Overland Journal adds two more wheels.

I woke up this morning and realized that just a few days ago I had bought my first motorcycle, a well cared for 1988 Honda NX650!

About two weeks ago I received a phone call from a friend who knew exactly the type of bike I had been looking for. This was one of those friend of a friend of a friend deals and before the bike was ever formally advertised for sale I was lucky enough to meet the seller in person. He even threw in two nice Arai helmets.

The NX650 was only sold in the United States for two years, 1988 and 1989. Probably the most significant change from ’88 to ’89 was the addition of a rear disc brake to replace the drum but the bike has maintained a consistent design to this day as it is known as the Dominator all around the world except the U.S.

It has a reputation for being simple and dependable in design with an air-cooled, single cylinder, four-stroke, 644cc engine. You just have to love an engine that only uses one spark plug! It should make for a versatile dual sport, perfect for a first bike.

At 22 years old it is completely stock with no modifications that I know of. I plan to keep it this way except for a top box and eventually some panniers, hand guards and perhaps some armor. I would rather spend time riding than modifying so I’ll let my use of the bike determine what modifications are needed if any.

Here’s a little treat. In 1989 there was an event called the Camel Trophy Peru. The Camel Trophy with Honda NX650s instead of Land Rovers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWxDbjj7dFo

Next on the list:

  • Lessons (this week)
  • Licence (this week)
  • Riding Gear (hopefully this week)
  • Wondrous Adventures!


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