At Tarlton International Raceway, with panniers attached

This is a motorcycle I'll never forget... had loads of fun on it. Took it to Magaliesburg, Tarlton Raceway,  and down to Durban on my Joburg to Durban Run.

The bike also won Redline's Bike Of The Year in 2006.

A light and rigid aluminum frame, sportbike running gear and standard hard sidebags go beautifully together.

Pushbutton adjustable windscreen and a thick comfy seat for two are perfect for comfortable, long-distance riding.

The world’s first supersport touring bike gets a host of refinements—including standard ABS and adjustable ergonomics—that widen the gap between it and common sport tourers to a gaping chasm.

Advanced air management system and new bodywork, keep the FJR looking and feeling cool.

New for 2006 is sharper-looking bodywork and air-management system keep the bike and rider much cooler; a new central vent beneath the instrument panel now cools the rider and reduces negative pressure, and new fairing side panels with 1.2-inch adjustability let the rider direct airflow.

Curved radiator with revised ducting and twin-ring cooling fans keep engine and cockpit cool.

Adjustable ergonomics: the seat can be adjusted up or down by nearly an inch, and handlebar pullback angle is now three-position adjustable over a half-inch range.

at the Umdoloti beach

I used the FJR1300 on my 2006 Joburg to Durban Run, and whew...what a fantastic bike!

One of my favourite places on this planet... Umdloti.

at Umdoloti, with La Mercy (where we stayed), in the background

A 1.3-inch-longer swingarm provides even better ride and handling characteristics.

The windscreen is now adjustable over a wider range, for improved wind protection with reduced negative pressure.

Standard equipment Unified Braking System w/ABS: The front brake lever activates six of the eight front braking pistons; the rear brake pedal activates the rear piston and the remaining two front pistons, for balanced anti-lock braking in all conditions.

Taller overall secondary gearing reduces engine rpm for more comfortable long-distance touring.

New-design rear frame with integrated grab handle makes lifting the bike onto the centerstand easier, and reduces overall width with bags mounted by an inch.

Passenger footpegs are moved down nearly an inch, forward 1.5 inches and out 0.5 inch for more comfort.

Redesigned instrument panel reflects the FJR1300’s premium quality, and now includes real-time fuel mileage, average fuel mileage, air temp gauge and gear-position indicator.

New headlights feature easy-access adjustment knobs; new mirrors are easy to adjust and retract horizontally.

Revised throttle cable pulley gives lighter-action throttle pull.

Glove box can now be opened whenever the key is in the On position, and contains a 12V outlet for phones, GPS units, electric vests, etc.

Integrated front turn signals with clear lenses add to the FJR1300A’s cutting-edge aerodynamic bodywork.

An additional catalyst and a heated O2 sensor are located in the exhaust for increased control range and low emissions.

Additional Features include: Slimmer profile–reduced width by over one-inch for better maneuverability.

Subframe-fitted quick-release luggage mounts provide easy use of the standard accessory hard sidecases, which are conveniently matched to the ignition key.

Long dual seat features two-part construction using different foam densities for the front and rear sections, ensuring plush comfort for both rider and passenger.

Ergonomically shaped, large-capacity, 6.6-gallon fuel tank offers excellent comfort and range and is constructed of steel allowing for the use of magnetic tankbags.

New instrument panel contains an electronic analog speedometer and tachometer; LCD digital odometer, dual tripmeters, gear position indicator, fuel, coolant and air temperature gauges, and clock; lights for neutral, high beam, turn signals, low oil and engine warnings—as well as real-time mileage, average mileage, air temperature.

Sleek, cat-eye dual 12V 60/55-watt multi-reflector headlight throws an extremely broad beam for superb visibility.

Powerful dual-bulb taillight features integrated turn signals for a slick, one-piece look that’s aerodynamic and conspicuous.

Standard toolkit located in convenient storage compartment under passenger seat.


The Yamaha 1300 motor is very powerful and ultra smooth


Compact, lightweight 1298cc, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine delivers massive power and torque for an unequaled spread of muscle over a wide rpm range.

Engine is a fully stressed chassis member, allowing for a lightweight frame design.

Slant-block engine design uses stacked, tri-axis gearbox shafts that help minimize powerplant size while optimizing chassis geometry for balanced weight distribution and sweet handling.

Lightweight forged pistons with carburized connecting rods provide superb strength and reduced reciprocating mass for outstanding high-rpm durability.

Patented electroplated ceramic composite cylinder bores ensure greater heat dissipation and thus reduced frictional power loss.

Advanced fuel injection system is ideal for long-distance supersport-touring, delivering crisp, seamless throttle response in a variety of altitude/weather conditions.

Low-vibration crankshaft with two gear-driven secondary counterbalancers help deliver a glass-smooth ride with reduced rider/passenger fatigue.

Constant-mesh 5-speed transmission utilizes wide ratios to deliver relaxed long-distance touring performance combined with seamless power and acceleration.

Gear shift shaft features a needle-roller bearing to reduce friction for silky-smooth shifting.

Shaft final drive system is super-durable and virtually maintenance-free.

Four-into-one-into-two stainless steel exhaust optimizes engine performance across the powerband.

Wet-sump oil system uses an easy-access cartridge-type oil filter mounted on the engine’s left side.





1,298cc, liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC, in-line four-cylinder

Bore x Stroke

79 x 66.2mm

Compression Ratio



Fuel injection (FI)


Digital TCI


5-speed w/hydraulic, multi-plate clutch

Final Drive




48mm Soqi telescopic fork w/adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping; 5.4" travel


Single shock, link-type, w/adjustable preload and rebound damping; 4.8" travel


Dual 320mm discs w/4-piston calipers


282mm disc, CBS ABS standard


120/70-ZR17 radial


180/55-ZR17 radial








Seat Height

31.5" - 32.3"



Side Case Capacity


Fuel Capacity

6.6 Gallons

Ground Clearance


Dry Weight

582 lbs.


1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)


Photo by Noel Barum


Thanks to Andy Roberts, Wilrogate Yamaha and the guys at Yamaha SA for the ride,

the FJR1300 is a GREAT motorcycle... they had to pry it from my clenched hands.