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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A totally different ride

In May I purchased a 2010 Yamaha Venture and loved it.  I rode it to Des Moines, IO in June and then to Yellowstone in July.  Then in August the bike was totaled after when a lady ran a traffic light.  Four weeks after my accident the insurance company finally gave me a reasonable settlement offer, but only after I had a couple of dealerships submit values for the Venture.

The Venture is a great bike.  I really enjoyed it.  The finishing touches and amenities were top notch and the comfort on long rides was awesome.  It had plenty of power to carry my son and I along with all our belonging for the Yellowstone trip up the mountain passes in Colorado and Wyoming.

The Venture comes standard with CB, radio, cassette, and 6 disc CD changer. The stereo/CB controls were easy to use and easily reached.  I realize the cassette is outdated and the CD changer took up a lot of space.  I actually removed the CD changer (anyone need one let me know I will sell it to you at a great price).

Even though I really liked the bike I had been thinking for a couple of years of trying something different, but I was not sure the wife would go for it.  During the 4 weeks of being without a bike I had time to research and look at a lot of bikes.  I decided on one that I wanted.  I knew that Martha would have to be happy with it so I asked her to test ride it with me.  She did and we discussed out we could make it more comfortable for the passenger.  She was OK with my choice - OH BOY!!

I purchased a 2010 Yamaha FJR 1300!
Waiting to go riding!
The FJR is a sports tourer.  At 1298cc & 145 Horsepower!  WOW!  I had a huge grin after taking the bike out on the road.  It is fuel injected, liquid cooled, and crazy fast!  I love the easy detachable saddlebags.  With  just the key I can take the saddlebags off.  This will be great when traveling or if I just want to go on a local ride.

I picked it up this past Thursday (Sept. 16).  It was pre-owed and had only 757 miles on it.  I rode this weekend and put 300+ miles on it.  I am still smiling!
The "grin factor" on the FJR is 10 of 10!
I have ordered the truck with backrest, touring windshield, Corbin seat, and a J and M CB system.  Now I am trying to find some floorboards for the passenger.
Saddlebags removed
One great feature is the quick detach saddlebags.  With the turn of the key the bags can be lifted off and carried in.  Make it convenient when traveling or when I want to look more sporty.  The instrument panel features a temperature, instant MPG, average MPG, tach, speedo (goes up to 180, but I don't plan to test it), time, two trip odometers, and the regular odometer.  The FJR has a 6.6 gallon gas tank - that will be great on long trips.  On my most recent 200 miles the MPG average is 44.1 and that was with a few quick accelerations up above the speed limit (just a little :)  ).  The electronically adjustable windshield is a nice feature allowing me to customize the riding experience.

The ride is completely different, but so far I am loving it.  I know that if I would have been on the FJR I would have gotten out of the way of that Tahoe.

I am looking forward to posting a review after I get to the 10,000 mile mark.  It sure feels good to be back riding.

Update - Here is the review after 2 years and 34,000 Miles

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  1. Glad to hear you got a new bike and what a bike, the FJR is a beautiful bike and powerful. A friend has one and he's really happy with it, it's a Yamaha after all. I just placed an order for the new Yamaha Tenere, the bike will be here in May 2011. I can't wait, it's a long winter for me. Good luck and enjoy those sweepers ;-)

  2. Awesome bike. I have heard gret things abouththese. They are a real mile eater. 4 weks with out a bike, bloody hell that must of been a nightmare!!!!

  3. George - the FJR is a sharp bike. Back in my younger & single days it would have been a great "chick magnet". :)

    Raftnn - It will eat up some miles and in a hurry if I roll on it. 4 weeks without a bike was rough. Luckily some good friends let me ride their bikes - a Buell Lighting, Harley Electra-Glide, a Venture, and a V-Strom. Great friends!

  4. Nice choice! No wonder you have that grin on your face! I too like it when saddlebags can come off a bike quickly - that makes them really useful and more like luggage than bags on a bike. Have you given it a name yet? Have fun!

  5. Beautiful bike. Love the color. I think you're going to enjoy many miles of riding on your FJR. I can't imagine going 4 weeks without a bike!

  6. When I was in the market for a big tourer, it was between the FJR and the Honda ST1300. The Honda came up at the right price first, so that's the way I went. But I almost wish I had waited - the FJR is the better bike, I think. And if it's better than the Honda, it must be great. A big bike that can hustle too - what more could you want?

  7. Nice bike man is the FJR, i met up with one of my mates mates who has one...


  8. The more I ride it the more I like it. The performance has been great and the gas mileage good (44 mpg). The comfort is different. I am ready to try a long trip on it. Got a trip coming up Oct. 21-24.

  9. could you provide an update on how you like the bike now that you have a few thousand miles on it?

    riding position

    weight (top heavy?)

    tire life?



  10. Kevin,

    Yes I will post an update soon. Currently on spring break with my son. I will get on it before the end of the month. Thanks for the suggestion.

  11. So glad you survived the Tahoe experience and that is a beautiful Yamaha! (Okay, so they're all beautiful.) If Martha is going to ride pillion, may I suggest a "substantial" backrest - it can turn "ok" into "let's go!"

  12. Since I first got the bike I have changed the seat to a nice Corbin seat and we have the tour pack that has a back rest. Martha and my son both like it.

  13. Am glad that you bought a bike. The most important thing is that you bought one that you really wanted.
    I have just bought a V Twin Motorcycle and I love the riding experience that comes with it.

  14. Surely you will have a totally different ride using that fabulous Yamaha.