Contemporary Cafe…

The Yamaha XJR400 is a nice bike, but never stood out from the crowd. The XJR1300 (and previous XJR1200) has had a lot of press and builds done to it, the Deus XJR-X build is just one that comes to mind, but it’s little brother is also a good solid bike for customization.

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Although exports were limited, the XJR400 is a nice cheaper option. Australian builders Ellaspede decided to take that route for one of their customers.

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Taking cues from their previous builds, they started by removing the bulky air box and adding BMC pods, the stock carbs were then re-jetted, headers wrapped, and a new Supertrap muffler installed. To drop the revs down a bit, the front cog was changed for a 1-tooth-up unit.

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A custom vinyl clad seat was then made just long enough to allow two-up riding but keeping a cafe look. Out back a custom rear guard was made with with a plate relocation bracket and LED taillight, then some small frame modifications and rewiring cleaned up the details.

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At the front, clip-ons and a new Acewell gauge were used, and the headlight lowered to give the bike a more aggressive face. Lastly, to create a consistent finish, parts were powder coated, painted and polished. The final creation is a modern take on a cafe racer.

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