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       YAMAHA FJR1300A

With its remarkable engine and chassis performance, combined with its legendary ‘go-anywhere’long-distance ability, the multi-award-winning Yamaha FJR1300A has come to be widely recognised as today’s premier supersports tourer!

In 2006 Yamaha introduced a totally restyled FJR1300A which featured stylish new aerodynamic bodywork that offers an even greater degree of comfort. And joining the new FJR1300A is the new FJR 1300AS, a variation model introducing a completely new Yamaha technology – the Yamaha Chip Controlled Shift (YCC-S) – making the FJR one of the most sophisticated supersports tourers ever seen.

Both models feature ABS incorporating a Combination Brake System as standard equipment, and also benefit from a number of important new chassis features for 2006. In addition to the new high specification braking systems, both models also run with a wide range of important technical improvements which are designed to reinforce the FJR’s position as the world’s leading high performance supersports tourer.

Totally new bodywork for 2006
In a move designed to accentuate its position as the leading choice for experienced and discerning riders who want a technologically-advanced high-performance supersports tourer, Yamaha have redesigned the bodywork of the FJR models for 2006. This sleek and aerodynamically efficient new bodywork retains the distinctive DNA of the previous FJR model, while at the same time, delivering higher levels of comfort and also projecting a more sophisticated image.

Increased screen adjustability
The FJR’s electronically-adjustable windscreen is just one of the features that set this model apart from other machines, and for 2006 its specification has been further enhanced. In order to offer the rider even higher levels of wind protection, Yamaha designers have increased the range of adjustability to 120 mm, compared with 80 mm on the 2005 model. At its highest position the new screen is 4.6 mm higher and 63.4 mm closer to the rider. This increased range enables the rider to choose the best screen position and angle to suit varying conditions, and also allows riders of different heights to select a set-up that best suits their needs. In addition, ducts have been added at the base of the new screen, and they direct fresh air towards the rider and help reduce negative pressure in the cockpit area.

New width-adjustable middle cowl
Another new feature designed to improve wind protection on the 2006 model is the adjustable middle cowl. By using a two-step adjuster, the rider can control airflow over the knee and stomach areas by adjusting the width of the new middle cowl by up to 30 mm.

Longer SwingArm
In order to ensure even greater levels of handling stability, the 2006 models are equipped with a longer swingarm. Measuring 567 mm between the pivot centre and wheel axle centre, the new swingarm is 35 mm longer than the 2005 design, and this 6.5% increase in length makes for enhanced handling characteristics.

New curved radiator assembly
Both the new FJR models benefit from the fitment of a new curved radiator with twin ring fans in place of the 2005 model’s flat radiator and single fan design. This new configuration enhances high speed handling whilst offering excellent cooling performance. And in order to increase comfort, the size of the radiator air inlets has been increased and a new air intake vent is added beneath the instruments – so that more heat is directed away from the rider. At the same time, Yamaha engineers have also added heat insulation to the lower front surface of the fuel tank, improving riding comfort even further.

Revised middle drive gear ratio
The 2006 models are equipped with a larger middle drive gear featuring 37 teeth, one more than the previous models. This increase in the drive gear diameter gives a 12.7% increase in overall gear ratios, which is designed to reduce engine rpm at typical cruising speeds, ensuring even greater rider and passenger comfort.

Adjustable seat height and 3-step handlebar position
The 2006 models also feature an adjustable seat, which can be raised or lowered in two steps to give a total height range of 20 mm. The latest model is also equipped with handlebars which can be adjusted over three steps to give a range of forward / rearward movement. These two new features allow the rider to choose the most suitable position to suit their own requirements.

ABS with Combination Brake System (CBS ABS)
Both of the new FJR models are now equipped with an ABS system incorporating a ‘Combination Brake System’ (CBS ABS) which is designed to offer greater stability during braking.Whenever the rear brake is applied, the CBS ABS system automatically applies the appropriate braking force to the front wheel using the lower two pistons in the front right 4-piston caliper. In order to ensure smooth and progressive action, the CBS ABS system’s lower two pistons in the front right caliper are smaller than the other six pistons in the dual front calipers. The CBS ABS system is activated only when the rear brake is used. When the front brake is operated, six of the eight front pistons, that is, all four on the left side caliper, and the upper two on the right side caliper – are operated, while the two lower right front caliper pistons of the Combination Brake System are not activated. Combined with the ABS function, which is fitted to both the FJR1300A and FJR1300AS models, the Combination Brake System delivers outstanding braking performance to complement the high performance and potentially high payloads of this large capacity supersports tourer.

