So Long Ole Red, Hello new Gray!

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So Long Ole Red, Hello new Gray!

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Today I bought my 4th FJR.

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I've been looking on and off for a few months. Most recently, within the last two weeks, a slew of 2021 bikes have been appearing all over the country. Intrigued, I asked a dealer in Virginia about it. Apparently, a national motorcycle rental company decided to turn over about fifty (50) 2021 FJRs in it's fleet, and dealers scooped them up for re-sale. At first, I thought these were Yamaha Demo bikes, but that is not the case. They are rental bikes.

All of them are ES models and have between 8,000 and 10,000 miles. From my research, dealers are asking between $14K and $15,500.00. I was able to buy mine from a dealer in Houma, LA (about 100 miles southeast of my home), and negociated the sale price a bit below the lower end. The bike has one scuff on the mirror, one small scratch on the tank (will be under the tank bag), and a couple of scuffs on the right saddle bag. Otherwise, it's spotless and if its been ridden in the rain, I can't tell.

My bike came with a brand new set of tires, albeit the BattleAX B023s (boo!). It had 10,200 miles on it when I bought it, and I took the long way home.

It's a long story, but I was able to sell my '14 FJR to a private buyer in Houma. I got a few hundred more than the dealer was offering on trade, but even that was a bit underwelming. In these parts, selling ANY bike that doesn't have the words "Harley Davidson" on it is difficult. Selling one with 90,000 miles on it is VERY difficult. Perhaps I could have squeezed someone else out of a few hundred more, but that might have taken 6 months, and by then, these 2021 bikes will be gone. So I said "f-it" and pulled the trigger. My buyer plans to join this forum, and I know we will welcome him kindly.

Before I did the deal, I removed everything farkle wise from the bike with the exception of:

1. The 1" bar risers. I don't have the original bolts for the handlebars. I bought that '14 with 1100 miles and it had the risers on it.
2. The T-Rex Frame sliders. One of them was scuffed pretty bad and I decided to just get new ones.
3. Speed bleeders, tank protector, 90 degree valve stems - all self-expanatory.

Most noteworthy was that I was able to keep my beloved Cee Bailey shorty tinted windscreen. I sold red first thing this morning, my buyer brought me to the dealer, and after I bought the new bike, I went back to my buyers house and swapped windscreens (a condition of the sale).

Tomorrow, I guess I'll start putting all the farkles back on.

I enjoyed the ride home on my new bike, and have some comments and questions about that I'll share later.

On the way to my buyer this morning, I really enjoyed thinking about all of the terrific memories I have had on my red FJR over the past 8-ish years. We've been all over the country together, many of those (s)miles shared with many of you. I'm usually not that attached to inadimate objects, but I will admit, leaving Ole Red was a bit melancoly this morning.

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Now - it's time to have new adventures and make new memories.

Stay thirsty, my friends.....
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Congrats on the new ride! Sounds like you got a good deal and you're definitely well versed on the FJR platform so a pretty fast learning curve.
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Hppants wrote: Fri Apr 28, 2023 6:50 pm Today I bought my 4th FJR.
Pffft! Rookie.
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Remember, nothing, absolutely nothing, out preforms a rental.
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That's awesome Joey, can't believe old red is gone, but also can't believe old red had that many miles. Here's to more miles on the new one.
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Congratulations on the acquisition, now break that Gray Geezer in with a ride to Marietta OH next weekend!
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Congrats on the new (to you) '21 'pants and great choice of color too!

Enjoy the new scoot!!

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Congratulations Joey! That sounds like a good deal. The gray is sharp looking. You also get an extra gear and slipper clutch. So awesome!

Now take Big John's advice and ride up to SEO for Thursday through Sunday. See you there.
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Attending SEO would be terrific, but I'm having a medical surgical procedure on May 10. I can get home on May 9, but that's cutting it too close and I shouldn't be physically exhausted for surgery.
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Congratulations, Joey, on the new(er) FJR!

I’m sure you’ll get the miles of smiles that Ol’Red gave you.
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Nice Pants!

I am surprised any rental fleet had FJRs in them, much less 50.
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Interesting first impressions, about 150 miles into the 2021:

1. The 2021 rides practically the same as my 2014 with 90K miles on it - what I would expect. The Hagon shock on the '14, with 40K on it, was starting to show signs. I like the stiffer spring on the ES model. The electronic suspension is really nice - being able to adjust the dampening on the fly to accomodate a sudden change in road quality is way cool and TRULY impressive. I'm going to like that on long ride days.

2. The 6 spd gear box shifts smooth as butter, just as the old 5 spd model did..

3. I can't tell the difference with the slipper clutch. Granted, I haven't yet tried to "slip" it - I'll save that experiment for the next mountain twisty adventure.

4. The LED lighting provides better night time sight. They also appear a tad brighter to oncoming traffic IMO, without being obstructive.

5. The cornering LEDs OTOH are useless. In the curve, I'm looking WAY past their field of view. To me, that crap is just a perfect opportunity to target fix.

6. I like the subtle differences in the dash display and the menu programming on the 2021.

7. I wish they would have found another place for the ES ECU. I carry quite a bit under the seat with me, and could definitely use that extra space.

8. The Liquid Graphite color is definitlely growing on me. As of this writing, EVERY single person I've shown the bike to that has also seen my '14 likes this color better than the red. This includes riders and non-riders. I dunno if they are just being kind or ..... but it's unanimous thus far. That's surprising to me. Another side benefit is that the gray seems to hide the scratches/scuffs much better than the red.

More later as I learn....
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Congrats on the new skoot. The liquid graphite (aka asphalt grey) is really pretty. I think I know that color. The electronic suspension is really nice. The only people that pooh pooh it, are those that don't have it. Happy miles!
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So tell us. What's it like to be on a slower color? 😜
Congrats on your new ride.
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