If I had to pick the next trend in custom bike building, it’d be a move away from cafe racers on Firestones and towards chunky, purposeful tracker-style bikes. There seems to be increasing interest in this style, from the top custom shops right down to home builders. This NX650 Dominator is a great example of what can be achieved on a budget—and with tons of grunt available from the Honda big single, no expensive motor mods are required.
It was built by Andrew Greenland, a Brit whose work we’ve featured before. The donor bike had only 7,500 miles on it, so the engine, suspension and brakes just needed a minor refurbish. The engine was treated to a rejet and cone filter, and the clutch was swapped out for a heavy-duty model.
The biggest job was the rear subframe and the seat unit, but Greenland managed this with just a grinder and a vise. The visual bulk of the stock Dominator is gone, helped by a compact tank from a Honda CG125 and repro 1975 Honda Elsinore side panels. The wheels are now both 17”, and shod with Conti TKC80 Twinduro tires. Up front is a powerful 8” headlight from Baja Designs. “And there’s no pipe wrap!” says Greenland, “except where it’s really needed—underneath the battery box.”
For a different take on the Honda Dominator, check out Kiddo Motors’ NX650 “Kiddo Uno”.