Honda NX 500 patents show potential dual-sport in the works

Today’s motorcycle community is brimming with new riders, all of whom are slowly learning about their personal vibes, riding style, and bike preferences, thanks to the pandemic lockdown and soaring motorcycle prices. gasoline across the country.

The all-new electric LiveWire Del Mar flat-track inspired, courtesy of Harley’s website

Because of this new influx, bike manufacturers are taking advantage of it to appeal to a wider audience by creating motorcycles that can do more – includingYou know, units like Harley’s adventure-oriented (but surprisingly comfortable) Pan America, Aprilia’s electronically stacked Tuareg 660… even the all-new electric flat-track-inspired LiveWire Del Mar features a dual-purpose vibe. , with Harley’s LiveWire website inventing the new bicycle as “Informed by the lineage of victory, redesigned for the urban riding experience and beyond.”

A front press release image of the all new Healey-Davidson Electric LiveWire Del Mar
The all-new electric LiveWire Del Mar flat-track inspired, courtesy of Harley’s website

What we’re trying to say is that multi-talented bikes make more money for their brands – which is why we were tickled to see that Honda filed a patent for what we think is a sibling to cc lower than the original large single: The Honda NX650 Dominator.

A view of the original Honda NX650 Dominator, designed between 1988 and 2003
The NX 650 and the European “Dominator” variant, courtesy of Visordown

“You could consider the NX650 Honda’s first attempt at building an ‘adventure’ motorcycle, a concept initiated by the BMW R80G/S in 1980. comments Rider’s Magazine – and they would be right. The construction has become popular for high scores in the reliability and versatility sectors, with custom community rewarding NX650 donor bikes even today.

A custom Dominator NX650 from Earth Motorcycles
A custom Dominator NX650 from a custom Slovak bike shop, courtesy of BikeExif

With the NX650 discontinued from the new millennium (allegedly due to poor sales in the Americasalthough the European ‘Dominator’ lasted a bit longer), the dual-sport thumper was officially out of the game – at least until Honda found a community willing to spill some green on a refreshed model, that is -to say.

The 'Street Cat #1: A Custom Dominator NX650 Mod
The ‘Street Cat #1: A mod for Honda’s NX650

The report of VisorDown says that Honda “intends to make a 500 for 2023, with the established 471cc engine which is already used in the CB500X, and is expected to be used in the CL 500.”

We don’t have much else to say, other than the fact that this particular bike will need a bit of tweaking to make sure it hits the market; the build won’t want to get too close to its CB500X sibling, or try to emulate the brand’s iconic 1084cc Africa Twin.

A view of the original Honda NX650 Dominator, designed between 1988 and 2003
The European NX 650 ‘Dominator’ variant, courtesy of Visordown

What’s in between? I guess we’ll find out soon enough. Leave a comment to let us know what you think (and subscribe to our newsletter if you want new stuff delivered to your inbox), and as always, stay safe twisties.

*Media from BikeExif, VisorDown, BAC and Harley website*

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