” The paint is still wet on the walls of Deus’ new Italian workshop, but the Italian boys have been dropped in the deep end already. They were commissioned by Yamaha Europe to revamp an XJR1300 as part of the ‘Yard Built Specials’ project—which you may remember from our coverage of the Wrenchmonkees build a few months ago.
This is the result, which has just been revealed on the Yamaha website. And pretty good it looks, too. “The Yamaha XJR1300 was an intriguing machine to work with,” says Deus Italy’s Alessandro Rossi. “We drew inspiration from the legendary endurance racing machines of the late 1970s and 1980s, with their lean looks crafted for a single purpose—to win races.”
Deus concentrated on stripping the XJR1300 back to basics, reducing weight and shifting the visual focus on to the 1251cc air-cooled engine. “When we started to remove the XJR1300’s bodywork and road ancillaries, we noticed that it had a very aggressive stance—like a bulldog with big shoulders,” says Alessandro. ”
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