At BikeBound, we love dual-sport street trackers, and Daniel Lucero’s creation rocks our boat. Working at home, on his back patio, he turned a basket case 1994 Honda XR600R into a beautiful and classic tracker.
The XR600R was introduced in 1985, an updated version of the legendary XR500R. The XR600R became a legend in its own right, winning four Baja 1000s and five Baja 500s during its 15 year production run. The essentially bulletproof 591cc single cylinder air-cooled thumper put out 46 hp in a 300 pound package and won more desert races than you can count.
Daniel’s bike obviously had lived a hard life as his build began with several boxes of parts pulled out of a storage unit. Dan had long been a fan of trackers and their racing heritage. He wanted a tracker that was air cooled and kick start, as well as one that could be made street legal.
To get the lines he wanted from front to back, he tossed the original tank and seat, reworking the rear subframe and adding a new, more streamlined, tank. He created the rear cowl and seat from two part foam and, when he got the lines perfect, he covered it in fiberglass.
To wake up the the big single, he freshened it with a big bore 628 piston and replaced the original 38mm Keilhin with a 40mm flat slide from a CRF450R. He used the original forks but upgraded the internals and dropped the front end four inches. He likewise retained the original Pro-Link Showa mono-shock but revised its internals as well. He tossed the 21” front wheel in favor of a re-laced 19-incher. The resulting stance is pure tracker.
The stainless steel exhaust, with a 12-inch Cone muffler, was welded up by a friend of Dan’s who makes custom bicycles. This was the first exhaust he had ever made and we think he may have missed his calling.
High bars complete the tracker look. As Dan wanted a street legal bike, he had to add lights. He crafted a new wiring harness limited to just the essentials needed for a plate and hid all of the electronics under the seat. He wanted to stay as close as possible to the race heritage of the tracker, ‘only what is necessary.’
From the storage shed to first kick was six months. We certainly feel it was time well spent. Can you imagine what he could do with a full shop? Dan, congratulations on a tracker well done.
Credit to Cafe Racers United for first featuring this build.