Touring Ted

2 wheels & no sense. My Motorcycle travel blog.



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The Honda Dominator has a steel frame and a very solid, reliable Air-cooled 650 CC Carburettored Engine. It is a great foundation but it needs work to get it to standard.  Here’s what I did.

Engine fully serviced with an Arrow exhaust and K&N filter fitted.
Airbox slightly modified to breath better and carb jetted to suit. It really runs BEAUTIFULLY now. Easy to start and never cuts out like most Dommies do.

Full Suspension Upgrade with BRAND NEW Hagon rear shock, Progressive Hagon front springs with new Fork oil – Cost over £500

Acerbis fuel tank fitted – £250

Custom front end – Ugly pathetic front end removed and replaced with strong SLR headlight with custom clamps.

New Venhill stainless front brake line.

Removable MSR touring screen,
12V socket,

Custom LED indicator Mirrors.

Renthal Enduro High bars

Acerbis Rally-Pro hand guards and even new comfort grips.

Welded side stand plate so bike can be parked on soft ground without sinking.

New Headstock bearings.. All others are fine. Brakes have been re-built with new seals and pads less than 12 months ago.

Chain and sprocket and tyres are both very good with plenty of life in them.


I custom made steel luggage racks and rear carrier. These work PERFECTLY with soft luggage bags. You can carry A LOT with these. They are fully removable and the side and rear racks can be used separately. They are VERY strong but surprisingly light.

There is no speedometer at the moment as it was designed to be run with a Garmin Montana. I will happily fit a new cable run Speedo for the winning bidder if it reaches reserve.

There are a few scratches here and there but it’s a 2001 machine. I wasn’t going to spend hundreds on aesthetics when I was going to ride it thousands of miles into the wilderness.

I have the V5 (in my name and adress) which shows 6 previous keepers. The guy before me delivery on 2008.  The current MOT is valid until 14/08/2015

I have certificates for 2015, 2014, 2013 , 2012, 2011 , 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006…

There is no service history.  The guy I bought it from said he had it somewhere and would forward it on. It never materialised. However, as a professional Technician and MOT tester, I gave this bike a FULL check over before I bought it. I have also serviced it very recently including  new Oil, filter, K&N Air filter , Spark plug and adjusted valve clearances. When I’m working on a bike I can tell if it’s been well looked after and this bike has. No rusted or seized nuts and bolts. No rounded off sump bolts etc. The engine is PERFECT.

I have reciepts for the new suspension items which are still in warranty.

Cosmetic damage on the bike :

The rear left panel has a chip/crack at the very rear edge. Hardly noticable.
The rear right panel has a few light scratches.
Front mudguard has a some paint worn down to the plastic on the leading edge.
LH crankcase has a paint scratch where the gear lever has rubbed against it.

I maintain that this is still one of the BEST condition 2001 enduro ‘style’  bikes you will see. It’s 14 years old… It’s not showroom condition but it’s EXCELLENT for it’s year.  For under £100, you could make this bike look 12 months old. Seriously.