Whilst many people in the USA seem ok with the way their Yamaha FJR300 corners, riding on tight narrow roads here and being used to lighter bikes I wanted to quicken the steering if possible. My motorcycle is 2014 FJR1300A and to me it always understeers needing additional bar input (counter steer) to hold a line and to initiate turn it needed much more leverage on the bars than I have experienced on other motorcycles – even similar large touring models or raked out cruisers. The fanatical self pro claimed experts on the owner forums tried to tell me this 296kg bike steers light as a feather, as light as a 125cc I believe one senior forum member claimed and simply pump the tyres up a little more and I will see. However no amount of extra air achieves anything (surprise surprise). Furthermore no braking was being done in corners and the tyres had even wear. The FJR besides being heavy is also long but not as much as some and I have ridden big cruisers that turn easier so something is not quite right. If this sounds familiar then read on as there is a (partial) solution - and it’s nothing being suggested on owners forums.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
Having reached not quite the bottom of Kyushu but certainly the point on my route from Tokyo south where I needed to turnaround I took some time to enjoy the sunset and reflect on what had been one of the best weeks riding I have had in a long time.
And being Japan there is always a vending machine nearby.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Japan is such a varied country. I have just completed one of the most scenic motorcycle tours I have ever ridden. If you have a moment take a look at some of the sights on my 14 day journey exploring autumn in rural Japan.