Sometimes it’s the unlikeliest motorcycles that become popular with custom builders. The Yamaha Virago is one, and the Honda Dominator another. This is CRD’s take on Honda’s venerable NX650 dual-sport thumper: they’ve stripped off the clunky plastics and added a strong dash of Spanish style.
Built over two months and now sold, the looks of this Dominator have been transformed by the addition of a new tank. Taken from a 1976 Bultaco Mercurio 175 GT, it’s been painted in an elegant blue-and-white two-tone.
CRD swapped out the wheels for classy 18” Excel rims, now shod with Coker Diamond rubber. There’s a custom fabricated seat—with a relocated battery underneath—and new fenders. The suspension also gets a big upgrade, with rebuilt and shortened forks and an Öhlins shock at the back.
The stock 644cc motor has reasonable torque, but the 40mm Keihin carb now breathes through a K&N filter. The high-set exhaust has been replaced by a sinuous, intricately welded custom item from GR. The lights are now CRD’s own designs, and the bars are from the German Triumph specialists LSL.