Thousands of custom motorcycle fans gathered at the Carreau
du Temple in Paris were given the first look at the latest creation to come
from Yamaha’s ground breaking Yard Built project, the Wrenchmonkees XJR1300,
According to a press release, the 2015 Yamaha XJR1300 and
XJR1300 Racer have drawn considerable attention in standard form already, with
design updates inspired heavily by the custom world. A shortened and cleaned
frame, narrower fuel tank and smaller headlight pay homage to recent custom
creations and also show the potential for further customisation.
Throughout 2015 a series of Yard Built projects by select
custom builders will focus on the new XJR1300 will demonstrate what is possible
through creative use of ‘bolt-on’ parts, reinforcing the real ‘Yard Built’
concept instead of dramatic cutting and welding. First up to take on the
challenge are two legendary Copenhagen based builders.
“The Wrenchmonkees provided valuable insight into this
latest model of XJR with their earlier collaborations”, says Yamaha Motor
Europe Product Manager, Shun Miyazawa, adding that “Their Yard Built XJR1300
‘Monkeefist’ was one of the ‘fathers’ of the 2015 XJR, providing essential
inspiration to the modern design. Because of this influence we didn't feel the
need to change the bike drastically, instead focusing on fine tuning and
upgrading where necessary to enhance the bike.”
“We worked hard to ensure we made no radical design changes
for the build”, commented Wrenchmonkee Per Nielson, “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.”
The Wrenchmonkees tracked down and modified the coolest,
cleanest and most fitting aftermarket parts to transform the bike. Handcrafted
Wrenchmonkees parts, including CNC milled Wrenchmonkees ‘Monkeefist style’
aluminium triple trees and engine covers were also added.
The super clean 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 have been customised
in-house to give a more aggressive riding position reinforced by Öhlins STX 36
shocks on the rear. The standard XJR rims remain as fitting wheels for the
Skullmonkee, but come wrapped in Michelin Pilot Road 4s to hold the road.
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
The finished bike is sublime, coated in a gloss black paint
job with Skullmonkee tank emblem and a few simple gold touches, it is a fitting
tribute to the 20th anniversary of this legendary street bike.
XJR owners can order Skullmonkee parts directly from the
Wrenchmonkees website to add some serious Copenhagen style to their ride. www.wrenchmonkees.com
According to the Denmark based Wrenchmonkees, they do not necessarily
focus on extreme performance or aerodynamics, but seek to build motorcycles
with individual styling and dynamic driving experiences that relates to the
style of each motorcycle and the client’s needs.
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark they build one-off motorcycles
for clients who seek something out of the ordinary. They have been building
customised motorcycles since 1998, - since 2008 as the Wrenchmonkees.
On the company website they claim that they love Japanese,
British, Italian and American motorcycles. “Nearly all the manufacturers have
models that would make great Monkee bikes.
We don’t need legendary models to build legendary motorcycles. We choose
our building blocks based on original frame design and engine configuration.
Every creation rolling out of our garage is built from these key elements with
love and affection,” claim the Wrenchmonkees.
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