Written on: 23/10/2013
Had my 1200 3cv for around 7 years now, had an xj900f before that. the fj1200 is easy to ride i do short and long journeys and never have any pain. i have done a few upgrades, R1 blue spot calipers, FJR clutch and brake master cylinders span adjustable levers. Dyno jetted. Scott oiler. progressive fork springs. bike is just brill very forgiving, an easy ride(if you have some self control) Beware can be a wolf in sheeps clothing. has very good manners but be a bit silly with the throttle and... (read more)
Written on: 06/05/2012 by penfold53
i packed the fj told the wife to pack a few things .the fj was heavyer than a van when loaded off we went at a nice steady 80 and a ton .the old fj just took the wetnwindy english weather in her stried never missed a beat .the fjs got pleanty of power cheap to run handles ok she aint a sports bike but shes fun and good for long distance two up touring . (read more)
Written on: 15/10/2010 by Davebucky (1 review written)
My 3CV was laid up in a nice dry garage for 9 years with 20k (miles) on the clock. All I had to do was fit a new battery, clean the carbs and away she went. My previous bikes were all old Brits (with the exception of a CX500 for a couple of years) so the power was very addictive. I now still only have 27K on the clock but the bike is awesome, pulls like a train, I dropped to 110 miles per tank so put a new inline fuel filter on, the existing one was original and absolutely full of, well... (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2010
I purchased a new FJ11 in the mid 80's and also owned an 86 FJ12 in the early 90's. Since then, I have tried a ZX11, ZX12 and a new Hayabusa-all amazing bikes. I recently went back to where I started, purchasing a one owner 89 with 14K miles. These bikes will still run hard with most of the new superbikes on the street. Although I do miss the fuel injection, these bikes are a great buy. $3K should get you a beauty. Enjoy!
Denver, Colo. (read more)
Written on: 24/11/2009 by Toni P (1 review written)
I have owned my FJ1200 since new and after owning many other bikes from various manufacturers there is nothing out there that can compare. I used change my bikes every two years but there is just something about the bike, and the fact I started my family, that made want to keep it. It is bullet proof!! Apart from the usual chains, sprockets, tyres etc. every thing on it is totally original. 21 years on and the kids older I decided to get a new bike. The FJ now shares the garage with a... (read more)
Written on: 12/11/2009
I have had my fj1200 for 19 years. It has always been more than dependable and a reliable ride. Has great torque and its mid range is excellent. Had to ride it for transportation in Atlanta for several years and it was always a controlled ride even on the beltway. Great bike and I still have it.
I changed the pipes to slip ons and changed the seat to a Corbin. The fj1200 sits a little high and the corbin seat puts you down and closer to the ground. I have replaced several minor parts... (read more)
Written on: 17/10/2009
I did have a Honda super bold'or it was a s... box i sold it and got the FJ 1200,its an excellent bike i have done 70,000 km on it and i have only put a 4 into 1 on it and a taller windshield the power of the bike is brilliant from 60 to 200kms it dosn't miss a beat, i think yamaha got it right with the FJs. thanks Bull Ant. (read more)
Written on: 29/08/2009
I had a 94 fj1200 for a couple of years and it was a great bike ! I added a scottoiler and a givi top box , otherwise it was standard services every 6000km . Bike never let me down , was awesome when you opened up the throttle and my teenage children loved to go for a ride with dad . alas a divorce and the temporary seduction of a 98 model 1100 virago meant we were parted . I am now looking for another fj1200 as the cruiser kills my sore back , with its soft rear end . The fj1200 had... (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2009
I own a 1993 FJ1200 ABS. Awesome bike. Have owned numerous Honda's and all have had problems. Not my FJ. Killer motor, dead nuts reliable. Going on 10 years of ownership. (read more)
Written on: 21/05/2009 by jamesy12345
I've had my 1993 abs FJ for a year now. I travel 280 miles a days 3 or 4 week in all sorts of weather and traffic. I've got to say this is a masterpiece, its grunty, noisy and involving and totally placid and predictable when all you want to do is get your head down and knock off the 150 miles home yet will howl like a banshee when provoked. Apart form a thirst for oil of around 2000 miles per litre and petrol at 11 miles per litre it's really cheap to run, insurance is reasonable parts... (read more)
Written on: 04/05/2009
The Yamaha FJ1200 3CV has a very torque engine can pull strongly in top gear with out changing down on motor ways etc.
fast enough to frighten but very comfy too.
If you Dyno-jet the carbs ( I used a stage 3 Dyna-jet kit as I was running K+N'S and a 4 into 1 S/S Exhaust system it makes the best of the donks power.
Written on: 05/04/2009 by fjtonyashford (1 review written)
I replaced my newer 3XW abs with a 1990 3CV,I think it's a much nicer bike to look at ,mirrors are still next to useless,but the whole bike feels much more robust and settled, I have fitted 4 cone type K&N filters,Laser end cans goodridge hoses and discs and a scottoiler, it's never let me down,it's left out in all weathers,quick splash with a hose and all good again, got abit of a misfire at the moment due to the air filters need to get it rejetted and have the carbs balanced,booked in next... (read more)
Written on: 01/12/2008 by Chippa (1 review written)
My FJ is the BEST bike I have owned... and I've had LOTS of bikes...
