The Honda XR600R BAJA was built for the 1992 Baja 1000, the legendary race down the length of the Baja California pininsula in Mexico. Starting in Ensenanda, it took this desert racing machine only 17 hours to finish the race 1038 arduous miles later in La Paz. It was piloted by Scott Summers and Jonny Campbell.
Based largely on the production XR600, the Baja racer received only a few changes. The most obvious were the bigger aluminium fuel tank and the dual Cibie headlights. Further additions were an oil cooler mounted above the front fender and a steering damper for better stability in difficult terrain. The air cooled RFVC (Radial Four Valve Combustion Chamber) single cylinder was bored and stroked to 676.7cm³ and had a hotter camshaft installed. Combined with a larger diameter manifold for better top-end power and a different silencer the engine produced a staggering 67PS at 7,500rpm. The stock Keihin 40mm carb just got a different jetting, the standard cartridge forks were only slightly modified.
The Honda XR600R BAJA is located on the third floor of the Honda Collection Hall.
More Honda Motocross and Enduro motorcycles at the Honda Collection Hall: http://www.honda-museum.com/motocross-enduro/