It started with an NX650 Dominator from the model-year 1992, and Holger was given free reign over most the mods that followed. Needless to say, the Dominator’s original aesthetic hadn’t aged all that well over the years, but this particular specimen is just about as stylish as they come. The German bike-building guru did away with all the unsightly factory plastics, replacing them with a timeless attire we can’t get enough of.
We’ll get to the motorcycle’s new bodywork a bit later, though, because Herr Breuer kicked things off in the powertrain sector. Although the NX650’s single-cylinder engine is known for its bulletproof reliability, he wanted to make sure it'll continue getting the job done for many more years. Thus, the 644cc thumper was taken apart, thoroughly inspected, and refurbished with a multitude of youthful internals.
Replacement valves and a brand-new piston were among them, while the stock Keihin carb made room for a Mikuni TM40 alternative Inhaling via a K&N air filter, the new carburetor is joined by some bespoke goodness on the exhaust side of things. The pipework runs a two-into-one layout and was fabricated from scratch using stainless-steel, gracefully snaking its way back to a custom muffle on the right-hand side.
On the other hand, you will still find the bike’s OEM hardware taking care of suspension duties fore and aft. Holger shortened the forks in order to level out the NX650’s stance, while leaving its rear shock absorber pretty much unchanged. As far as the brakes are concerned, the project’s author kept the standard calipers and had them paired with premium Brembo discs. The front setup is now actuated via an HC1 radial master cylinder supplied by Magura.
With the running gear out of the way, it came time for HB-Custom to address the cosmetic side of the equation. The machine’s new attire is a radical departure from the stock overalls, and we mean that in the best possible way! Center-stage, you will now see the repurposed fuel tank of a Yamaha XT500, whose underside was cleverly reworked to suit the Dominator’s chassis.
On the other end, lighting comes by way of a Koso LED headlamp and small, yet bright Kellermann turn signals, all secured in place with tailor-made mounting hardware. The aftermarket treatment made its presence felt in the cockpit area, as well, with the addition of a digital Motogadget dial and a Magura handlebar. Moreover, the latter carries discreet switches and elegant brown grips that match the seat upholstery.
There are no rear-view mirrors to speak of, because minimalism was the name of the game when it came to the modifications in that area. Now, what really makes the whole package come together is the paintwork, and this is where Holger’s client had the most input. Several different liveries have been designed by the folks at Himora Motors, and the motorcycle’s soon-to-be owner picked the final one.
It’s a sublime mixture of white, gold, and teal done in different finishes, perfectly complementing the brown leather saddle. The three-tone colorway is worn by the fuel tank and side covers, but most of the other components got painted black to keep your attention fixed on what really matters. As always, the result of Holger Breuer’s work is top-notch, and we would most likely take it over a stock Vitpilen, too.