Yamaha XJR1300 Overview
The XJR1300 is a bike for the grownups – with a massive air-cooled engine, a braced swingarm and twin shockups.
The engine of the bike started out way back with the FJ1100 in the early 80s. It was a sporty engine ideal for touring.
After all these years it still pumps out plenty of thrust and is seamless and smooth with an amazing 0-60mph pick-up that will put other top bikes to shame.
With the strict Euro emission norms in place, the bike’s fuel injection combined with an exhaust catalyser fulfils the requirements, while not altering its performance in any way.
The thing to bear in mind is the bike is meant to be a cruiser – not one to zip all over the place. It is superb to ride in town with effortless steering and terrific manoeuvrability even at low speeds.
While the motorway is not a challenge it does zip on the open freeway although it tends to drive heavy and does bounce a bit. The braking is also reliable and stopping distances are good.
As with other bikes the overall quality of the bike is good as long as you take care of it in wet and wintery conditions. If neglected, corrosion will set in and damage vulnerable chrome parts, the steel portion of the exhaust and the forks.
Yamaha XJR1300 Spec
- Top speed139mph
- Average fuel consumption38mpg
- Seat height795mm
- EngineAir cooled, four stroke, 4v, DOHC
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Smooth ride with good torque, heavy but handles well
Good power for the weight
A few minor ConsSmall petrol tank of 14 litres means a poor range of 80 miles of city riding before you need to refuel which is frustrating. The petrol tank is too small for the size of engine.I find myself sometimes looking for the non existent 6th gear on motorways and dual carriage ways.The dunlop sport tyres can be slippery in the wet.Could be louder the muffler is a bit too efficient.
No issues so far
Smooth power delivery and for a heavy bike feels very nimble when moving and corners fantastically well
98bhp with world's of torque would always recommend this bike as a do all muscle bike
Oil change that's all it has cost this year . It's a big bike so not the best On fule but a tank will get you 170 miles
Yamaha build quality as solid as a rock
Good brakes, stops well and more grip than my capability!
Nice to ride okay on most corners
Good very fast off the start
Bit heavy on fuel