The new 2015 Yamaha XJR1300 Racer was a pleasant surprise at this years Intermot, though unfortunately was overshadowed by the likes of the Ducati Scramber and Kawasaki Ninja H2R. Based on the standard Yamaha XJR1300 (which also receives a facelift this year), it takes styling cues from a collaboration with Australian custom builders Dues Ex Machina from 2013.
If you haven’t heard of the XJR1300 before, it probably means you’re not from Europe or Australia where it’s currently sold which is a real shame as it’s a very unique machine. It features the largest displacement air-cooled (that’s right, not water-cooled) inline four still in production, which pumps out a solid 98 bhp at 8000 rpm and 108 nm of torque at 6000 rpm. So while Yamaha describes is as being of ‘cafe-racer’ style, it at least has a bit of zing behind it to go with its looks.
In addition to the standard features of the XJR1300, the Racer version also comes with a carbon cowl, clip-ons, carbon front fender, carbon passenger seat cover and 4-2-1 matte black exhaust and new design end cap. Yamaha haven’t disclosed the weight of the bike yet but the standard XJR1300 weighs 530 lb wet. It’s certainly a great looking bike and will be available from Yamaha Europe within months.