Yamaha XT600Z Flat Tracker by Egerie Moto

Yamaha XT600 Tracker

Yamaha XT600Z Ténéré Tracker from the French Alps!

The first-generation Yamaha XT600Z Ténéré, aka the 34L, was named after the toughest segment of the legendary Paris-Dakar Rally — a brutal desert crossing through the southern Sahara. Introduced in 1982, the bike was built as a street-legal replica of the factory rally race bikes. It was a highly innovative enduro for its time, with a front disc brake, 43-hp motor, three-tier oil cooler, and 8-gallon fuel tank…giving the bike a range of nearly 500 miles!

Yamaha XT600 Tracker
Original XT600Z

Enter Nicolas Masse of Egerie Moto, based in the French Alps. Nicolas needed a new flat track bike for himself, and he wanted a vintage look. An old English bike seemed ideal, but those very pricey, and he knew he would be afraid of wrecking a vintage survivor. So, instead, Nicolas decided to built his flat tracker from one of the toughest enduros ever produced, the Yamaha XT600Z.

Yamaha XT600 Tracker

The result is a vintage-inspired, Dakar-tough flat tracker that’s sure to slide tail-happy around the flat tracks of Europe for years to come!

Yamaha XT600 Tracker:  Builder Interview

Yamaha XT600 Tracker

• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.

I started building and restoring old bikes 4 years ago. I have had a professional workshop for two years (Egerie Moto). My workshop is in the French Alps. I do everything 100% myself — mechanics, paint jobs, welding, seats…

Yamaha XT600 Tracker

• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?

Yamaha XT600Z (34L) Ténéré 1984

Yamaha XT600 Tracker

• Why was this bike built?

First it’s for me to replace my actual flat track bike, but if it interest someone I can sell it and/or build another one.

Yamaha XT600 Tracker

• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?

I wanted a vintage-looking flat track bike. The best is to use an old English bike, but it comes with two problems:

  • The total price
  • You don’t want to crash

The solution: use a bike without collection value, and make it look like a vintage one.

Yamaha XT600 Tracker

• What custom work was done to the bike?
  • 19” rims
  • Suzuki 600 Bandit Fork
  • twin shocks (swing arm and frame modifications)
  • small fueltank
  • custom number plates and seat
  • wiring simplification
  • new oil tank and relocation
  • engine rebuild (complete)
  • complete paint job

Yamaha XT600 Tracker

• How would you classify this bike?


Yamaha XT600 Tracker

• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?

It was “routine”, lot of things are perfectible, this bike is one of my best but I hope the next will be better!

Yamaha XT600 Tracker

Yamaha XT600 Tracker Video!

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One Comment

  1. Looks pretty good cept for the rear tank mount which appears to be a nut removal tool. Nine pictures of the right side if the bike and no other angles??

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