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‘94 Honda XR600R – Ozz Customs


Posted on February 11, 2015 by Scott in Tracker. 38 comments

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Written by Martin Hodgson.

With the world of small custom bikes booming globally and being far more affordable than the outlandish choppers that were so popular 10 years ago, it’s no wonder small companies are using custom bikes as promotional tools. When you’re a surf store that focuses on the vintage look, a tough street tracker is the perfect choice. One 1994 Honda XR600 with extra black and bad ass please!

Just the second custom build by Jeroen Potters of Ozz Customs he was commissioned to have the tracker done in just 7 months. Normally you wonder who would commission a new builder and place a time limit on them, but Jeroen (Ozzy to his friends) is no stranger to speed. He lost a leg many years ago in a serious motorcycle accident, so rather than sit on the couch he built a trike and then for more than a decade has been a champion kite buggy racer and designer. And with the sort of behaviour that gets your friends branding you Ozzy of the Osbourne variety, the design for a blacked out, bad ass, urban assault, street tracker starts to seem like it was always in Jeroen’s head!

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There are plenty of reasons to pick a Honda XR600 as the basis for a Street Tracker build – one of the most successful Baja competition bikes of all time – a thumping single cylinder that’ll go all day and a dry weight of just 136kg. But dominating the Mexican dessert is not the same as being a successful urban assault vehicle and to take to the tarmac requires a drastic rethink of the suspension. Ozzy knew the perfect solution, swapping out the pogo stick like factory Showa’s for a set of different Showa items. Front forks from one of the great middle weight road warriors the Ducati 748 that instantly transform the bikes handling and appearance.

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But with such an impressive set of front forks Ozzy couldn’t leave his customer under braked with the tiny factor single disc, so putting his fabrication skills to work a set of adaptors was made to allow Suzuki GSX twin disc fronts to work with the Ducati Shocks. Having done this it made perfect sense to then use the same model Suzuki front rim. On many other bikes the logical next step would be to then use the Suzuki rear wheel as well, but a 160plus tyre on a tracker is just never going to fly. So believing in his skills Ozzy took another Suzuki front wheel and made it work at the rear of the Honda. Making stainless adaptors to not only run the Honda brakes but then doing the same so that a Honda sprocket could be run on the wheel as well, it’s brilliantly done and by no means an easy feat!

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With the Honda Tracker now having its function sorted Ozzy turned his attention to the looks and you can’t have a Street Tracker with a plastic factor tank. Back to the Honda parts bin and a CB tank was made to work with the XR frame before being sprayed in black and cleared in a matte finish. To get the proportions right Ozzy made the decision that there was simply nothing that could be done with the XR subframe, so he cut it off and started again.

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But rather than going tubular like most builders the subframe is in fact plate steel that not only acts as the seat support but gives the bike the look of solid body work while maintaining that all important negative space. This too was painted in the same black paint while the engine was given the wrinkle effect and then dried in a home oven. The loan contrast comes in the tan leather seat that sits perfectly into the new plate rear with only a tail light fitted for an ultra-minimalistic look.

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Now the bike is ready as a promotional tool and with the big knobby tyres taking pride of place it’s as visually drastic standing still as it is ripping up Dutch streets. With another bike under his belt and many more ideas floating around his brain, get set for the next Ozz Customs build as the Crazy Train rolls on, ALL ABOARD!!

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  • John Wanninger

    Best pipe ever on a urban dirt supermoto mad max tracker bob thingy.

  • whytaylorwhy

    I really like the seat/subframe combo. Great work!

    • roscoe brown

      Really? You’d actually like to ride this thing, with gravity constantly forcing your nuts into the tank? You must have needs and desires different than mine.

      • whytaylorwhy

        lol. troll.

  • Baraka Bama

    I think the exhaust is all wrong but its a beautiful bike ! Such a shame that it is made as a promotional tool and not as a fun machine…

  • foiled again

    Cool bike, looks like a ball.

    Think I’d rather eat and enjoy a Mexican dessert than dominate it, and I only need a spoon for that, not a snappy bike [3rd graph].

  • looks okay but once again ruined by having the geometry cocked up, and ridiculously over braked, for all those obsessed with having massive tires, why not buy a Tonka Toy, you don’t even have to go outside to play

    • blackbird

      Haters gonna hate ya know?

      • Kuiper Max

        Haters hate: sliding down the road on their face.

    • Nik

      Mama needs to take his keyboard away.

  • Kuiper Max

    I thought my computer monitor was failing. Are these photos meant to be flat, dull and without any depth for a reason? Art purpose?

    The fork geometry, brakes and tires make it virtually unrideable.

    Its like the euro-hipster equivalent of a cigar strore Indian.

    • blackbird

      You mean, except for the photos that are full of depth, as indicated by the blazingly apparent narrow field of depth, Right? …or did you mean the other photos with the saturated reds and greens?

      • arnold

        I was thinking of the early morning light background despite different setups and lack of shadow except P3.
        Thanks Mr Max for forcing me to take a deeper look.ald

    • it will look flat when the train comes along

    • Darkbrador

      can you expand on this statement and explain what exactly makes it non rideable ?
      With no actual data in hand, just from the pictures it looks perfectly fine.

      • Kuiper Max

        Motorcycle geometry relies on science, physics and design to produce a safe riding experience.

        Bikes made to look cool in surfshops don’t have to reference any of that.

        There’s a saying in aviation circles : ‘ if something looks right, it usually works right.’

        This doesn’t look right. It won’t work right. From what I know, and what I can see I could draft it up and prove it. But no need to really, it’s so obvious.

