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Old 07-23-2013, 09:57 AM   #3916
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Funny you should ask. I have never heard of a "worn out" or "tired" late model Nighthawk engine. Plenty of guys on the Nighthawk forum with 80K+ miles on their hawks. I've heard of more than a few 100K+ mile Nighthawks. Personally, anything under 40K would be a very safe bet to me.
2001 Honda CB750 Nighthawk -- current
2001 BMW K1200RS, 2005 Triumph Tiger 955i
2008 Kawasaki KLR650, 2008 Tomos Arrow 'R'
2003 Suzuki SV1000S, 1975 Honda CB500T (two of them)
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:28 PM   #3917
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Location: between the Ozarks and the Ouachitas
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Test rode a CB500X yesterday, absolutely loved it,was convinced I was going to buy it until I went home and rode my NH. The CB is an awesome bike, but it is hard to justify spending that money on a new bike when the NH is already sitting pretty in the garage...
By God, Woodrow; it's been one hell of a party.
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:49 PM   #3918
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Sissy Bar / Back Rest - Backpack? Follow up

Got the Hondaline OEM Back rest installed, no easy task, the zippered pocket on the back, and how it works is worth it. I tried the Walmart bought pack and it slipped on very nicely. pleased... the pack has some loops on the bottom that fit very nicely on the OEM racks bottom standoffs, making it even more secure. I'm going to buy another one, just in case this one breaks. Plenty of room, very secure, slip on is convenient. Very happy with it...


Originally Posted by Foamfollower View Post
I ended up buying a Fieldline Motorcycle backpack at Walmart. It was on sale for $17. Seems quite big, but has a slip on type of pocket which slides over the sissy bar (Sissy bar/Back Rest Pouch and strap System). There were 2 different syle, I chose the one that was on sale.. It has outer pockets including Zippered top compartment, hydration compatible.

- "easily slides onto standard motorcycle sissy bar (up to 18" tall"
- " 21"H x 14"W x 8.5"D "

After I get it on the Bar and give it a try, I'll try reporting back. Its Likely not very water resistant. not high quality.. But it slips over the Sissy Bar, its a backpack and it was $17. Thought I would give it a try
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:18 AM   #3919
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Originally Posted by dogjaw View Post
what seat pad is that on the night hawk? is that a air hawk? how does it work?
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:27 AM   #3920
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That's a cheap Stearns from Wally World, works great... I tried the air hawk at 100.00(!), couldn't stand it, seemed too squishy and unplanted, if you take my meaning, took it back after one day. Would love to drop the cash on a Corbin, but don't want to pull the trigger just yet in case I decide to move the NH.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:04 AM   #3921
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Originally Posted by Nytelyte View Post
Hopefully this isn't TOO spamable...
I'm selling my 94 Nighthawk 250 and 2002 FZ-1, looking to replace both with a Nighthawk 750. Links in my sig, if anyone knows of or is interested ...

Also, real question.. What is considered 'high' mileage for a NH750? There are a lot of bikes between 15000 - 30000 miles, and I know thats not high and these are good for at least 100k. Anyone have hugely high miles on any of these bikes? At what point would you say something along the lines of "Thats not worth my time for the miles I'd like to put on it?"
Just curious why you'd be selling your FZ. they're pretty nice and the two I've ridden were almost as comfortable as my NH but much faster.

Just wondering. GLWS.

1982 CB900F (It was gone, now back again)
1993 Nighthawk 750
1992 DR650 (gone)
2005 DL1000 (gone, sadly)
Lots more in the far past ...
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:42 PM   #3922
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Was wondering that myself; 3500 miles, 1000 of those an IB ride... The first gen FZ's have a rep for being great bikes. I really like the new CB500's, but having a hard time making the jump from the NH.

Interesting story; a buddy of mine, Trevor Ware, is a huge Honda fan, rode his CB550 coast to coast multiple times, posting killer ride reports on ADV as the kerncountykid; was struck by a drunk driver back in September, leaving him severely physically and mentally handicapped, see his story here:

Anyway, recently came across great deals on Bonneville and a Nighthawk, bought them both though I didn't need to, finance wise, couldn't decide which to sell as they are both great bikes, so I asked Trevor; his response?

