May 19, 2024

Yamaha Unveil Updated 2016 FJR1300

Yamaha today unveiled its updated 2016 FJR1300 touring machine.

Although outwardly the bike looks very similar to the current model, Yamaha has made it very clear there are plenty of changes within the bike.

One of the most significant changes is the long awaited addition of a sixth gear. Yamaha completely redesigned the 2016 Yamaha FJR1300 gearbox, added new technology and in the process lightened it by 400g.

Yamaha’s Assist & Slipper clutch technology that allows the use of lighter clutch springs and reduces the lever pressure required to activate the clutch has been included as well.

Yamaha’s 2016 FJR1300 Sports Tourer will be in Australian dealerships sometime next year.

There’s a new twin headlight design that uses LED light sources and a new headlight structure that gives greater illumination, all while reducing power drain. The taillight and turn signal lights are now LED as well.

The top of the range model (currently the AE in Australia) also gets adaptive cornering lights that illuminate as the internal Inertial Measurement Unit sensors detect the bike is banking into a corner. This effectively allows the rider to see around corners in the dark – a first for Yamaha.

There have been some changes to the instrumentation including a redesigned analog tachometer and centre LCD display.

All the features that have made the Yamaha FJR1300 popular as a sport tourer remain – ride by wire throttle, traction control, cruise control, and electronically adjustable suspension on the FJR1300AE.

Suggestions are that the new model will be available in the first quarter of 2016 with pricing to be confirmed, and as always, we’ll keep you well informed.

Steve McDowall