Best Motorcycles To Build A Tracker | 5 Best Bikes #6

  • Published on Apr 29, 2019
  • What motorcycles would be the best to use as a base to build a street tracker? Bonnier Motorcycle Group’s Custom and Culture Editor Morgan Gales joins the discussion. Which five will make the cut? Watch to find out.
    Harley-Davidson Sportster
    Yamaha XS650:
    Yamaha SR400:
    Yamaha Virago 920:
    Triumph Street Twin:

    What would bikes would you choose? Let us know in the comments below.
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Comments • 20

  • Doc Moto
    Doc Moto 2 months ago

    Old thumpers make the best trackers. Just started an 81 XR500R.

  • Ted Gail
    Ted Gail 3 months ago

    I have say that was disappointing. A street tracker is a street bike that actually looks like a flat tracker. That Harley does not look like a flat tracker. It could, but that one is ill conceived. Examples are what would make it a useful video.

  • S Rod
    S Rod 4 months ago

    What tracker style bike would be best for someone who’s 6’1 250

  • David Windhorst
    David Windhorst 4 months ago +2

    But the *other* Honda 500 Ascot, the FT single...

  • Peace Love
    Peace Love 4 months ago

    I would like to have seen pictures of the five bikes at the end at one time, not just the names. I don't have a memorized 'photo' for all of them, so actual pictures all at one time, would have helped, as well as been a good visual reference for what the 'tracker look' is all about, as currently defined. Fun issue to think about, keep it up!

  • William Bagnard
    William Bagnard 4 months ago

    Who are these jerks?

  • flyingdutchy01
    flyingdutchy01 4 months ago

    Trackers/bobbers/caferacers etc look nice on your Instagram but are a waste of time and money. keep these old motorcycles stock and spend your money on maintenance. That way you can actually enjoy the bike instead of having your "project bike" stuck in a shed somewhere while your mates are out riding.

    • Random builds
      Random builds 3 months ago

      Eh, I have an XS tracker, 17" wheels, monoshock, showa BPF, rephased, EFI. Paid $100 for the bike one step away from the scrap yard. Have about $4k in it now, but everything is new on it and I've been commuting on it. Built properly they ride nice, but a lot of the "insta" builds are garbage. Too low, crap tires, built for looks not handling, only goes out for pics.

  • Doing Double D
    Doing Double D 4 months ago

    The 5 best section of MT sucks !

  • Evan Allen
    Evan Allen 4 months ago +1

    Dawes was thinking... "But the XSR700 wheelies so damn good!"

  • Squid Hunter
    Squid Hunter 4 months ago +2

    My choices:
    1: 1200 Sportster. Easy to build, cheap, cool points for days.
    2: XS650. Easy to build, if you're lucky you'll score an actual flat track frame for a good deal, sweet little powerplant.
    3: CB750. There's plenty of hacked up examples too far gone to be worth returning to stock, Airtech Streamlining sells a rad tracker kit for them, easy to build, and you can never go wrong with these bikes.
    4: Kawasaki W650. Only if you can find one that has been messed with. Too cool to chop up a clean stock one. But you get British style with Japanese engineering.
    5: KZ750 twin. Plenty of power, cheap, good enough geometry.
    Honorable mention: CR500 framer. Throwing this one in there because we all need a CR500 street bike and I saw one that I will never get out of my head until I own one like it.

  • Squid Hunter
    Squid Hunter 4 months ago

    I agree with the dtx street tracker. The guy who picked a virago is cracking me up.

  • Cal Fle
    Cal Fle 4 months ago


  • Justdad
    Justdad 4 months ago +2

    Honda GB500, Suzuki 650, Harley Sprint, Triumph T100 carb version, Ducati 350, BSA Goldstar.

  • upside downdog
    upside downdog 4 months ago +1

    I think a Yamaha RD350/400 would make a great street tracker but finding one? Shame to ruin an already cool bike.

    • upside downdog
      upside downdog 4 months ago

      @Justin Dawes
      I recall reading that once. He likes a challenge in his projects.

    • Justin Dawes
      Justin Dawes 4 months ago +1

      @upside downdog Hoyer has a RD400 hiding in his garage.

    • upside downdog
      upside downdog 4 months ago

      @Justin Dawes
      That is probably easier than finding a decent one. But even then, they are already cool as they are!

    • Justin Dawes
      Justin Dawes 4 months ago +2

      They are too cool to chop up, maybe if you could find one that is already messed up.

  • Hit The Gas
    Hit The Gas 4 months ago

    Good stuff guys, looking for #7.