"Sell the Triumph, make money. Ride the Honda"

Even after all he's been through, he still bleeds Honda red.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:02 PM   #3923
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Hit some back roads on the way home from my parents house an hour away the other night. After dark, swung through a cool state park, totally deserted. Got turned onto a packed sand/dirt road, no big deal. Turned onto another, softer road. Whatever. Turned onto a road with 100% loose sand, with tire ruts. HOLY S$&!. The little ol Nighthawk ain't built for that! About dropped the bike, but managed to recover and get turned around. If I hurt myself at 1030 at night I was going to be there for awhile.

Turning off of a gravel road.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:27 AM   #3924
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A dirt bike they aren't, but mine did great on dirt roads.
Very stable and confidence inspiring.

Just wish i wasnt so cramped on it. Already miss her.
Always looking for a place to ride !
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:38 AM   #3925
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Grab bar on ebay

Was looking on ebay and this popped up. Hard to find.

I already have one, but thought I would share.
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:41 PM   #3926
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Nighthawk 700S to dual sport

Added V Strom handguards, tank bag, rear rack, and Shad top case:

Now just need some 16" dual sport tires.....
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:18 AM   #3927
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Considering a trip next week to Montrose, Co to see an old buddy; 1100 miles, 700 of those across the flatlands of OK, TX, and NM... I could trailer my DR650 to Amarillo, or ride my 750 all the way; neither is especially appetizing to me, but time is a factor. Any opinions on the NH. as a long distance bike? I've done 600 mile days in the twisties, but nothing of this magnitude.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:30 AM   #3928
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I'd prefer to ride either one than drive.

My friend and I both rode our DR650’s back to WV from Arizona. I must say the ride across Oklahoma on 60 was long and sometimes boring but the DR’s (and us) did fine. They both have larger tanks and Corbin seats. I think the Nighthawk would be a little better but I wouldn’t hesitate to ride either one.

Get ready for hours of this.

As we got toward the north east part of OK it improved.

BMW: 2012 R1200GSA, 1993 R100R
HD: 2009 FLHT, 2004 FXDXI
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:11 AM   #3929
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I just picked up a 1996 cb250 Nighthawk locally for $700. It's got an odometer discrepancy and had a shitload of problems, but a weekend later, it was ready to take to the roads.

I fixed:
- front drum brake wasn't working (major misadjustment)
- front fork rebuild
- new front tire
- new blinkers (old stalks were f'd)
- reconnected rear brake (what the f?)
- fixed brake light (rear brake switch gone, front switch got taken apart and cleaned to get it to stop sticking in on position)
- carb rebuild (didn't idle at ALL before, only sometimes idles now)
- remounted the front fender, it was held on with 1 bolt so the front end had no stabilization

I did routine maintenance, lubing all the things and replacing the oil. I love how simple this bike is, it took me no time at all.

I also added a windshield, it was one from a Buddy 125 scooter that I had laying around the garage that I managed to mount to the mirror mounts.

I still need to re-rebuild the carb again, or maybe run some seafoam through it. I'm going to repaint it too, the finish looks like hell. I don't think this bike was ever garaged, washed, or babied. By the condition of the oil, it might not have ever been changed either.

I christened it with a ride from Marietta, GA up through Tennessee and North Carolina with a couple of good friends (one on a Suzuki cruiser, the other on a Suzuki Bandit 1250). We rode the Cherohala Skyway, US 129 (tail of the dragon, deal's gap, whatever, it's a road), Appalachian Foothills Parkway, Wolf Pen Gap,and a few other roads I don't remember the name of. Anyways, it was 500 miles in one day, and my ass was a bit sore afterwards. Totally worth it though. I was too busy to take many pics, here's one someone snapped of the bike when we were stopped:

And here's one of my scrawny ass that the picture-dudes on the side of the road snapped:

It's a fun bike, but drum brakes are really . Might look into replacing them with discs up front.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:15 PM   #3930
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Bridgestone tires for Nighthawk 650

I'm looking to replace my old tires on my 1983 Nighthawk 650.
I am partial to Bridgestone tires and it looks like the right sizes are available in both the S-11 and the BT-45 Bridgestone tires. I would appreciate some help on deciding which is better for me. I'm 150 lbs and usually ride around town and out on secondary highways, with a bit of Interstate riding.

Thanks for the help.

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1983 Nighthawk 650
1989 Inteceptor VTR 250
1985 Sabre 700.......Sold
1983 Shadow 500.... sold
2006 Ninja 500........ sold
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