This is probably one of the coolest Yamahas we’ve featured here. The bike is a product of imagination and knowledge of the itRocks!bikes team – Osvaldo Coutinho and Alexandre Santos from Oporto, Portugal. If you want to see another great Yamaha, check out not any less gorgeous the guys’ Yamaha “Sunburn” that we wrote about earlier. Although the style ressemblance is obvious, each one of them is a unique one-off machine skillfuly rebuilt and enhanced for better riding experience.
As Osvaldo and Alexandre explain, at first it was supposed to be more or less minor rebuilt with some seat, tail, fork changes and a few other improvements as the customer (that also happened to be a friend) wanted, but the guys decided to go all the way through and completely rework the bike – as they say, “…we told him that if we put our hands on his bike, it’d have to be all or nothing… and so it was!”.
The donor – 2003 Yamaha XJR 1300 SP – was in excellent condition. Bought to replace the owners previous motorcycle, the bike came in the itRoCks!bikes garage as a pretty good building material and after getting an idea of what it should turn into as well as the name “Stealth” (which is clearly related to airplanes), XJR 1300 SP was disassembled and the work started.
A lot of parts have been replaced or heavily changed. What left from the original bike was: engine, fuel tank, swingarm, part of the frame, wheels, rear shocks and brakes. The front end was fitted with a new Kawasaki ZXR up-side-down fork and Brembo brake calipers. An old dashboard was replaced by a new one from Motogadget. The guys also fabricated the front and rear custom aluminium fenders and since the fuel tanks was the stock item they had to make a custom seat to match tank’s shapes and lines. By the way, that brown leather looks great with the stripes and other yellow parts of the bike.
The wheels come with Dunlop Sportmax tires. The original Ohlins double rear shocks were freshened up. The itRoCks!bikes team re-jetted and properly tuned the carbs and got rid of an old air box. For “Stealth” they designed the custom set of velocity stacks with filter – practical and great looking. The mat black painted engine was fitted with the 4-2-1 titanium exhaust system with the thermal wrapped headers.
The guys relocated a battery to the rear and beautified the front end with the small custom headlight. Yamaha CS_04 “Stealth” is finished with black and mustard, then covered with mat varnish. The guys say that after all the improvements and weight reduction “the bike really encourages you to ride hard on twisty roads and have fun in the corners”. I’m sure the owner was really happy with the result. Awesome job!
Read Osvaldo’s and Alexandre’s interview about this build on Pipeburn. To know what the itRoCks!bikes team is up to – visit their facebook page.
Images by Rui Banderia