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About a year or so ago, I sold my '16 FJR1300A to go smaller. Bought a '21 Z900RS and outfitted it to become my UJM/ST. Love the bike, the prettiest I've owned in 45 years of riding. Meets all of my performance and riding needs except one- it's no good for 2 up riding, as I sadly discovered.

I had purchased my FJR so my high school age daughter could ride w/me. When she went off to college last year I decided the FJR was too much for most of my needs, sold it and bought the Z. Then she comes home for spring break and asks to go for a ride. We gear up and go and w/in 10m she's squirming. By the end of the hour, we're home again- she hates it.

To my chagrin, I'm likely now going to sell or trade the Z and go back to an ST. Initially, I didn't want to buy another FJR and set my sights on a '15-18 Versys 1000. We'd test ridden those before and she liked them. At 100+ lbs lighter than the FJR, I figured this would be an ok compromise. I've shopped, found a couple that suit my needs and almost pulled the trigger but...

I'm a long time Kawi guy but I'm having trouble falling for the V1K tho as it lacks many of the amenities offered by the FJR. And yday, my brother bought a new-to-him '16 FJR and I got the twang again for one.

So now I'm torn between 'settling' for the V1K or just getting another FJR. I know- first world problem. In a perfect world, I'd keep the Z, buy another FJR or V1K but no can do. And no, not interested in a '19+ V1K either.

Thoughts?
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I've had both. An 07 FJR and a 2016 V-1K. If i were to go out today and buy a new bike between the two. I would go with the FJR. Always missed the electric windscreen and shaft drive and extra power when i traded it in for the V-1K....Both get about the same gas mileage...
The FJR is a fantastic ride and the later gens are better than the earlier ones. My former '16 was fantastic- most comfortable bike I'd ever owned. Plenty of performance and practicality too, as well as a good looking ride. I wish it was 150 lbs. lighter though!
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I am fortunate to have both. But at almost 73 years old, I tend to ride the V1K a bit more in the Colorado foothills. I save the FJR for longer straighter rides. (Less twisties) I guess it is because of the weight and seating position. A younger person cannot go wrong with either selection. Depends on your personal preference and finances.

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Thanks for your input. I'm 61 but in good shape. Even so, I'd read so many stories of folks dropping their FJRs that it was always a concern for me even though I NEVER dropped my FJR or was in risk of doing so.
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