For stock 2005-2006 FJR1300 models, Yamaha utilized an electronic limiter to cap the motorcycle’s top speed at 150 mph.
However, some riders disable this speed limiter to see the bike’s full top speed potential.
Without the limiter, factory-stock 2005 FJR1300 bikes generally top out at around 153-155 mph based on ideal conditions and rider weight.
Lighter riders have reported speeds up to 157 mph with no limiter. The 2006 model year saw no major changes, so the top speed remains similar to the 2005 at around 155 mph without the limiter enabled.
These speeds were achieved during instrumented top-speed test sessions by expert riders.
Yamaha FJR1300’s Top Speed over the years
Early-generation models produced from 2003 to 2006 were restricted by an electronic 150 mph limiter from the factory.
However, testing showed stock versions were capable of reaching around 153-155 mph with the limiter disabled.
In 2007, displacement grew to 1298cc and output jumped to 141 hp in the updated version. The additional grunt elevated the top speed potential to near 160 mph with the limiter removed, as verified through instrumented testing.
Now powered by a 1298cc engine generating 147 hp, the latest generation Yamaha FJR1300 retains its membership among the elite fast-touring bikes.
Independent tests confirm the newest models can hit Autobahn-worthy speeds over 155 mph when the electronic restrictor is switched off.
Yamaha FJR1300 0-60 MPH Acceleration
Thanks to its strong power-to-weight ratio, the FJR1300 provides swift acceleration in addition to its high top speed.
From a standstill, stock FJR1300 models can reach 60 mph in first gear in approximately 2.9 seconds.
This makes the FJR1300 one of the quickest accelerating sport-touring motorcycles.
|10.51 sec @ 131.7 mph
|3.1 seconds in top gear
|3.7 seconds in top gear
|4.3 seconds in top gear
|60-80 mph in top gear
|80-100 mph in top gear
Yamaha FJR1300 Top Speed in KM/H
The Yamaha FJR1300’s top speed in kilometers per hour is approximately 245 to 250 km/h.
This converts to a top speed of around 155 to 160 mph.
The actual top speed depends on the specific model year and if the limiter is disabled.
For example, a 2007 FJR1300 with its limiter removed has been measured at over 250 km/h (160 mph) flat out.
Yamaha FJR1300 Quarter Mile Acceleration
In addition to rapid 0-60 mph acceleration, the Yamaha FJR1300 can cover the quarter mile in 10.57 seconds at 137 mph.
Expert riders able to fully harness the FJR’s launch and shifting capabilities can achieve quarter-mile elapsed times as quickly as 10.2 seconds. More typical quarter-mile runs end up in the 10.5 to 10.8-second range.
This level of quick acceleration over the quarter mile demonstrates the FJR1300’s potency as a power cruiser.
How is such Top Speed achieved?
It is remarkable how ST1300’s engine and transmission specifications help the motorcycle achieve such a top speed despite the heavy build.
In its current state of tune, the FJR1300’s 1298cc engine generates a peak of around 147 horsepower at 8,000 RPM and 103 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 RPM.
While not as extreme as true sport bikes, this level of power enables thrilling acceleration up to the bike’s limited top speed.
One test of a 2015 FJR1300 saw it hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 2.9 seconds.
The abundant torque also allows the bike to cruise smoothly at highway speeds.
Overall, the FJR provides ample performance for spirited everyday riding and long-distance comfort.
Power from the high-performance 1298cc engine routes through a five-speed sequential manual transmission on its way to the rear wheel.
The transmission utilizes a traditional sequential shift pattern with five forward gears allowing the rider to optimize the FJR’s power band for acceleration or cruising as desired.
The gear ratios deliver a good balance of low-end torque and comfortable highway cruising RPMs.
While some riders opt to add quick-shift systems for faster gear changes, the standard FJR1300 transmission is smooth shifting and precise.
By starting out in 1st gear and working up progressively through the five-speed transmission, the FJR1300 is capable of rapid acceleration all the way up to its governed top speed.
Weight and Power-to-Weight Ratio
With a curb weight of 672 lbs (wet), the 2021 Yamaha FJR1300 strikes a balance between power and manageable weight.
Combined with the 147 hp engine, the FJR1300 boasts a power-to-weight ratio of approximately 0.22 hp/lb. This ratio measures how much horsepower each pound of motorcycle has to work with.
Yamaha’s power-to-weight advantage contributes to higher potential top speed along with quicker acceleration. Refer to the linked article to learn about the FJR1300’s weight specifications.
Aftermarket exhausts like those from Akrapovic, Yoshimura, and Two Brothers increase horsepower while reducing weight.
ECU tuners optimize fueling and ignition timing for the modified exhaust and air intake. These modifications can add 5-10 HP which has a notable impact on top speed.
Of course, all performance modifications come with considerations around emissions, noise, warranty coverage, and ensuring proper tuning.
But for riders focused on ultimate top speed, the FJR1300 responds very well to select aftermarket upgrades.
Top Speed Testing
Through various top-speed testing methods, stock FJR1300 models have been verified to reach top speeds ranging from 145 to 153 mph depending on rider weight, road conditions, and altitude.
With the electronic speed limiter disabled, instrumented top speed runs conducted by sport riders in optimal conditions have seen indicated speeds around 155-157 mph.
Factors like road imperfections, tire pressure, headwinds, uphill sections, and rider size can decrease these top speed figures in day-to-day riding.
Reports from owners with modified FJR1300 bikes indicate real-world top speeds approaching 165 mph with some additional engine tuning and free-flowing exhaust upgrades.
However, speeds this high are not advisable on public roads and are best reserved for closed course events.