Yamaha FJR1300 Transmission Specifications & Maintenance

The Yamaha FJR1300 features a five-speed sequential manual transmission.

This transmission utilizes a hydraulic wet multi-plate clutch system.

The clutch is mechanically operated by a cable and provides smooth gear changes.

Transmission Specifications

  • Transmission type: 5-speed sequential manual transmission with wide-ratio gears.
  • Clutch-type: hydraulically-actuated wet multi-plate clutch
  • Drive Type: Shaft-drive
  • Primary reduction ratio: 1.563 (75/48)
  • Final drive ratio: 2.693:1
  • Overall drive ratio in top gear: 9/33

Clutch System

The FJR1300 clutch system has a hydraulically actuated wet multi-plate clutch.

This means it uses engine oil to lubricate the clutch plates.

The clutch system provides progressive engagement for smooth take-offs. The clutch lever has a light actuation feel.

Gear Ratios

The FJR1300 features a 5-speed gearbox, providing a versatile range of gear ratios to suit various riding conditions.

These gear ratios are meticulously engineered to balance acceleration, top speed, and fuel efficiency.

1st gear ratio: 43/17 (2.529)

2nd gear ratio: 39/22 (1.773)

3rd gear ratio: 31/23 (1.348)

4th gear ratio: 28/26 (1.077)

5th gear ratio: 26/28 (0.929)

Each gear serves a specific purpose, offering riders optimal performance at different speeds. From the low-end torque of first gear to the smooth cruising of fifth gear, every gear in the FJR1300’s transmission plays a vital role in delivering power to the rear wheel.

Gear Shifting

Shifting gears on the FJR1300 is a seamless process, thanks to its precise and responsive transmission system.

Riders can effortlessly transition between gears, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable ride every time.


Upshifting on the FJR1300 is accomplished with a quick flick of the foot, allowing riders to smoothly accelerate through the gears and reach higher speeds with ease.

The transmission’s precise gear engagement ensures minimal power loss during upshifts, maximizing performance.


Downshifting on the FJR1300 is equally effortless, with the transmission smoothly transitioning to lower gears as needed.

Whether decelerating for a corner or navigating city traffic, riders can rely on the FJR1300’s responsive downshifting for optimal control and agility.

Final Drive

The final drive system of the Yamaha FJR1300 consists of several key components, including the gearbox, drive shaft, and differential.

The final drive system is designed to efficiently transfer power from the engine to the rear wheel, allowing for smooth acceleration and optimal performance.

The final drive of the FJR1300 utilizes a shaft drive system, offering durability and low maintenance compared to chain-driven counterparts.

Transmission Technology

The FJR1300 boasts advanced transmission technology, including features like the Positive Neutral Finder and Gear Position Display.

Positive Neutral Finder

The Positive Neutral Finder feature automatically engages neutral when the bike comes to a stop, simplifying gear selection and reducing rider effort.

This convenient technology ensures smoother transitions between gears, especially in stop-and-go traffic situations.

Gear Position Display

The Gear Position Display on the FJR1300 provides riders with real-time feedback on the current gear selection, enhancing awareness and promoting safe riding practices.

With a glance at the instrument panel, riders can easily confirm their gear position without distraction.

Power Transmission

Power from the 1,298cc inline four-cylinder engine goes through the clutch and into the five-speed transmission.

The transmission uses constant-mesh gears with dog clutches for smooth and precise shifting.

The transmission utilizes a cassette-style design for easier maintenance and gear swaps.

2016 FJR1300 Road Speed
vs Engine Speed
Gear RatioOverall Ratiokm/h per 1000 rpm9,000 Engine RPM
1st Gear2.500010.521211.28102 km/h
2nd Gear1.72227.247916.38147 km/h
3rd Gear1.35005.681420.90188 km/h
4th Gear1.11114.676125.39228 km/h
5th Gear0.96304.052629.29264 km/h
6th Gear0.84623.561033.34300 km/h

The gear ratio in the table above refers to the number of rotations of the particular gear about the drive shaft.

For example, the first gear rotates 2.5 times relative to the drive shaft, the second 1.7222 times, and so on.

Engine RPM in Highest Gears

In top gear, the engine spins at approximately 4,000 RPM at 75 mph.

This provides relaxed cruising on the highway without excessive engine noise or vibration.

The overdrive 5th gear keeps RPM low for efficiency and comfort.

2006 FJR1300
Power Transmission
Shaft Rotations vs Gear RotationsGear RatiosOverall Ratios
1st Gear43 vs 172.5294:110.66
2nd Gear39 vs 221.772:17.47
3rd Gear31 vs 231.3478:15.68
4th Gear28 vs 261.076:14.54
5th Gear26 vs 280.928:13.91


Compared to other sport-touring motorcycles like the Honda ST1300, the FJR1300’s transmission provides quicker acceleration and sportier performance.

The additional 6th gear gives it better highway mileage versus the ST1300’s 5-speed transmission.

I took the ST1300 for a long ride and found its 5-speed transmission lacked top-end power during highway riding.

The FJR1300’s extra overdrive gear makes a big difference in reducing engine speed for more relaxed cruising.

Shifting feels smoother and more precise on the FJR1300 as well. Our writers have made a detailed comparison of the FJR1300 with the ST1300 on the blog.

Reliability and Durability

The FJR1300 transmission has a reputation for being reliable.

With proper maintenance, the transmission is built to last the life of the bike.

There are a few issues reported with the 5-speed transmission. These issues were fixed in the recent recall by the company.

Gear shifting issues may arise after a mileage of 75k-100k. Many FJR1300 riders have faced clutch problems.

FJR1300 transmission specs

FJR1300 Transmission Recall

Yamaha issued a recall for FJR1300 models built between December 9, 2015, and February 2, 2020. Around 8,700 motorcycles were included in this recall.

The issue stems from a defect in the transmission where false neutrals may occur, leading to sudden loss of drive.

The dealers would try to diagnose the issue and try to improve oil flow.

Common Transmission Issues

Common transmission problems of FJR1300 include clutch slippage, gear engagement problems, or abnormal noise during operation.

Prompt attention to these issues and proper maintenance will help address them before they escalate.

Maintenance and Service

FJR1300 Maintenance is fairly straightforward – regular oil changes and periodic clutch inspections.

The clutch plates and springs may need replacement around the 50,000-mile mark depending on riding style.

Like any transmission, a proper warm-up is important to avoid premature wear.

Transmission vs Fuel Efficiency

The FJR1300’s 6-speed transmission contributes to excellent fuel efficiency for a large 1,300cc sport-touring bike.

The overdrive 6th gear keeps RPM low during highway cruising for maximal efficiency.

Real-world fuel averages of 40-45 mpg are common. Refer to our article on the FJR1300’s fuel efficiency for a detailed discussion of the motorcycle’s fuel consumption.

Maintenance Costs

Typical transmission maintenance costs are minimal. A basic fluid and filter change ranges from $100 to $150.

A clutch replacement with plates, springs, and labor can run $800-1,200 for parts and service.

Proper maintenance ensures the transmission will deliver years of smooth shifting.


The Yamaha FJR1300 features an excellent five-speed manual transmission optimized for sport touring performance.

The transmission delivers smooth, precise shifting and maintains Yamaha’s reputation for reliability.

With proper maintenance, the FJR1300 transmission will provide thousands of trouble-free miles.

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