Akrapovic leaks 2013 Yamaha FJR1300

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Perusing Akrapovic’s new exhaust catalog, our friends at Dutch motorcycle news site Oliepeil noticed something odd. This is clearly a Yamaha FJR1300, just one wearing a slightly modified fairing, blunter subframe and taller screen. Oh right, that must be the heavily rumored 2013 Yamaha FJR1300 then.


Scheduled for an official unveiling at Intermot next week, its rumored that the now very long-in-the-tooth FJR will receive a boost in capacity and maybe traction control, but not much else. Those rumors are born out in these photos, which show new side fairings, a slightly revised subframe and cleaner clocks, but an identical frame, engine cases and most other components.

Old clocks.

New rear.

  • Gene

    As much as I hate my unreadable red-on-black speedo, I hate digital speedos worse. I hope they haven’t put that shit on there.

    And I can’t tell in the first pic if that’s just some sort of insert, or is that RC-51 style side mounted radiators? It also looks like they dropped the useless flip-out wings too.

    • nick2ny

      You might like this thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=700510


      • Kevin

        The display on my Multi is easy to read day and night, all the info you need right there where you need it. I don’t get the hate.

        • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

          I hate having a linear tach on my Multi; I much prefer a rotary tach — whether analog or digital.

          The ANGLE of a rotary indicator is much easier to see at a glance than the position of an indicator (or ladder of indicators) on a linear scale. That’s because any position on a linear scale requires at least two additional reference points (start and end) in order for the human eye/brain to process the position along the scale. On the other hand, an angle indicator does not need any hard reference points because your eye/brain is already tuned to process angle versus invisible horizontal and vertical axes.

          For example, imagine a completely featureless clock on a white wall; just the hands are visible — and nothing else. With a quick glance, you could still tell the time.

  • http://www.BrewSmith.com.au dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

    Has it really changed? I can’t tell…

    • Rick

      Note the 2013′s tank is cut-out for a height adjustable seat. That, a facelift, and maybe another 50cc…talk about your all out efforts!

  • Rick

    Is this appliance from the same Yamaha which produces the stellar M1 line of MotoGP racebikes? Help us, Furusawa-san, bring back the magic!

  • Glenngineer

    Probably still a nice bike, probably still going to sell a bunch to old guys.

    • Steve

      Jesus, it sucks being old. All I want to ride are bikes with huge power and great handling and excellent brakes that I can ride all day for days on end, as far as I please. And commute with as aggressively as any squid if I so choose. I hate being so old and doomed to these big pigs. But, at least I can ride every day, except when the snow and ice pile up on my street, and smile thinking about the squids in their cages whining.

      • jonoabq

        What is the approximate age for being “motorcycling old” these days? fwiw I can comfortably spend back to back eight hour days in the saddle on my speed triple. I’m 48. I’ve done similar trips on a sport touring bike and it feels about the same…except that the sporty mountain bits are more fun on the triple.

        • aristurtle

          “Motorcycling old” is when you can afford to just drop $10K on a new bike like this without worrying about it, rather than constantly scanning Craigslist for something nice that was only crashed a little bit.

          • Ganesh

            I purchased my FJR at 33 years old – I have a 996 and a streetfighterS but I love my sport tourers and ok being “old” – now I am at 40. Despite having money to drop on 4 or 5 bikes I still want a great all round z/ sport tourer bike. Sport tourers are like super sport sedans – makes a ton of sense

    • Kevin

      Yeah because comfort, range, power and storage only matter when you are old.

      Least. Favorite. Aspect. Of HFL: all the knocking on older riders.

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    • Glenngineer

      Join the rest of us in reality – look at the people who actually own FJRs – they’re almost universally baby boomers. I fucking love them (the FJRs), but the people that lay down the money are older riders.

      • Ganesh

        Am I not the majority who loves my superbikes, streefighters and sport tourers – all sport tourers suck now and FJr sucks the least imho ( I own one)

        why can we have this with proper usd suspension, radial brakes, and 100lbs less

        • Roman

          What’s wrong with the Connie14? But I agree on the whole, the sport-touring segment has been mostly overtaken by GS1200 clones as the segment of choice for the, ahem…mature rider. Aprilia needs to put out a V4 Futura, stat!

        • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

          The Multistrada 1200 is a fine sport tourer as well as a comfortable (on the street) superbike too. And it is indeed 100 lbs lighter than the FJR1300.

          • Ganesh

            The multistrada is as stupid as a suv that is sport tuned to go fast – but then again that is what you will hear from me as I am vertically challenged. Anothe negative is almost all of these enduro tourers have a 1/2 a saddlebag and look goofy – do you get it I hate them because I don’t have 34″ inseam.

            Roman, I have had long rides on a connie14, k1300gt and fjr sucks the least. Yes a v4 future would be cool or even a fjr that is 100lbs lighter with proper sport bike components like suspension, brakes with modern electronics would be nice.

  • tomwito
  • 10/10ths

    V4 Futura? Say, I like the way you think, young man.

    • Glenngineer

      Sign me up. Wasn’t the rumor the RSV4 motor had enough meat to bore out to 1200cc?