The stalwart Yamaha XJR1200 has seen many revisions and updates but few quite so radical. The bike was delivered to us in near finished condition save for a couple of crucial modifications required to place it firmly in the café racer genre. To this end the owner requested a shortening of the tail fairing, a custom seat unit with weather-proof automotive leather,relocation of the under-seat electrical bits, and the original lock mechanism for the new seat required relocation to work as designed.
Of course, many a naked bike owner has lovingly stared at the standard proportions of his steed and wondered what this modification would look like but gave up on the idea which seems simple in concept but is challenging and time consuming in the execution.
Below are some behind-the-scenes shots of the mold and fiberglass fabrication process…
…and the finished product,Yamaha XJR1200 café,resplendent in Kenny Roberts’ anniversary colours.