With Yamaha releasing new bikes at a rapid rate, it’s sometimes easy to overlook their existing range which includes some real stalwarts. One such bike is the Yamaha FJR1300, a great touring machine that has been available for 15 years now. And for 2016, the bike has gotten a whole lot of new gadgets and gizmos to help it stay relevant.
Mechanically the biggest change is the inclusion of a brand new gearbox – and it’s the first Yamaha to feature a separate dog clutch with newly designed helical gears. Compared to the current bike’s conventional transmission with a single unit dog gear and spur type gears, this new 6-speed design is around 400 grams lighter and is no larger than the 5-speed unit.
This redesigned box has also allowed the inclusion of both an assist and slipper clutch function. The assist function means that clutch lever input when going up gears is greatly reduced, while the slipper clutch allow riders to hammer down gears without engine rev matching.
The 2016 FJR1300AE/AS models are the first Yamaha motorcycles to be fitted with adaptive cornering lights that illuminate the road as the bike starts to lean into a bend. Three LEDs are located in an upper compartment above each of the twin-eye headlights, and these are illuminated in succession when the bike’s Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) detects that the motorcycle is banking over. Reflectors are positioned between each of the cornering lights in order to project the right amount of light onto the road, and the upper and lower portions of the headlamp are separated by a special attachment that is unique to the FJR1300AE/AS models.
Finally, the 2016 FJR1300 models are prepared for installation of the Dainese D-Air Street system. Unless we’re mistaken, this is the first time a bike that’s not from Ducati has been made to use the D-Air Street system and it’s good to see it’s starting to get widespread support..