For Sale: Burly Honda NX650 Dominator…
Operating out of his shed in Wales, Andrew Greenland continues to turn out some of the most incredible Honda big single builds on the planet. He’s been into dirt bikes since his early boyhood, and it shows. His custom Hondas hark back to the glory days of the Honda XL and XR racers at Baja and Dakar, and they have the well-sorted look of factory specials. Says Andrew:
“Biggest compliment ever payed to me was whilst I was parked outside a Honda main dealer and was asked by a customer exiting the showroom who wanted to know if the bike was available in any other colours…”
Last year, we fell in love with Andrew’s XL600 Dakar — a bike that begged to be flogged in the sand, dirt, and mud. Now he’s back with a slightly more street-oriented NX650 Dominator. As to why he built the bike, he answers slightly tongue-in-check: “Wanted a bike I could reach the floor on.” That’s been accomplished with a fat 17-inch front wheel, while the rest of the bike has been brought up to speed with a rebuilt motor and “new everything.” Below, we get the full story on the build.
NX650 Street Tracker / Scrambler: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
Got into dirt bikes when I was about 9, thought about them everyday since. Growing up where I did meant I had constant access to the countryside and used it.
My workshop is a shed. I do all my own paint; I have limited equipment and use rattle tins for painting.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
Honda NX650 Dominator…1991
• Why was this bike built?
Wanted a bike I could reach the floor on.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
70’s and 80’s dirt bikes. Biggest compliment ever payed to me was whilst I was parked outside a Honda main dealer and was asked by a customer exiting the showroom who wanted to know if the bike was available in any other colours and why they only had one in stock…praise indeed.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
17″ front wheel, rear tyre on the front, chopped up frame, rebuilt motor, Jemco pipe, new everything.
• How would you classify this bike?
Street tracker, I guess.
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
The paint, because i have no equipment but if you take your time good things can happen.