It is good to be Valentino Rossi. Not only do you have nine world championships to your name, legions of yellow-crazy fans, but you also get pretty nice gifts from your friends.
Take “Mya” for example – a special Yamaha XJR1300 custom flat tracker that the folks at VR|46 built for their fearless leader.
Now, when you think about bikes that should be the basis for a custom project, the Yamaha XJR1300 doesn’t exactly come to mind. It probably doesn’t help that this decades-old model is only Euro3 compliant, and set to sunset at the end of this year.
The XJ1300 certainly doesn’t strike us as the appropriate starting point for a flat track bike either, especially with its 530 lbs weight figure.
That all being said, the VR|46 crew have done a pretty good job of spiffing up the old girl.
This one-off creation is the work of Rodolfo Frascoli, the same person behind the very attractive Suzuki Katana 3.0 concept. If you look closely, you will see the incorporation of several pieces from other bikes in the Yamaha lineup.
The intact and headlights are off the YZF-R1, for instance. Other highlights include the Öhlins suspension, a double-barrel Akrapovic 4-2-1-2 exhaust, and of course the 19″ wheels with flat tracking rubber.
The effect is pretty appealing, and it almost makes you forget for a moment that a Yamaha XJR1300 is still underneath all that custom bodywork and neon paint. A mixture of old and new, Mya is an interesting refresh of an otherwise forgettable machine.