Yamaha FJ1200 & FJ1200A (88-)

(updated September 99)

Rim Stock Size
Front 3.00 x 17 120/70-17
Rear 3.50 x 16 150/80-16

Manufacturers' Recommendations

Manufacturer Year Front size Rear size
Avon AV35 Azaro 120/70ZR17 AV36 Azaro 160/80ZR16
Bridgestone G549 120/70V17 G550 150/80V16
G549 120/70V17 BT17 150/80V16
Dunlop K330A (OE) 120/70V17 K330 (OE) 150/80V16
K591 Elite SP 120/70B17 K591 Elite SP 150/80B16
Metzeler (Germany) ME-33 Laser CompK 120/70VB17 ME-99 A2 150/80VB16
ME-33 Laser CompK 120/70VB17 ME-1 CompK 160/70VB16
ME-1 CompK 120/70VB17 ME-1 CompK 160/70VB16
88-90 ME-33 Laser 120/70V-17 ME-99 A2 150/80VB16
ME-Z2 120/70ZR17 ME-Z2 150/80ZR16
91- ME-33 Laser CompK 120/70VB17 ME-55A 150/80VB16
91- ME-Z1 120/70ZR17 ME-Z2 150/80ZR16
Michelin Macadam 50 120/70V17 Macadam 50 150/80V16
Macadam XA 120/70ZR17 Macadam 90X 150/80ZR16
Pirelli (Germany) MTR 03 120/70ZR17 MTR 04 150/80ZR16
91- MT 09 120/70VB17 MT 08 150/80VB16

Martyn's Opinion

General Comments

This bike belongs on radials.  Although it didn't come that way originally, the chassis can certainly handle the switch in construction, and the characteristics of possibly the finest sport-tourer ever made will be enhanced by taking advantage of more modern tyre technology.  Now the question should be not "should I fit radials?" but "why go back to bias-ply?"  These days, the radials are even less expensive!

The Best Selection

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Metzeler ME-Z1 120/70ZR17 $101
Rear Metzeler ME-Z2 150/80ZR16 $110

When it comes to radials, the Metzeler ME-Z1/ME-Z2 combination that's available for this bike is an acknowledged classic.  They work superbly well on any motorcycle for which they are available, and it really is not possible to go against the well-earned reputation for consistent wet and dry traction, and confidence-inspiring linear profile.  You just can't go wrong with these tyres.

A Tight Budget

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Michelin Macadam 90X 120/70ZR17 $88
Rear Michelin Macadam 90X 150/80ZR16 $116

I'm always wary about recommending Michelin Macadams, particularly for older bikes, because it's hard to predict whether they'll work for any given bike or rider.  Still, they're the cheapest pair available for the later model FJ's, and at the price are certainly worth a try.

Martyn's Choice

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Metzeler ME-Z1 120/70ZR17 $101
Rear Metzeler ME-Z2 150/80ZR16 $110

Like I said above, you can't go wrong with these.

The Full List

(from MAW and manufacturer web pages)

Exact matched pairs

Brand Front size MAW Rear size MAW
Avon AV27 120/70ZR17 $131 ST23 150/80ZR16
Bridgestone BT45 Sports Mileage 120/70H-17 $84 BT45 Sports Mileage 150/80V-16 $92
Dunlop D205 Sport/Touring 120/70ZR17 $93 D205 Sport/Touring 150/80ZR16 $114
Metzeler ME-33 Laser 120/70V-17 $90 ME-55A Metronic 150/80VB16 $139
ME-33 Laser 120/70V-17 $90 ME-99A Perfect 150/80V-16 $116
ME-33 Laser 120/70V-17 $90 ME-88 Marathon 150/80H-16 $134
ME-Z1 120/70ZR17 $101 ME-Z2 150/80ZR16 $110
ME-Z2 120/70ZR17 $115 ME-Z2 150/80ZR16 $110
Michelin Macadam 50 120/70V-17 $106 Macadam 50 150/80V-16 $128
Macadam 90X 120/70ZR17 $88 Macadam 90X 150/80ZR16 $116
Pirelli Dragon GT MTR03 120/70ZR17 $101 Dragon GT MTR04 150/80ZR16 $124
Match MT09 120/70VB17 $96 Match MT08 150/80VB16 $130

