Last year at the beginning of the Covid lockdown I bought myself a cosmetically rough, but California street legal 2006 CRF450X and brought it back to life. I enjoyed every minute of the restoration and now very much enjoy having it as my primary dual sport bike that I built from the ground up. In February 2021 while we were just beginning to turn the corner on the first year of the covid lockdown, I started feeling the itch again. The 450X isn't going anywhere, in fact I doubt I will ever get rid of it, but, I wanted something that could be a little more comfortable for longer pavement stretches in between trails, yet still reasonably adequate off road, a lightweight multi-day-trip AVD style bike to build. I started my search originally for a XR650L and happened to stumble on a fresh new listing for a CA street legal 1994 Honda XR600R that the seller only wanted $800 for. I called him and we discussed that the bike likely needed a new top end and generally a lot of TLC, and this sounded like reasonable project candidate for me. I put the hitch hauler on the 4Runner, made the 45 minute drive and picked up the rustiest basket-case bike I have ever purchased in my life. This is my first bike build thread, so thanks for following along. As of now, I have much more to share regarding my current progress and will do my best to keep the postings and updates chronologically ordered. I am looking forward to hearing others experiences with these bikes. As of now, I am acutely inspired by @Blakebird's XR600R build, and will likely borrow some of the things he did with his build on mine. I'm going to call this a "Retro-Mod" as I like to bring in modern elements and tech into my restoration projects, to make them more usable and enjoyable (for me). Here are some pictures from when I got the bike back home on the day of purchase in February 2021, and shortly thereafter during its initial inspection wash. At home next to my CRF450X. Two boxes of parts flank the loosely assembled XR600R. Original tank, front fender, and side panels. The original headlight mask is in remarkably good condition and in one of the boxes. It will go back on the bike as I'm not a fan of the way the BD headlight looks. Rusty frame. It's a looker, even if it's in rough shape. I will likely maintain most of the elements of the 94' color scheme. Frame has the dreaded kickstand crack, this will be re-welded prior to powder coating. This ugly Baja Designs headlight mask has to go. Anyone want to buy it? Cracked motor mount will be replaced. Bottom frame rails reasonably straight. So much rust. Nothing a little sandblast and powder coat cant cure.