El Cancro Motors builds a sea-to-mountain supermoto…
Over the last decade, the NX650 Dominator has become one of the most popular custom donors in Europe, and it’s easy to see why. The single-cylinder “light” adventure bike was extremely versatile, capable of tackling a wide range of terrain and offering surprisingly sharp handling on tight, twisty pavement. In fact, it’s been known to turn supersports into “Dommie-fodder”:
“At the beginning of every stretch of tatty, twisty B-road should be a sign saying ‘Beware of the Dominator’. Then at least the poor little racer-replicas straying from the smooth and curvy might have some inkling of what is going to happen to them. As it is, they are Dommie-fodder…. The Dominator really is that good.” —Bike magazine, 1992
Enter our new friend Armand “El Cancro” Guéant of France’s El Cancro Motors:
“El Cancro Motors comes from “le Cancre” (bad student), who turned into El Cancro. This nickname given by my friends was not welcome at first, but it gave me the strength to become what I am today 💪💪”
We’re especially partial to motorcycles designed and transformed to suit the particular roads and riding terrain of their owners more than prevailing stylistic trends. Such is the case with the ’93 Honda NX650 Dominator you see here, built by “El Cancro” for his home riding country of southeast France, the Alpes Maritimes:
“My workshop is hidden in the mountains, I needed a motorcycle to face its roads and bends. This motorcycle is made for climbing, on the rear wheel or two wheels 😊”
Armand details the full build on his Youtube channel over eight episodes — playlist here — but the main highlight is the grafting of a Husqvarna 510 SMR fork, swingarm, and wheelset to the 30-year-old (nearly) Honda Dominator, along with a custom-built Shock Factory rear shock absorber. The result is a bike that combines the same RFVC big-single engine from the XR600R — one of the most revered dirt bikes of all time — with the suspension and rolling stock of one of the world’s baddest supermotos.
Nicknamed “Domi,” the bike is the perfect match for Armand’s riding country:
“Riding the bike is incredible, especially when I’m between the sea and mountains. “
Below, we talk to “El Cancro” for the full story on this build, and we encourage you to subscribe to his YouTube channel as well!
Honda NX650 Supermoto: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
My name is Armand Guéant, but everyone calls me El Cancro 😁😁 I am a small French builder, in the South East of the country. I built my workshop to make my motorcycles, and I also help enthusiasts like me who are looking to ride a cafe racer! I do tutorials on my YouTube channel.
El Cancro Motors comes from “le Cancre” (bad student), who turned into El Cancro. This nickname given by my friends was not welcome at first, but it gave me the strength to become what I am today 💪💪
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
It’s a 650cc Dominator NX Honda from 1993 — the most transformed motorcycle, I think. I had to go through it!
• Why was this bike built?
I built this bike for myself, like most other machines. My workshop is hidden in the mountains, I needed a motorcycle to face its roads and bends. This motorcycle is made for climbing, on the rear wheel or 2 wheels 😊
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
I was influenced by other preparers like me:
• What custom work was done to the bike?
I did the mechanics, painting, and welding myself. Only precision mechanics and upholstery were subcontracted:
I used the swingarm, fork, and wheelset from a Husqvarna 510 SMR. You can find the entire production in 8 episodes on my YouTube channel: Elcancromotors 😁
• Does the bike have a nickname?
His nickname is Domi the Dominator! Not trivial, in this case 😅
• Can you tell us what it’s like to ride?
Riding the bike is incredible, especially when I’m between the sea and mountains. You can see the beautiful landscapes I travel through on the videos on my Instagram (@elcancromotors).
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
I think I’m proud of the whole bike, the handling is good (thank you 510 SMR / Shock Factory), the engine is durable, and the design is cool 😎 This is only my 3rd personal achievement, subscribe to my YouTube, Instagram and Facebook accounts if you want to see the new motorcycle projects!
Thank BikeBound for giving me this feature ✌🙏
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Youtube: El Cancro Motors