1999 Yamaha XJR1300
Owner: Kris Dolly, Carragh, Ireland Owned for: four months
What’s the story? Bought on a budget back in summer. It’s a Japanese import, although it’s definitely not restricted. I’ve had an Eu-model XJR before and this one has more shove. I’ve been told this colour is quite rare too.
Progress so far? I think it’s been left stood for a few years, and also been scavenged for parts in that time. The Öhlins shocks have been replaced with Hagons – fortunately they’re in good order. One of the first things I checked when I viewed the bike was the inlet rubbers. They’ve already been replaced with larger diameter FJ12 parts, a popular mod.
I’ve also been told that it’s been jetted to suit, but I had no way of telling. The speedo isn’t working either (a previous owner has fitted XJR400 clocks). In terms of work so far I’ve replaced the exhaust for a titanium system, saving 7.5kgs, cleaned the carbs, sorted the head and wheel bearings, replaced the gear shaft seal and sorted the neutral light sensor.
What’s next? I’ve got some painting to do where corrosion has started to take hold. I’ve sprayed the motor and it’s come up really well. Overall it shouldn’t take much more to finish.
They say it’s a rare colour for an XJR that primrose yellow – not many Kenny
Engine starting to look the part now