A half-chopped Yamaha, a head full of crazy ideas and a friendly wager: those were the ingredients for Jorge Rodrigues’ first build. And the results are pretty tasty.
Jorge is a director at a software firm in Portugal—but more importantly, he’s a motorcyclist who’s always wanted to build a custom bike. So he sourced a 1998 Yamaha XJR 1200 and got busy.
“The Yamaha XJR has one defining characteristic: its engine,” he says. “This build had to be done around the engine, it had to exude power and show it, shed a ton of weight, be comfortable enough to ride all day and have a classic look. The ‘BMW R nineT‘ that Yamaha could have built.”
Jorge now calls his bike the ‘Yamaha XJR9T’—but getting it there was no easy task.…