Yamaha continues to roll out the custom built motorcycles based on the XJR1300, today unveiling the Wrenchmonkees XJR1300, ‘Skullmonkee’ to thousands of custom motorcycle fans gathered at the Carreau du Temple in Paris. Throughout 2015 a series of Yard Built projects by select custom builders will focus on the new XJR1300 and other Yamaha models, designed to demonstrate what is possible through creative use of ‘bolt-on’ parts, reinforcing the real ‘Yard Built’ concept instead of cutting and welding.
We’ve previously seen the VMAX Infrared, XV950 ‘Pure Sports’ and the SR400 ‘Lightening’ by Deus Ex Machina. The Skullmonkee is actually the third contribution to the Yard Built series by the Danish custom builders, following on from the SR400 ‘GibbonSlap’ and another XJR1300 custom called the Monkeefist. According to Wrenchmonkees, the Skullmonkee bike is a special tribute to the Yamaha XJR 1200/1300 series 20th anniversary.
“We worked hard to ensure we made no radical design changes for the build”, commented Wrenchmonkee Per Nielsen, “instead focusing on adding our clean style and silhouette with no cutting or welding to the framework.”
Fellow Wrenchmonkee Nicholas Bech adds, “We looked to strip the bike back and removed some pieces to make it look like they had never been there, then from the beginning we were looking to work with other companies to find bolt-on parts that we could modify to create our style.”
Handcrafted parts, including CNC milled Wrenchmonkees ‘Monkeefist style’ aluminium triple trees and engine covers were added to the bike. The handlebars are finished with LSL Speed Match black aluminium clip-ons and Biltwell grips, centered on a neat MMB mini digital speedo with yellow light, above a unique custom WM yellow headlight. The brake system gets a serious work over with a full Beringer set up added, including Hypersport brake discs, Beringer calipers front and back, Beringer brake master cylinder and matching Beringer clutch master. Black steel braided hoses add the final touches.
Matt black LSL aluminium rear sets were customized by Wrenchmonkees in-house to give a more aggressive riding position reinforced by Öhlins STX 36 shocks on the rear. An LSL Titan steering damper keeps everything under control and a Wrenchmonkees custom rear bracket with LED light is the last thing you’ll see above a custom 4 into 2 stainless system with Wrenchmonkees/ Spark stainless mufflers.
Unlike some of the other Yard Built models which are one of show pieces, you can actually recreate the Skullmonkee yourself. XJR owners can order Skullmonkee parts directly from the Wrenchmonkees’ website.