Published on 14 Feb 2012 by Adriano
Rome-based company Emporio Elaborazioni introduces the “Mastino” (”Mastiff” in Italian), its new cafe racer based on a Yamaha XJR 1200. In order to obtain the sort of special cafe racer they had in mind out of the big XJR, the first thing they had to do was to reduce the overall weight of the bike, and so they got rid of everything that wasn’t really necessary, fine-tuning the remaining parts (namely engine and carburettors).
Then they added a few bits that were functional to their idea of a light, athletic and extreme cafe racer: enter the new fork, the Ohlins double rear shock, a 4-into-1 exhaust system courtesy of Vance & Hanes with Megaton end can. Yoke and lights are hand-made, the saddle comes from a Norton Manx, but the real masterpiece here is the fuel tank: it has been lifted from a Ducati Imola and boasts a see-through stripe on the side that allows the rider to check how much petrol is left into it. The unusual choice of colors adds up to the exclusivity of this bike, which also features a space in the saddle to accommodate a little whiskey bottle. Aesthetically speaking, it really is an eye candy.
Emporio Elaborazioni, or EE, is basically made of three friends that share the same passion for customized bikes, hence Cafe Racer, Scrambler, Dirties, Special and everything in between. Their production so far has been really interesting and we expect to see more specials like the Mastino to come out of their workshop. If you want to know more about this company, check out their official website.
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