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2003 Yamaha FJR1300: “The FJR’s compact, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 1,298cc DOHC in-line four with 16 valves, five-speed transmission and shaft final drive were designed from the ground up for its mission, smoothly cranking out 125 horsepower at the rear wheel and handling like a big sportbike. In addition to its very usable detachable hard saddlebags, luggage rack, remote two-position rear spring preload adjuster, large 6.6-gallon fuel tank and available top trunk, for 2004 the FJR’s electric windscreen will grow 4 inches, its front brake will be improved and suspension settings revised. The coup de grâce is a second model available with anti-lock brakes, Yamaha’s first ABS-equipped bike since the 1993 FJ1200…[The] FJR is that big cushy sportbike with ample style, wind protection, power, comfort and handling that serious sport-touring riders dream about. We have yet to meet an FJR owner who has anything bad to say about the bike—most coo over it like a newfound love. With so much good and so little bad, is it any wonder we chose the 2003 FJR1300 as Rider’s Motorcycle of the Year?” (Rider, June 2003; photo courtesy Yamaha)

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