1998 YAMAHA XJR 1200 Cafe Racer

I wanted to turn a  bike muscle bike into a Cafe Racer”.  I have been saying it for years, and now and I have said if for the last time.  I recently purchased a donor bike ready for a Cafe Racer conversion.  The bike is an original 1999 Yamaha XJR 1300.

I wanted to turn a  bike muscle bike into a Cafe Racer”.  I have been saying it for years, and now and I have said if for the last time.  I recently purchased a donor bike ready for a Cafe Racer conversion.  The bike is an original 1999 Yamaha XJR 1300 Muscle machine, one of the last carb’d models.  This particular bike had very solid bones, had been very well looked after and was in great condition mechanically.

So why a XJR! – I chose a modern bike in “old mans clothes”.  I like the XJR1300 for its engine and chassis.   The was purchased privately in Nelson  and I rode it home and  Wow !   The bike was amazing to ride, it could only get better.

Most customs I have seen locally are small-capacity, go anywhere machines.

But not this time around:   this is my Brutal-looking XJR, which currently lives on the streets of Christchurch.  The tank and the seat and tail unit are custom fabricated, lending the bike a aggressive and hunched-forward stance and has been nicknamed is Brutus.

 

Clip-ons from Italy, stripped down dials and the rear sets change the riding position to match, and you can bet the upswept GP extreme muffler makes Brutus easy to hear above the cacophony of Christchurch traffic.  Brutus has been handcrafted, the result of many cold nights in the garage, and minute details became vitally important. The custom seat that was shaped and crafted by hand. He draws an instant crowd the second his 1200cc heart stops pounding.  You will never tire of the 20 seconds it takes people to speak after they set eyes on him!!

machine, one of the last carb’d models.  This particular bike had very solid bones, had been very well looked after and was in great condition mechanically.

 

So why a XJR! – I chose a modern bike in “old mans clothes”.  I like the XJR1300 for its engine and chassis.   The was purchased privately in Nelson  and I rode it home and  Wow !
The bike was amazing to ride, it could only get better.

Most customs I have seen locally are small-capacity, go anywhere machines.

But not this time around:   this is my Brutal-looking XJR, which currently lives on the streets of Christchurch.  The tank and the seat and tail unit are custom fabricated, lending the bike a aggressive and hunched-forward stance and has been nicknamed is Brutus.

 

Clip-ons from Italy, stripped down dials and the rear sets change the riding position to match, and you can bet the upswept GP extreme muffler makes Brutus easy to hear above the cacophony of Christchurch traffic.  Brutus has been handcrafted, the result of many cold nights in the garage, and minute details became vitally important. The custom seat that was shaped and crafted by hand. He draws an instant crowd the second his 1200cc heart stops pounding.  You will never tire of the 20 seconds it takes people to speak after they set eyes on him!!

 

Every change on Brutus was thought through, the custom paint on the tank is sublime. Specific engine parts polished by hand. You may think that Brutus is all looks, but he has the beat to match his beauty.  His Brembo brakes set the standard for sports bikes, 1200cc of torque will rocket you to where you need to be.

I believe the cafe racer transformation, brings out that true beauty of this muscle bike that was once hidden and gives the XJR the real look it deserves.

To sum up, Brutus is one of a kind. You wont see another at the local bike meet or cafe, but people will see you because you will never forget Brutus!!

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