She is SO good in the twist's, then she will just eat up the highway K's/miles on the way home... For an 'old' bike you won't find any better.... (read more)
Written on: 02/10/2008 by john deaks
I've had mine for 10yrs.She is a 91'reg and had 13k on the clock.She has now covered 71k and never let me down.She rides as good as any modern bike.There is probably no other bike that is as flexible for the money.Other than normal consumables all I have replaced is the rear shock. (read more)
Written on: 06/07/2008
Handle bar origional grips are way too narrow but other than that the Yamaha FJ1200 best bike 10/10 for value and performance. (read more)
Written on: 18/06/2008 by syngen (1 review written)
I have two Yamaha FJ1200s, one runner and one parts. I like reconditioning parts and swaping them over. Its all pretty straightfoward. I use the runner to do about 3-400 km per week to work and back no problems. Amazingly we just recovered from a freeway rear ender (high speed) with a bent triple tree two bent parts and no detectable cracks or bends in the frame. I only got one broken leg from somersaulting over the handel bars so I was lucky. So I'm rapt with the bike. Its fixed and so am... (read more)
Written on: 17/06/2008 by Andy fj modder (1 review written)
These bikes are awsome after a few mods and will worry all but the committed sports bike riders. Can be good without above mods for laid back reliable touring or commuting. Have had no gear problems or any major problems these bikes are bulletproof ask doc hacker of club 180,000 miles and still good. (read more)
Written on: 16/06/2008 by Salsa Pete (1 review written)
Very comfortable 2 up touring. Low seat height great for veritcally challenged riders. Lots of torque allowing minimal gear changes. Bullet proof motor. Very stable at high speeds. Easy to maintain and well built.
Steel tank allows for magnetic tank bag. Taller eagle screen offers better protection. Vista throttle lock, heated grips and air hawk seat are great additions for long distance touring. (read more)
Written on: 29/05/2008
The Yamaha FJ1200 is a GREAT overall bike but it can be improved. A set of mikuni smoothies help as well as the 97 thunder ace swing arm and rim swap--- you can actually shoe horn a 190 rear tire with this swap! Get newer compound rubber and a little better handling. Go 4mm over bore and you have a stroker busa engine! (read more)
Written on: 28/04/2008 by spong (1 review written)
On the breakfast run the Yamaha FJ1200 gets more looks than the R1, K8 Busa you name it. I wouldnt mind a higher screen because the wind gets me square in the face. Standard saddle is uncomfortable for apassenger I have seen photos of very comfortable looking saddles but they are not availible in South Africa. (read more)
Written on: 26/04/2008
Great all round touring bike loads of torque well suited for touring comfortable and easy to handle. (read more)
Written on: 28/03/2008
As mentioned above, its a big steady tourer with masses of power, a huge cult following, many after market extras available to aid either comfort or performance. A future classic which is in no way left behind with today's modern tourers. (read more)
Written on: 12/03/2008 by Andy Morrin
Fantastic motorcycle, still surprisingly good after all this time. Has real character. Balance when moving. Engine performance is tremendous in a usable way. (read more)
Written on: 08/03/2008 by 1BADFJ1200R
I own a 1989 Yamaha fj1200 with 70000 miles on the clock and let me tell runs like new. This FJ handles very good lots of power anywhere any speed i never down shift even my friend owns an gsxr600 2005 and I blow him way with my fj... (read more)
Written on: 31/01/2008 by bondudog
I use mine mainly in Europe and all year round, about 20k year. I have had the same chain for the last 32k (oiled everyday). I am trying to find tall screen that works, at the moment I have a MRA adjustable. As I said to a friend they will go as fast as you want them too, not the latest tackle but reliable and does not punish mistakes when riding badly....... (read more)
Written on: 22/01/2008 by fjforever (1 review written)
Mine is a 1986 Yamaha FJ1200 model with 16 inch rims front and rear, I bought it for £1000 3 years ago and since have spent £3500 on her but that includes oil, tyres and all consumables plus modifications and repairs. I have fitted k&n individual filters and a remus 4-1 system, braded brake lines, scotoiler, and a givi lugage system. I have replaced the rear shock with a hagon, rebuilt the front forks twice rear tyre can last me 5000 miles and the front over 7000 so far. I am doing a... (read more)
Written on: 15/12/2007
Mine has done 5000 genuine miles from new (V reg but actual a 95 model).
Toured Eire twice on it and never missed a beat. (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2007 by quarry stone (2 reviews written)
If you're not the richest of people but love your bikes, search a FJ1200 out and individualise it, you won't be disappointed.Just sold mine, need the room. (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2007 by quarry stone (2 reviews written)
Power all the way up the revs, ride steady very good economy,best 2 up and loaded with bags bike ridden,faster than most modern super bikes 0-60 but not a lot of people know that. If your not the richest of people but love your bikes search a fj1200 out and individualise it you wont be disappointed. (read more)
Written on: 20/09/2007 by dutchieFJ (1 review written)
The Yamaha FJ1200 3CV is a very versatile bike; you can go out for an evening boosting your adrenaline levels as easy as going to work in the morning or on a 6 week camping trip with your wife and all with one bike for a reasonable price!
