2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES: FIRST LOOK

Cycle News Staff | September 6, 2013
Yamahas new FJR1300ES which has all the features you loved about its predecessor but with electronic suspension.

Meet Yamaha’s new FJR1300ES.

Yamaha introduced a bunch of new models back in July, but it turns out that’s not all they had up their sleeve. In their second wave of introductions, Yamaha unveiled the Yamaha FJR1300ES yesterday in Irvine, California. So what does the ES stand for? How about electronic suspension?

The newer ES version of the FJR1300A that was introduced last year has all the goodies that its predecessor model boasted to make long rides more enjoyable: Cruise control, traction control, ABS, electric windshield, heated grips, etc., but now it has the added technology of electronic suspension.

The system adjusts the damping force of its upside down front fork as well as the preload and damping of the rear suspension. You can quickly make these changes with the switch on the handlebar and then confirm the resulting settings on the instrument display.

And they have given you some choices with four options for pre-load modes: one-up, one-up with luggage, two-up, and two-up with luggage. Each of those modes has three additional settings: hard, medium and soft. For those of you not math savvy, that’s seven levels for each.

The FJR1300ES is available in Candy Red and the MSRP on the new model is $16,890 – or $1000 more than the standard model.

The new Zuma 50FX - a sportier Zuma with with supersport inspired coloring.

A new sportier Zuma with the 50FX.

In addition to the new FJR1300ES, Yamaha also introduced a new version of its popular Zuma scooter – the 50FX. The new Zuma differs from the other Zuma in appearance in that it’s more street-styled than the standard Zuma 50F, which looks a bit more off-roading in appearance. The 50FX gets a single headlight and different paint, but it still gets you 132 miles per gallon and it will sell for $2590. And for those who liked the Zuma just the way it was, the 50F is still available next year so now there’s two choices of Zuma.

Yamaha also announced yesterday that they’ve added a color to the R6 sportbike line – grey. The new color is also less expensive than the other two colors (red and blue) since it is less “graphic intensive” – it will retail for $10,990 while the other two stay at $11,190. The bigger, 1000cc R1 also gets three-color choices – grey and red ($14,290) and blue, like Josh Hayes’ ($14,490).

The Yamaha FZ09 is back for 2014 with a new color – orange. It will retail for $7990 – the same price as the other two color options that were introduced back in June.

The FZ6R also gets a new color for 2014 – Rapid Red/White. It will sell for $6850.


2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES

Engine Type: 1298cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder; DOHC, 16 valves

Bore & Stroke: 79.0 x 66.2mm

Compression Ratio: 10.8:1

Fuel Delivery: Fuel Injection

Ignition: TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition

Transmission: 5-speed; multi-plate wet clutch

Final Drive: Shaft

Suspension/Front: 43mm upside down forks with electronic adjustment; 5.3-in travel

Suspension/Rear: Single shock; electronically adjustable suspension: 4.9-in travel

Brake/Front: Dual 320mm disc, UBS ABS

Brake/Rear: 282mm disc, UBS ABS

Tire/Front: 120/70-ZR17 radial

Tire/Rear: 180/55-ZR17 radial

LxWxH: 87.8 x 29.5 x 52.2 or 57.3 in

Seat Height: 31.7 or 32.5 in

Wheelbase: 60.8 in

Ground Clearance: 4.9 in

Rake [Caster Angle]: 26 degree

Trail: 4.3 in

Fuel Capacity: 6.6 gal

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