We’ve been seeing a wealth of Honda NX650 Dominator customs in recent years. It makes sense: Honda’s big dual-sport is cheap, fun, and lends itself to customization. The lesser-known SLR650 was basically a more road-oriented version of the Dominator, and Honda re-released the SLR as the FX650 Vigor. Though short on bells and whistles, these 644cc thumpers proved themselves capable, largely unkillable commuters.
Enter Isidore Delgrosso, aka Iz Meccanica, who owns the repair shop MécaServices92, located in South Paris. Isidore actually bought the bike back in 1999, and he’s created something quite incredible out of a rather run-of-the-mill big single. While most of these Honda thumpers receive various styles of tracker/scrambler treatment, Isidore has built a single-cylinder cafe racer that looks fun as hell. We love how he was able to make the factory tank work so well with the lines of the build, while working in carbon fiber bodywork. Below, he gives us the full story on the build.
Honda FX650 Vigor Cafe Racer: In the Builder’s Words
(Words by Isidore Delgrosso. Highlights by us.)
It’s a HONDA Vigor FX650. I bought it in 1999 and customised by myself in the last years. The body parts are handmade, built in real carbon. The front fork comes from Yamaha R1 1998, front wheel is Yamaha R1 2003.
Swing arm and rear wheel are Honda VFR800. Upper holder fork was made by USV Racing (CNC). Head light, tank and seat are genuine parts of the FX650 Honda.
The engine have been tuned with a HRC camshaft NH4, carburetor is Mikuni TM40, the piston is Tecnium, exhaust pipes are hand made and mufflers are built by Danmoto.
Front brakes come from Beringer. Tachometer is Motogadget. There are many details on this bike and I spent a lot of hours to built it. I’m proud to share this one with you today!
Photographer : Timothée Diot