Great man, you get better and better every time. You have no limits, keep working. I´m already looking for one NX to do one for myself.Congratulations!
Top man! Do you sell your projects ?
I check your blog all the time and always look forward to your new projects, hope you never get bored of doing them domi's as each one looks cool.
HiAmazing bikes! I've been following, and admiring your blogs for yonks. I've just picked up an xl 500s, and want to create something these lines. where did you get the spokes to go from 23" to 21" on your XR 500? I am heading to UK for a bike ride to Kazakhstan and back next march, if I end up in Wales and you're thirsty, let me know.Cheers Tom
Thanks for the kind comments, yes drew this one is for sale,the spokes are made by a company called central wheels in the midlands, be sure to get in touch if you venture into wales, thanks again everybody.
Saw this one on EBay last night and knew it was one of yours! Well done, yet another awesome job! I've now got my doner bike, a CG125 tank and some CRF end cans, few more bits to collect and then I'll finally get to build one of my own ;-) Loved all your builds since the first one, very inspirational and the reason I want to do one!
Cheers chris, good luck with your build.
Hello backtracker ... Congratulations for making these great models!I would like to ask you to lower the front if you used only the rim 17 "with tires 120/90 and marched forks, six or intervention on something else.Thank you.Fabry.
Thanks,take out the spring spacers and drop the forks through the yokes 2 inches.
Still awesome!How much are you selling this one?
Do you have a link to parts and plans for how to build?
Please look in the archived sections they are there somewhere.
Hello,I m french and I like your job. I m trying to change my dominator but I ve got a question. I am ajusting the 125cg s tank. It can t gett off. How do you do? Did you move the gas spigot?Tchus V
Remove the front mounting lugs on the frame and the tank, this should give you enough clearance.
I really love your builds and just bought a 1988 NX650 to start on my own. My question is your rear disc brake. How can I go about retro fitting one on mine? XR wheel and hub? email@example.com
would'nt bother to be honest the rear drum is powerful enough if working properly and it looks retro cool!
After much work, my drum brake will not work properly, can I just swap a xr600 swingarm with disc and hub on the bike?
Hi!Glorius job you did there, I solemnly admire your bikes!I bought a 1990 NX650 recently and I'm now starting to build it up like you did but I'm confronted with one problem: the tank. Where do you get your CG125 tanks from? Can't find anything on the internet :-/ I thought about fitting a CR250 Elsiore tank from DC Plastics on the frame, would you recommend that?Cheers,Alex
Thanks alex,you can buy brand new tanks from here.....http://www.china-parts.co.uk/acatalog/Fuel_Tank.htmlchinese copy style!!!Plastic tanks can't be altered and are a bugger to paint!
Hi backtrackercongratulations for the bikes!are very beautiful!I would like to ask, the front tire of your first red bike is 120/90-19 or 100/90-19?catalogs in the continental does not have the 120, as written on the blog.thank you very much
Hi, thanks, i think it was a 110 actually.
Hi backtrackerI love your domiI start a nx project and I would like to use the 250 CRF silencer, can you think its ok with 130/80/17 for the rear tyre or its too large?Thanks for your answer
Hi, thanks, 130 would be just fine.
Hi Backtracker,Really like you bikes. Do you sell them?What's the price?Please reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
hi,love the looks of your bikes.one question, what type of headlight and grill do you use?
The grill on this bike was home made, the headlight was from ebay, the other round style lights come from baja designs usa. cheers.
Hi Andrew,I too have been spurred into action when seeing your bikes - and the fact that you don't have any for sale unfortunately! So I went ahead and bought a 93 Domi with 30k miles for what seems a very decent price (800GBP). Picking it up in a couple of weeks and will start the transformation. All the clues to building a good bike seem to be disseminated all across your blog, however their are a few things you haven't said much about, rear sets and kick start. Could you say a few words on that?Also the baja light looks great but it's super expensive. Do you think a LED front light could work? http://www.garageavue.fr/phares-moto/3830-phare-led-skyline.html
Hi, sounds good, wish i could find one!Rear sets... never had any - only a single seater.Kick start... only early dominators had them.Light... looks really good, may be tempted myself.Good luck with your build.
Another question has just popped up I'm afraid - and I know you get tons.Just read in an article that you re-bore (is that the term) your engine. Could you elaborate on that? Would this be something that you can do yourself with very little tech knowledge or does it really need a specialist?Cheers!
Only rebore if necessary (cylinder lining worn or scored), and must be done by a specialist.
Thanks for your prompt response and comments Andrew.Btw, by rear set I meant the footpeg assembly where you shift gears, not passenger footpegs! Did you use stock ones or had aftermarket parts?With regards to the kickstart am I wrong in thinking that it can be retro-fitted?Glad you like my headlight! I'm on a really tight budget for this one so I couldn't imagine sinking £200 on lighting - albeit a fantastic one.And I hope you'll be the first to read this, there are some bargain Domis on Gumtree right now (cheaper than Ebay), this is where I found mine although I'll have to drive it back to London some 200miles...oh well.
Stock footpegs are fine and cut vibration, kickstart assembly can be retro-fitted but you will need alot of parts from a kickstart model engine (early dominator or possibly xr600)
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Hi backtrackerwhere did you buy those CRF silencers ?
Hi, usually find them on ebay
Hi backtracker.i've finally ended my bike.One year of work ,to find and assembly the parts.So, did you change too the slow running jet.i've change the main jet by a 180,and put a washer under the needle.thanks
Excellent! would be great to see some pics.
