I’ve been working on some longer texts recently. I have 3 drafts saved right now… I like to take on a couple of topics at a time – to keep the process more interesting. Checking ideas, letting them grow, collecting materials… waiting some out.
But there are events that when I see something – and immediately know that this is not a type of thing to schedule for later. As I try to cover and appreciate a wide range of motorcycle types, sizes, budgets and segments, there is one kind that is “mine”: neo-classic muscle bikes. So when I reminded myself of this build – I had to feature it.
This XJR 1300 is special because of a couple of things
1. XJR is such a “caferacerish” bike (let’s invent a new word!). It’s so easy to modify – into any kind of custom motorcycle – it can be a cafe racer, tracker or a brat… And it just does this so effortlessly.
2. At the same time, it’s presence is strong. You immediately know it’s a muscle type of player.
3. It’s one of 2 last official XJR mods created in Yard Built program (2015). Soon after it was released – XJR was cancelled from production. It kind of gives this cafe racer extra points for nostalgia. Currently, the program is based on modern Yamaha’s which… are not so retro anymore.
I believe that Yard Built program doesn’t need any introduction. So let’s get to the point.
The first one is a chopper builder from the USA. The second is a “heavyweight Japanese clothing brand, aimed initially at the Japanese motorcycling community.”
You can read more about it at the source (link below). I think it’s cool that Ken’s Factory made it based on a completely stock version – without any welding or cutting required. They created a set of custom accessories that lets anyone convert a stock XJR into this great looking cafe version. It’s a nice farewell for this iconic classic.
If You own one modified with the custom parts they offer – pls contact me! I’d love to know more about the changes and required work.