New Older Storage restores a first-year XR600R…
Produced from 1985 to 2000, the Honda XR600R was some of the profitable enduros of all time, a big-bore four-stroke that proved itself on all kinds of terrain.
“Honda’s XR600R isn’t any extraordinary motorbike. By its 15-year run, this legendary thumper landed a number of titles in AMA Hare Scrambles, the Baja 1000 and even GNCC woods racing with riders like Scott Summers, Johnny Campbell, Jimmy Lewis and Bruce Ogilvie.” –ADV Pulse
The XR600R provided 45 hp and 40 ft-lb of torque from its twin-carb RFVC single-cylinder engine, together with 11″ of journey from the 43mm air-adjustable forks and 11.8″ from the Professional-Hyperlink rear. In 2021, ADV Pulse purchased an ’86 XR600R for $2000, cleaned it up, accomplished some routine upkeep, and rode it within the AMA-sanctioned Lone Pine 300 dual-sport experience, evaluating it face to face with a brand new CRF450RL.
“Why was using a basic machine in such a gnarly occasion so enjoyable? The first conclusion I draw is that it nonetheless works actually good. Whereas there’s no query the extra superior CRF450RL is superior from a efficiency standpoint, mixing issues up by using vastly totally different machines from vastly totally different eras appears to each assist one higher recognize the efficiency features from advances in know-how, in addition to qualities of older machines we could have misplaced in our rush to the long run.”
For our cash, the early “Flash Crimson” fashions are essentially the most lust-worthy of the lot — in truth, we’ve two ’85 XR’s within the BikeBound secure.
Lately, we acquired in contact with Lucas Compan of southwest France’s New Older Storage, who raced motocross till his mid-20s and left his profession in cinema to open his personal workshop:
“I took care of organising the units, however I acquired uninterested in having to go on the set and so I considered creating this workshop to hyperlink my ardour and career.”
When Lucas picked up this 1985 XR600R, it had been extremely modified and left in a tragic state. Lucas debated between doing a customized race construct or restoring the XR to its authentic glory. Whereas we clearly love bespoke fabrication and one-off customized builds, these bikes have gotten rarer by the yr, and we’re glad to see one restored so effectively, full with some alternative fashionable touches just like the black wheelset and Cerakoted components.
Beneath, we discuss to Lucas for the complete particulars on the construct.
Honda XR600R: Builder Interview
• Please inform us a bit about your self, your historical past with bikes, and your workshop.
Hello everybody, my title is Lucas. I dwell within the south west of France, in Hossegor. I grew up on bikes from a really younger age. I began on the age of three and a half on a 1994 Honda QR50 and competed in motocross in France till I used to be 25.
I’ve at all times had this ardour for motorcycling like my father earlier than me, and I’ve at all times taken care of the mechanics on my racing bikes, however I by no means considered making it my job.
I labored within the cinema; I took care of organising the units, however I acquired uninterested in having to go on the set and so I considered creating this workshop to hyperlink my ardour and career.
• What’s the make, mannequin, and yr of the bike?
This motorbike is a Honda XR600 from 1985 on the base. Once I purchased it it was fully modified and in a nasty state.
• Why was this bike constructed?
I restored this motorbike for me and with the goal of getting an indication motorbike for sure occasions.
I put all of my data and my skills into making an attempt to maintain the unique spirit of the machine, whereas including my private contact and experience (vapour blasting, cerakote paint, and so forth.).
• What was the design idea and what influenced the construct?
The unique mannequin is absolutely what impressed me. I stored virtually all the necessary authentic components. Engine, plastics, exhaust, fork, graphics…
I simply wished to modernize the machine somewhat with the black wheels and a few components painted with Cerakote.
• What work was executed to the bike?
I fully redid the machine. Body, engine, suspension, and wheels have all been redone, at all times respecting the unique mannequin.
• Are you able to inform us what it’s wish to experience?
It’s very nice to experience within the woods, within the mountains, and off-road. However it’s not the perfect bike for going to the seaside, strolling round city, or having a beer — it’s not really easy to start out. I want my Yamaha DT400 for that.
• Was there something executed throughout this construct that you’re significantly happy with?
I’m not particularly happy with any single element, however fairly of the ultimate rendering. I wasn’t positive if I ought to follow the unique spirit or transfer away and do one thing extra “racing.” In the long run, she’s good like she is.
• How would you classify this bike? (Cafe racer, road tracker, scrambler, brat, bobber, streetfighter, restomod, and so forth.)
• Please listing hyperlinks for us to incorporate. (Web site, Instagram, Fb, photographer credit score, and so forth.)