As an avowed XJR fan yet another XJR 1200 arrived in Daniel's garage. The concept was clear – it was to be black, flat and bad....flat black XJR dragster.
Otherwise the bike is difficult to put into a category: sprint racer, dragster, cafe racer, cafe bobber? None really fit – it very much has its own style.
With this conversion, too, it is easy to recognise the hand of the designer. Reduced look, no "bling bling"; only what needs to be changed is changed. The basic character of the XJR remains despite extensive work on the body. However, the YAMAHA ends up looking much sleeker. Now the machine is visually also a perfect muscle bike.
Black, wide, powerful!
A flat, elongated, dragster-like seating position was to be achieved. Thanks to 3 cm shorter struts and a flat seat with ultra-reduced rear fender the desired line was successfully implemented. The rear frame had to be massively shortened in order to be able to implement the fender look of the rear.
The front fairing, with a shift to fork protectors, visually pulls the weight forwards. Mini LED indicators were directly integrated into the frame and practically completely disappear. The stub handlebars of a SUZUKI GSF 650 Bandit were extended by 100 mm and adjusted. A KOSO DB-01 speedometer replaces the original instruments.
The XJR is fitted with the high-quality METZELER SPORTEC M7 RR tyres – characterised by super grip and relatively low wear.
#27 number plates are naturally not to be forgotten in Daniel's conversions. A slick, high gloss black is used as a lacquer. An overall weight reduction of approx. 25 kg was also achieved with this conversion.
Basic bike: YAMAHA XJR 1200, year of construction 1996
Modified and adjusted rear frame, recessed LED indicators
Engine: oil change, adjusted valves, replaced gaskets
Racing foot supports
Custom body kit
Custom stub handlebars
30 mm shorter struts
Custom straight pipes
Lacquer: high-gloss black
Handlebar end mirrors
Side number plates
Tyres: METZELER SPORTEC M7 RR