Honda NX650 ‘Double R’ Replaces Outdated Dominator Looks With Custom Eye Candy


Often times, people tend to rank motorcycle customization shops based on how long they’ve been around, which isn’t necessarily a fair judgment. I mean, of course; well-established companies have had more time to prove themselves over the years, but there are many lesser-known companies that harbor just as much talent and dedication under their roofs.

Take, for example, Motoism Customs, a Munich garage run by Ben and Lion Ott. One of them takes care of all the design-related tasks, the other takes care of engineering and together they create some truly amazing two-wheeled works of art. Additionally, Motoism’s website is home to a myriad of premium bolt-on accessories that have been produced in-house via 3D printing technology.

Plainly speaking, it’s safe to say that these guys know a thing or two about custom bikes, so let’s take a look at how they turned a factory NX650 Dominator into a sight to behold. Dubbed “The Double R,” this menacing street jammer revolves around a 1991 variant of the Honda family, featuring an air-cooled 644cc single-cylinder mill with 44 ponies and 39 lb-ft (53 Nm) of twist at the tap.

Thanks to its esteemed versatility, the Dominator nameplate has become extremely popular among all kinds of motorcycle artists, who see it as a blank canvas waiting to be personalized. In addition, there is absolutely no shortage of donors in the second-hand market, as the dual-sport monster remained in production for up to fifteen years.

Compared to some of the other NX650-based companies we’ve looked at in the past, Motoism’s redesign is pretty muted. As a result, the Double R isn’t that different from the geometry of the original bike, but it manages to look a dozen times sexier!

While most people wouldn’t hesitate to throw out the creature’s large fuel tank, the Ott brothers found a nifty way to incorporate it into their build. The gas chamber has been wrapped in an understated but tasteful mix of black and white finishes, thus setting the tone for the rest of the project.

Then the Dominator’s standard subframe was amputated to make way for a bespoke alternative, which was developed using CAD software and TIG welding technology. The duo turned on 3D printers to make a new carbon fiber reinforced polymer tail unit (CFRP), and they complemented it with unique LED lighting items and a stylish leather saddle.

To complete at six, Ben and Lion replaced the factory mono-shock with a modern alternative from YSS, and then their attention began to shift to the opposite pole. The telescopic forks from the NX650 were kept, but they were wrapped in a pair of 3D printed covers with integrated turn signals.

There is a state-of-the-art headlight that occupies a prominent place in the center of the stage, as well as an angular fairing from the Motoism bolted catalog. On the way down, you’ll notice a 19-inch alloy hoop instead of the original 21-inch module, and it sports a high-quality front brake setup provided by Brembo. On the rubber side, the Germans are opting for Continental’s TKC 80 dual-use tires.

Additionally, the Spartan’s cockpit has also been treated with an abundance of tasty hardware, like cool instrumentation, LSL handlebars, and stealth grips. With those components in place, it was time to have the donor’s 644cc engine overhauled for finishing touches, bringing us to the intake and exhaust of the Double R.

To improve airflow, the brothers fitted the carburetor with a high-end Dynojet kit, which is joined by a free-flowing aluminum GPR muffler weighing less than four pounds (1.8 kg). Finally, the official Motoism website seems to suggest that doctors in the Munich aftermarket can actually replicate this entity for anyone interested, although the price is only disclosed upon request.


Margie D. Carlisle