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Yamaha celebrate 20 years of the iconic street bruiser, the XJR series, with this super-streamlined XJR1300 “Dissident.” After kicking off its Yard Built program nearly three years ago, Yamaha invited Portuguese builders, Osvaldo and Alexandre of it roCKs!bikes to design and build the bikeAs with all Yard Built bikes, the brief was to modify the machine without cutting or welding: showing how far a “plug and play” solution can transform the look of the XJR1300.

The “Dissident” features a handcrafted metal that flows in one unit – stretching from behind the triple clamps all the way to the tail. Suspension dynamics have been upgraded and modified to fit the XJR1300 steering column. The wheels are 17-inch tubeless Kineo spoked rims, shod with Pirelli Angel GT sport touring rubber. On top of the tank is an aluminum Monza-style gas cap. The handmade leather seat is beautifully crafted and clips into the one-piece monocoque in true café racer style. The paint job nods towards the current trend for minimalism. It’s a sublime reinterpretation of the classic Yamaha colors of the ’70s and ’80s, with pearl white, black and gold – and of course, the legendary speed blocks.

Check out the bike above and see what Orlando Bloom’s BMW S 1000 R custom looks like here.

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