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New in Cologne Hall 2012: Yamaha FJR1300A and AS retouching the Cruiser of the tuning forks
New in Cologne Hall 2012: Yamaha FJR1300A and AS retouching the Cruiser of the tuning forks

This year at Yamaha things have not gone through any radical change in any motorcycle in the wide catalog that they have for sale. But if they have worried about making small adjustments to some motorcycles to keep them updated. One of the models that has seen these little tweaks is the Yamaha FJR1300A and AS. Let's see what they have changed.

Engine with more electronic management

The most important system that has been incorporated is the YCC-T which is a Yamaha integrated circuit controlled acceleration system. The system monitors the actions of the pilot on the throttle and the ECU operates the servomotor that controls the delivery of the ideal volume of air in the injection. Only with this new system the engine has increased power by 2 kW (approx 2.76 hp)

Yamaha FJR1300A and AS

A traction control system, which detects any skidding of the rear wheel using sensors. As soon as this skid reaches predetermined values, the ignition timing, fuel injection volume and throttle opening are adjusted to control traction and ensure that it returns to the necessary parameters. This system is particularly useful when accelerating on wet or unpaved roads.

On a motorcycle designed for long trips, another essential accessory is the cruise control. This system works in third, fourth and fifth speed between 50 km / h and 180 km / h. The selected speed can be increased or decreased in 2 km / h increments by pressing a button. Any use of the brakes, clutch or throttle disables the control function and can be recovered with the resume switch. This is undoubtedly a very useful tool to help you observe speed limits.

Of course, such a motorcycle would not be up to date without an electronic system that can change the performance of the engine. Here it is called Yamaha D-Mode. This offers two driving modes. Mode T for a smoother power curve and Mode S for unleashing the full power of the 1,298cc inline four-cylinder engine.

In the engine the body of the throttle valve and the exhaust system have been redesigned. The latter now uses only two catalysts (previously four), thus reducing the total weight. In pursuit of that weight reduction, the cylinders now have the inner surface electroplated directly on the crankcase alloy. This way the heat dissipates better and the performance is more constant.

Yamaha FJR1300A and AS

At this point we have to talk about the Yamaha FJR1300AS, which is a version that includes a few more electronic knickknacks. In the engine section the AS version is equipped with the YCC-S system that allows the rider to change gears without using the clutch lever. Thanks to this system, the rider can change well with his foot (as he has always done) or with the cam located on the left hand axle without having to do anything else. This system also includes a stop mode, which automatically switches to first gear when it detects that the motorcycle has stopped.

This system measures the speed of the motorcycle, the engine speed and the selected gear. No more stress when you get in the middle of a traffic jam and you have to go fighting with the change and the clutch. Although if you like to suffer from the YCC-S you can disconnect it manually.

Aesthetic redesign and dynamic add-ons

Yamaha FJR1300A and AS

In the aesthetic section we can see that the front body has been redesigned, mainly in the part of the windshield that can be adjusted electrically. Now it has better aerodynamics and the central air duct reduces air pressure and turbulence affecting the rider. The regulation system is now much simpler and works more smoothly, it also maintains the position when the motorcycle is turned off. This redesign has also completely affected the front fairing and the lower adjustable panel can also be adjusted without tools. All of this offers an improved look on the Yamaha FJR1300A and AS.

The headlights have also been redesigned, now following a more aggressive line that is complemented by a line of six LEDs on the lower edge. The indicators also use LED technology.

In the suspensions we find the main difference between the Yamaha FJR1300A and the AS. The former uses a 48mm diameter inverted front fork and a stiffer rear shock. Her sister Yamaha FJR1300AS uses an electronic tuning systemor suspension. Using a switch located on the handlebar, the rider can select settings for the rider only, rider and passenger, rider with luggage, and rider with passenger and passenger. In addition, in each of these modes, the damping can be configured in the soft, standard or hard positions. The system configures the rebound and preload settings on the rear suspension and modifies the damping force on the front fork.

Yamaha FJR1300A and AS

On the handlebar we find, in addition to the usual switches, we need to control the temperature of the heated grips, the windshield adjustment, and the instrument panel displays. This now features a digital speedometer in the center flanked by an analog tachometer on the left and a multifunction display on the right. This screen is the one that changes with the driving modes and other electronic options.

Both versions of the Yamaha FJR1300A and AS come with a center stand which has been redesigned so that it is necessary to use 30% less force when actuated. And both come with body-colored side racks that allow you to carry up to 10 kg of weight, 30 liters of luggage or a full-face helmet. In addition, an internal bag is offered as an accessory that fits these racks.

The available colors are magnetic bronze, midnight black and frosty leaf on the Yamaha FJR1300A, in the AS version only the magnetic bronze and midnight black colors are available. You can see the list of accessories below.

Yamaha FJR1300A and AS Accessories

  • Akrapovic Lightweight Titanium Alloy Slip-On Mufflers
  • Internal bags for side racks with handles and straps
  • 50-liter chest to match the color of the unit *
  • 40-liter internal bag for the chest with handles and straps
  • Passenger backrest for 50-liter box
  • 593mm high x 510mm wide windscreen (103mm taller than standard)
  • Extra-comfortable double seat for very long distance rides
  • Chassis protectors
  • Protects hands matching the body color
  • Body-color matching foot guards
  • GPS mount for Garmin devices
  • Additional 12V DC outlet kit; only FJR1300A
  • 35 liter tank bag
  • FJR tank pad
  • Hood mounting plate
  • Side trunk / trunk lock cylinders for single key use
  • Medium and large inner sleeve
  • Medium and large outdoor cover

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