Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Clarksville, TN, USA
BMW K1300GT vs Yamaha FJR 1300
2010 BMW K1300GT vs. 2009 Yamaha FJR1300A
I’m a medical professional in the Army. I’m 42, 5’10” and a casual rider; meaning I mostly ride in good weather. I “cruise” around and do not try to drag knees or anything like that. I’ve been riding consistently for the past four years. Like most, I compared the FJR, ST1300 and the K1300GT. I eliminated the ST1300 early because it seemed “dated” and it was very heavy. I bought my FJR, new, in Aug 09. I kept it stock. I love the bike but recently traded it in for a new, 2010, BMW K1300GT. I’m not sure why. Probably curiosity of what the premium bike might be like. I rode the FJR from Ft. Campbell, KY to Chattanooga, TN. And rode the K back to Ft. Campbell (~200 mi each way). I’ve only had the BMW for a few days but here are my observations so far.
The seating position on the FJR is superior. The seat is wider and more comfortable. And the foot pegs seem lower and slightly more forward. The seating position on the K felt more “sporty” which hurts my knees.I plan on getting a peg lowering kit for the K.
The FJR seemed to cruise at about 3k RPM. The K cruises at 4-4.5K RPM. No factor; just of note.
My MPG on the FJR was 44.5. On the K it was 42. This may improve once it gets broke-in.
The FJR felt more “sure-footed” when riding compared to the K. On the freeway, the K feels “squirrely”, like a bicycle that was running down hill and out of control. Or, like riding a bike with a very strong side wind. This is probably only my perception and may feel more natural after I get used to the K. Other than that I thought the ride felt about the same.
The FJR engine is silky smooth and was easy for DIY maintenance. You’ll need an engineering degree to change the oil on the K.
There are thousands of mechanics that can work on your FJR. There are fewer mechanics that have the ability to work on the K. There are way too many computers on the K. You pretty much HOPE there is a BMW shop nearby.
The FJR fairing is much smaller/shorter and does not protect near as well as the K. This was extremely evident on this ride because it was so cold out.
There is LOTS of plastic on the K. Almost everything except the frame is plastic. The FJR has plastic for the fairing but much of the rest is a metal alloy. The FJR feels more quality than the K.
The K comes with lots of factory-installed farkles. They don’t LOOK after market. This also eliminates the manufacture blaming you for anything that goes wrong on the bike. “ Well Mr. X of course your bike burned up. You altered the mirrors. Since you altered your bike your warranty is void”… Speaking of warranty. The FJR only came with one-year warranty and the K comes with three.
REAL Cruise control; not a throttle lock… WOW!!
Easier for DIY maintenance
Better seating position
I think the double headlight scheme looks nicer than the single on the K.
Poor fairing/wind screen
Most options are after market
Needs bar risers to be more comfortable
Nice fairing/wind screen
Extras: heated grips, heated seats, real cruise control, ASC, ESA, Xenon headlight
Lots of tech eliminating DIY
Expensive to service
Foot pegs are too high and kill my knees
Requires premium fuel
Lots of cheap feeling plastic
So far, I really like the K.
I think the perfect bike would be the FJR with a better fairing/wind screen and the option of factory installed farkles. = nice ride, easier servicing and less expensive.
I hope this helps someone trying to decide between the two.