Any Honda Dominator NX650 owners out there ?

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

  1. 59kahuna

    59kahuna Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2018
    Oddometer:
    18
    Location:
    AU
    Its jyst super glued in at the moment to pass roadworthy certificate
  2. 59kahuna

    59kahuna Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2018
    Oddometer:
    18
    Location:
    AU
    Its just super glued in to pass roadworthy
  3. Bounder

    Bounder Typing...

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2011
    Oddometer:
    2,126
    Location:
    West Cork, Ireland
    Is the end below the aluminium or proud of it?
    If its below it its a way more difficult, above it is easier but unless your stud removal skills and tools are good, I recommend taking the fork leg off and bringing it to a machinist.
    The studs are hard and if you go at it and snap an easy out in the hole your doubly buggered.
    If you feel brave then left hand drill the remainder of it out to 5mm or until the threads are visible and then pick the threads out carefully like a spring.
  4. 59kahuna

    59kahuna Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2018
    Oddometer:
    18
    Location:
    AU
  5. 59kahuna

    59kahuna Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2018
    Oddometer:
    18
    Location:
    AU
    Thanks for that . Its inside about 5 ml . I'll give it a go with an easy out and see what happens .
  6. Kolb Driver

    Kolb Driver Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2016
    Oddometer:
    181
    Location:
    Kingsport, TN
    Did a fairly long ride today and got to wondering - did the NX650 originally come with weighted handlebars? Because my bars are not original, and there is a lot of vibration in the hand grips. I also have an FT500 Ascot single which has weighted bars, the weight is in the grip area, and the vibration is minimal.
    Any of you folks tried weighted vs unweighted bars and have some opinions? Thanks.
  7. Bounder

    Bounder Typing...

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2011
    Oddometer:
    2,126
    Location:
    West Cork, Ireland
    They were never weighted, what they do have is rubber mounted bar clamps. The rubber hardens with age and people over tighten them as well.
    Griff2 and Lajbi like this.
  8. mattmacklind

    mattmacklind Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2019
    Oddometer:
    20
    Location:
    Kansas City, MO
    Cruising around with the new TKC80s. Unfortunately my rear left turn signal came unbolted, but luckily I had a spare bolt the right size. NX650A.jpg NX650B.jpg
  9. Bounder

    Bounder Typing...

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2011
    Oddometer:
    2,126
    Location:
    West Cork, Ireland
  10. mattmacklind

    mattmacklind Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2019
    Oddometer:
    20
    Location:
    Kansas City, MO
    I don’t know-it was like that when I bought it but it is nice. No plate bracket but I put it on the rear axle. I don’t do any aggressive off roading so it’s in the clear there.
  11. Honda Scoot

    Honda Scoot Time To Ride

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2008
    Oddometer:
    704
    Location:
    Sebring Ohio
    Yes.
    I finished the bikes restoration in 2018. Added a battery, fuel, and rode it last week!

    1988 NX650 pre dated the XL650 by many years with different air boxes, snorkels, and exhausts.

    [​IMG]

    Jetting was 48 now 50, was 155 now 160
    Slide holes drilled to 5/32" two places
    Needle shimmed up (richer) with a 0.032'" washer

    K&N air filter was installed.

    Snorkel remains stock and on the un-modded airbox. 1988 stock snorkle has a 1.25" x 5.50" opening. This is HUGE compared to the XL650.

    [​IMG]

    Header weld crests reduced and radiused for less restriction of exhaust flow.

    [​IMG]

    Carbon clean out ports were enlarged and covered with spark arrestor screen.

    [​IMG]

    It starts easily with using the choke. Warms up quickly. Runs and rides with no issues. Pulls like a freight train.
    enduro16, mga, Lajbi and 1 other person like this.
  12. rexelstar

    rexelstar Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2014
    Oddometer:
    144
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Time for a start of the rebuild..will be a slow project I guess.. IMG_1766.JPG
    Honda Scoot likes this.
  13. al bowlly

    al bowlly Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 28, 2008
    Oddometer:
    43
    Location:
    SW Mississippi
    I have a 1999 Dominator that was imported from France. Does this model share the same carburetor with the ‘99 XR650L?
  14. Bounder

    Bounder Typing...

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2011
    Oddometer:
    2,126
    Location:
    West Cork, Ireland
    Yes same carb, RD08 and XRL both have the Keihin VE 82 or 83 on some models, what does your carb have stamped on it?
  15. al bowlly

    al bowlly Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 28, 2008
    Oddometer:
    43
    Location:
    SW Mississippi
    I believe it’s 83 but will check when I get back to the shop. Thanks
  16. Honda Scoot

    Honda Scoot Time To Ride

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2008
    Oddometer:
    704
    Location:
    Sebring Ohio
    rexelstar that pastel frame color is outstanding! Is it the stock color or just upping the curb appeal?

    I went with this...

    [​IMG]
  17. rexelstar

    rexelstar Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2014
    Oddometer:
    144
    Location:
    Netherlands
    G-120 Farben_NX650.jpg
    Lajbi likes this.
  18. Honda Scoot

    Honda Scoot Time To Ride

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2008
    Oddometer:
    704
    Location:
    Sebring Ohio
    Way more color choices world wide.
    US only had B123MU ASTRO Blue Metalic in '88 and '89. And that was it.

    Reassembly comes together astonishingly quick. And it's the fun part!
  19. Bounder

    Bounder Typing...

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2011
    Oddometer:
    2,126
    Location:
    West Cork, Ireland
    And that is only the RD02 mk 1 and mk2 models, there was also a RD08 that came after the 1995 models which had different styling again.
  20. Honda Scoot

    Honda Scoot Time To Ride

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2008
    Oddometer:
    704
    Location:
    Sebring Ohio
    I was aware that changes occurred. And it's come up again last week with the rear spring.

    Seven years ago I purchased a Hyperpro rear spring, + 10% rated, for passenger and luggage. Two years ago I could not mount it to the OEM shock using a spring compressor. The local bike shop did get it mounted.

    Now that it's running with 19 miles on it, it's way to stiff of a spring.

    I called EPM Performance Imports. They had my records readily at hand.

    I asked to purchase the standard spring, as I purchased the stiffer spring, and it's to stiff for my current needs.

    Turns out that Hyperpro did produce two springs with different ratings, but they were probably for a later model than my 1988.

    They are working with Hyperpro to find a proper spring. Good people who care about there customers.