Based in the Middle Islands of the Philippines, Revolt Cycles has been turning out some of our very favorite builds in recent years. Much of the time, they work with the small-displacement platforms popular in their area, but they love to tackle big bikes when they come their way.
Recently, a client came to them with a Yamaha XT600 in supermoto trim, tired after many years of canyon-carving. After trying to sell the bike, the owner decided to bring it to Revolt Cycles to be refurbished and customized. The Revolt team are supermoto fanatics, so they were excited to work on a big motard.
Built from 1984 until 2003, the XT600 was one of the most popular enduros of its era — a bombproof air-cooled thumper with up to 46 horsepower on tap. The Revolt Cycles team set about taking the old XT back to its dirty roots, stripping and streamlining the bike to the bare essentials, and going with a tracker aesthetic.
Below, we get the full story on the build.
Custom XT600 Supermoto / Tracker: In the Builder’s Words
Well, it started out as a stock XT600 with supermotard wheels on and used to be a daily/weekend canyon slinger but later on was rejected, disregarded, and put for sale. Didn’t get the chance to sell, so the owners Russell and Ralph Obenza (brothers) decided to have it customized.
We at Revolt Cycles accepted it and love the fact that it was a motard since we are supermoto fanatics as well.
But what we did is we wanted to bring back to how it used to be originally (a dirt bike). We fitted it with Shinko dual sport tires but retaining and refurbishing the supermoto wheel setup it had.
Then we deleted the whole cockpit assembly by replacing it with a clean looking racing plate and single speedo instrument with a mini 12 LED flood lamp tucked under the bottom fork crowns for that clean and minimal look.
Aftermarket bar end side mirrors went on with the aftermarket Accel handlebars. We replaced the original unfashionable camelback tank to a more streamline flow Honda CG tank.
Rear subframe loop mods with a single strip stop/winker LEDs perched on top a full custom chevron style genuine leather seats made from a good friend Le Rida.
To top it all with a fresh coat of paint with some gold striping designs around the tank and racing plate.
Last but not the least a refurbished Supertrapp muffler for it to be heard.
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