Unique builder El Solitario does amazing things with Yamaha XJR1300


Yamaha's Yard Built program has unveiled another fascinating creation built in collaboration with the world’s best custom motorcycle builders. This time, Yamaha teamed up with Spanish customhouse El Solitario for the final XJR build of 2015, celebrating 25 years of the iconic street machine. The result is an awe-inspiring, race-track monster that more than lives up to its name: "Big Bad Wolf."

Despite the complete transformation from street machine to pure race predator, El Solitario stayed true to the Yard Build ethos and created the "Big Bad Wolf" with no cutting or welding to the frame of the standard bike. The build highlights just how far you can go with a little imagination and an XJR1300.

"We are really happy with the collaboration with El Solitario," commented Yamaha Motor Europe Product Manager Shun Miyazawa. "The timing was just right as we believe they were ready to push out in a new direction from their previous work and break new ground. 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 are capable of. The result is impressive... The level of detail is fantastic, and we are proud of the collaboration."

El Solitario’s David Loner agreed, saying: "El Solitario is 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? Ground Zero would be to ask the correct question. Asking what scared us the most, 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." 

Almost everything on Big Bad Wolf –– AKA: BBW (we'll pretend El Solitario doesn't know the other connotations of that acronym) –– is custom made with the exception of the frame, the tank, the handlebars and the rear light, reducing the wet weight to just 183kg.


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