The Yamaha XT600 was one of the most popular all-purpose enduros of its era, produced from 1984 to 2003 in a range of variants. The air-cooled single offered 34-39 horsepower, and this particular specimen is a 1998 XT600E cafe/tracker from Redonda Motors of Portugal. The company has three main focuses:
- Redonda Motors: Bikes customized for daily, street-legal use.
- Redonda Racing: Bikes built for racing and off-road use.
- Eco Redonda: Electric bike projects.
Below, João Barranca — the mentor and leader of the team — gives us the full story on this build. Credit must go to Pipeburn for breaking this bike before us, but we’ve tried to bring you guys some different shots.
Yamaha XT600 Brat Tracker: In the Builder’s Words
(Words by JP Barranca. Highlights by us.)
This design blends the cafe racer style with the tracker style. The intention was to build a motorcycle for the city that was very fun and easy to drive.
The base chosen was a 1998 yamaha xt600E. This bike is agile and has more than enough motor for an urban use. Even so, to improve the handling, the height of the bike has dropped about 20 cm.
The fuel tank used comes from a Honda CB550 and in terms of appearance a painting was chosen based on the Honda bikes of the 60s.
The bike is super compact and minimalist, disguising very well the 600cc engine. The original wheels have been changed to wider ones capable of receiving wider road tires.
The exhaust was designed and built in stainless steel to give it a tracker style and a beautiful bass sound. All the information is now given by a small Koso.
The rear and direction lighting was changed to LED’s and to the front light was reused the front light of a Suzuki GT 750. To slightly improve the light was placed on the left side of the motorcycle a small projector.
The original sub frame was replaced by other built for this motorcycle that houses the seat and most of the electrical components.
The original air filters were replaced by a foam Ramair motorcycle air filter.