Yamaha XJR1300 series model history timelines
This year marks the shift from 1200 to 1300. The bike features a bigger-bore engine (1188 to 1251 cc) and a reinforced, stiffer chassis as well.
Handling is improved by an uprated front fork with revised damping and preload adjusters and a narrower front tire (from 130 to 120).
A wider rear tire (180) and R1 style front brakes keep the additional power in check.
Technically, the engine is upgraded with chrome-composite plated aluminium cylinders, forged pistons and a more compact drive chain.
The design is subtly retouched with new sidepanels and tail cover, but keeping true to the original, classic and timeless lines that made this machine so popular.
The visible, honest air-cooled engine design with polished cooling fins and prominent DOHC head is a joy for the eye, as well as the double-cradle steel frame with its beautifully exposed double shock absorbers!
The standard version comes in black and dark green.
The SP version takes the high grade finish to an even higher level with its special paint scheme, special seat surface and Ã–hlins shock absorbers.
It is available in blue ‘Yamaha Racing France style’ and in black/red/white ‘AMA racing series style’.
1999 Yamaha XJR1300
2000 Yamaha XJR1300
A new silver metallic complements the existing black colour.
The SP models come in new blue/white/black or red/white/black combinations.
2001 Yamaha XJR1300
New colours and graphics for the SP version: new blue/black and yellow/white/black combinations.