Gessi Moto’s Honda Dominator Build Pays Tribute To 1980s Dakar Race Bikes

Jan 27, 2020

Category: Rides

For more than forty years, the ultra-rugged and versatile off-road machines competing at the Dakar Rally have played an influential role in the design of everything from production models to one-off builds. As something of the ultimate endurance rally event, it’s not hard to see why these enduring racers serve as inspiration for project’s like Gessi Motociclette’s latest work, aptly dubbed the “650 Paris Dakar.”

Starting with a 1990s Honda Dominator, the NX was stripped down to a rolling chassis before having its fork and swing-arm swapped out for modern units off Honda’s CRF450 that now pack Ohlins internals. The bodywork on the retro-themed desert ripper is comprised of a slew of random bits off earlier Honda dual sports with an XR400 headlight and fender, and a tank, side covers, rear fender, and a modified, shaved-down saddle from an XL 600LM. The stock wheels were also jettisoned in favor of a pair of spoked FaBa hoops fitted with billet Ergal (an aluminum alloy) hubs and knobby Continental TCK80 rubber. Finishing touches include upgraded braking hardware plucked from a CRF and running Motomaster petal rotors, variable section Scar handlebars set in 65mm risers, top-shelf adjustable billet Zeta levers, stainless steel luggage rack, Acerbis mirrors, digital Koso instrumentation, a replica Arrow Paris-Dakar silencer, and a bespoke HRC-themed livery from modern-day Moto-design legend, Oberdan Bezzi.

Learn More: Here

HiConsumption is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

More From Rides

VSSL Is Now Offering Fully-Customizable Adventure & Emergency Kits

Choose your size, array of included tools, colorway, and much more.

Posted By Sean Tirman

Partner

This Candle Fills Your Home With The Warm, Inviting Scent Of An Old Fashioned

Light the wick & enjoy welcoming notes of bourbon and brown sugar.

Posted By Chris West

Partner
Featured Image

Ducati Unveils The Lightest Version Of Its Iconic Monster Naked Moto Ever

Ducati's naked gets a twin-spar frame & a sleek aesthetic redesign.

Posted By

Dec 4, 2020

Featured Image

RUF Latest Restomod Is A Porsche 964 Dressed In Modern Performance Parts

Available in wide or narrow body styles with a full carbon option to boot.

Posted By

Dec 4, 2020

Featured Image

Hennessey Turns Ford’s F-150 Into An 805HP Supercharged 4×4 Super-Truck

A lifted and kitted F-150 capable of 3.6-second 0-60mph runs.

Posted By

Dec 3, 2020

Featured Image

Jaguar Updates Its F-PACE SVR With Increased Torque & A 178MPH Top Speed

Alongside a number of notable aerodynamic optimizations.

Posted By

Dec 3, 2020