The XJR1300 was delivered to the Denmark workshop of the Wrenchmonkees with the basic brief of “make it even better”. The Wrenchmonkees decided the best way to showcase the XJR would be with a Cafe Racer conversion. The stock tank, frame, swingarm, Öhlins shocks and the XJR’s powerful in-line four engine were retained but most everything else on the bike was changed. A pair of Yamaha R1 front forks and full set of brakes, some braided lines and a Magura brake and clutch master were the only OEM parts added to the bike as everything else was to be Wrenchmonkee made.
“It would have been easy to give it a makeover with a fresh paint scheme and a new seat, but we really wanted to push the boat out and make something inspirational for XJR fans.” – Wrenchmonkees
A set of custom made hubs, powder coated black and laced with stainless spokes were wrapped in Metzeler and fit to the bike, 18 at the rear and 19 up front. WM triple trees hold the front end together and a WM oil cooler keeps operating temperatures in check. A complete 4-into-2 stainless system with SPARK mufflers replaces Yamaha’s factory set and all of the bikes wiring was relocated including the battery which now lives beneath the swingarm.
To complete the bikes Cafe Racer look a custom diamond stitched seat and wasps tail rear end was mated to the freshly stripped and burnt frame. Rather than painting the frame the Wrenchmonkees opted to strip it then burn it (that’s a first!) to create its mottled black finish which they then complimented with WM trademark, matte finish paint.
Yamaha is calling this latest series of custom builds the “Yard Built” bikes of which the Monkeefist is the first. As with the other Yamaha motorcycles being customised, we can expect to see another two modified XJR1300’s from different builders soon but I have to say it’ll be a hard task topping the Wrenchmonkees effort.
When it comes to choosing a base for a custom build most modern bikes don’t even get a look in, it seems however that Yamaha Motorcycles Europe aims to change all that with their latest marketing efforts. Yamaha is inviting custom builders from around the world to transform their latest bikes with an aim to develop unique after-market kits. The XJR1300 Monkeefist by the Wrenchmonkees is one such bike and believe it or not, most of what they created for this bike will be bolt on.