It's been 15 years since Yamaha launched the FJR1300 and during that time it's remained surprisingly similar to its original form. While the 2016 Yamaha FJR1300 still looks much like its predecessors it's packing some worthwhile updates to help it remain one of the top touring motorcycles in the market.
The headline change is the long-overdue introduction of a six-speed gearbox. Sure, the 1298cc inline-four has always had enough grunt to live with five rations, thanks to 107.5kW and 138Nm of torque, but given virtually every other motorcycle on the market has offered 6-gear transmission for as long as many riders can remember, the old 5-speed gearbox looked a little antiquated.
As you'd expect, the extra transmission gives faster acceleration and lets the engine rev lower when cruising in top gear. While updating the transmission, Yamaha's boffins added an assist-and-slippet clutch to help downshifts and reduce the pressure needed at the clutch lever on the Yamaha FJR1300A
The 2016 Yamaha FJR1300A has been updated to prepare them for the Dainese D-Air Street airbag system. A special installation kit comprising a selection of sensors, connectors and brackets can be fitted to work alongside a Dainese D-Air jacket.
The styling might not look radically different but there are changes to be found. The headlights for the 2016 Yamaha FJR1300 are LEDs. The tail light is also an LED unit and has been reshaped, as has the plastic surrounding it.