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BAT INTO HELL. Macco’s ‘Dark Angel’ Yamaha XJR1300


Posted on November 22, 2017 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer. 21 comments

Written by Andrew Jones

If you’ve ever ridden any of the larger capacity UJMs, you’ll know that a lack of caution when applying the throttle can be a biblical experience, metaphorically or otherwise. With sub three second 0-60 times for most of these colossally-motored motos, they can outrun a Porsche Turbo and let you feel like a vengeful god, to boot. So when Spain’s Macco Motors had a client request to make the follow-up to a previous Yamaha custom named ‘The Sinner’, they’ve managed a minor miracle in the form of this all-new black and white ’00 XJR 1300 they call the ‘Dark Angel’.

Macco’s Jose starts proceedings with a brief shop update. “It seems we’ve only been working on two motorcycle brands in the last 6 months: Triumph and Yamaha. The Yamahas included two XSR700s, an XSR900 in collaboration with TW Steel & Yamaha Europe and a restomod Yamaha XJR1300. Then, as an encore of sorts, we built this Yamaha XJR1300”.

While searching for possible donors, Jose and Tito found a bike in Madrid in a second-hand moto market; it was in great condition and the team agreed they should snap it up and get things started.

“This is one of the first XJR1300 models after they succeeded the XJR1200. It’s a 2000 bike and despite the fact that it was 17 years old, it was still a beast to ride,” says Jose, with a devilish grin.

Raul, Macco’s customer, is a Spanish guy who currently lives in London. When he first contacted the shop, his preferred brand was Triumph. But it soon became clear that the bike he really wanted was something similar to their No. 23 XJR1300 brat cafe, ‘The Sinner’. Finally Raul saw the light, but it was mutually agreed that the bike should have its own personality rather than it being a simple copy. After all, there’s no fun in just going through the motions.

“After tuning up the engine and having a little too much fun with the stock bike, we started the hard work with a front fork conversion. For this we got the forks from a Yamaha R1, disassembled them and then anodised the tubes in the same gold colour Raul had chosen for the rest of the bike. Here we also worked on the original top yoke to adapt the new shocks and removed the factory ignition set-up”.

Opting for a 6″ grilled headlight, they built a custom bracket to get it sitting in just the right place. An MMB mini speedo was perfect for the prerequisite clean, minimal cockpit look. It was reinforced with LSL clip-ons and bar-end mirrors alongside black Avon grips.

“Next, we chopped some metal and built a new subframe and two-up seat base, along with some new steel side panels to add a touch of the unique to the build”.

“We liked how the original Yamaha R1 front guard looked on the build, so we kept it and made a new fibreglass one for the rear. Next came new turn signals and rear lights, all of which were integrated into the subframe. And to get a better riding position, we mounted some LSL rear footpegs”. While the original pipes were kept as is, the lads adapted a set of classic-looking Spark mufflers to the noisy bits. Then some new Metzeler Sportec M5 shoes were fitted and some fresh white, black and gold paint was immaculately applied.

“As a final touch, they threw budgetary constraints to the wind and summoned Öhlins, the Swedish god of safe journeys, to add his blessings to the bike’s already very capably abilities”.

“Adapting parts is always the most difficult work for a build,” says Jose. “Like modding the mufflers, front forks or building the side panels from zero. But to be honest it was much more fun than problems on this latest Yamaha project”. Fun? The lucky devils.

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  • the watcher

    Often been underwhelmed by Macco builds but not this time. This bike makes me wonder why we don’t see a lot more XJRs (specially the older carbed ones), they’re plentiful, cheap(ish), air-cooled, and hard as hell. Nice one Macco.

  • Sits too low for any serious cornering. Paint looks awesome! Love the color combo!!

    • AB

      I don’t know about this – I’ve been flick back and forth images of this and the original – the rear end looks stock height (swingarm angle) and the front may have dropped a tad with the R1 forks but fairly minimal looking at the lower frame rail angle.
      I reckon the mufflers are giving the impression of it being a lot lower than it is.

      The colour combo is superb – pirate it onto one of your trackers 🙂

  • martin hodgson

    Third pic from the bottom is pure porn! The riders view is unobstructed by any unnecessary clutter, the curves of the tank are beautifully accentuated by the paint scheme and despite the size of the tank that honking great 4 cylinder still pokes its shoulders out the side showing off its brawn. Brillante!

    • I though the same, actually. Probably my favourite picture of the bunch.

  • rein skugler

    As far as I am concerned, this is a motorcycle. This is how a motorcycle should look. All others are pretenders.

  • Flying W

    See how good a bike can look with a front fender, side covers and a two-up seat? It even has decent tires. Too low, says Mule, and he’s usually right, but I reckon this one would be a bit of fun out on some country sweepers.

  • badass500

    From zero to 100 in under 3 seconds? I think not!

    • No? Why not?

      • JayJay

        Sub 3 for the ton is a bit optimistic. Think that is the 0-60 time. Nice bike, macco style works great here

        • Yr right! I’m caught in between metric and imperial. I meant 0-100kmph.

          • Caught again! 🙂

    • Jonesy

      Who cares? We all felt that there was something wrong with our 600s- they just wouldn’t go any faster.
      Then we got liter class sport bikes- never really felt that way- well, rarely.

      • I had a GSXR-600 once. Never once did I want for more speed on that. Jeebus…

    • Jonesy

      It was 0-60. Won’t most modern big UJMs do that in under 3 seconds?

  • AB

    I really like these muscle-bike builds. They are the motorcycle equivalent of a nicely modded Camaro (or similar).
    The paint is quite stunning.

  • guvnor67

    Now that’s a Muscle Bike! The upgrades work well and I love how the gold on the tank Carries the gold on the forks rearward, a nice effect. In my mind, one of Macco’s best efforts. Well done!

  • RAUL

    Great article! It’s awesome to see my bike up here! I feel privileged! Also many thanks to the Macco guys, can’t recommend them enough, you get what you pay for!

    • Thanks Raul! Great to hear from you. I think you’ve made a lot of readers very jealous… 😉