Progressive throttle pulley
Another new feature on the FJR models for 2006 is the progressive throttle pulley. This simple but effective improvement makes for a lighter throttle feel in the low to mid-range, thereby improving comfort and controllability.

Repositioned tandem footrests
The 2006 models are equipped with repositioned tandem footrests that are designed to increase comfort. Located 40 mm further forward, 20 mm lower and 4 mm further out from the frame, they offer a more relaxed and natural body position, making the FJR models even more luxurious for the passenger.

Improved honeycomb catalyser and new heater-equipped O2 sensor
To ensure that the FJR1300A and FJR1300AS exceed EU3 European emissions standards, the exhaust system is now equipped with an additional honeycomb in the catalyser, and the amount of active platinum and rhodium elements in the existing catalyser is increased. In the control system a new heater-equipped O2 sensor is fitted, and this helps to reduce emissions by more precisely adjusting the fuel supply just after engine start up, when the exhaust gases temperatures are still relatively low.

New accessory storage compartment
Offering a useful capacity of one litre, the newly-designed accessory storage compartment is also equipped with a convenient 12V 30W DC output. For added security its colour co-ordinated flip-top lid can be opened only when the ignition is switched on, and can be closed at any time.

New subframe;  Panniers fitted as standard
A new rear subframe has been designed to give better operability when raising the machine on the centre stand, and it also reduces overall width when the FJR is fitted with panniers- which are now standard equipment.

Other new features
The comprehensive instrumentation displays a wide range of information and includes a new gear position indicator, and for 2006 the meters feature a new silver frame for improved appearance and better visibility. As well as its new bodywork, the latest FJR1300A and FJR1300AS also feature newly designed headlights and a new tail light. For 2006 there is also a conveniently located headlight beam adjuster which allows for easy adjustment of the headlight to suit tandem riding conditions.
Other new-for-2006 features include white front and rear flasher lenses, and the newly-designed rear view mirrors are horizontally-retractable for added convenience. Heated handlebar grips are fitted as standard equipment.

FJR1300AS  The world’s first clutchless supersports tourer!
Featuring Yamaha's innovative new Yamaha Chip Controlled Shift (YCC-S) system for clutchless gear changes, the latest generation FJR1300AS underlines Yamaha’s ongoing commitment to offering its customers revolutionary new technology that offers tangible benefits.

The 2006 Yamaha FJR1300AS is the first tourer to feature an electronically-controlled gear shifting system. This revolutionary new Yamaha Chip Controlled Shift (YCC-S) technology represents a major step forward in motorcycle design and is designed to make the FJR riding experience even more relaxed and enjoyable.

No clutch lever
The only obvious external difference between the FJR1300AS and other manual models is the clutch lever - or rather, the absence of the clutch lever! To change gear on the new ‘AS’ model, the rider can either use a handlebar-mounted switch, or a foot operated switch. The YCC-S system incorporates two electronically-controlled actuators – one for clutch operation and the other one for gear shifting. The gear shifting operation is fully electronically controlled using a dedicated ECU which determines the ideal clutch and shift operation, and gear changing takes place within 0. -0.2 seconds of the rider’s command.

The advantages of YCC-S
The first thing to underline is that YCC-S is NOT an automatic shift mechanism, as it requires input from the rider, who still has total control over where and when gear changes are made. Rather, it is best likened to a "Tiptronic" system in which the physical effort of gear shifting is virtually eliminated, allowing the rider to enjoy the FJR1300AS’s class-leading supersports touring performance to the full.

