The biggest sport-tourer in Yamaha ’s lineup just got better. In 2016, the FJR1300A and its stablemate the FJR1300ES saw some evolutionary changes that brought just enough tweaks to make it a smoother, more comfortable ride. Probably the biggest change last year was in the transmission, giving it a smoother ride, as well as a sixth gear, and the addition of a slipper clutch to reduce hand fatigue at the clutch lever.
A stylish revamp of the lights gets a thumbs up with LEDs all around. The headlight throws a sharp beam that pierces the darkness for good visibility, both to see and be seen. LED taillights tuck unobtrusively under the tail, and for the ES, you get cornering lights. The cornering lights, mounted above the headlights, come on when the bike detects lean. The harder the lean, the more LEDs come on to illuminate what is in the turn. This feature is very useful in urban and suburban settings, but only marginally useful on the open road. Still, it’s a nice feature and there when you need it.
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