Listing by Manufacturer


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
AV27 120/70ZR17 $131 exact ST23 150/80ZR16 exact
Azaro AV35 120/70ZR17 $107 exact
Elan HL30 160/80HB16 $152 wide
Elan II HL30 140/90HB16 $138 soft
Elan II HL30 160/80HB16 $165 wide
Roadranger HL26 140/90H-16 $133 soft
Super Venom AM18 150/80V-16 $139 exact


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
BT17 Sports Mileage 150/80V-16 exact
BT35 Sports Mileage 120/70H-17 exact
BT45 Sports Mileage 120/70H-17 $84 exact BT45 Sports Mileage 150/80V-16 $92 exact
BT50 Sports Perform 120/70ZR17 $89 exact
BT53 Sports Touring 150/80VR16 exact
BT54 Sports Touring 120/70ZR17 $102 exact
BT56 Ultra Sports Perf 120/70ZR17 exact
BT56SS Extreme Sp/Perf 120/70ZR17 $94 exact
BT57 Sports Perform. 120/70ZR17 $113 exact
BT92 Sports Mileage 120/70HR17 $65 exact
SE11 140/90H-16 $111 soft
SE27 MU90H-16 soft


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Blitz TKH-24 140/90H-16 $92 soft
Milestone CM2 140/90H-16 $91 soft
Sport 2000 120/70V-17 $76 exact
Sport 2000 Radial 120/70ZR17 exact
Tour TK-17 140/90H-16 $98 soft


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Cruisemax 150/80--16 $117 exact
D204 Sportmax II ZR 120/70ZR17 exact
D205 Sport/Touring 120/70ZR17 $93 exact D205 Sport/Touring 150/80ZR16 $114 exact
D207 Sportmax 120/70ZR17 $111 exact
K177 Touring 120/80HB17 tall K177 Touring 160/80HB16 $138 wide
K455 Radial 120/70VR17 exact
K491 Elite II Touring MU90HB16 $92 soft
K491 Elite II Touring 160/80HB16 $107 wide
K510 120/70VR17 $98 exact
K591 Sport Touring 150/80VB16 $135 exact
K627 140/90H-16 $108 soft


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Durotour RS-410 140/90H-16 $87 soft
Road Winner RW-010 140/90-X16 $61 soft
Wildflare WF-920 120/80H-17 $73 tall Wildflare WF-920 140/90H-16 $88 soft


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
K657 Sport Challenger 140/90H-16 $65 soft


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
ME-33 Laser 120/70V-17 $90 exact ME-55A Metronic 150/80VB16 $139 exact
ME-88 Marathon 150/80H-16 $139 exact
ME-880 Marathon 120/70VR17 $103 exact
ME-880 Marathon 150/80HB16 $149 exact
ME-99A Perfect 150/80V-16 $116 exact
ME-99A Perfect 150/80VB16 exact
ME-Z1 120/70ZR17 $101 exact
ME-Z2 120/70ZR17 $115 exact ME-Z2 150/80ZR16 $110 exact
ME-Z3 120/70ZR17 $118 exact
ME-Z4 120/70ZR17 $115 exact
ML2 120/80H-17 $97 tall ML2 Plus 140/90HB16 $126 soft
ML2 120/80V-17 tall ML2 Plus 160/80HB16 $137 wide


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Hi-Sport TX15 120/70ZR17 $150 exact
Hi-Tour 79 140/90H-16 $143 soft
Macadam 50 120/70V-17 $106 exact Macadam 50 150/80V-16 $128 exact
Macadam 90X 120/70ZR17 $88 exact Macadam 90X 150/80ZR16 $116 exact
Macadam 90X 120/60ZR17 short


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Dragon GT MTR03 120/70ZR17 $101 exact Dragon GT MTR04 150/80ZR16 $124 exact
Dragon GTS MTR23 120/70ZR17 $106 exact
Dragon MTR01 120/70ZR17 $112 exact
Match MT09 120/70VB17 $96 exact Match MT08 150/80VB16 $130 exact
Route 66 MT66 150/80H-16 $112 exact


Exact Precisely matches original spec
Excellent Precisely matches a recommended alternate
Good An exact or alternate in a different sizing system
Short Exact or excellent width, lower profile.  Consider these both ends to lower the bike
Soft Similar diameter by using a taller profile and narrower width; used on the rear only
Tall Taller profile, stock width; similar in effect to "soft", but for the front only
Wide Same profile, wider tyre.  This MAY NOT FIT your rim.  BE CAREFUL!!!