As many long distance riders will know, the clutch hand and left foot take the strain in a wide range of riding conditions – from ‘stop-go’ urban riding through to twisty and hilly secondary roads when constant shifting is often required. What YCC-S does is to greatly reduce the effort required to change gear, and by doing so, this system enhances overall riding pleasure and also reduces rider fatigue. Another advantage of YCC-S is that the ECU, which ensures optimal clutch and gear shifting operation, delivers exceptionally smooth gear changes, and this makes for increased levels of passenger comfort.

The YCC-S system
The YCC-S system is essentially similar to the electronic shifting systems used on F1 race cars and Tiptronic gearboxes on a number prestigious supersports cars. However, the technology has been totally redesigned by Yamaha in order to optimise the weight and size of the system to suit its application to a two wheeler. The entire YCC-S system weighs just 4kg, and its effect on handling performance is minimised by positioning the heaviest components near to the machine’s centre of gravity.

Hand shift or foot shift options
The YCC-S system allows gear shifting to be carried out either by hand or foot operation. The new FJR1300AS is equipped with a hand shift switch located on the left side handlebar switchgear, as well as a conventional-looking gearshift pedal which operates an internal shift switch. By selecting ‘hand shift mode’, the rider can shift up with the left forefinger and down with the left thumb, or the rider can opt to change gear by using the gearshift pedal. Although this gearshift pedal looks like a conventional system, it actually operates an internal electronic switch, and actually has no mechanical linkage with the transmission.

YCC-S System Design
The ECU at the heart of the YCC-S system is programmed to evaluate and compile all of the data being transmitted by various sensors which constantly monitor engine rpm, main axle rpm, running speed, gear position and throttle position (TPS). All of this information is used by the ECU to calculate the precise timing of every command in order to ensure smooth up-shifting and down-shifting. Whenever the rider chooses to change gear, the system actuates the clutch pushrod mechanism to adjust the clutch to the appropriate position, while in the shift system a shift actuator and shift rod ensure smooth engaging of the dogs. Another important feature of the YCC-S system is that during up-shifting the system automatically optimises ignition timing and engine rpm for more efficient gear changes.

YCC-S benefits:
- Elimination of clutch operation = reduced rider fatigue
- Smooth acceleration and deceleration = improved comfort
- Seamless gear shifting = better passenger comfort
- Foot operation can be eliminated = no more blemishes on shoes
- ECU chooses optimal shift timing = more enjoyable riding

Air-Flow Management

- ABS with Combination Brake System fitted as standard equipment
- Combination Brake System (CBS ABS) activated by rear brake
- Sophisticated new aerodynamic bodywork
- New longer 567 mm swingarm
- Side cases fitted as standard equipment
- Increased adjustability of the electronically-controlled windscreen
- Air intake in upper cowl for reduced negative pressure in cockpit
- New middle cowl with two-step/30 mm width adjustability range
- Larger air intakes for improved air management
- New curved radiator with twin ring fans
- Improved honeycomb catalyser
- New heater-equipped O2 sensor
- Progressive throttle action
- 12.7% higher overall gear ratio
- Heat insulation on front underside of fuel tank
- Three-step / mm of front/rear handlebar adjustability
- Two-step / 20 mm adjustable seat height
- Newly designed slimmer rear frame
- Revised passenger footrest position
- Stylish new multi-function instrumentation
- Redesigned one litre capacity storage box with 12V DC output
- White flasher lenses front and rear
- Newly designed headlight and tail light
- New easily accessible headlight beam adjuster knob
- Redesigned horizontally-retractable rear view mirrors
- Wide selection of accessories available

The semi-automatic FJR 1300AS model is equipped with the following exclusive new features in addition to all the new features that are listed for the FJR 1300A model:

- YCC-S – Yamaha Chip Controlled Shift
- Semi-automatic ‘clutchless’ transmission
- Hand shift and foot shift options
- Heated handlebar grips



