Any Honda Dominator NX650 owners out there ?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by KeithDommirider, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. dstriffler

    dstriffler Been here awhile

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    That seat cover was made as a copy of my seat cover! I contacted him back in October and asked if he had any seat covers for the Dominator, since he had them available for the XL600. He said he didn't, but if I shipped him my old seat cover he would make one for me for free. I had to ship it to his location in Thailand, so it was $130 USD, but the seat cover came out well. He even included the passenger strap!:D
  2. Bounder

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    They are different, on the MKII RD02 the seat is wider and longer.
    Glad to hear your carb was the problem.
  3. Seppo

    Seppo Been here awhile

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    hello inmates!
    my name is josef, and i have a problem.
    no, not really, but i´m looking for solutions anyway.

    few month ago, i bought a nx500 from a local dealer. it was cheap, it was clean, low milage, and i always wondered why so many people here have them. so i brought it home.

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    now, thats the only picture i´ve taken so far, cause i haven´t seen the bike in 3 month. shortly before i bought the bike, an inmate contacted me, if i had any idea where he could find a bike here in austria for the summer, as he will be working in austria for a few month. after some discussion, we agreed on me lending him the nx for the summer.

    in 2 or 3 weeks, he will leave austria and i will get the bike back. and, i already have plans for a trip. due to my tight work shedule, i will leave for the trip maybe a week after i get the bike, which means, i won´t have much time for preperation. everything i do, has do be planned in advance. so i´m seeking advice here on what to do and what parts to use.
    the trip, by the way, will lead my south in to italy, slovenia and mainly into croatia. i´ll try to reach the island of cres in croatia on the first day, the route i´ve planned so far would be about 700km, mostly backroads...hey, if the dakar guys can do it, i can too!!!

    now, a few questions:

    -handlebars
    i´m about 1,85m, i think thats about 6.1feet. from the little time i had in the saddle, i remember that staning in the pegs was uncomfortable because of the low handlebars. how much can i raise them without having to change the cables? or should i use a high bend handlebar instead of risers?

    -high fender
    i like the looks of it. i know it might be bad for cooling, but i wanna install a high fender. what do i have to look for when buying one? can i make any model fit? i wont have much time for a second try, since i will leave for the trip a few days after i get the bike...

    -foot pegs
    is there a bolt on solution for lower and bigger foot pegs? or at least some pegs that can be easy modified to fit?

    -luggage
    i have a giant loop coyote that i use on my husky 450. has anyone tried the coyote on an nx? if it doesnt fit, i will just strap a bag on top of the rear rack.

    other then that, the bike is perfect i think. barkbusters, new chain tires are installed be the "caretaker" (who has done some great rides on the bike this summer!) i installed my garmin gps60 with touratech holder for him on the bike, thought he might need it more then i. of course i will do some basic maintenance before the trip.

    thank you in advance for any help or suggestions, very much appriciated!
    cheers
    josef
  4. Dominatoras

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    George
  5. rabbitears

    rabbitears Been here awhile

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    Welcome to the madness, Josef. ;)
  6. dstriffler

    dstriffler Been here awhile

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    There was a good post on anti vibration handlebar risers on here a while back. I looked through and couldn't find it, but there was a great picture of the risers, and a lengthy discussion on the subject. I don't think the risers were the same as the ones just posted in the link.
  7. Seppo

    Seppo Been here awhile

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    thank you for the friendly welcome to this madness!

    george, i thingk i will try the DIY method like in the picture. i wanted to lower them but that will have to wait. do you know where i can get this bikemaster risers here in europe?

    dstriffler, maybe the anti vibrating handlebars are the rox risers? i think they say they minimize vibration.

    another (stupid) question, the NX has 22mm handlebars standart, right?
  8. Dominatoras

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    yes,NX has 22mm handlebars.i bought adjustable risers in a local store for 20-25 euros.they are quiet cheap because they've been made in Taiwan(if i remember well),but they have good quality.for order in Europe check this similar product http://www.wemoto.com/parts/picture/ms-guireh/ or search in Ebay.i think WRP also have similar risers in their catalog
  9. Carlossal

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    My wife's '93 NX650 has about 130,000 k's on it and has never had any major work done on the engine. Serviced religiously for the first 100k until we got it and then fairly regularly since then.

