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Yamaha’s Yard Built program has gone from strength to strength, showcasing an impressive lineup of customized creations built in collaboration with the world’s best custom motorcycle builders. This summer Yamaha teamed up with Spanish customhouse El Solitario for the final XJR build of 2015, celebrating 20 years of the iconic street machine. The result is an awe-inspiring creation, dubbed the “Big Bad Wolf.” Despite the complete transformation from street machine to pure race predator, El Solitario stayed true to the Yard Build ethos and created the “Big Bad Wolf” with no cutting or welding to the frame of the standard bike.

The end result has almost everything custom made with the exception of the frame, the tank, the handlebars, and the rear light. The motor was blueprinted and the heads were ported and flowed; the combustion chambers were reshaped and the squish areas increased; the rods were reinforced with titanium bolts and the crankshaft was rebalanced; all the electronics were removed and state-of-the-art Lectron 42 Carburetors were added; a Dynatek Programmable Ignition was installed; and the work takes the power up to 148 BHP at the rear wheel.

Last but not least, the beautiful custom graphics and paint was the work of London artist Death Spray Custom.

To see more work from El Solitario be sure to visit the company’s website.

Brian Farmer is Highsnobiety's Managing Editor and is based in New York City.

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