Yamaha released two updated 2013 models today, an FZ8 and FJR1300A. Both bikes are host to a number of revisions intended to keep them at the top of their respective category, with suspension updates and new electronics headlining the list of changes.
The FJR1300A is the more heavily revamped of the two models. For 2013 the bike will come equipped with cruise control, traction control and selectable drive modes, all of which are enhanced by the addition of Yamaha’s YCC-T (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle). A new front cowl headlines the list of styling changes, and the suspension is claimed to be reworked front to rear. The FZ8 is similarly updated in terms of suspension, with a fully adjustable front fork replacing last year’s non-adjustable unit. The FZ8 has received fewer updates aesthetically when compared to the FJR, but does feature a sportier exhaust muffler design as well as a more aggressive matte gray/matte black paint scheme.
2013 Yamaha FJR1300A:
The FJR has received a cult-like following since making the trip stateside in 2003, say Yamaha representatives, and the addition of its more expansive electronics package for 2013 looks to build on that namesake. Yamaha’s chip controlled throttle (previously seen on its sportbike range) makes cruise control, traction control and drive modes a reality for the new model year.
Changes to the two-position D-mode are made via a new-for-2013 mode button on the FJR’s right-side switch panel. Sport and Touring modes are the two options, with Sport offering a livelier throttle response and Touring offering a neutered characteristic through the rev range. Peak horsepower is identical in both modes, and more specifically, unchanged from the 2012 model, claims Yamaha. Cruise control settings are managed via new switchgear on the opposing handlebar and are manipulated in the same manner as in an automobile; turn the system on, set the cruise control, then alter speeds by tapping either the plus or negative side of the CC switch as need be. The final addition to the FJR’s new electronics package, traction control, works with wheel speed sensors to provide sufficient grip no matter the conditions. In addition to ignition cuts, the system also controls throttle valves and fuel. It can be turned off if so desired.
A new gauge cluster corresponds with the FJR’s new features and looks surprisingly user friendly considering the vast number of options within its many menus. Heated grip settings, trip calculators, and mpg ratings are just a few of the features worth thumbing through.
Chassis updates for 2013 are reduced to a new fork design and reworked shock. The FJR runs stiffer springs up front in addition to firmer damping rates and a stiffer shock spring out back. The changes are claimed to provide “more sporty handling character while maintaining comfort,” says Yamaha.
The 2013 FJR wears a more aerodynamically proficient front cowl that matches the new model’s more aggressive suspension. Aerodynamics are said to be improved as a whole, with a larger windscreen providing less vacuum around the rider and a tool-less leg panel adjuster providing enhanced wind protection for the long haul. What’s more, the FJR is now equipped with LED running lights and integrated LED turn signals that are strikingly similar to its race-bred sibling, the R1.
The 2013 FJR1300A is slated to hit showroom floors this month and will retail for $15,890.
Cruise control, traction control...
Cruise control, traction control and a two-position drive mode system are standard for 2013. The FJR's updated switches signify the bike's many new features.
LED running lights and integrated...
LED running lights and integrated turn signals usher the FJR into the modern era.
Manually adjustable leg panels...
Manually adjustable leg panels can be positioned in an inner or outer position for improved airflow around the rider's leg.The electronically adjustable windscreen is reshaped and two-times quicker in terms of adjustment speed.
2013 Yamaha FZ8:
Yamaha’s 2013 FZ8 won’t roll onto showroom floors for a few months after the FJR’s debut but will feature similar updates, including an all-new suspension package and updated looks that come via a new exhaust design and paint.
A fully adjustable fork with preload, rebound and compression adjusters replaces last year’s non-adjustable option, while out back Yamaha engineers have updated the FZ8 with a stiffer shock spring and new rebound adjuster. According to Yamaha, both changes are an answer to some of the only concerns consumers had regarding its naked bike package, which was first introduced as a 2011 model and made popular for its affordable price and do-all attitude.
New fuel injection settings suffice as the sole updates to the FZ8 in terms of electronics or engine performance. Yamaha claims, however, that the changes provide a “sportier engine feel, quicker revving power character and more linear feeling from the throttle to the rear wheel.” Out back, a sportier muffler purges the bike of its exhaust gases. Also noticeable from afar, the 2013 FZ8 seat is wrapped in a new material that’s textured up top and has "suede-like" panels on its side.
The 2013 FZ8 will see showroom floors around February 2013 and will be greeted with a MSRP placard that reads $8890.