I'd pre-purchased the bike, (first time I'd ever pre-purchased a vehicle!)
I had never even seen an FJR in the flesh, let alone ridden one. I was sold on the picture, and my previous good experiences with Yamaha motorcycles: XS-750, XS-11, and various borrowed Yamaha dirt bikes.
I hadn't ridden since '96, and that was during my brief, disappointing flirtation with an HD Road King, (that bike was a pig)
As soon as I threw my leg over the FJR, I knew I had returned to a place that I had forgotten, but which was instantly known. The bike just fit me, and I the bike.
I'm sure you're all familiar with the rest: How smooth and powerful; how well-mannered and responsive; how elegant and how much sheer fun this bike was/is
There were small echoes of memories of my XS-11, and vast ones reflecting the dissimilarity between the FJR and the HD-RK
The very next week, I installed frame sliders.
And that's when it REALLY began...
Modifications and additions to date:
- AK-20 fork cartridges with bottom out cup modification, and Penske 8983
PCV with autotune
- T-rex frame sliders
Headlight protection film
protection film on sidebags
Cox radiator guard
- Clearwater Ericas and Glendas (amber)
Hyperlites limited flashing brake/running/signal module, plate mount
Reflective side bag decals
(reflective fairing decals TBD)
- Corbin seats
Alaska sheep pad
Cee Bailey flip pale grey standard windscreen
Grip Buddies (not yet installed)
- Wyn-pro PAIR system block-off plates
Garauld small tail rack (black)
Throttlemeister heavy brushed bar ends
- Garauld rear subframe reinfocement kit
Custom handlebar mini-rack for phone/gps etc
(Also doubles as a switch/control housing for the Clearwater lights)
- Chrome skull license plate bolts
I think I'm nearly done...