers 🍻. Jevers
 

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I have only owned this '18 for 4 months, but she's not my first. I bought a new Gen II back in '06 and absolutely loved it! So, after letting her go after 4 years, I have been wanting a Gen III ever since. I went for a short ride yesterday, waiting to hear from my wife if she wanted to join me. When she said no, I decided to turn my short ride into a long ride! 250 miles later I returned home just as the sun was setting. The last 75 miles was a very spirited ride due to me forgetting to bring my clear rx glasses. Let me tell you that she is a very capable and comfortable high speed and long distance bike. I'm 6'1 and 240 lbs and with the addition of a Corbin seat, I can and have ridden sun up to sun down. Now for performance... she RIPS!! I believe she is somewhere around 145 HP with 128 HP to the wheel! And the handling is awesome as well. I have made the statement before and it still holds true that out of 40 motorcycles I have had, the FJR is hands down the best all around bike! You owe it to yourself to at least ride one. You won't be disappointed.
Cheers 🍻. Jevers
Definitely on my list, Jevers! I had a Valkyrie for a summer, and loved the bike for its comfort. With 100hp and that flat six and low center of gravity, it handled and accelerated pretty well, but nothing like the FJR, I can only assume. I had an FZ8 for a summer too, and that bike was quick felt very planted in the twisties. I somehow imagine the FJR being a perfect blend of performance and comfort. I frequently see Gen II's for around 4-6k. It seems like a steal to me. And we all know you can't beat Yamaha reliability.

One thing to look for on a used Valkyrie was the condition of the final driven gear. They call it the "pumpkin". Are replacement parts for the shaft drive for Gen II's easy to come by? How hard is maintenance on the drive components?
 

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Definitely on my list, Jevers! I had a Valkyrie for a summer, and loved the bike for its comfort. With 100hp and that flat six and low center of gravity, it handled and accelerated pretty well, but nothing like the FJR, I can only assume. I had an FZ8 for a summer too, and that bike was quick felt very planted in the twisties. I somehow imagine the FJR being a perfect blend of performance and comfort. I frequently see Gen II's for around 4-6k. It seems like a steal to me. And we all know you can't beat Yamaha reliability.

One thing to look for on a used Valkyrie was the condition of the final driven gear. They call it the "pumpkin". Are replacement parts for the shaft drive for Gen II's easy to come by? How hard is maintenance on the drive components?
Ooh, Ooh, a Valkyrie! Somehow that bike missed my list. I guess bikes are like women, you can't possibly ride them all! The FJR is a fairly heavy bike but it is so well balanced out with power, handling and engineering that it feels much, much lighter than it is. Even putting it on the center stand is easy. I haven't heard of any problems with the pumpkins, but I will give you a tip. Join the
FJRforum and you will be amazed at the wealth of information that is available. I have heard of a ground wire issue with the Gen IIs called a " spider bite ". Otherwise they are a good value. I looked at the Gen IIs, but I wanted to upgrade to a Gen III with Cruise Control, Electronic Suspension, etc. Also, being only 4 years old with only 3k miles tipped the scale for me. Good luck with your search! Jevers
 
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