Yamaha FJ1200 Overview
The Yamaha FJ 200 is a true modern classic with a power laden engine that emits amazing torque. With sleek stylish looks and those enviable classic lines it will still give most modern bikes a run for their money. Its power driven engine makes it a dream to ride and it rides effortlessly as it guzzles down the miles.
Whether you need to ride around town at a sedate pace or zoom down the motorway at 100 mph plus, it is the ultimate sports touring machine, adapted both to city and off-road riding. Riding it is as comfortable as they come with no strain on the back or neck. Yes, it is heavy, but that doesn’t mean that it does not handle well on twisting roads and manoeuvring tight corners. The only area of improvement is the old styled calliper braking mechanism that is easy to replace.
When it comes to sport bikes, it is in a class of its own that is still unmatched by most modern bikes. The top speed is around 150 mph and it offers incredible torque between 5000 – 9500 rpm. While it offers higher acceleration rather than top speed, it still has all that a rider would need. It covers 0-100 in about 8 seconds, which while definitely not top in its class, is still good enough for non-pro riders.
In terms of durability and quality, the bike is probably unmatched. Bike owners have reported owning bikes for more than two decades without any major issues popping up. The engine oozes power while performing smoothly and is very reliable.
Yamaha FJ1200 Spec
- Seat height780mm
- EngineAir cooled, four stroke, DOHC, 4v
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It IS a heavy older bike. so it won't keep up with the sports bikes in the twisties, but if you want that buy a sports bike. But saying that it does keep up and is more than capable of embarrassing a lot of newer bikes in the handling department.
0-100 in around 8 seconds. Tops out around 150mph depending on what gearing you have, and a solid wall of torque from 5,000 to the 9,500 rpm redline. This thing has supreme grunt!! The FJR replacement has lower power output and because it is geared to compensate with more acceleration, it has a lower top speed. The FJ is still what you want.
The cons are the 20 years old brakes, but they are easily upgraded.
The build quality is pretty much legendary. After 24 years mine is starting to show slight corrosion in some areas, but nothing major. The engines are proven to be supremely smooth, powerful and very reliable.
It's an older bike with older brakes. They will stop quickly but not up to modern standards. But the calipers can be swapped for modern ones without a problem