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– 2003 Yamaha FJR1300 Review
2003 Yamaha FJR1300
With 145 horsepower, it blurs more than just the Sport-Tourer Boundaries…
Sport-tourers, for awhile, were comfortable and convenient for the long haul but missing that critical ingredient – pure, outright performance.
In response, we created the 2003 Yamaha FJR1300. Cycle World magazine immediately gave it another title upon its U.S. debut last year: “Best Sport-Touring Bike.” The FJR1300 they said, “Combines cruise-ship comfort with a motor that would probably propel an ocean liner at a good clip, all wrapped in a classy-looking silver package.”
The FJR1300’s YZF-inspired 1,298cc four cylinder provides enough seamless fuel-injected urge to blow the portholes clean off any normal “sport-touring” bike you can name – 145 horses at 8,000 rpm. And since half of sport-touring is touring, the engine is also tuned to produce abundant low-end and midrange. Producing 99 foot-pounds of torque at 7,000 rpm means the FJR1300 responds instantly. And it’s smooth as silk all the while, thanks to twin internal counter balancers.
The latest FJR1300 gets a taller adjustable windshield and a small-item storage compartment in its fairing, as well. Even with saddlebags (Accessory saddlebags as standard equipment), shaft drive, power windshield, 6.6-gallon fuel capacity, a thick dual seat and that fullback of an engine, the FJR1300 weighs just 537 pounds, dry (without ABS)
It had to handle, too. The engine bolts solidly into a rigid, massive, yet lightweight, aluminum frame. Comfort and confidence are assured by a fully adjustable 48mm fork, a linkage-equipped rear shock, and a pair of R1-style front brake calipers squeezing even bigger, 320mm discs for 2004. This year, you can choose the ABS model for even greater braking confidence.
All of the old words still apply … comfortable, convenient and practical. The FJR1300 adds a few new descriptors to the sport-touring class: Mind-bending performance. Sportbike handling. Pure excitement.
Estimated delivery to dealerships from July 2003.
2003 Yamaha FJR1300 Features and Benefits
2003 Yamaha FJR1300 – Specifications/Technical Details
USA MSRP Price: $11,599; $12,599 with ABS USD
Canadian MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN
Length 87.8 in.
Height 56.5 in.
Width 30.3 in.
Weight 537 lbs. (non-ABS model) / 553 lbs. (ABS model)
Ground Clearance 5.4 in.
Wheelbase 60.6 in.
Seat Height 32.2 in.
Engine 1298cc, liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC, in-line four-cylinder
Horsepower 145hp @ 8500 rpm
Bore x Stroke 79 x 66.2mm
Torque 93 ft.-lbs. @ 6000rpm
Compression Ratio 10.8:1
Carburetion Electronic Fuel Injection
Fuel Capacity 6.6 gal.
Ignition Digital TCI
Clutch Hydraulic, Multi-plate Wet Clutch
Final Drive Shaft
Brakes Front: Dual 320mm discs w/4-piston calipers
Rear: 282mm disc
Tires Front: 120/70-ZR17
Suspension Front: 48mm Soqi telescopic fork w/adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping; 5.4″ of travel
Rear: Single shock, link-type, w/adjustable preload and rebound damping; 4.8″ of travel
Specifications are subject to change without notice, in accordance with national regulation and legislations. Suggested Starting Price shown does not include tax, title, or destination charge. Dealer prices may vary.