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2007 FJR1300A



Key Features:
  • 145 horsepower, a light and rigid aluminum frame, sportbike running gear and standard hard sidebags go beautifully together.
  • Pushbutton adjustable windscreen and a thick comfy seat for two are perfect for comfortable, long-distance riding.
  • The world’s first supersport touring bike boasts standard ABS and adjustable ergonomics—that widen the gap between it and common sport tourers to a gaping chasm.
  • Advanced air management system and adjustable bodywork, keep the FJR rider looking and feeling cool.
  • Compact, lightweight 1298cc, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine delivers power and torque (145 bhp @ 8000 rpm and 99 ft.-lbs. of torque @ 7000 rpm) for an unequalled spread of muscle over a wide rpm range.
  • Engine is a fully stressed chassis member, allowing for a lightweight frame design.
  • Curved radiator with custom ducting and twin-ring cooling fans keep engine and cockpit cool.
  • Slant-block engine design uses stacked, tri-axis gearbox shafts that help minimize power-plant size while optimising chassis geometry for balanced weight distribution and great handling.
  • Lightweight forged pistons with carburized connecting rods provide superb strength and reduced reciprocating mass for outstanding high-rpm durability.
  • Patented electroplated ceramic composite cylinder bores ensure greater heat dissipation and thus reduced frictional power loss.
  • Low-vibration crankshaft with two gear-driven secondary counter-balancers help deliver a glass-smooth ride with reduced rider/passenger fatigue.
  • Constant-mesh 5-speed transmission utilizes wide ratios to deliver relaxed long-distance touring performance combined with seamless power and acceleration.
  • Gear shift shaft features a needle-roller bearing to reduce friction for silky-smooth shifting.
  • Low-vibration crankshaft with two gear-driven secondary counter-balancers help deliver a glass-smooth ride with reduced rider/passenger fatigue.
  • Four-into-one-into-two stainless steel exhaust optimizes engine performance across the powerband.
  • Wet-sump oil system uses an easy-access cartridge-type oil filter mounted on the engine’s left side.
  • Sharp-looking bodywork and air-management system keep the bike and rider cooler; a central vent beneath the instrument panel cools the rider and reduces negative pressure, and fairing side panels with 1.2-inch adjustability let the rider direct airflow.
  • Adjustable ergonomics: the seat can be adjusted up or down by nearly an inch, and handlebar pullback angle is three-position adjustable over a half-inch range.
  • Long swingarm provides even better ride and handling characteristics, and rear spring preload adjustment is a snap.
  • Standard equipment Unified Braking System w/ABS: The front brake lever activates six of the eight front braking pistons and two rear pistons; the rear brake pedal activates two rear pistons and the other two front pistons—for balanced anti-lock braking in all conditions.
  • Ergonomically shaped, large-capacity, 6.6-gallon fuel tank offers excellent comfort and range and is constructed of steel allowing for the use of magnetic tankbags.
  • Tall overall secondary gearing reduces engine rpm for more comfortable long-distance cruising.
  • Rear frame with integrated grab handle makes lifting the bike onto the centerstand a snap.
  • An additional catalyst and a heated oxygen sensor are located in the exhaust for increased control range and low emissions.
 Additional Features:
  • Slim profile even with bags in place for excellent in-town maneuverability.
  • Subframe-fitted quick-release luggage mounts provide easy use of the standard accessory hard sidecases, which are conveniently matched to the ignition key.
  • Long dual seat features two-part construction using different foam densities for the front and rear sections, ensuring plush comfort for both rider and passenger.
  • Big windscreen adjusts over a wide range, for improved wind protection with little negative pressure.
  • Instrument panel contains an electronic analogue speedometer and tachometer; LCD digital odometer, dual tripmeters, gear position indicator, fuel, coolant and air temperature gauges, and clock; lights for neutral, high beam, turn signals, low oil and engine warnings—as well as real-time mileage, average mileage and air temperature.
  • Sleek, cat-eye dual 12V 60/55-watt multi-reflector headlights throws an extremely broad beam for superb visibility and feature easy-access adjustment knobs; mirrors are easy to adjust and retract horizontally.
  • Powerful dual-bulb taillight features integrated turn signals for a slick, one-piece look that’s aerodynamic and conspicuous.
  • Integrated front turn signals with clear lenses add to the FJR1300’s cutting-edge aerodynamic bodywork.
  • Glove box contains a 12V outlet for phones, GPS units, electric vests, etc.
  • Standard toolkit located in convenient storage compartment under passenger seat.

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