David and Michael Lloyd of Lloyd Brothers Motorsports (LBM) have been involved in motorcycle racing for more than 25 years, with a heavy emphasis on flat track. In 2005, they campaigned the only Aprilia/Rotax-based flat tracker in AMA pro competition, based on their own custom chassis, and went on to develop competitive trackers based on Ducati engines. Names like Larry Pegram and the late, great Nicky Hayden have graced the saddles of LBM machines.
When oldest brother Bill donated his 1987 Honda XL600R to David’s son, James — a rising high school senior — a father/son project was born. The result is one stunning Honda street tracker — the first street legal tracker ever built by Lloyd Bros!
Below, we get the full story on the build, as well as some stunning photos from Steve West of Silver Piston Photography.
Honda XL600 Street Tracker: In the Builder’s Words
Lloyd Brothers has been building flat track racers for many years but never a street legal ride. My oldest brother, Bill Lloyd, bought a 1987 Honda XL600R brand new and donated it to my son and me with only 2,700 miles. A father / son project was born with a hopeful finish date prior to senior year of high school — we just made it with the help of a few good friends!
We were fortunate to have many left over bits already from previous racing programs, including the unused front wheel and rotor, front master cylinder, rear wheel and rotor and swing arm from the Aprilia SXV 550s that we flat track raced back in 2007 when we removed them in favor of a chromoly swing arm and 19” wheels.
The seat and tail is a throw back to my first true framer flat tracker, a Woods Rotax, that I raced when I was 15.
Front forks are GSXR and shock is R6 with Racetech internals sorted at GMD Atlanta.
The M4 slip on is a Ti unit that long time sponsor M4 provided to the race team prior to the sanctioning body enforcing more stringent sound limits – it provides a nice bark on this single.
Flat track team member, Rich Lambrects of Desmo Pro, fabbed the new subframe.
Fuller Moto crew, Bryan Fuller, Brian Heidt, Wes Hines and Derek Kines provided insight on lighting and signals, a few tools and some water jet bits.
It is an incredibly fun bike to ride and it was even more fun to build together. Father / Daughter project already under way! 1968 CB350 in process.
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We need better pictures!
Already got a line in, asking them for additional photos! ?
Ask and you shall receive — more photos added!
Wow very nice. What was involved in pulling that rear shock down under the intakes?
Small oversight calling it a single when it is a twin… Very nice build!
The XL600R is definitely a single — though it has dual carbs!
Excellent job. Is the gas tank custom, or off a donor bike? I’m trying to source something for a CB450 project.
Is that the stock Aprilia rear shock or one of the same dimensions as the bike it came off of? I would have thought such a change in the position from where the original top mount on the XL600’s rear shock to this would have been impracticable. This solution would solve my problem with the rear shock and intake placement on my ’82 XL500R.