Any Honda Dominator NX650 owners out there ?

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

  1. awirsing1998

    awirsing1998 Adventurer

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    In the mid 90's the European NX got a rear disk. Maybe if you picked up the rear end off one of these bikes the conversion would be easy and the brakes would be more balanced.[/quote]


    I did pick a rear end from a 1990 off of flea bay UK (disc brake), but the shipping was more than the rear end. So yep it is possible...but now waiting for more money to get it on :)
  2. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    NX guys,

    I'm fitting a set of NX650 forks to my Transalp/Africa Twin.

    I have the forks, front wheel, rotor and caliper. It all bolts up but I'd like a larger brake up front.

    Has anyone fitted the EBC SM rotor and bracket to their NX? All the sites list the same part # for the NX and XR650L model. Searching the Honda parts sites, the front caliper bracket has different part numbers so I'm a bit wary of ordering lest I get the wrong stuff.

    Any experience with this conversion out there?

    I'm also wondering if a 4 bolt mount is enough for a 320 mm disc or if warping is a problem. I'm not racing SM or anything but do tend to use a lot of front brake when riding.

    Thanks for any information you can provide.
  3. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    I have an XRL front end on my NX. I don't have the NX front end around any more to compare, but I'm pretty positive that you're right about the different mounting brackets. I also think the calipers have different spacing on their mounting holes.
  4. Mark5PA

    Mark5PA Long timer

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    I got EBC softs. Don't like them on the rear, fronts are ok.
  5. RED1

    RED1 Been here awhile

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    I used a set of XR350 forks and then you could use a Braking or whatever brand for a bigger disc, i was racing mine off road and used the NX disc, wheel and caliper with different mounting holes as they are not the same as an XR.
  6. Assfault

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    Pablo is correct in that the Caliper mounting holes are different than the XRL mounts. They used different calipers and the kit for the XRL will NOT bolt up. The holes are narrower/closer together than the XRL. The rotor will bolt up to the hub/wheel as they are the same. You will need a XRL set of forks and triples to make the OS rotor kit work. I recently inst a complete XR600R frontend onto my NX650 with the OS rotor kit, Thus solving many shortcomings with the 20+ year old stock front end. Stiffer springs, better/bigger forks, brakes, and finally it works just like my XR600R on the dirt with an extra 100 lbs. I do have the 5.8 gallon Acerbis fuel tank on it. Absolutly 10x better on the street as well. I am taking it back into Mexico this spring for some extented DS adventureing. Should be great!
    Assfault
  7. AstroXX

    AstroXX Adventurer

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    The winter maintenance and repair of my '88 continues and the more I dig the more I find. Stripped screws/nuts/bolts missing parts....like the top engine hanger. Anyway, my Hepco & Becker engine guard arrived today:D , new brake pads are on the way and I found the engine hanger at Cheap
    Cycle Parts. Next I want to replace the chain and sprockets and I can't find information in the service manual about the stock set-up (am I missing something?). I've read the threads about different sprockets with varying degrees of hardness and I'm still confused. Right now i have 15 on the front , 45 rear and the chain is a piece of junk. I'm looking for the best set-up for northwest muddy roads and trails with highway trips to get there. Recommendations??
  8. r3r3r

    r3r3r Wildebeast

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    No recommendations on the sprockets, I'll leave that to the others. But, I am curious about how the mounting of your H&B engine guards go. If I had kept the emissions canister on the bike, I wouldn't have been able to fit them at all (since the canister bolts on the right side of the frame below the fuel tank) but since I removed that previously it wasn't in the way (I guess the canister may just be a CA model thing and not applicable to other state or foreign models).

    The real issue (aside from wrestling the bars into place) was that the bottom of the U-bolt H&B provided is square and the back of my frame tube is rounded and as a result, the U-Bolt is not long enough to fit through the guards. I purchased a rounded U-bolt from a hardware store and prepared to install it, but I opted instead to just bolt the engine guards together. Not as much strength on the upper bars of the engine guards that way, but I don't have to worry about breaking my frame (which is also part of the oil reservoir) if I drop the bike. There is also a rigid aluminum oil line on the frame at the mounting point that I wouldn't want to crack or break in a fall. I may install the U-bolt at some point, but I am curious about how it all works out for you.
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  9. TreeFarmer

    TreeFarmer Tree Farmer Adventurer

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    If I can remember correct....

