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drtrider145

For all you NX 650 Fans out there

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Sure would be nice if Honda made a new NX out of the XR650R. Maybe if we're lucky Yamaha will bring the Tenere over and it will be a success, thus prompting a competing bike from Honda.

Ya know, something along these lines except with practical street stuff instead of Dakar race stuff...:

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Slim that ^ down a little, add a little rack, passenger pegs, etc and make an updated, street legal version of the old NX650. I wouldn't even need electric start (I'd take it though):

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I always wanted a Honda version of the 640 Adventurer. The XR650R would make a great platform for that.

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I know, I know--it's never gonna happen. :banghead: We can dream though.

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I have owned both bikes, the NX 650 will flat run away from the XR650L. I don't know what the differences are but the NX as far a motor goes is better but the XR suspension works better off-road. Thems my 2 cents.

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I will be in tucson in two weeks. I used to search all over for one of those in decent shape. I found one about 300 miles away, but decided to get a '92 DR650 that was closer. That one is a steal at that price. Too bad I am 100% dirt now, or I'd snag that thing right now.

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Bought it new in '88. Faster than the L due to the dual exhaust and larger, less restricted intake. I think stock HP was around 42. It went an honest 103 mph with a 17" rear (the fairing helped a lot!).

It was a good streetbike, very sturdy, and an overweight pig in the dirt. People would see the dual exhaust and ask if it was a twin!

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nx650.jpg

Strange. This dominator has a kick start. Dominators are electric start. It also has disc rear brake. Had to come out after 1990. I wonder if they made a electric start motor with the kick option?

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Strange. This dominator has a kick start. Dominators are electric start. It also has disc rear brake. Had to come out after 1990. I wonder if they made a electric start motor with the kick option?

Hmmm. I dunno. I can find pics of them both with and without kickers.

According to this 1989 (I think) brochure, it had both. I don't know what country that brochure is from for sure though. Various countries may have had sightly different versions.

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Nice find. It says right there, starter is electric & primary kick. We must be able to get the parts needed to add a kick to the L from factory. Nx cdi does not seem to have a problem with the kick start. Interesting. Thanks Hawk.

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Nice find. It says right there, starter is electric & primary kick. We must be able to get the parts needed to add a kick to the L from factory. Nx cdi does not seem to have a problem with the kick start. Interesting. Thanks Hawk.

the nx cdi has to be run off of DC as the L is. so, maybe someone can find an NX cdi and try it on an L. i just think the power difference from the L to the NX is the dual exh. that ad also says it has a 40 mm carb. the L is 42.5mm. wonder how that may affect?

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The NX was one of the biggest failures ever incurred by HONDA. Built to replace the legendary XL line, it suffered from rejection right off the bat. Honda was left with tons of units unsold and more in boxes in the factories. Scott Summers idea of using a NX650 motor in a XR600 frame caught on and was utilized by Honda in an attempt to recoup the losses. The rest is history and the XR650L was borne and has been one of the biggest sellers they have ever made.

This is not to say the NX's were bad bikes, just odd I think and introduced wrong as a replacement to an already infamous product line (The XL's) if it would of been offered - as a supplement - to the line as a Paris Dakar type adventure bike , I think it would of lived. Honda's mistake was in maketing it as a replacement of a best seller line, a lesson learned the hard way and one they will not forget.

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I have a OLD Dirt Rider mag, where they were just doing the NX motor in the XR frame project. DR was really impressed with the E-start Hybrid. There rest they say, is history. On a side note, my local Honda dealer (Palmdale Honda) has a XLV(?) on the floor. It kinda looks like the NX, but has a V-twin? What was the story on that bike? Was it built for U.S. market?

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The XLV Transalp - if I remember correctly co-existed with the XL line for a very short time, then - in a sudden burst of some kind of enlightenment, HONDA , in it's infinite wisdom discontinued the XL's completely and we were given the NX series, with no other alternatives, save the XR's.

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