Gearing up for the upcoming Intermot show, Yamaha unveiled the evolved inline four XJR1300 and XJR1300 Racer, proudly showcasing the influence of recent collaborations with the world’s best customisers.
From Yamaha’s press release
The Yamaha XJR1300 is an icon whose raw presence has been unrivalled over the last 20 years since it hit the streets. For 2015 the XJR is back, and it’s evolved. The 1300cc naked street machine stays true to its ‘Japanese Performance Classic’ origins with a pure, powerful design and the largest displacement air cooled engine on the market as its beating heart.
The 2015 XJRs sit proudly in the Sports Heritage Range, continuing Yamaha’s drive to deliver beautiful yet functional motorcycles inspired by the past and built for the future.
The last five years have seen Yamaha working closely with various professional custom builders, collaborating to create a series of concept machines together. These truly unique creations are called “Yard Built”. This shared experience has provided a lot of inspiration in product development, and Yamaha has started to incorporate custom design into factory bike production as a result.
Collaborations with builders such as the Wrenchmonkees and DEUS Ex Machina have had a significant influence in the development of the new XJR. The friendship with Keino, who recently unveiled his version of XJR1300 named Rhapsody in Blue, has also helped and influenced bringing this new machine to life.
Following the successful XV950 introduction last year, the new XJR1300 is another motorcycle from Yamaha that’s born customised. The machine rolls out of the factory with stunning styled components in the latest premium materials, looking far from ‘stock’.
The slim, racer inspired fuel tank dramatises the muscular, powerful 4-cylinder air-cooled engine whilst the new solo-seat design gives that custom feel and adds credibility to the performance. The menacing black 4-2-1 exhaust pipe and muffler ends in a new tail cap design, setting off the look. A shorter tail at the rear adds to the compact, muscular silhouette in line with the narrower front tank.
Further standard ‘custom’ additions hint at the respect the bike gives to the production racers of the 1970s, including a cool aluminium side cover in a buffed finish with filter-like mesh inserts. Tapered aluminium handlebars and a compact headlamp come together to highlight the muscular image.
The XJR’s powerful and reliable 4-cylinder DOHC air-cooled engine produces an impressive 98hp and 108Nm of torque. The power plant sits in a steel double cradle frame with a clever engine mounting system designed to re-direct vibrations generated whilst riding.
Supporting a smooth ride are the friction reducing DLC (Diamond-like Carbon) coated inner tubes for the front suspension partnered with a premium Ohlins rear suspension set up.
The fuel tank has also been fully re-designed with a slimmer profile to make the most of the muscular exposed engine whilst still retaining the ability to hold 14.5 litres of fuel. Wider handlebars that sit closer to the rider now offer a more upright seating position, giving more confidence and a cooler ride
New XJR1300 Racer
Just as Keino’s Rhapsody in Blue inspired the new XJR1300, so the collaboration in 2013 with Deus Ex Machina on the beautiful XJR1300 Eau Rouge inspired the new XJR1300 Racer*. The all-new Yamaha XJR1300 Racer is a custom twist based on the all-new XJR1300 machine. The iconic street bruiser gets a genuine Café Racer look with a number of beautifully crafted additional parts to create a stunning retro styled machine to raise the pulse on the street.
A cool carbon cowling and short carbon front fender pay homage to the iconic café racers of the seventies whilst period style clip-on handlebars are used to deliver the correct riding position. The beautiful and sporty styled solo-seat design is further enhanced with a carbon seat cover to complete the look. The riding position is more focused than the standard XJR giving a genuine Café race style with a narrower, more forward sportier feel.
The 2015 XJR Racer is an evolution of a classic. The 1300cc naked street machine on which it’s based stays true to its ‘Japanese Performance Classic’ origins with a functional, simple design and the largest displacement in line 4 air cooled engine on the market as its beating heart. The Racer is available in the full range of 2015 XJR colours.
The 2015 XJR Racer sits proudly in the sportiest side of the Sports Heritage Range, continuing Yamaha’s drive to deliver beautiful and emotional motorcycles that remain functional even in daily usage.
The XJR1300 Racer is a special edition built up by an official Yamaha dealer with genuine Yamaha parts. Hence, availability in the UAE is extremely doubtful if you ask me.