The large Seca is a kind of bikes that ought to have been successful, however missed the mark with consumers. After only a yr in the marketplace within the US, Yamaha withdrew it from the showrooms—regardless of a slew of constructive evaluations.
Intense competitors from different Japanese makers, the arrival of the FJ1100 and client mistrust of shaft drive have been the first causes of the Seca’s downfall, however the huge XJ is now thought to be an under-appreciated basic.
Motorbike collector Mike Martens is a fan of the XJ900, and in 2015 he tapped high builder Greg Hageman to remodel his Seca right into a café racer.
“I’m again with that magnificence once more, as Greg has simply reworked the bike,” says Mike. “The inspiration for the refresh was a carbon fiber fairing left over from a busted challenge.”
In the event you’re a long-time reader of EXIF, you’ll know Greg. He’s been an everyday on our pages for ten years now, going again to his days at Doc’s Chops—and this Yammie proves that he’s misplaced none of his expertise.
“We did catch some eBay luck alongside the way in which,” Mike says. “The Seca initially had a small fairing mounted to the bars. Yamaha later provided a ‘excessive velocity’ fastened fairing, and I discovered a new-in-box model on-line.”
Greg took the bracketry from the Yamaha equipment, and tailored it to swimsuit Greg’s carbon fiber Powerbronze fairing. “And BOOM! The look of the bike was utterly modified,” says Mike.
There was nothing fallacious with the dealing with of the Seca, however this one will get a lift through new forks—lifted from a late 80s FZR1000 sportbike, and outfitted with RaceTech springs and emulators.
The Seca additionally wears two 320mm Brembo discs up entrance, and a pair of piggyback shocks from Works Efficiency are bolted as much as the quick customized subframe.
The wheels are customized laced 17-inch polished aluminum rims from Buchanan’s at each ends, shod with Pirelli Phantom rubber—which hides trendy tire tech beneath a ‘basic’ tread sample. Discreet customized huggers minimize down on highway spray.
The CV carbs are gone, in favor of Mikuni flat slides and Okay&N filters. “This made an incredible distinction to the character of the engine, including extra violence to the top-third of the rev vary,” says Mike.
A pair of SuperTrapp open-cap mufflers terminate the inventory head and mid pipes, and we’re betting that output is considerably greater than the unique 97 hp.
Greg has added a compact ‘ducktail’ cowl to match the brand new fairing, with a pair of vibrant LEDs hiding behind black mesh. The seat is a basic tuck-and-roll job in marine vinyl, dealt with by TuffSide.
Greg additionally paid consideration to the electrics, putting in a brand new CDI and aftermarket coils to carry the ignition system into the twenty first century.
The opposite ancillaries are hooked as much as a Bluetooth-enabled Motogadget m.unit, together with a basic Acewell CA-085 tachometer, Yamaha MT-07 switchgear, and a Bikemaster headlight with built-in flip indicators.
The primary model of this construct was completed in predominately white paint, however Mike determined it was time to change issues up. “We modified to yellow, so I’d now not have two white bikes!” he reveals. “As a result of I nonetheless have the white XV920 you place within the Bike EXIF calendar about ten years in the past.”
Shot by Moe Colours in Tampa, the paint is ideal for the bike and its period. And thank goodness for guys like Greg and Mike, who’re pleased to revisit and rebuild customs, quite than consigning them to an unsure destiny on eBay or Craigslist.