[OntVFR] OntVFR Digest, Vol 42, Issue 12 FJR discussions

Randle Taylor randle.taylor at gmail.com
Thu Aug 10 11:58:22 EDT 2017

I'd probably give up my first born (and I like her a lot!) for one of the
new 1290 GT's.  The 1290 is one of the few bikes that makes me tingle when
I watch videos of it.  Your license may be short lived if you take the
plunge :)

On 10 August 2017 at 11:27, Andrew Carlyle <carlyle.andrew at gmail.com> wrote:

> If you really want power and handling in a sport touring bike it looks
> like the KTM Super Duke 1290 could be just the ticket. More powerful than
> any of its competition at 173 horse power but according to the reviews is
> comfortable to ride and will accommodate a passenger comfortably.  Only
> about 450 lbs dry weight too.
> I rode last year in California with a guy who had one. My Ducati is no
> slouch in the power compartment and on paper should be somewhat close to
> the KTM but in the real world it just didn't seem like it. He would crank
> the throttle and just be gone.
> I have to admit that I have been noodling on trading the Ducati for one of
> these things. I know its not sensible and I know it would be expensive but
> every time I look at this bike my eyes kind of glaze over and I feel a sort
> of thrill in the pit of my stomach. Maybe I need therapy.
> On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 11:08 AM, Randle Taylor <randle.taylor at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I've ridden a 2016 FJR a few times. It is an absolute rocket ship, very
>> comfortable, handles well for such a heavy bike, and highly adjustable to
>> suit your needs but I agree with Brad's assessment on the engine
>> character.  A little too "clinical" or electrical for me but I feel the
>> same way about most I4's I've ridden.   It just lacks the visceral feeling
>> of a twin/triple/V4.
>> On 10 August 2017 at 09:59, mike mckinnon <2bikemike at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Brad what do you mean by character?
>>> I've ridden my buds 2007 and now his 2016 replacement.   Both bikes feel
>>> like you're sitting on a reactor.  He put over 200k kliks on the 07 and not
>>> a glitch.  The throttle was power on demand.  That thig was a rocket.  But,
>>> egos like higher bars, adjustable, are what I consider better cuz I'm older
>>> in the back, even though my brain still likes to be 20.   My bud is also 65
>>> and he puts kliks on his bike traveling all over US and quebec and ontario
>>> to fjr &ST rallies cuz he had an ST before.  He is adiment the fjr is
>>> better all round.   Fjr has great luggage space with top case like my wing
>>> has.
>>> Oh ya it has a center stand standard the vfr 100 does not.
>>> So based on my experience and exposure to fjr my feelings about them are
>>> different.   If I was ever to change my vfr it would definitely be fjr.
>>> These days I putter on my c50t mostly but when it cools off I speed up to
>>> vfr for about 4-5hrs only.  I'm to cramped on vfr now to go longer.  The
>>> fjr is less cramped for me.  That would be another bonus I'd get on one.
>>> But retired with 3 bikes it's ok to keep the vfr as is with helli's as is.
>>>   When I need fast & powerful  the wing fills that bill.
>>> Besides busy, how else is Moncton for ya?
>>> On Aug 10, 2017 7:06 AM, "Taylor, Brad" <brad.taylor at tc.gc.ca> wrote:
>>>> I've been without a VFR for almost two years now as I sold my RWB 2007
>>>> in the summer of 2015. I've been so busy since that I haven't even given
>>>> another bike much thought but when I take the plunge again it will probably
>>>> be for a VFR 1200. The additional power, great ergonomics, luggage an
>>>> appearance are just the right balance. I've looked at the FJR and at one
>>>> time it was at the top of my list but the motor lacks character, much like
>>>> many inline 4s and that is so important to me. My second choice would be a
>>>> Ducati Multistrada. Cost is the only thing that will probably keep me off a
>>>> Duc.
>>>> Brad Taylor
>>>> Civil Aviation Safety Inspector/Inspecteur de la sécurité de l'aviation
>>>> civile
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>>> Message: 1
>>>> Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2017 13:36:03 -0600
>>>> From: David Davidson <did at rogers.com>
>>>> To: "The Ontario VFR Club mailing list." <ontvfr at vfr.on.ca>
>>>> Subject: Re: [OntVFR] 1st time 25 yrs I am vfrless.
>>>> Message-ID: <C7B894F6-31CE-4FFE-ADC7-1316E907A0A6 at rogers.com>
>>>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
>>>> FJR's seem to have a universal following.  I'm thinking about a 97-02
>>>> ST, probably more for value and reliability than anything else.
>>>> Happy to hear what others think...
>>>> ---David
>>>> > On Aug 9, 2017, at 12:20 PM, mike mckinnon <2bikemike at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> >
>>>> > Fjr is more like an enhanced vfr than the st.   More power and less
>>>> heavy dry weight.  Quick handling as needed.  With the top case it compares
>>>> to goldwing storage.
>>>> >
>>>> > Can you tell I like the fjr over ST?
>>>> >
>>>> > cheers
>>>> > 2bikemike
>>>> >
>>>> >> On Aug 9, 2017 1:02 PM, "David Davidson" <did at rogers.com> wrote:
>>>> >> John - any feedback on what the bike is like for riding 2 up? I'm
>>>> getting very close to joining the FJR/ST camp for better touring and riding
>>>> with a passenger.
>>>> >>
>>>> >> ---David
>>>> >>
>>>> >>> On Aug 9, 2017, at 7:52 AM, John Power <jksp1944 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> >>>
>>>> >>> Sold my Vfr and bought a 2009 CBF1000A. Find it is superior to a VFR
>>>> >>> in all respect especially touring. It is fast, handles excellent,
>>>> >>> great brakes and for long distance the stock seat is the best I have
>>>> >>> ever seen. VFR has great engine but is not even close to the
>>>> >>> CBF1000A in all other respects John Power
>>>> >>>
>>>> >>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>> >>>
>>>> >>>> On Aug 9, 2017, at 12:17 AM, Peter Chang <pjchang at rogers.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> >>>>
>>>> >>>> Sounds like the right choice..... If I wised up, I might make the
>>>> same choice.
>>>> >>>>
>>>> >>>> 3 tanks of fuel through the vfr this year....
>>>> >>>>
>>>> >>>> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
>>>> >>>>
>>>> >>>> On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 11:10 PM, quentin at lageer.com
>>>> >>>> <quentin at lageer.com> wrote:
>>>> >>>> Well it was a mixed emotions day, but my 92 has found a new home.
>>>>   I have not been riding it very much over the last 3 or 4 years. Maybe
>>>> putting 2000km on a year if I was lucky. The last 2 years I didn't even
>>>> have it on the road at all.
>>>> >>>>
>>>> >>>> My boys are really liking the kid size 4wheelers and I am sure my
>>>> bil is wishing I would get my own machine and the selling of the VFR was
>>>> the first step in daddy getting his own machine.
>>>> >>>>
>>>> >>>> The vfr went to a nice guy in TO who works in Stoffville. So I am
>>>> sure that it will get more use then what what I am able to do.
>>>> >>>>
>>>> >>>> So I will go back into lurking mode and enjoy the commentaries
>>>> that go on about reg/rec, oil vs wd40, tires, seargent vs Corbin, Dino vs
>>>> synth.... the list goes on.
>>>> >>>>
>>>> >>>> So see yah on the 4wheeler trails.
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