I'm another convert to the FJR. I bought a new 07' A-model back in November. I wasn't two-up riding all that much anymore so I wanted to go a little lighter and a lot sportier...but with all-day-long ride-ability. With some ergo and comfort changes (Russell seats/peg lowerers/Heli tripple/Cee Bailey screen) I've got a bike that is MUCH more comfortable for me than the LT was. The wind/weather protection is a step back however. I completed my first Iron butt ride...SS1K...on it in May. Would not have tried that on the LT. I'm not missing the electronic cruise control like I thought I would...I installed a vista cruise throttle lock. My ABS brakes work on this bike. I enjoy how much quicker the FJR is over the heavy LT. Most folks consider the FJR heavy...but coming down from an LT it will seem light.
Wife and I looked at the connie long and hard. In fact, we put off the FJR purchase for the sole purpose of waiting for the connie to hit the streets. It was a no-go for us once we kicked tires and got on it. Just personal preference...nothing wrong with it...in fact, a lot right with it!
It's pretty bullet-proof. No real issues other than the on-off throttle complaint. But it was addressed on the 08' model and most of that can be fixed on the 05'-07' years. 05' and newer are considered Gen II bikes and better off. 06' and newer has ABS standard. One big pro is the dealer network for these bikes...unlike BMW...Yamaha everywhere.
Funny thing. Now that I have the FJR...I'm back to riding two-up a lot more again as the wife absolutely loves it. (I put a back rest on it for her). I still miss the LT...but I consider the FJR much more fun to ride.
For me it came down to a decision between the:
BMW GT - no dealers w/i 4 hrs...so no.
Honda ST - looks like a scooter/ugly bagless/too much rider heat...so no.
Kaw Conc14 - didn't speak to me/wife hated it...so no.
Yama FJR - Awww, that's what I'm talking about!
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