We are pleased to present this 1998 Honda NX650 built by Rino Scala of Cafe Ricycles, located in Italy. As you may know, the NX650 “Dominator” was Honda’s first attempt at an Adventure Motorcycle, introduced in 1988 as an electric-start 650cc single with a bikini fairing and 21-inch front wheel, as well as an oil-in-frame design. It had 44-horsepower and received praise for both on and off-road handling. As the basis for a custom build, however, it might seem like an unlikely option. After all, it was a bit of an awkward looking beast, somewhat resembling a llama in stock trim.
Enter Rino Scala, whose talent and craftsmanship just oozes from this build. He decided to stick with all Honda parts. The tank is from an early 80s CB900, and USD forks are from a CBR. The single-sided swingarm was scavenged from a VFR 750, along with the wheels. The exhaust was obviously re-routed into a nifty underseat unit, and the subframe was shortened and reshaped for the short-tailed look.
As for genre, it’s a tough one to classify. It seems to sit somewhere between tracker and badass urban motard. One thing is for sure: with that upright seating position and torque-happy single, this has got to be one fun machine to blast down some city streets or country roads. We can’t wait to see what Rino does next. Don’t forget to following him on Instagram: @CafeRicycles
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