It’s not very often we get to see Valentino Rossi out on the open road – but the Doctor released a short film of him riding his custom Yamaha XJR1300 on La Panoramica late last year and we thought you should see it.
Speaking about the stretch of Tarmac near his hometown of Tavulia, Rossi said: “This is La Panoramica, a really important road for me: here I grew up and became a pilot. It’s the road I’ve always driven, ever since 50cc scooters when I was young. It is the road that connects Emilia-Romagna with the Marches.”
The custom Yamaha XJR1300 was created to combine Rossi’s two main motorcycling passions – road and flat track riding – taking inspiration from the iconic TZ 750, which was made famous by Kenny Roberts. Called Mya, it was designed by Rodolfo Frascoli who used a standard XJR1300 as a base and added a raft of trick bits to help make it a seriously capable, dual purpose machine.
To fit the flat track image, Frascoli removed one of the two front brake discs, added some new rims which he clad with some semi-block tyres. It comes with new Ohlins forks and shocks, a 4-into-2 Akrapovic exhaust system and the headlights from an R1.