Helloi'll tried to send you any pics soon.Did you have changed the slow running jet? .I've any problem with the carburator
looks great! slow jet may need increasing but i have never had to.
Hi Backtracker, I really like the streetracker look. I own a FX650 Vigor. Are the frame differences (between nx & fx) such that most of the mods you make are not appliable to the fx. e.g. the cg125 etc.Thanks, Paul
Just read through the December 2012 instructions. I think the front section will be similar. The rear however on the nx has two tubes, where as the fx has a sinhle central frame member.
That's Single central frame member.
Yes paul, single rear section but still a good donor bike, look on xrv.org think someone on there has used one for a project.
Thanks, Will check it out. Just noticed a green one on ebay (nx flatracker), looks like one of yours. Nice anyway.
hi backtrackeri've leaved any pics on this blog http://www.rykau68.webself.net
Hi backtracker is it safe to drill in this single rear section as longs as it is away from the oil-ways.
Yep your fine , the oil is only in the front down tube and the top section.
Awesome bike, I have a 1986 XL 600 and have been using your pics as a business model, what rims did you use and did you have any problem lacing them with the angles of the spokes??
hi rims were custom drilled to suit the original hub angles.
Hi master builder!Big fan of your work, short question:Which nx650 yearmodel would be best suitable for a build?And do you Think its possible for someone with no previous experience?Hi from SwedenPlease contact me if you ever consider selling :-) Borje@vimen.net
Hi, any nx650 is fine, will be quite a challenge for someone without experience but not impossible. I am currently building another bike which should be ready by April. Good luck with your build.
Hi Andrew, Fantastic Welsh Bikes! Is the bike in April going to be for sale?
Hi thanks for the kind words. The bike will be finished by April but i am unsure if i will be selling it straight away as i was thinking of maybe showing it and of course riding it for a bit 😊
Hello andrew thank you verry much for these awesome bike,s.I am building one of right now and your how to is really good. I run in to a small problem and that is the battery. I can,t fit the original battery inside the new box. Did you use a lithium battery .
Hi, thanks for the kind words.i did use the original size battery but i guess a lithium type would be fine.
Hi Andrew I'm loving these bikes great job. I'd love to try this but haven't got the time or tools :( just wondered if you sell these bikes?
Hi Gareth, i do sell from time to time, i have a bike due for completion in 4 to 6 weeks so watch this space!
Will do Andrew thanks for the reply. I'm a local lad from tonyrefail. Great bikes!!!
Awesome! Fantastic bike!!! I look forward to your new creation!
Thanks for the kind words,latest bike is almost there 😊
First off, the best I've seen bar none. I had been searching for pics of bikes that I liked for inspiration, then I stumble onto your blog and realize they are all done by the same guy. Really spectacular! I also think its great how gracious youve been with your time and knowledge, responding to everyones questions. Next time your in Portland Oregon lets go for a ride. Cheers!
Hey thanks alot that's very nice of you to say.and if i do ever venture to the states ill definitely look you up.
Hello Backtracker. Great looking bikes! I'm starting on my first little street tracker right now. I'm using an 85 xl600r. I can see that you drop your forks through the yokes a couple of inches, do you lower them in any other way? The old '85 forks are even more basic than the later models. I can't think of an easy to get a flatter profile to the bike other than the drop through the yokes and the wheel tyre combo obviously. Keep up the great work. cheers, Darren
Hi, thanks for the comment.on the dominator's fork there is a spacer which is removed and combined with pulling the legs through the yokes the drop is achieved. Not sure if yours will be the same. Hope this helps and good luck with your build.
Hey Backtracker, These projects are awesome. Is there a way I can purchase any photographs of the bikes? If you're interested, I can explain what they will be used for... Is there a way I can contact you? Thanks!
Oops! Please ignore last message, yeah sure would love to help out.please email email@example.com and we can go from there.
Hi backtracker, Just wanted to say all the bikes look fantastic, especially the white one with gold wheels. I have been very fortunate in purchasing a 1998 NX 650 with 19k on the clock for 300 pounds!! Tax and MOT till May next year. Will probably use it through the winter as I ride an XJR1300 most of the time. Plan is to Street track it next year and spend the winter getting some bits together such as the elusive cg125 tank. Hope you don't mind but I will probably have quite a few questions when I start as it will be my first and I have limited knowledge and will be working out of my garage at home. Look forward to speaking soon. Kind rgds Ian
Thanks for the kind words, try searching for a Chinese copy of the tank, chituma i think, more of these about.good luck with your build.
I'm all over this. On it like a car bonnet, but I'll definitely be keeping in touch if that's ok?I'd like one to look like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsAPr2siPn4Great work by the way.....
Hi Backtracker, I really love your builds. I was wondering whether you made your own bush guard for this build or was able to source it from somewhere.Thanks,
Thanks for the kind words, headlight guard was home-made so can't help sorry.Wasn't too difficult, give it a go.Good luck.
maybe the question is already posed and answered, but are front and rear wheel the same diameter? Each 17inch?And is it possible to re-use a real wheel as a front wheel if you let redo the entire wheel?thank you!
Hi. I'm astonished by the quality of your work and I keep checking your website for months. I bought a NX and it will be a challenge since I haven't worked on a bike before. Can I ask you two questions? I really like the back of your bike. What exhaust pipe did you use? Where can I find a seat like the one on this bike? Thanks! Regards from Elsass.