Tuesday, May 26, 2015

it roCks!bikes Yard Built CS-06 Dissident pays tribute to 20 years of the Yamaha XJR1300

Badass name, cool paintjob, one-piece monocoque fuel tank and seat unit and bunch of handbuilt parts - yes, we like the CS-06 Dissident. It really does rock! ;-)

Yamaha’s XJR 20th Anniversary party continues with the Portuguese custom builders’ it roCks!bikes Yard Built CS-06 Dissident café racer. “it roCkS!bikes were high on the list of builders we wanted to work with to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the XJR. Their unique signature style one-piece monocoque is super clean and they have shown they can build stunning custom machines without losing the heart of the original, keeping the essence of the great chassis and raw engine power. With the CS-06 Dissident, it roCkS!bikes have again built a beautiful bike,” says Shun Miyazawa, Product Manager – Yamaha Motor Europe.

Working in a small workshop just outside Porto, in Portugal, Osvaldo Coutinho and Alexandre Santos are civil engineers by day and it roCkS!bikes craftsmen by night. Their engineering skills are plain to see in the bikes they build, and in their signature monocoque one-piece fuel tank, seat and tail units that they use for all their bikes. The XJR 1300 CS-06 Dissident is no exception, with a single handcrafted metal unit stretching from just behind the triple clamps all the way back to the end of the tail – clean, simple, elegant.

Apart from the bodywork, custom bits on the Dissident include a complete ISR braking system (including master cylinders for front brake and clutch, 6-piston calipers at the front, twin 340mm front discs and 267mm rear disc), USD forks taken from a Yamaha YZF-R1, Motoscope pro digital dashboard, and LSL clip-on café racer bars. The stock engine covers on both sides of the block have been replaced with lighter aluminium pieces with glass windows, revealing the heart of the beast. A small, high-performance oil cooler keeps a check on the heat and the bike’s handmade 4-2 stainless steel exhaust screams dramatically as the revs rise.

If you’re impressed already, wait, there’s more – LSL rearsets are used on the Dissident, for a sportier riding position, the small, handmade, metal fairing at the front gets a recessed headlamp, the leather seat unit is also handmade, an aluminium ‘Monza’ gas cap adds a dollop of style to the fuel tank and bike’s 17-inch wire-spoked wheels are shod with Pirelli Angel GT tyres. The Dissident’s pearl white, black and gold paintjob pays tribute to 20 years of the Yamaha XJR and is a reinterpretation of the classic 1970s / 80s colours, with of course, the legendary speed blocks making a prominent appearance here. Damn cool!

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