        • Darkbrador

          Aviation circle sayings and opinions, no facts.

          Now, if you do have elements of demonstrations that you can share, for everybody’s benefit, I’m sure lots of people who follow this site, and some garage builders who are not gifted with your sense of the right look and motorcycle geometry design, would certainly appreciate the input and knowledge. Otherwise keep your opinions for what they are, opinions, and not lectures.

          • Kuiper Max

            An opinion based on extensive research and long experience is more than idle banter

            People are not interested in “lectures” when they are hunting looks. Many builders are more interested in stance, open triangles and straight lines, than a functional chassis. People stop being receptive after reading 99 custom bike don’t’s.

          • Darkbrador

            The problem is that, besides throwing out only negative comments around at every possible opportunity, you sir don’t support your claims with any sort of substance. You may as well be entirely right, but without any sort of demonstration, a more substantive arguments than “long experience”, or even show off your own project bike(s), this is nothing more than an negative opinion. This could be an opportunity for you to elevate the discussion, put some constructive comments, but it just comes through at best as idle banter, at worst as trolling.
            Back to the bike, this is an “aggressive” geometry, that would certainly not work best at 3-digit speed on the freeway, but works certainly right where the builder wanted this bike to be, a fun/quick around town thumping bike.

          • a set of duke 748 forks are going to be shorter than standard, can’t see any yoke extenders and original rear end, sharper steering but would be unstable at anything above town speed, maybe it has a flux capacitor to balance the weight ratios

          • Kuiper Max

            Exactly.

  • duh

    looks like Kulper Max is the latest antagonistic moniker. What was the name before….TJ Martin??

    • Kuiper Max

      No. I don’t know the guy. I’ve hardly read anything this TJ guy ever wrote.

      • arnold

        Guitarslinger aka Tj martin didn’t know much ’bout geometry, He was an artist first and foremost. He did have a good word every once in a while when he got over himself. Most of the time he was a self righteous pain in the postings( and still is when I see his moniker elsewhere).

        • Fred

          Martin is Figjam. He’s out reliving his childhood in kcarts and polishing his lecia. God bless him.

        • blackbird

          God, you know you’ve been here a while when the name guitarslinger makes you giggle.

    • bobajob

      Totally. There are at least two monikers on here that bear more than a passing resemblance to Troll J Martin. I reckon he’s got himself an imaginary sidekick to assist in his trollduggery endeavours. He’s a douchebag alright, but we all love to hate him…..bit like Ronaldo really

  • grover

    Cool looking bike, but I have to agree with a few other voices here that the geometry looks impractical at best; that thing has a steeper rake than any modern supersport and no visible trail. The original bike’s frame and neck were not designed to have the weight shifted so far forward, so unless they’ve undertaken some massive frame-strengthening measures, it looks like a tank-slapper just waiting to happen.

  • dacron aorta

    Custom cycles are experiments, the builders are trying to make something cool, cool is what it’s all about. Sensible brakes, sensible looking setup, what’s the matter with you?
    8′ chopper girder forks – no brakes? Upright forks – loads of disc? COOL

    This bike looks great to me, it’s a success, plenty of nice ideas that others might file away, influencing builds to come -and that makes it relevant.

    It’s most certainly not wrong because a few dreary self important nerds say the geometry appears not to be what they learned at pedantry college. On the contrary, I can picture it pulling a wheely while the pilot flicks some miserable TJ the bird.

    Good photos too. Rock on!

    • ride this thing and you will be dead cool, good luck, you will need it when you are lifting the front wheel whilst using one hand and not looking where you are going

  • Hunter

    yes, why no mention of that exhaust??? what’s going on there?! looks rad!

  • Luke

    I’m a fan. My brain makes me think that when the weight of the rider is on the bike, the seat won’t be slanted so far forward – is that wrong?

    • ben

      I think the point has been missed. The point being the looks. If it was meant to be a daily driver, these issues may have been addressed, but it isn’t, so they haven’t. Just like the bikes on that occ tv show. I’m sure those were also mostly terrible to ride, but they looked good [in someone else’s opinion, at least probably]. This looks good, and that is just about what it was meant to do.

    • no not even with the suspension on soft, i have been led to believe that this type of bike should be mainly ridden on the rear wheel, problem is the original swing arm was designed long by mr honda in order to keep the front wheel down, i would advise anyone who wants to ride like this should eat lots of burgers on better still. buy a unicycle

  • Josh Cochran

    Wow. What an amazing build!!!
    Gives me inspiration to start a new build of my own. Being a motorcycle rider for 10+ years, I would love to ride this bike. For all the people at home accomplishing nothing, shouting out their uninformed criticisms that this bike is not rideable. I will say “You sir, are retarded.” This bike absolutely will ride, In fact I bet you it will Rip!! Look up the Yamaha Fat Cat or the Big Wheel. Bikes do not always have to “look right” to be rideable, and the cool thing about brakes on motorcycles is if you don’t want to do stoppies on the front wheel then you don’t mash on them, you just feather them. The fact that the bike was built for a surf shop as promotional tool means nothing, you realize that these guys are custom bike builders, they are not building toys that just look good, they also take into consideration these very factors which you are all so knowingly discussing.
    Anyways, loved the build.

    • Benoit Madore

      I Built a street tracker from xr650 and a i drop the rear like the front to keep it right.
      I put dirt track spring on racer shock and pro shock builder Check my set-up
      I see to much really nice piece of art street tracker only drop in front, with a new rear shock and correct suspension tuning, this bike should be realy nice.

      • JayJay

        this looks really cool 😀

  • mtnsicl

    What size wheels and tires?