Yamaha yard built XJR1300: Cafe racer with current technology
Yamaha still looking for the best coaches in the world to modify their models. This time it is the turn to the Yamaha XJR1300, and the challenges of transforming it into a cafe racer have accepted the WrenchMonkees Danish. The result: no more to see the photos.
For the workshop Wrenchmonkees often paraded classic Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, Honda and Moto Guzzi, but not Yamaha. Per Nielsen, head of the Danish workshop team, explains: “We watched with interest other Yamaha projects as hypermodified versions of the VMAX and T-MAX. We usually work on classic bikes and indeed, we have modified many Yamaha SR500 and XS650 but it has been really interesting to show what we can achieve with a modern base as XJR1300”.
The goal of the transformation was to demonstrate how far it can get based on the XJR1300 and how well it could be the bike with cafe racer style. But Wrenchmonkees also proposed to do something completely different that might serve as inspiration to the many fans of the Yamaha XJR: “We hope that our modifications encourage XJR owners to modify their bikes in a really special. Now that we have finished our prototype model, we are seeing how we could create kits for XJR1300, so that users can view some of our ideas in their own garages. So, everyone could create a Yamaha to his measurement according to personality”.
The Yamaha yard built XJR1300 Wrenchmonkees retained from the original model engine and injection system, the chassis (with slight modifications), the tank and the rear suspension set-rocker. The front fork is from the Yamaha R1 and the rear brakes. From WrenchMokees are the exhaust system of stainless steel, radiator, tires and seat, plus all the optical and electrical. The Metzeler ME880 Tires stockings have 180/55 on rim 18 in the rear and 120/70 up front.