El Solitario

Yamaha teamed up with Spanish crew El Solitario for the final XJR build of 2015, celebrating 25 years of the iconic street bike. 'Big Bad Wolf' stays true to the Yard Build ethos with no cutting or welding to the frame.

"It's one of the gnarliest muscle bikes of recent years"

David Loner

El Solitario

MOTORCYCLE

Yamaha XJR

LOCATION

Galicia / Spain

Yamaha teamed up with Spanish crew El Solitario for the final XJR build of 2015, celebrating 25 years of the iconic street bike. ‘Big Bad Wolf’ stays true to the Yard Build ethos with no cutting or welding to the frame of the stocker, the build highlighting just how far you can go with a little imagination – and an XJR1300. El Solitario’s David Loner says: “We were not familiar with four-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?’ 

“The answer was performance and technology! Both were an 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 to be seen in recent years.” 

Gnarly is right, with the radiator hanging out front below the headlights, and cooling tubes poking out below that. Key to the success of the project was the collaboration with Mauro Abbadini, from Classic Co who brought with him the confidence and know-how of a veteran race winner. Last but not least, an army of racing industry experts were all keen to collaborate with El Solitario. The end result is ‘Big Bad Wolf’ aka: ‘BBW’. Pure madness. 

 

Yamaha XJR1300 spec

Engine/transmission Blueprinted motor, ported, flowed. 10.7:1 compression ratio. Rods reinforced with titanium bolts. Crankshaft rebalanced. Electronics ditched. Lectron 42 carbs. Dynatek Programmable ignition. Classic Co fabricated bodywork. Dymag carbon-fibre wheels. ISR front 6-piston and rear 4-piston calipers. K-Tech fork internals. Asahina Racing shocks. Taleo Racing oil cooler. EMD aluminum motor covers. TWM custom gas cap. Over Racing custom swingarm and rearsets. Motogadget M-Unit. Corona quick-shifter. PIAA headlights. Death Spray Customs paint and graphics. Wet weight 183kg 

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