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2016 Yamaha XJR1300
El Solitario’s Big Bad Wolf breaks new ground in an impressive collab with Yamaha
Last Summer Yamaha teamed up with El Solitario to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the XJR1300, an iconic street machine. The result is an awe-awekening creation, a race inspired, track monster that more than lives up to its name, ‘Big Bad Wolf’. The bike broke cover for the first time at the Glemseck 101 races in Germany last September, winning at the 1/8 mile race track bringing to an end the reign of the defending champions the Lucky Cat Garage.
“We are really stoked with the collaboration with El Solitario,” commented Yamaha Product Manager Shun Miyazawa. We wanted to challenge them with the Yard Built project to show a different side to El Solitario and push them to see what they were capable of. The result is impressive! With no cutting or welding to the frame of the XJR they have proved that the bike continues to be an excellent base for customization, no matter what direction you choose to build in. The level of detail and performance is fantastic, and we are proud of the collaboration, showing not just a new face for the XJR but also new ground for El Solitario.”
El Solitario agreed, “We are not familiar with 4 cylinder bikes, so at first we couldn’t understand the challenge. For months we tried to answer the same question: How could we take it further? Ground Zero would be to ask the correct question. Asking what scared us the most, seemed logic, and the answer was performance and technology! Both were unknown and expensive paths for us. Suddenly aversion turned into curiosity and we had our challenge. We are motorcycle poets not engineers, so countless hours of research, and the love of our friends, made it possible to find the best partners in the world of fast bikes, and with their help, we developed one of the gnarliest muscle bikes ever to be seen in recent years.”
Key to the success of the project was the collaboration with Mauro Abbadini, from Classic Co. as technical director of the build, he brought with him the confidence and know how of a veteran racer and winner of many battles. Last but not least an army of racing industry experts, all keen to collaborate with El Solitario.
The end result, the ‘Big Bad Wolf’ AKA: BBW, has almost everything custom made with the exception of the frame, the tank, the handlebars and the rear light, reducing the wet weight to just 183kg.
The Motor was blueprinted and the heads were ported and flowed. The intake port flow was increased by 50%. Compression was raised from 9.7-1 (Stock) to 10.7-1. The combustion chambers were reshaped & the squish areas increased. The rods were reinforced with titanium bolts and the crankshaft was rebalanced. All the electronics were removed and a state of the art Lectron 42 Carburetors were added, developed specifically for the BBW by Lectron Fuel Systems on their flow bench to be plug & play on delivery. A Dynatek Programmable Ignition was installed. The works takes the power up to 148 BHP at the rear wheel.
We fabricated a carbon fibre tail section, motor air rams and the belly pan, as well as all the aluminum brackets for the needed modifications. UK based Dymag specially developed the carbon fibre wheels for BBW. Acke Rising from ISR in Sweden did a lot of machining using the El Solitario designs to make custom triple trees, disc rotors and the incredible rear brake caliper bracket. ISR hand controls were added along with ISR front 6 piston calipers and rear 4 pistons caliper.
K-Tech Suspension collaborated with Novatech to develop the impressive front forks and the rear shocks. The screaming custom titanium exhaust was made for us by Asahina Racing in Japan. Moto GP oil cooler supplier, Taleo Racing in Madrid created the custom semi circular oil cooler and EMD in France, machined in aluminum the prototype motor covers which will be available to buy from El Solitario for the stock XJR1300 in the foundry version.
A TWM custom gas cap sets off the tank and a stunning custom aluminum swing arm fabricated by Over Racing in Japan finishes the rear along with a set of their machined rearsets. The BBW was wired using the Motogadget M-Unit & uses the M-Lock for on/off. Cordona supplied the super cool quick shifter and PIAA supplied the intense headlights.
The BBW stays stuck to the tarmac with Michelin street, slick and rain tyres to maximize the fun whatever the conditions. Last but by no means least the beautiful custom graphics and paint was the work of London artist Death Spray Custom.
Watch the Big Bad Wolf in action clicking HERE!
Very special thanks to: Mauro Abbadini, Ivan Ferreiro, Alberto Garcia-Alix, David Gwyther, Tadashi Kono, Seb Lorentz, Vincent Prat, JMKL, Gavin Matheson, Shun Miyazawa & all the sponsors that made this adventure possible. You rule!
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