Just as this issue was going to print, Yamaha revealed updated FJR1300 and FZ8 models for 2013. The four-cylinder, 1,298cc FJR1300 sport tourer (we test the 2012 version in this issue) gets a new fairing design, new headlights and revised electric windscreen for improved protection. It features quicker screen deployment action, and reduced back pressure behind the screen should enhance rider comfort. Daytime LED running lights and turn signals add to visibility and style, and improved intake and exhaust systems are designed for more linear power. Electronic changes introduce new Sport or Touring modes that affect the quickness of throttle response, but not overall power. The new dash, gauges and multi-function handlebar switches allow the rider to control everything from tripmeters to heated grip temperatures. The bike also gets traction control, and the FJR finally gets electronic cruise control. Fork upgrades include new spring rates, an aluminum piston rod and plunger, and the shock features new spring rates and damping characteristics. The MSRP rises by $300 to $15,890, and the bike is available now.
Available in February, the four-cylinder, 779cc FZ8 gets an adjustable suspension that includes new preload, compression and rebound damping controls on the fork, and the shock gets a new preload control, rebound adjustability and a stiffer spring. New fuel-injection settings give it a purported sportier feel with quicker revving characteristics. There’s also a new, sleeker muffler design and a new seat cover. The bike will be available in matte gray/matte black for $8,890.