Ellaspede Yamaha XJR400, the Naked Bullet [Photo Gallery]
The owner of the XJR400 rides with a beginner's license, so big-bore powerful machinery is out of his reach. However, settling for such a machine allowed him to invest more money in modding it. Now, this Yamaha was made on a rather tight budget, and this adds even more credit to Ellaspede.
As the creation brief only specified a solo seat and naked aggression, Ellaspede had all the freedom to work on the XJR400. The frame was obviously chopped a bit to accommodate the new seat. What had begun as a bobber project veered on cafe-racer avenue, and the result is extremely sweet.
Both ends of the bike received some work, with a shorty job on the front fender, while the mid-ship and rear lost the passenger foot pegs, and received a custom mudguard and license holder. The tail light was modified, but the headlight was retained, if lowered a bit.
Daytona turn signals came in place and an Acewell digital gauge was installed, together with new clip-ons and bar-end mirrors. There are no spectacular, breathtaking solutions used in this build, but the result is stunning: clean, compact and sending out a loud city-slicing message.
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