Honda NX650 Dominator — Cycle Torque Magazine

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Honda NX 650 Dominator

Mr Do it All

THE beauty of a bike like NX650 Dominator is its ability to go anywhere, in comfort and ease. it’s not as fast as a Varadero on the tar or as through the bush as an XR400, but the is as comfortable as its big V-twin cousin, and get left to far behind its up-start brother in the bush… unless the gets really tough.

The works best on tight gravel roads and fire The low front guard, big ABS plastic and top-heavy feel of the bike it a handful in tight going, is okay if you’re an experienced rider, but makes for hard if you’re less experienced. On the Dommie is good for a trail but you still feel a little a windsock.

On tighter roads, you are using the gears, flipping the bends and generally keeping the NX is fun – and unlike road bikes, it matter how rough the road

Most dirt bike look down on bikes the Dominator, but for long-distance work it is a better bike than an It is much more comfortable, and roomier. The fairing, while nothing super protective, is a sight better than – which is exactly what you get most trail bikes. also a bigger fuel comprehensive instrumentation, electric frame-mounted pillion pegs, lighting and a carry rack

The downside of the relative luxury is and bulk – the Dominator feels a lot and heavier in tighter going a trail bike, especially the going gets tough. it closer to its design brief, dirt roads, 4WD tracks and and the Dommie will keep all day, logging up the miles a fuss.

The engine is tried and Honda has build thousands and of big singles – the basic design of the four-valve motor has been for donkey’s years, but they on building them and we keep them because they I’m still waiting for noise and laws to kill engines this; it will happen one but in the meantime the simplicity and ease of of these powerplants can be enjoyed.

The does feel a little though, especially at the top end of its rev range. I’m a freer-breathing exhaust can add horsepower and weight, but to be fair the standard twin-pipe system looks and works pretty well. In there are any number of tricks to the Dominator perform better – to your Honda dealer your options, but make you are aware of what warranties are offered in relation to the modifications – 24-month Honda warranty go down the drain if you start non-Honda sanctioned mods.

In standard trim, the NX650’s pulls like a train low, at least in the first of gears. This makes pretty easy – the tyres are the limiting factor. Like big singles it gets a bit snatchy low in the higher gears, which you have to be on the ball with changing when cruising at speeds. The electric leg started the first time, every hot or cold.

With electric getting lighter and lighter and and more reliable, it won’t be before they are standard on all bikes – and one day, when stuck in a nasty rut on a steep with a stalled bike, you be doubly glad for the electric In fact, when all motocross are four-strokes (it will happen, but not in my lifetime), electric start be on those bikes too – for faster get after crashing.

Fuel consumption varied on from a low of 13.5km/L during tough trail riding to as as 19.5km/l on the bitumen in cruise The average on test was 16km/l, means you could confidently go between fuel stops it is really tough conditions. far enough (just) for the bike to my first rule of thumb for a bike – any less and you really to stop too often.

The Dominator’s is confidence inspiring.

The single shock and non-adjustable conventional are unremarkable in both specification and but are well sorted for the design of the bike. the suspension is soft and at both ends, and if you try to get serious in the it will become a limiting Both ends will out on the standard settings, and the non-adjustable forks you need to disassemble set the machine up firm.

Of course, if starts to happen you are on the wrong – you should have bought an XR. On easier trails the suspension is and of course the supple suspension is one of the which makes the NX so good for by aiding the comfort of the bike. The suspension is adjustable for spring which helps if you want to a pillion.

Honda NX 650 Dominator

Overall, passenger comfort bad. If you really want to do miles with a friend I’d you look at the larger dual machines like the Honda Varadero (tested in the May issue), new Tiger or the BMW R1100GS. ‘Softer’ like the BMW F650 or Aprilia are probably also better for pillions. Getting dirty on the is fun.

I’m told the Dommie is one of the popular bikes around days for the big around Australia and I can see why. This is a bike I happily ride around the because it would be a rare when you couldn’t get into because of the condition of the road

The position is typical dirt as it should be. The ’bars are wide and the pegs positioned for easy and the tank shaped so your can grip it with a minimum of The seat extends up the tank allowing you to get your weight when necessary in the dirt, but the position does make you resemble a windsock on the road.

I can’t see any way around this – any other riding position be hopeless in the dirt. The limitations of the in the dirt are like I mentioned the weight and bulk, but also the low guard can cause a few problems. On one ride I took the Dominator on I to fill the front guard mud, stopping me in my tracks I’d pulled the guard off and cleaned it

Luckily, the NX650 is supplied a comprehensive, if average quality, The same trail ride saw me the tyres well beyond design brief. However, their turning into brown doughnuts, they surprising well.

On the road the tyres are fine. Disc are fitted to both ends of the Twin-piston calipers grip discs, and they both do a job.

The front doesn’t especially powerful by modern but was still good enough to use just two fingers, while the brake was a bit wooden but okay. items which you don’t see on a bike of this type hand guards, a handlebar-mounted lever and a great U-bolt incorporated into the carry

The Dominator is more comfortable true dirt bikes and off-road capable than the Pegaso or F650. As such it is a bike for those who like a play in the dirt, but are really the bike for other reasons – its touring, commuting and road The NX650 has been available for a of years now, with any changes during that – because it was a good bike and nothing else has come to steal its thunder.

Honda NX 650 Dominator


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