Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Elgin County SW Ontario
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Still prefer my V
Swapped bikes with a friend on a ride yesterday, tried his FJR. I have a background of riding Concours, but had forgotten what a sport touring bike was like to ride.
I rode it for about an hour. Impressions, pretty much in the order they hit me, include:
Lower seat ,heavy lift off the side stand.
Only a 5 speed, and that's all that bike needs. Linear power delivery starting quite low down and redline @ 9000 rpm.
Very smooth, sneaky smooth, power. Sounds and feels like an electric motor.
More acute knee bend, my knees hurt after 1/2 hour. My V has lowered pegs, but still more bend than the stock V footpeg/seat relationship.
Electric windscreen adjustable on the go; nice.
We rode some really twisty roads and again I noticed the weight and the longer wheel base, more effort to change direction, but really held the line nicely.
Changed line mid corner with no complaints.
Corbin seats, even "broken in" are way too hard for my skinny arse.
His impressions of the V:
Great handling, "flickable" bike, light weight, liked the upright seating position and the extended leg room! Fun to ride and cooler in the heat of the day. He also said the brakes were good (I have aftermarket rotors and pads).
He commented on the vibration in the handlebar but none in pegs. He said it was a lot better than the parallel twins he rode in the past and wasn't objectionable. Probably being polite, you could balance a cup of tea on that FJR!
The FJR would make a great tourer with the exception of the tight knee bend with my 34" inseam, but I can't do long trips right now. I wouldn't want it for my every day ride, even for the 525 km I rode yesterday. I would likely lose my license using it for every day riding; too sneakly fast and no wind resistance to make rider aware of the velocity.
The exact reason that I got away from those types of bikes and reinforces my present choice of ride. But if my lottery investments pay off...
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