    It always used a bit of oil, but recently has been using quite a bit more, as well as being kinda hard to start. Once it just stopped on the highway (I suspect she was going a bit fast) but after a few minutes of swearing and kicking it went ok again.

    More recently she was trying to overtake someone and the engine just died and wouldn't start again. Very dangerous! I pulled the plug on the side of the road, and there was a fair bit of white residue. Spare plug went in but it didn't help.

    When I turned it over there was a nasty clicking noise every revolution.

    Brought it home and checked valve clearances (had been meaning to do it for ages but it's such a PITA) and they were pretty tight, loosened them up to spec and this got rid of the nasty clicking noise (yay!). Checked to make sure we had spark...

    ... but it still won't start. Now I was a bit sceptical as I checked the valve clearances because the resistance as I turned the crankshaft didn't feel like it happened at the right time.

    Is it likely that the cam chain has jumped a tooth or two? Maybe it jumped one last time it stopped on the side of the road so the timing had been a bit out, and another tooth this time so now it just won't go?

    Now I'm writing this I feel a bit stupid cos the valves are fully shut when the timing mark hits "T" - but I guess that could just mean it jumped a tooth on the crank end and not the camshaft end? (edit... valves seemed to open too soon after the "T" - ie when I'd expect the piston to be going down)

    Does anyone have any advice - apart from, buy a new bike or get someone nice to rebuild the top end?
  10. Bounder

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    Are you getting spark? CDI units pack up on these, mine did and I haven't half the mileage that yours has.
    I'd check that you are getting spark before ripping the cam chain.
  11. rabbitears

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    Does anyone have any Dominator-specific advice on how to set the fuel/air ratio screw?

    I've just had a new CDI put in which seems to have fixed the not-starting and not running problem (yay!). The bike runs fine when in gear and moving, but when it's idling...it'll idle perfectly healthily at about 1500 rpms...until it quietly and undramatically stalls. It sounds like it's getting bogged, as there are also very minor pops (backfires) in the exhaust upon restarting. And then it restarts perfectly fine - just VERY inconvenient when you're at the head of a line of traffic.

    I seem to have reduced this problem by frantically messing around with the fuel/air ratio screw, but it's still stalling after 90-120 seconds of idling.

    Any clues/suggestions? It'll be next week before I can see a decent/trusted bike mechanic...
  12. Bounder

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    Have you done the carb mods ?
    Air screw is listed as being 2.25 turns out from bottomed.
  13. Pasoren

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    I've read that the carb mods are not very good with stock exhaust system/air filter??

    Comments?
  14. Bounder

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    I can't comment, I have never had a stock exhaust. Mine came with a Supertrapp /9Disc I cut the snorkel off and fitted a BMC air filter as well.
    Since I did the Carb mods its run really well.
    One thing to note is that these bikes are jetted incredibly lean from the factory for Emissions.
  15. Skapegoat

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    Check that the carb pumper arm on the right hand side of the carb is moving freely and returning properly.
    You can see it working off the throttle housing like its using it as a cam.
    If they seize open they can cause what you are describing.
  16. rabbitears

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    Thanks for the advice guys.

    I haven't done the carb mods, although I notice that my screw doesn't have tabs and it doesn't look like they've been ground off. Given that it's a 20 year old bike now, the whole carb might well have been replaced at some point before I bought it.
  17. Bounder

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    Depends where in the world you are?
    Different countries, different carbs.
  18. rabbitears

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    Ahh, I didn't know or think about that - I would have assumed that Honda just installed the same OEM carbs on all bikes at the factory. (I'm in Australia).
  19. Skapegoat

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    Have you any pictures of the carb?
  20. muddyrabbit

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    new owner checking in. I just put a deposit down on an 88 NX650 with 12,000 miles that will be the wife's bike. She has a WR250R now but it gets a bit wrung out on long trips keeping up with bigger bikes. looked at all kinds of options including V-Stroms and KLR, but kept coming back to the NX650. Plus we always wanted one in the stable.

    First order of business will be getting it lowered for her. I intend to go through the suspension and do it properly, but we need a quick solution so she can ride it home from 8 hours away. Is there a lowering link available for this bike?