Yamaha XJR Gets Café Racer Makeover |


Published on December 23rd, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Yamaha XJR Gets Café Racer Makeover

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Australian-based motorcycle makeover artist shows a new Yamaha retro machine customized to sweet modern glory. The first and most important things was to source a very good donor bike, running well and needing no engine tinkering and rebuilding.


So it was time for the hack and saw to play their tune, with the airbox being tossed right away, as one of the priorities. The rear subframe was also modified, for no less than three reasons: a mandatory cafe-racer attire, two-up riding and hiding the electronics. The job went of flawlessly and the rear section looks factory-made, including the shuriken-like (Ninja star) license plate holder. And with the dual piggyback Öhlins rear shocks, things are also up for high-performance.


BMW conical pod filters replaced the bulky airbox, and the carbs were rejected, while at the other end of the combustion line, a high-flow Supertrapp exhaust was installed. The headlight was lowered to allow the Acewell gauge to fit and the final shape is still to be revised with spoked wheels.


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