I would say they are a good solid LD Bike, a little lack lustre in the glitzy glamour appeal stakes these days given the ADV bike trend currently, But capable. most certainly.
If i wanted to chew up miles at a rate of knots like they were going out of fission, i might look at a zx14R, i had the good fortune to ride one of these things, and it was epicly awesome. Nuff said.
I don't follow the iron butt run but I believe the top three manufactures are BMW, Honda & Yamaha. Since the beginning of Iron Butt the average of manufacturers represented are:
and that is from about 1400 bikes participating. I would also guess that over the last 10 years, the vast majority of Hondas were GL1800s and the vast majority of Yamahas were FJR. I don't have any feel for the BMW breakdown.
Good luck. I think the FJR is a very reliable scoot.
I love my 14 FJR....except for the seat, I have a Russell day-long ordered and should have it at the end of Oct. Right now I can ride only around an hour before I have to get off and take a walk around. I am hoping that the new seat will make riding a tank out possible. Mine has been reliable as a hammer, as fun as a 22-year-old redhead with daddy issues.