The trendy customized scene has infiltrated essentially the most distant corners of the world. This very slick customized Honda Dominator comes from the tiny European principality of Andorra—the 16th smallest nation on the planet. (At 181 sq. miles, it’s about an eighth of the dimensions of Rhode Island.)
Regardless of its compact dimensions, Andorra is now residence its first fully-equipped customized workshop: RC Dept, run by Roberto Conde. And he’s not alone in his ardour for bikes.
“Andorra is stuffed with bike fans and collectors,” he reveals. “There are numerous huge non-public collections—some exceeding 200 bikes. You will discover wonderful bikes from Vincent, Matchless and Norton. And Triumph prototypes, official MotoGP bikes from the 60s and 70s, classic off-road racers and rather more.”
Roberto’s Dominator may maintain its personal in opposition to a lot of these bikes. And as you’d count on from a former Dakar manufacturing facility crew mechanic, the construct high quality is super.
Roberto says the finances was ‘comfy however outlined’ when this 1990-spec Dommie arrived in his workshop. He’s based mostly within the mountain village of Santa Coloma, some three,700 toes above sea degree, and shares the house with second mechanic Pierre Carcouet and firm supervisor Marc Casadevall.
Because the engine was nearly thirty years previous, RC Dept stripped it down and gave it an intensive overhaul, together with a brand new camshaft. It’s additionally been handled to a coat of black paint on the circumstances, to stability the black bodywork.
The body was closely reworked too, with a brand new rear part designed to take a waspish tail unit. Motocross pegs have been added on, and even the side-stand has been repositioned.
With the engine shoehorned again into the body, it was time to craft an exhaust system. Roberto and his crew constructed a very customized system from scratch utilizing stainless-steel, with a number of bends snaking across the cylinder head and the body tubes. It’s terminated with a stubby SuperTrapp muffler.
The 41mm forks have been overhauled and lowered, and the rear monoshock has been upgraded to a YSS unit, adjustable for each size and rebound. The stance is now spot on.
As a real twin sport, the NX650 initially had a 21-inch entrance wheel and a 17-inch rear, hooked as much as the well-known Professional-Hyperlink suspension.
RC Dept have evened issues out with new 19-inch rims entrance and rear for a touch of a tracker vibe, painted black, and added road authorized Mitas H-18 flat observe rubber. (There’s a brand new entrance sprocket to maintain the gearing inside vary.)
Sharp eyes will acknowledge the Honda CG125 gas tank, an impressed alternative that’s matched to a flat observe tail unit. Aspect plates and a curved entrance plate with a built-in LED mild full the look—all subtly formed for optimum affect.
New bars are fitted with a Motogadget Motoscope Mini digital speedometer, and a recent set of controls and push-button switches. They’re hooked as much as a brand new, stripped-down wiring loom.
Like every part else on this Dominator, the impact is ultra-minimalist. That’s uncommon for a tracker-style bike, nevertheless it works completely right here—proper all the way down to the satin black paint with white and gold striping.
We not often characteristic customized Dominators as a result of most look barely awkward after they’ve gone underneath the grinder—particularly in the event that they’ve been given the short-seat remedy.
However this one ticks all of the bins, and means that the tracker fashion is a superb match for the Dommie body. And regardless of Andorra’s tiny inhabitants, we don’t suppose RC Dept are going to be wanting work.
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