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High Mileage FJR1300 - 116K

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    High Mileage FJR1300 - 116K


    I'm looking at purchasing a high mileage 2004 FJR1300. It has 116,000 plus on the clock. From the pictures, it looks meticulously maintained. It comes with an extra Yamaha top box as well, which is nice.The owner says he has been good with maintenance, including valve train refresh at 100k miles, i.e. cam chan replacement, valve check etc.

    I have heard about the legendary reliability about these bikes. Are there any owners on here who can speak to common issues, or what to look for?

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    Re: High Mileage FJR1300 - 116K

    Common issues for the first couple model years were with the valve train however, Yamaha would never admit to it.

    I don't recall the specific details but it was something about the machining angle of the valve guides and valves not closing into the seats properly. The engines would emit a ticking noise that sounded a bit like a worn cam chain tensioner.

    I'd guess at those miles, it's likely not an issue. Otherwise a bulletproof machine. Wish I held onto my 2005 and simply replaced the shock.

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    Re: High Mileage FJR1300 - 116K

    how much is a bike with 116k miles even worth?

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    Re: High Mileage FJR1300 - 116K

    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    how much is a bike with 116k miles even worth?
    I sold my 2001 ZX9R with 112k miles for 2 grand. Still runs perfectly.

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    Re: High Mileage FJR1300 - 116K

    This was listed under NSFW... Not sure if I am disappointed or relieved that this is very much a work-safe post.

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    Re: High Mileage FJR1300 - 116K

    I would assume the suspension is LOOOOOOOOOOOONG past due for maint, might be easier to throw a shock and linkage bearings at it out of the crate than trying to revive what's there?

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    Re: High Mileage FJR1300 - 116K

    Quote Originally Posted by stoinkythepig View Post
    I sold my 2001 ZX9R with 112k miles for 2 grand. Still runs perfectly.
    Yep, that's the price range of this one.
    Quote Originally Posted by OneCheekRider View Post
    This was listed under NSFW... Not sure if I am disappointed or relieved that this is very much a work-safe post.
    Yep, I have no idea why it got labeled this way. Maybe its warning me about a bike with this many miles High Mileage FJR1300 - 116K
    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon View Post
    I would assume the suspension is LOOOOOOOOOOOONG past due for maint, might be easier to throw a shock and linkage bearings at it out of the crate than trying to revive what's there?
    I'm not sure of the status of the suspension. The bike is really clean (see attached pic). Its a valid concern though, and I should ask the seller.

    EDIT: The seller states that he has recently had the suspensions serviced.


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    Re: High Mileage FJR1300 - 116K

    fuck it

    run it

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    Re: High Mileage FJR1300 - 116K

    Damn dude. If you buy that thing make sure you save some pussy for the rest of us.

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    Re: High Mileage FJR1300 - 116K

    The couple things I'd recommend checking are how creative the previous owner got with electrical "enhancements" and has anything made a home in the air filter box or under the seat. I don't recall them changing much over the years.

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    Re: High Mileage FJR1300 - 116K

    Quote Originally Posted by 02redhawk View Post
    and has anything made a home in the air filter box or under the seat
    I think the motorcycle would need to actually stop moving for anything to make a home in the air box. This one likely hasn't stopped moving since it came off the line.

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    Re: High Mileage FJR1300 - 116K

    Quote Originally Posted by LXnastynotch93 View Post
    EDIT: The seller states that he has recently had the suspensions serviced.
    IIRC, the FJR1300 rear shock isn't rebuildable / serviceable, FYI.

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    Re: High Mileage FJR1300 - 116K

    Quote Originally Posted by loudbeard View Post
    Damn dude. If you buy that thing make sure you save some pussy for the rest of us.
    I can't make any promises.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon View Post
    IIRC, the FJR1300 rear shock isn't rebuildable / serviceable, FYI.
    This is good Intel, much appreciated.

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    Re: High Mileage FJR1300 - 116K

    The FJR I had didn't have a serviceable rear shock. That's always been the weak link of that bike, the rear shock. Kind of soft, I like many always ran the rear shock in two up setting to increase the stiffness. If this guy drove mostly one up, he wasn't taxing that engine. Even when I was loaded with camping gear, running that engine hard meant getting into "go directly to jail" numbers easily. I don't know what the service life of those engines is, but I would expect with 116k on the clock she's got a few left in her.

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