Andrew Greenland bought his 1992 Honda Dominator NX650 for £300, with the intention of just restoring it as a winter project.
“I thought I would maybe change a few bits and bobs,” he says. “One night, when the bike was stripped down to the rolling chassis, I placed a Honda CG125 (1976) tank on it for a laugh-and that was it! Retro dirtbike was the theme.”
Greenland cut the rear subframe uprights down by three inches and added a loop at the back, leaving the rest of the structure original. He rebuilt the motor with a bigger bore and piston and new valves and guides, and swapped out the stock 21” front wheel for a 19” Honda SLR650 wheel. The exhaust system came from Jemco in Texas, with Trail Tech supplying the headlight and speedometer. Greenland then built a new tail unit using fiberglass and did all the painting himself with rattle tins. The project took six months, and the bike rolled out of the shed a few days ago-owing Greenland less than £2,000 in total build costs. “I’ve been tinkering with my own bikes since I was 12,” says Greenland, “but I’ve never altered a bike from its original form before and it was a pain in the ass! But when I go out on it, and see the looks it gets, it makes it all worth it.” Home building at its best, don’t you think?
Some gorgeous bikes from Japan by Gravel Crew Customs. I think that these people prefers to be more original than fast. Bad news for super hi-tech series production sport-bikes… the custom-era is coming? :-))