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post #1 of 14 Old Jul 10th, 2006, 11:27 am Thread Starter
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2006 Fjr 1300 ??

Does anyone here own an 06' FJR 1300? If you OWN one, what is your opinion of it?

I am considering one over the GT...

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post #2 of 14 Old Jul 10th, 2006, 11:40 am
 
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Stew,

You might find some useful info in this read -- http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7035

I know Shane Stump just got one and he seems to like it so far.

There is also a review in the most recent issue of Rider...
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Wander over here and read what folks think of their FJR.

http://www.fjrforum.com

And yes, I have one.

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I am considering one over the GT...
Don't be such a cheapskate!!! Just crack open that wallet for a change!

If the bottom line is so important, why aren't you buying a new Kaw Concours?!
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Thanks Mike,

Interesting info...


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Hi Joe,

Actually, I'm going out to view one this afternoon after I pass the real Estate Exam this morning. It's the one without the electric shifter. Notes on the FJR say that some find it hard to shift. The GT I rode shifted terribly hard. So now at least I have something to compare the FJR to.

I may actually keep the LT for a while in case I change my mind. But the Bandit will have to go.

Hope you are enjoying yout GT!

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post #7 of 14 Old Jul 17th, 2006, 12:19 pm
 
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I have an '05 FJR and it shifts fine. A little bit of a clunk/jolt from N to 1st, but after that, smooth and easy. Word has it that the '06 has less of a "clunk". Its a fine machine, but the LTC still is king for the long-hauls. No cruise on the FJR unless you do the extensive Audiovox install described here http://www.fjr1300.info/howto/audiovox.html
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Does anyone here own an 06' FJR 1300? If you OWN one, what is your opinion of it?

I am considering one over the GT...

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MCN just published a GT vs FJR comparo, albeit the AE model. From what I read, if you get the FJR, you'll be happy with your choice.

It was the August issue.

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If the bottom line is so important, why aren't you buying a new Kaw Concours?!
Yeah, what he said......


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Same Subject

I've been considering a change for a while now and it's between the FJ and the GT. I've not had a chance to ride either, but I'm leaning towards the FJ because it's been around for a while and there are more accessories for it plus more web info/help.

The fact that the FJ is only about 2/3 the cost of the GT helps too. (Yamaha Blue is better looking than BMW Blue.)

I've always been partial to Yamahas and am starting to find the LT more bike than I want to ride. I've got that XJ 900 Yamaha that is mostly more fun to ride than the LT except for LD rides and am hoping that a sport touring ride would fill in both blanks.

A friend and I just got back from a trip to Illinois and the freeway parts of the ride sucked, but the back roads wore me out.

If you do decide to make the change, let me know how it compares (which ever bike you choose) to the Light Truck.
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the one big advantage of the GT is available cruise control. no small thing for longer trips.

the big advantages of the FJ are significantly lower purchase price and a bigger dealer network.

both are fine machines.

i still think the LT is superior for two-up touring ... which is the reason i bought the bike to begin with.
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THe new rider magazine says the AE version is not as smooth as an experienced clutch user at slow speeds. At road speeds the AE works fine they say. Good article - should give it a look before purchasing maybe.

HAve fun either way.
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Be sure to check out the MAX load (429) and the altinator output...I think 435 watts.
For me, both were too low.

Gotta love the price!!!!!

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The '06 FJR 1300A (clutch version) has an alternator output of 590 watts @ 5000 RPM.
The max load for this bike 465 lbs (CA) and 467 lbs everywhere else.

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