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– 2012 Yamaha XJR1300
2012 Yamaha XJR1300 Review
Muscular, powerful street machine
What you’re feeling is natural. It’s the excitement, tinged with awe, of viewing a XJR1300. This is a big machine. It’s big on power, big on technology, and big on street-dominating style. It’s an eye-grabbing engineering masterpiece that bonds classic air-cooled engine design with four valves per cylinder, fuel injection and a great-sounding EXUP exhaust. The superbly balanced chassis completes the picture, with a double cradle tubular steel frame.
The chunky 43 mm front forks, three-spoke alloy wheels and monobloc 4-piston front brake calipers with floating discs add even more muscularity. This is a machine that comes with style and size.
Dominate the road
At Yamaha we have a reputation for breaking through boundaries. We’ve proven ourselves repeatedly by winning competitions on the tarmac and in the dirt, and you can count on our legendary spirit for high-tech bikes that also deliver winning performances on the street.
Our street machines are made to intimidate with their styling, from the muscular grace of the XJR1300 to the Supermotard flair of the XT660X or the zippy playfulness of the YBR250.
But they’re also made to back up those looks with serious performance – with engines made for quick acceleration, and chassis designed for comfort and handling.
One look over the timeless line, one listen to that classic burble and you know it’s the definitive air-cooled muscle bike . The fuel-injected XJR utilises contemporary engine technologies like a supersport derived fuel injection system, forged pistons with carburised rods and electroplated alloy cylinders, for contemporary performance. It’s the same story with the chassis – superbike spec brakes, wheels and tyres meet Ã–hlins rear suspension for brilliant steering and handling.
2012 Yamaha XJR1300 Highlights and Key Features:
1,251cc 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine
Muscular tubular steel frame
Massive torque output
Three-spoke alloy wheels
Big, intimidating style
Bold and dynamic engine architecture
The 4-2-1 exhaust system features optimised size and length pipes to maximise engine performance. It’s one reason the XJR is known for glorious low-rpm torque.
High-specification Ã–hlins rear shocks are designed to offer a linear and direct feel, with optimised rebound and compression damping characteristics for superb traction and handling performance.
The long-range 21-litre fuel tank features a rotary fuel pump. The tank and flush fitting lockable fuel cap mirrors the XJR maxim – neat, simple, strong and stylish.
DOHC air-cooled powerplant with electroplated alloy cylinders, forged pistons mated to carburised rods and the cleanrunning performance of fuel injection.
The XJR1300’s 43mm diameter forks are well-known for their plush suspension action and the light handling feel.
2012 Yamaha XJR1300 Features and Benefits
Big, beautiful powerplant
The XJR1300 has the big, burly engine to back up its powerful looks. The air-cooled, 4-stroke, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valve, DOHC engine produces a mighty 71.9 kW (98 PS) of power at 8,000 rpm and torque of 108.4 Nm (11.1 kg-m) at 6,000 rpm.
Boldly styled chassis
With a bike this powerful, you want to make an impact. The frame of the XJR1300 ensures that you do. The superbly balanced chassis accentuates the bike’s bulk, and the double cradle tubular steel frame, reinforced with a box-section aluminium swingarm, gives even more muscularity.
Lightweight 3-spoke alloy wheels
Serious power demands strong traction and handling. The XJR1300’s 3-spoke alloy wheels minimise unsprung weight for sharp steering while the wide tyres provide excellent road-holding.
Chunky, adjustable suspension
To fully appreciate great power, you need to stay comfortable. The XJR1300’s suspension system is based around fully-adjustable Ã–hlins shocks, and chunky, muscular-looking 43 mm front forks, which provide total cushioning against rougher sections of road.
Vocal EXUP exhaust
With the XJR1300, your arrival is announced as much by the powerful purr of the engine as by the dominating looks of the bodywork. That purr is accentuated by the great sound of the upswept, low emission, EXUP exhaust. It’s the kind of simple pleasure that you only get from a classically-styled muscle bike.
Power is nothing without control and the XJR1300’s 298 mm dual disc front brake with monobloc four-piston calipers do just that – and the discs not only ensure keep you in charge at all times, but look great too.
2012 Yamaha XJR1300 – USA Specifications/Technical Details
Model Not Available in the USA (but it should be Yamaha!)
2012 Yamaha XJR1300 – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: MSRP* $NA
Model Not Available in Canada (but it should be Yamaha!)
2012 Yamaha XJR1300 – European Specifications/Technical Details
European MSRP Price: NA
Engine type air-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valves
Bore x stroke 79.0 mm x 63.8 mm
Compression ratio 9.7 : 1
Maximum power 71.9 kW (98PS) @ 8,000 rpm
Maximum Torque 108.4 Nm (11.1 kg-m) @ 6,000 rpm
Lubrication system Wet sump
Carburettor Electronic Fuel Injection
Clutch Type Wet, multiple-disc coil spring
Ignition system TCI
Starter system Electric
Transmission system Constant Mesh, 5-speed
Final transmission Chain
Frame Steel Double Cradle
Front suspension system Telescopic forks
Front travel 130 mm
Caster Angle 25º
Trail 100 mm
Rear suspension system Dual shock
Rear Travel 125 mm
Front brake Hydraulic dual disc, Ã˜ 298 mm
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, Ã˜ 267 mm
Front tyre 120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear tyre 180/55 ZR17M/C (73W)
Overall length 2,175 mm
Overall width 765 mm
Overall height 1,115 mm
Seat height 795 mm
Wheel base 1,500 mm
Minimum ground clearance 125 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and
Fuel tank capacity 21 litres
Oil tank capacity 4.2 litres
2012 Yamaha XJR1300 – Australian Specifications/Technical Details
Australia MSRP Price:
Engine Type Air-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, in-line four
Displacement 1251 cc
Bore x Stroke 79.0 x 63.8 mm
Compression Ratio 9.7:1
Lubrication System Wet sump
Fuel Management EFI
Starter System Electric
Fuel Tank Capacity 21 L
Final Transmission Chain drive
Length 2175 mm
Width 765 mm
Height 1115 mm
Seat Height 795 mm
Wheelbase 1500 mm
Ground Clearance 125 mm
Wet Weight 245 kg with 21 litres of fuel
Frame Type Steel double cradle
Suspension Front Telescopic fork with 130mm travel
Suspension Rear Monocross with 120mm travel
Brakes Front Dual discs
Brakes Rear Single disc
Tyres Front 120/70 ZR17 MC (58W)
Tyres Rear 180/55 ZR17 MC (73W)