Product Type: Yamaha motorcycles
Newest Review: ... recommended as the four times 140mph was hit a blow out then took place. I limped home from the M25 to Bermondsey the last time it happene... more
The Bigger the Engine the Better
Member Name: jonkelly123
Date: 02/06/10, updated on 13/07/13 (1250 review reads)
Advantages: Performance on open road is excellent
Disadvantages: to over the top around town
I have owned two Yamaha FJ1200 and both times I decided the bigger the bike the better it would be for me.
The price of the first was £2600 that was in 1986. The next one a 1991 model cost me £650 on eBay in 2008 but needed a £100 new tyre as soon as I got it so was £750
The tyre was in fact so badly worn that driving it down the motorway from Northampton to London was frightening as at the time they were resurfacing the M1 and the top of the surface had been scraped off. There was also a contra flow in operation. The front tyre was following all the grooves in the road it was all I could do to keep it in a straight line. Next day I went straight to the tyre dealer.
It does use a lot of petrol especially around town and if you use its high performance it can easily drop to 30 mpg.
I had 160 mph out of the FJ1200 in 1986 in 2008 140 was the max I could hit and not to be recommended as the four times 140mph was hit a blow out then took place. I limped home from the M25 to Bermondsey the last time it happened and that was a long journey with a flat tyre at 15 mph all the way.
The motor makes a claimed 128 horse power and has also 85 ft lbs of torque which is a lot for a machine that weighs in at 600 pounds.
The first one I had did 26000 miles and it had clutch slip all the time when trying to accelerate fast as no parts were available in 1986 it was never cured. My riding style at the time was flat out everywhere as I was only 26.
In 2008 I covered 5000 miles on my FJ before selling it back to the guy I bought it off he then scrapped it as no one on eBay wanted it.
The engine overheated so as to make the petrol tank very hot if driving around Central London all day that was in 1986. It is totally over the top for London and it is even worse now as speed bumps have been put down my street. These get in the way especially as 70 mph was possible down the street in first gear as it only took about 3 seconds and that's with me counting.
I cannot recommend the rear top box fitted to the 1986 bike by Givi as it snapped all the time and had to welded back on. The 2008 owned bike had Krauser 35 litre hard side cases on both sides and a top box. These got in the way when driving around town so I threw them away. Which was a mistake as I purchased smaller ones on eBay and the seller would have swapped the bigger ones for the smaller ones. I also had to drive to Devon to get them and it was quite an experience driving home late at night on the FJ with no winter clothing on. On the move the adrenalin keeps you warm but once slowed down for petrol and could not stop shaking it was that cold in early March by Stone Henge.
FJ's have a very good reputation for reliability with every one but the police. As you would expect I was pulled over. My rear tyre had only 5 LBS of air in it I accept. Although about to do something about it a ranting traffic copper told me these bikes are to old to be on the road as they could have any number of things wrong with them. He then proceeded to take my Mot away and said push the bike home! This was as he found the fork seals had gone as well. Then I had to spend £100 getting them replaced and having the bike serviced. I could not tell any difference but the changing of the engine oil made the engine seem a lot smoother. The previous owner must then have thrashed it aroung a track which explains the front tyre wear.
When the fork seals went again after 5000 miles I knew it would not pass its soon to be needed Mot. As it turned out the front discs and brakes also needed replacing. It was time to say good bye to the FJ 1200.
Ps when the fuses had kept blowing it turned out to be a fault with the ABS so I told it all off and threw it in the bin.
Summary: Makes you want to got out riding all the time
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