    When I installed my engine guards on my old NX, I also had to switch out the u-bolt. Rounded top u-bolt fit pretty well. I think I still had to adjust the width. I wouldn't worry about breaking your frame. If you fall over hard enough to break your frame, you probably have some bigger issues to worry about. Plus without the u-bolt in place arn't the guards just decoration?

    I never had any issues with the emmissions equipment, but maybe you (california model) have something on your ride I did not have on mine. I did have to wrestle the bars around just a bit to get them to fit properly, nothing too serious.

    Good luck & enjoy the bike.
  10. Fatguts McCantRide

    Fatguts McCantRide On a diet and learning

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    As of this morning I'm one step away from being a fully-fledged NX650 owner. Put a deposit down on this;

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    Owner is an ex Honda mechanic who built XR650 Safari bikes and put a heap of work into this thing. Has a 30L ex-Australian Safari tank, completely rebuilt engine 7000km ago, Staintune exhaust, custom built adjustable rear shock, even has all the original tools in the lockable box! For $2600 I couldn't pass it up, all it needs is a new rear tyre and rego and it'll be ready to ride across Australia. Expect more pics in the weeks to come.
  11. r3r3r

    r3r3r Wildebeast

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    I like the tank and side panels. Looking forward to more photos, etc.
  12. jon1

    jon1 n00b

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    No Longer Has Fairing Or Side Covers Set Up For Dirt With Xr Front And Rear Fenders And Xr Seat Painted All Black W/ Red Seat Anyone Interested Many New Parts Runs Very Good Can Be Reached At 254-289-8302 Ask 4 Jon
  13. r3r3r

    r3r3r Wildebeast

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    Sounds interesting. Post photos here for us to see, if you've got 'em.

    You will probably get more bites if you also post this in the Flea Market section of this website (with photos of course).
  14. PilbaraGoat

    PilbaraGoat Been here awhile

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    Nice pick up Fatguts. I would love a 30 litre tank for one of these.



  15. Fatguts McCantRide

    Fatguts McCantRide On a diet and learning

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    Cheers guys. No word of a lie, I dreamt about this bike last night! This time in a week it'll be mine, the week can't count down soon enough :D
  16. PilbaraGoat

    PilbaraGoat Been here awhile

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    Mate,
    I bought a Dommie about 6 months ago on the other side of the country. Since then I've seen it for two weeks only (lent to my old man to ride across Australia with him), and now it's smashed and awaiting transport in Alice Springs - the quote to fix it was more than I paid for it) I only rode it for 200 metres in all that time.

    Even though I've got other rides to keep me busy, I still dream of my Dommie! Nothing like a cheap, simple, reliable, comfortable bike that can cross continents or commute to work with ease.

    I still want a 30 litre tank though
  17. BushMatt

    BushMatt Training Adventurer

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    A mate and I did a trip from Adelaide to Birdsville to Innaminka and back. Bikes did not miss a beat!!

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  18. awirsing1998

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    I did get the square style u-bolt to fit, but it took a bigger hammer and some sqaure stock to make it slightly larger, before it fit well. I think I may have ground a bit off where it rubbed hard on a weld on the frame also. It didn't take much to get it to fit. Agree with wrestling a bit with the guards.
  19. McVick

    McVick Been here awhile

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    I posted another thread a while back but I don't think I ever saw this one. Wow! It's great to see so many NX650s out there.

    I bought my '88 NX650 back in August of 2009
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    A few mods, about 4,000 miles so far, a big 10 day trip from Phoenix down into Baja Norte and a few more mods - here is how she sits today:
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    Baja was an absolutely great ride!
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    Heres a link to the video I put together from the trip:
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  20. McVick

    McVick Been here awhile

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    I just did the same installation.
    A couple of weeks ago I installed the Hepco & Becker pannier racks and top rack along with a 42L HB Gobi top case and some Any Strapz Expedition panniers.

    Over this past weekend I installed the Hepco & Becker engine guards.

    I sourced everything through Eurotech Motor Sports, they receive frequent shipments from Hepco & Becker so if they don't have it in stock it doesn't take long to get it from Germany.

    I ran into the same issues with the engine guards, the supplied U-bolt bracket did not fit and the right side guard needed some persuasion to line up.

    At first I ground the supplied U-Bolt down in order to clear the Oil line on the back of the down-tube but it then turned out to be too short. My solution was to take a few inches of 1" x 1/8" steel bar stock, drill a couple of holes, square them off and add a couple of 3" carriage bolts with nylocks.
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    Brian