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Review of the 1986 Yamaha FJ 1200:
86 FJ 1200
Author: Last bike I will ever buy, 2007-06-19|
Jack of all trades motorcycle.
All I can say is wow! An 86 and it is still fantastic to ride even by todays standards. The bike is about the best bargain out there for an experienced rider. I have owned cruisers, touring, sport and standard bikes in the past and it is like Yamaha took the best parts from all those classes of bike and made one from it. This is a bike that flat moves when you want to, cruises the hwy for hours on end, will handle the twisties very well for its size and weight, and gives you total comfort while doing it all. |
More tourqe than you will ever need. This is a bike you run thru the gears, get into 5th, and leave it there. 5th is good from 30mph and all the way to top speed. Ride thru small towns with speedtraps all the time and just throttle down, make it to the end of town, and open it up to hwy speeds again all without shifting.
Roll on power is phenominal it should almost be illegal! Cinch to pass slower vehicles by simply opening the throttle, if your not careful it will go to jailtime speeds in no time flat. The bike acts this way with or without a full load. Even most modern sportbikes cannot compete when the throttle is simply opened in top gear. Sure there are some that will but not by much.
Two Up riding is a cinch, very comfortable for a passenger and more than enough grunt to forget the passenger is even there. Foot peg placement is fantastic and not extream cruiser or canyon racer for both the passenger and rider. It is a bit sportier riding postion than most touring bikes but not uncomfortable. The fairing will keep the rider mostly dry and the airflow around the windshield is very clean so no buffeting your helmet.
The only additions to my 86 FJ 1200 are a Corbin seat, saddle bags, and cruise controll. If there was room for a stereo it would have already been installed.
My bike gets ridden on a regular basis for up to 600 miles a day and requires nothing but basic maintainence along the way. No fuel injection, or water cooling to add any extra parts for extream reliability. Fuel mileage is in the high 40mpg range. No problems after 30k+ miles. Take it to the dragstrip about 4 times a year and can still tour the next week.
Only dislike is no room for a stereo and the 16´ wheels limit choices on tires. Oh yeah one more thing, I cant buy a new one! FJR 1300 feels very similar but has taller handlebars. Other than that this bike should be in the dictionary as a picture for perfect.
In my honest opinion this is the best bike ever for covering all types of riding. It may not be the best in one specific style of riding but it is the best for all styles in one bike.
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