Bulletproof…

The old Honda XL600 is a good platform for just about any type of build. Being produced in mostly the same form for around 15 years, with both on and off road versions means that a variety of parts are fairly easy to come by. The air-cooled, dry-sump thumper engine is pretty much bulletproof, and comes with a 5-speed transmission and kickstart. It’s one drawback was, it’s never been the prettiest bike in the pack.

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Thierry Coup decided to change that and build a clean street tracker from it.

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He replaced the tank with one from an XR500. The rear subframe is custom built, as was the seat on top of it. This opened up the back for a for a proper tracker look. The exhaust was put together using a muffler from a Kawasaki cruiser, while the original 43mm forks were shortened and an XR250 rear shock replaced the stock one. This dropped the ride a couple of inches making it more suitable for the street.

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It runs on 18″ rims front and rear that were junkyard specials. They were powder-coated black and laced up with Buchanan’s stainless spokes then mounted with a pair of IRC tyres. The headlight comes from a Harley Sportster and includes the distinctive “brow”. Mounted at the top of the triple tree, it keeps the front clean like the lines of the rest of the bike.

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Although built several years ago, it’s still a nice example of what you can do with a capable bike, some skill, and a few random parts.

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