The Yamaha XJR1300 is an icon whose raw presence has been unrivalled over the last 20 years since it hit the streets. For 2015 the XJR is back, and it’s evolved. The 1300cc naked street machine stays true to its ‘Japanese Performance Classic’ origins with a pure, powerful design and the largest displacement air cooled engine on the market as its beating heart.

The 2015 XJRs sit proudly in the Sports Heritage Range, continuing Yamaha’s drive to deliver beautiful yet functional motorcycles inspired by the past and built for the future.



Born customized 

The last five years have seen Yamaha working closely with various professional custom builders, collaborating to create a series of concept machines together. These truly unique creations are called “Yard Built”. This shared experience has provided a lot of inspiration in product development, and Yamaha has started to incorporate custom design into factory bike production as a result.


Collaborations with builders such as the Wrenchmonkees and DEUS Ex Machina have had a significant influence in the development of the new XJR. The friendship with Keino, who recently unveiled his version of XJR1300 named Rhapsody in Blue, has also helped and influenced bringing this new machine to life.

Following the successful XV950 introduction last year, the new XJR1300 is another motorcycle from Yamaha that’s born customized. The machine rolls out of the factory with stunning styled components in the latest premium materials, looking far from ‘stock’.




Slim fuel tank, solo-seat and black pipes 

The slim, racer inspired fuel tank dramatizes the muscular, powerful 4-cylinder air-cooled engine whilst the new solo-seat design gives that custom feel and adds credibility to the performance. The menacing black 4-2-1 exhaust pipe and muffler ends in a new tail cap design, setting off the look. A shorter tail at the rear adds to the compact, muscular silhouette in line with the narrower front tank.

Further standard ‘custom’ additions hint at the respect the bike gives to the production racers of the 1970s, including a cool aluminium side cover in a buffed finish with filter-like mesh inserts. Tapered aluminium handlebars and a compact headlamp come together to highlight the muscular image.

The XJR’s powerful and reliable 4-cylinder DOHC air-cooled engine produces an impressive 98hp and 108Nm of torque. The power plant sits in a steel double cradle frame with a clever engine mounting system designed to re-direct vibrations generated whilst riding.

Supporting a smooth ride are the friction reducing DLC (Diamond-like Carbon) coated inner tubes for the front suspension partnered with a premium Ohlins rear suspension set up.

The fuel tank has also been fully re-designed with a slimmer profile to make the most of the muscular exposed engine whilst still retaining the ability to hold 14.5 litres of fuel. Wider handlebars that sit closer to the rider now offer a more upright seating position, giving more confidence and a cooler ride.


2015 XJR1300 features 

  • 4-cylinder DOHC 1,250cc engine, the biggest in-line 4 air-cooled in the market
  • 98hp – 108 Nm
  • Öhlins rear suspension and DLC coated front fork
  • Aluminium tapered handlebars
  • Slim 14.5 L fuel tank
  • Solo-seat design
  • Black 4-2-1 exhaust
  • Smaller 180mm multi-reflector headlight
  • Aluminum racing plate style side cover
  • Re-designed instrument panel
  • Shorter and simplified rear frame


Make a statement 

The new XJR has enough presence to make a statement for any rider with its massive air-cooled engine and stripped back, pure design. As a result of our collaboration with professional custom builders, a simple, clean structure and independent component design has become a reality on our Sport Heritage motorcycles so that anybody can take their bike further to make it into their own unique style. Thanks to clever new design and simple construction with all unnecessary parts removed the XJR is also easy to customize at home. How far you want to go is up to the customer.

The new XJR1300 is available in Power Blue, Matt Grey and Midnight Black from December onwards.



2015 XJR1300



Air-cooled, 4-stroke, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valves, DOHC


1,251 cc

Bore x stroke

79.0 x 63.8 mm

Compression ratio


Max. Power

71.9 kW (98 PS) @ 8,000 rpm

Max. Torque

108.4 Nm (11.1 kg-m) @ 6,000 rpm

Lubrication system

Wet sump

Fuel supply system

Fuel Injection

Clutch type

Wet, multiple-disc coil spring

Ignition system


Starter system


Transmission system

Constant mesh, 5-speed

Final transmission system


Primary reduction ratio

98/56 (1.750)

Secondary reduction ratio

38/17 (2.235)

Gear ratio 1st gear

40/14 (2.857)

Gear ratio 2nd gear

36/18 (2.000)

Gear ratio 3rd gear

33/21 (1.571)

Gear ratio 4th gear

31/24 (1.292)

Gear ratio 5th gear

29/26 (1.115)



Steel double cradle

Front suspension

Telescopic forks

Front wheel travel

130 mm

Rear suspension

Dual shock

Rear wheel travel

120 mm

Caster angle

24o 40″


92 mm

Front brake

Dual discs, Ø 298 mm

Rear brake

Single disc, Ø 267 mm

Front tyre

120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)

Rear tyre

180/55 ZR17M/C (73W)


Overall length

2,190 mm

Overall width

820 mm

Overall height

1,120 mm

Seat height

829 mm


1,500 mm

Min. ground clearance

133 mm

Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)

240 kg

Fuel capacity

14,5 litres

Oil capacity

4.2 litres


Tony Carter

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