For her age she has quite modern looks and makes enough impression to the general public to be seen as a serious bike. Nowadays you can pick them up for ridiculously low prices, I see XJ900's being more expensive giving you only 75% of the fun.
If you are... (read more)
Written on: 02/06/2007 by lagerlout
My FJ1200 is 14 years old and it has to be said I'm not the kind of person who looks after bikes, I just ride them and when something needs fixing that the only time I touch it. But she still goes and nothing stops her, she's taken me round Europe and back, the build quality is second to none, bags of power top speed of 150, brakes are fantastic, what can I say if Carlsberg made a bike it would be this one. (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2005 by srm1310 (1 review written)
I've ridden motorbikes all my life and having gone through the let's go faster, noisier, flasher stages I've reached cruising speed. The Yamaha FJ1200 3CV is the best motorcycle I've owned in 40 years of riding. I'm sure there are better bikes out there but when you consider what you can get for your money a middle-aged FJ is hard to beat. (read more)
Written on: 25/01/2005 by mosenc (5 reviews written)
I bought a 2nd Yamaha FJ1200 3CV Motorcycle a year ago after crashing my 1st one in the mountain pass. [still waiting for front forks for her]. My present one [both 86's] is amazing with incredible reliability. Just done a 2 up 2000km @ an ave. speed of 189km/hr round trip in 3 days at 45 C ambient temperatures. Only problem encountered was a cooked battery due to the heat. Fuel consumption 14.6lkm/L. Oil 200ml/1000km.
I have progressive springs in front, removed remote adjuster on rear... (read more)
Written on: 02/07/2004 by jamesc3 (6 reviews written)
I have been riding a XJ600 before I bought my FJ1200. I recommend the FJ to everyone who listens. It's a great commuter and tourer and is cheap to insure, run and maintain. It carries two up with ease and even looks good with panniers attached. It's a real eye catcher and all the FJ's I have seen have lasted the test of time on the paintwork (even FJ's with over 60,000 miles on the clock) GO OUT AND BUY ONE!! (read more)
Written on: 08/04/2004 by filthy rich (1 review written)
The Yamaha FJ1200 3CV is a great long legged bike, loads of power even from low down, comfey, fun, very reliable easy maintenance, I love the roll on power even my mate on his blackbird can't get away until we hit 120mph. I kid you not. This bike is no modern sports bike, but for my riding style its great, 5 foot 9 15 stone and I like to ride hard, this bike is FUN FUN FUN...... Servicing is easy I do all my own, fairly cheap to maintain lots of spares about, what does that tell you? I have... (read more)
Written on: 29/02/2004 by patrol
My FJ is an 88 model, 15,000k's in mint condition, two previous owners and first one had kept it in storage for several years. He was a collector. Second owner had it three years and rode 500k's only. I feel I have a new big tourer for $4000. I'm used to trail bike 600's so FJ is pretty impressive. Have yet to do long trip Sydney- Brisbane or Sydney- Darwin. Anyone done something like that. They say it is a dinosaur but hey they lasted a long time. (read more)
Written on: 05/01/2004 by mike whiz (1 review written)
My Yamaha FJ1200 3CV is now 20 yrs old,I had it three months ago but have done alot of work in that time.Even a neglected fj will ride well ! TLC and cash is returning this lovely bike to its old self and more. I have upgraded my front brakes to R1 callipers & pfm discs and braded hoses. A Remus 4into1 exhaust with race can, K&N filter and dyno jet kit, have let loose a few more horses and given her a deep (i can still kick butt) growl!.
The new year begins with a complete overhaul of the... (read more)
Written on: 04/11/2003 by Rusto (1 review written)
I love my Yamaha FJ1200 3CV, its got power buy the truck load, very easy on the bum on long rides and dosen't give you any unexpected suprises. The only down side is the toes of my boots that get worn away when pushing it into tight corners. If I have to go into cities like Manchester, I take my CX500 because its easyer to ride through the traffic. If you want a bike for touring, comuting or just being a hooligan you couldn't find better. If nothing else its got 1200 on the side which is... (read more)
Written on: 18/08/2003 by mosenc (5 reviews written)
Presently getting 12km/l. I am in the process of checking all aspects to find the reason for this as I have had the bike for a few months. To be honest . . . . the ride, comfort, handling and enjoyment of the motorcycle overrides the fuel consumption. (read more)
Written on: 26/06/2003 by bloodyhobos.
I bought this Yamaha FJ1200 3CV in first class condition and everything worked despite being 14yrs old. The finish on chrome and paint had stood the time test. The engine runs forever and easily copes with short and mega journeys. Maintenance is easy for the DIY and basic serviciing is a doodle. Handling was well within limits and this bike held a good line.
Recommend full hard luggage and a chain oiller and if you're on the tall side a flip screen - however the standard is fine. (read more)
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