AUTO & MOTO ARTISANS - AUSTRALIA
XR600R - The Camel
Australia is definitely the lucky country – how else can you explain a
big-bore trailie without a battery getting government approval for road registration – and what better way to explore the lucky country than on
a reborn desert racer!
Honda's unbreakable big-bore XR was the winning desert weapon back in its day. It still makes a good 'weekend fun' trail bike, and it's a great base for all sorts of custom builds.
So when this low-km '98 model turned up for sale during the early stages of the XR600R Tracker project it made all kinds of mix'n'match sense to add another XR to the garage.
'Scramblers' might be the hipster hit-pick of the moment but with a huge 22-litre Acerbis tank lying idle, and all the bike's period aftermarket goodies, going down the old-school desert sled route was an easy choice.
This bike lives in Tasmania, which is a short on deserts but long on winding country rides and interesting dirt roads, so the bias is more adventure tourer than Finke threat – it's something to get on and ride off for the weekend...or a week.
Does the trick too. Cruises easily on the highways, plays supermoto against sports bikes in the tight twisty bits, and rips over gravel like it was made for it...which it was.
The Camel? Well, it's got a desert heritage, you have to climb up on to it to ride it, and it goes a long way between drinks.
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