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“The Honda nx650 Dominator is a great bike as an all...”

Written on: 31/08/2006 by gfgsdgdfsgfsdg (1 review written)

The Honda nx650 Dominator is a great bike as an all rounder. The engine is tried and tested. (Old XL engines) Its sturdy build has no problems to speak of. Cult classic. Top end is a little slow, 80 mph is about it, without different sprockets. It has heaps of power for city or semi off-road. All in all, I've had the bike for 4 years and have no plans to get rid of it soon… Read Full Review

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“A great bike. Easy to ride,good control through...”

Written on: 02/07/2010

A great bike. Easy to ride,good control through traffic, a little slow on top end speed, but gets there very fast… Read Full Review

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“The best ever!!!”

Written on: 28/11/2009

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“honda nx 650 dominator is the best bike ever. Now i...”

Written on: 24/06/2009

honda nx 650 dominator is the best bike ever. Now i have honda xrv 750 africa twin but honda dominator remains my love… Read Full Review

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“The Honda NX650 Dominator is a very comfortable bike...”

Written on: 04/03/2009 by wolffy (1 review written)

The Honda NX650 Dominator is a very comfortable bike to ride. The downside is, in my experience the plastics tend to crack. Overall excellent bikes, reliable and fun to ride… Read Full Review

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“Great on and Off Road, Recomended. Solid, upright,...”

Written on: 19/09/2008 by GARSE (1 review written)

Great on and Off Road, Recomended. Solid, upright, easy to handle single pot thumper with the bulletproof 650 engine. Not the fastest bike in the world but it will pull your house off its foundations if you ask it too. The engine is a toned down version of the XR650R I think its just a different carb, but still an animal… Read Full Review

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Honda Sam's Response to GARSE's Review

Written on: 13/05/2010

Hi from Australia.
<br/>The Honda NX650 Dominator has the same engine as the Honda XR650L! NOT the Honda XR650R! (i should know because i have an XR650R and a NX650 Dominator)
<br/>the XR650L and the NX650 are air cooled.
<br/>But the XR650R is water cooled and kick start only (no battery) but seems to be a lot more of a race bike ie more hp, differant piston compression ratio, more suspension travel, soft plastics ect,made for the baja 1000(big desert race)so better suited to safaris ect, so theres lots of after market parts and mods out there for the XR650R.
<br/>But its not so nice for a daily comuter,you get a lot more rider fatigue, it viabrates the hell out of you, hard seat ect.
<br/>The XR650L is more of a work horse, well suited to work on big propeties in the out back, but can still do a trip into town ,or comute to work ect, and it DOES have the same engine as the NX650 dominator. The Dominator seems to be the best suited for the daily comuter, its the most comfortable to sit on all day so its great for touring aswell, (and it already has a luggage rack) but its probably a lot less forgiving on the realy ruff terrain, because less ground clearance, a metal tank and hard plastic, they dont like being dropped. But if you keep them uprite, they are great on the tar and on the dirt roads. And one of the Dominators and XR650L biggest selling points is that there engine is DAM BULLET proof! p.s apperntly Honda has put out another bike with the dominator engine in it, its a supermotord style bike called the FMX or something like that but i havent seen one of those in person yet, but it just go's to show just how reliable that engine is for honda to still be seling them since 1988, and still are!
<br/>So in sumary yah thay are a great duel sport bike for what thay are made for, but closer to a XR650L crossed with a FMX650 than thay are to a XR650R
<br/>So to some it up, there are alot more finer detales than i listed above between the difernent models.
<br/>But thats the basic over view is they all have there pros' an con' but it realy just depends what you want your bike for.
<br/>Personaly i love both of my 650's for differant reasons.
<br/>obviously this is all just my personal opinion and im no expert, im just a bloke who has riden honda's since my first little XR75(1978 model).
<br/>so i hope this info' helps some of you and have fun and safe ride'n out there.

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Gauguin's Response to GARSE's Review

Written on: 27/10/2010

Can a XR650L tank, headlight and front plastics be put on to a NX 650 dominator '96? The front Plastics on my Dominator are broken and brand new ones cost a fortune and second hand ones are hard to find.

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“Light, manuverable, good value for money. The Honda...”

Written on: 15/02/2008

Light, manuverable, good value for money. The Honda NX650 Dominator is a really good reliable and cheap to maintain on/offroad tool… Read Full Review

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“I use mine for touring and town work. North west of...”

Written on: 13/12/2007

I use mine for touring and town work. North west of England to Provence 4 times in the last two years without any problems. Added a gel pad to the seat when recovering, what a difference on 450 mile days in the saddle. Always over 50 mpg and negligible oil use. I have covered 9,000 miles of touring on the same chain and sprockets and fitted tourance tyres which seem to suit the bike. Baglux tank cover and bag and off I go… Read Full Review

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“Before my Honda NX650 Dominator, I had a Suzuki DR650...”

Written on: 23/10/2007 by Alistair Dixon (1 review written)

Before my Honda NX650 Dominator, I had a Suzuki DR650 for a few years, because I couldn't find a Dominator at the right price. I found it a rather top-heavy bike, which felt a lot like riding an inverted pyramid when you had just filled it up with fuel - always felt like the front wheel was going to tuck under as I turned out of the filling station. The way the large tank fairing totally obscured your view of the front wheel just made this feeling worse. The dominator seems to have a much… Read Full Review

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“I have only owned this bike for 3 months and love it....”

Written on: 23/09/2007 by Shuggie (1 review written)

I have only owned this bike for 3 months and love it. I was fortunate enough to get it in immaculate condition with only 5,700 miles on the clock guaranteed. I use it daily to travel from Fife to the Lothians, which it does with ease. It is just as much at home in traffic as it is on the open roads. My other bike is a GS500 which cannot hold a candle to the Big Dom… Read Full Review

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“The Honda NX650 Dominator is great for cruising the...”

Written on: 27/08/2006 by Richard Hixon (1 review written)

The Honda NX650 Dominator is great for cruising the back roads of the U.K., with good views over the hedging and fields due to the seating position. All the nuts and bolts that come into road and air contact should have been better galvanised for better weather protection, as they have now become very rusty. There should have been a wheel mud guard fitted at factory, as all road muck is thrown into and against the rear damper and exhaust piping. This means that all components in this area… Read Full Review

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Chadass's Response to 257118_Richard Hixon's Review

Written on: 01/01/2010

I found this review very helpful because...It relates to my own experiance of the fact that the nuts and exteria metal parts should have been galvenised to reduce rust build up.Also a hugger for the rear wheel shoul also been fitted at factory.

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“I love my NX650 Dominator because it does what I...”

Written on: 28/07/2006 by hchristianm (1 review written)

I love my NX650 Dominator because it does what I bought it to do,
run around on little fuel and go off road.
Since I do not ride on the street any more, I'm lowering the gears to get more power in the low end (it's a bit - doggy in low rpms) and I've no need to go any where's near the claimed 95 mph top end, 65 mph will be plenty in the dirt. The aggressive trail tread also needs to be shed for a "knobby" with bite. All in all the $1700 I paid
was not a bad deal… Read Full Review

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“The Honda NX650 Dominator a good all rounder for any...”

Written on: 02/05/2006 by murphyhoss (1 review written)

The Honda NX650 Dominator a good all rounder for any job. Low seat for this type of bike, I am only 5' 2" (female) and managed OK with the standard wheels although I did supermoto it so I could get that extra inch on the floor.

Handling great and lovely and 'thumpy'!!

Very comfy pillion position… Read Full Review

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