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Yamaha has treated its FJR1300A and FJR1300ES sport-touring models to a mild makeover for the 2016 model year.
Both versions of the 2016 FJR1300 retain the same liquid-cooled, 1298cc, in-line four-cylinder, fuel-injected, 16-valve engine with two key changes: a six-speed transmission and an Assist & Slipper clutch. Gear ratios have been altered with slightly taller first and second ratios, slightly shorter fourth and fifth gears and a top cog that’s significantly taller than that of its five-speed predecessor. The end result promises improved acceleration and more relaxed revs at freeway cruise. The slipper/assist clutch provides back torque reduction during deceleration for enhanced corner-entry stability and lighter effort required at the clutch lever.
Both models have updated instrumentation featuring a redesigned analog tachometer (on the left) and center LCD display with what looks to be the same LCD arrangement on the right providing trip computer, electronic suspension and heated grip information. The same left-bar-mounted rocker controls all of the electronic assets.
All-new “twin-eye” LED headlight and LED taillight/turn signals lends the FJR a fresh modern look. Exclusive to the FJR1300ES model are innovative LED cornering lights located along the brow of each headlight lens. The cornering lights are activated by an IMU that senses lean angle, thus sequentially illuminating an array of three LED lights on the side you’re leaned for extended headlight coverage into the corner.
Details taken from Cycle World