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Going Robust: JuanVerde’s Honda XR650L avenue tracker


Honda XR650L street tracker by JuanVerde
Some bikes are a flash within the proverbial pan, deserted after a few years in the marketplace. Others linger in showrooms for years, till shares are depleted or the tooling prices are paid for.

You then get the bikes that promote steadily, yr after yr. The Ural has been produced since 1942, with minor updates each few years. The Royal Enfield Bullet entered manufacturing in 1948. You then get the Japanese workhorses, just like the Kawasaki KLR650 (b. 1987) and the Honda XR650L, which has been rolling off the meeting line since 1992.

Honda XR650L street tracker by JuanVerde
This businesslike avenue tracker exhibits the enduring attraction of the XR, and comes from Texas-based ‘JuanVerde’ (identification withheld by request). The builder could also be pseudonymous, however his expertise can’t be hidden—he’s already constructed a number of sharp-looking customs, and this XR650L is his second crack on the mannequin.

“I did the same construct a few years in the past, pre-Covid, that made the rounds,” he tells us. “That is kinda the two.0 model—a bit extra refined.”

Honda XR650L street tracker by JuanVerde
“I construct in my spare day out of my storage and store in my again yard in Denton. Obtained my begin restoring a number of early CB750s over the past 15 to twenty years, however now I appear to lean extra in the direction of customizing issues into my fashion.”

We’re digging the fashion right here, which is minimal and practical. The bulletproof air-cooled single has been handled to a top-end refresh, plus the well-known ‘Dave’s Mods’ widespread with XR650L house owners. (Which is actually becoming new fundamental and pilot jets within the carb, and drilling the slide.)

Honda XR650L street tracker by JuanVerde
The smog pump has been deleted, and a stainless FMF PowerBomb header fitted to spice up mid- to top-end output. That is matched to a ‘BigMouth’ muffler from Cone Engineering, which has a concave inner reverse cone part.

“In between are some pie cuts for the bends that my buddy Carlos Sanchez welded up,” says JuanVerde. “I nonetheless don’t have a TIG—only a MIG welder.”

Honda XR650L street tracker by JuanVerde
To deal with the additional energy and modernize the dealing with, the forks are actually 47mm Showas taken off a CRF, and lowered by six inches.

“I machined grooves within the damper that permit three totally different top settings,” says JuanVerde. A brand new steering stem bridges the CRF triples and XR650L body, and a reducing hyperlink drops the rear suspension a few inches.

Honda XR650L street tracker by JuanVerde
To assist the XR with its new life on the streets, JuanVerde has dropped the scale of the entrance wheel from 21 inches to 18—to match the inventory dimension on the again.

The brand new rims are three-inch part, with stainless spokes, and are fitted with DOT authorized Dunlop K180 rubber.

Honda XR650L street tracker by JuanVerde
On the fabrication facet, the again of the body has been rebuilt with a brand new design and bigger diameter tubing, which additionally hides LED lighting. The low-profile tank is from a Honda FT500 Ascot, subtly modified to suit the highest of the XR body, however JuanVerde made the tail part himself.

“I used three items laser reduce from my drawings, then hammered them over plywood and welded and completed them. It’s welded to the tank too, so the tank and rear part are one piece—held in place by two hidden fasteners.” It’s a slick {and professional} job, topped off with a seat custom-made by Excessive Upholstery in Denton.

Honda XR650L street tracker by JuanVerde
After fabricating an electronics/battery tray—and laser reducing new quantity plates with rolled edges—JuanVerde turned his consideration to the electrics.

A TrailTech Vapor show provides knowledge for the rider, and a Baja Designs Squadron LED delivers a number of thousand lumens of lighting up forward. However there’s one side of this construct that JuanVerde would like to neglect.

Honda XR650L street tracker by JuanVerde
“I did the paint utilizing my trusty E-Z Up [pop-up shelter] as a sales space. Unsure I’ll ever do this once more,” he says ruefully. “The motor, swing arm, triples and fork lowers are Cerakote—I actually dig their finishes.”

We actually dig the entire bike. Regardless of being 1 / 4 of a century previous, it seems to be good for ripping up the streets round Dallas. And for those who just like the sound of this, don’t neglect you possibly can nonetheless purchase the XR650L in 2022. Full with an old-school CV carb, simply ready for one among ‘Dave’s Mods.’

JuanVerde Instagram | Photographs by Scott Brown

Honda XR650L street tracker by JuanVerde


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