Hmm...well I could have had any of these (except the C14 wasn't out yet). Cost was a factor but not a barrier to entry for me. I will say that I have a strong bias to the FJR based purely on cosmetics but that's a very subjective measure. I think it's far and away the best looking of the four.
I've finally put 10k miles on my '06 FJR (been riding the R80/7 a lot
) and I just don't get to take many long trips due to my schedule. Still, I'm riding the FJR nearly every day so I feel I know the bike and its pros/cons well.
Before I go further I should point out that I took a bike that cost me $12k new and added approximately $3,500 in farkles to set it up for LD riding including:
Electronic cruise control (Audiovox - $99 works flawlessly and looks factory)
Bixenon HID headlights (Hi/Lo telescoping) - fantastic, no need for aux lights
VStream windshield - best I've ever owned on a bike
Sargent seat - best non-custom seat EVER!!!
Steering stem mount for 2720 GPS
BMW-style power port in dash
Sirius sat radio-in-a-tank-bag
Yamaha top box
Staintune pipes (God's own sweet music!)
Powercommander (purely a vanity item, bike didn't need it)
With these mods, the bike is absolutely fantastic for me. All day comfort, rocket ship power, handles like it's on rails, I just could not be happier.
I do my own service (which consists of fluid changes until $24k miles) but I have had the dealer repair the following (all factory recalls for which Yamaha contacted me very promptly):
Top box bracket was replaced due to reports of cracking (mine did not)
Gauge cluster replaced due to faulty firmware that incorrectly calculated instant MPG (big freaking deal but why not? it was free)
ECU replaced to correct a very minor programming error that could cause surging under certain combinations of altitude change and riding pattern (also never impacted me).
I'll ride this bike until the wheels fall off. If BMW corrects the rear drive issues by then, I'll be looking at BMW again, otherwise it'll be another FJR (or what ever replaces it).