1999 Yamaha XJR1300

Owner: Kris Dolly, Car­ragh, Ire­land Owned for: four months

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Your Shed -

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

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