It's big, it's loud, it's ugly and it's back. This is the bike that even
Steve couldn't kill. It's a 1988 Honda XR600R. Honda built it tough. Ballards
improved it. And then Steve bought it, and only a few hundred kilometres
later it died a spectacular death, siezed solid in the scrub, miles from
civilization. For a while it was a pile of bits and pieces, but then Steve
bolted it all back together, and now it goes thump again.. We're still trying
to work out how a ham-fisted klutz like him managed that.
We're very tempted to bolt a turbo onto the XR, even though it would
be a crime against aurality to muffle all those lovely drool-inducing thumps
by ducting them through a whirly thing. For the moment, however, we have
plenty of other things to work on, so tubocharging the XR is currently on
the back wheel. Oops, I mean burner.
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