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Old 03-09-2013, 06:01 AM   #3541
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Question clutch fluid crystallized in small orifices

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... clutch fluid being old, crystallized in small orifices. Took me forever to figure it out.
My '84 is exhibiting the same. Was your fix anything other than to flush the fluid a lot when replacing it ?

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Old 03-09-2013, 04:52 PM   #3542
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I just brought home an old Nighthawk 450. 1982 CB450SC 8,800 miles on the odometer.
She runs fine, I've been looking for a project to learn some wrenching on. She didn't cost much, lets hope there isn't too much that needs to be done.

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Old 03-09-2013, 09:38 PM   #3543
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I just brought home an old Nighthawk 450. 1982 CB450SC 8,800 miles on the odometer.
She runs fine, I've been looking for a project to learn some wrenching on. She didn't cost much, lets hope there isn't too much that needs to be done.

beautiful. looks like it might could use some snow studs on the tires
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:24 AM   #3544
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Hopefully by the time I get it all sorted out all that white stuff will be gone. More importantly, I hope all the sand will be off the roads. That's the real worry this time of year.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:33 AM   #3545
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The notorious dead spot in the 450's throttle may or may not still be there.
If it is, there's a fairly easy fix for it.

Those are fun little bikes.
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:53 PM   #3546
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I'm going to be buying an 03 750 from a friend in the next few weeks. I know that the NH is pretty much a pavement bike, but the free spirit deep down inside me is... Can you do dirt or single-track on it with any degree of success? I remember seeing some pics of someone setting up their NH for off-road but I'm not sure I want to spend that much cash or time.
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:29 PM   #3547
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I took my 96 750 30 miles off road on a trail into yellowstone. It was fully loaded for two months of travel so pretty heavy. I ended up blowing both fork seals. I think you would end up having a lot of little problems like this unless you completely redid the suspension.

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Old 03-11-2013, 05:30 AM   #3548
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I'm going to be buying an 03 750 from a friend in the next few weeks. I know that the NH is pretty much a pavement bike, but the free spirit deep down inside me is... Can you do dirt or single-track on it with any degree of success? I remember seeing some pics of someone setting up their NH for off-road but I'm not sure I want to spend that much cash or time.
Dirt/gravel roads are fine. Its a bit awkward doing anything beyond that though. Kinda like wearing construction boots while running a marathon... it can be done, but its just not the right tool for the job.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:20 AM   #3549
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I took my 96 750 30 miles off road on a trail into yellowstone. It was fully loaded for two months of travel so pretty heavy. I ended up blowing both fork seals. I think you would end up having a lot of little problems like this unless you completely redid the suspension.

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Yep. Even if you've rebuilt 100 sets of forks, blowing out the suspension on a street bike is still something that sucks.

Those forks and shocks are even cheapo parts for the street and do so-so on fresh asphalt.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:58 AM   #3550
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Nice! Is that rack new or older? I'd like to find something like that.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:35 PM   #3551
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The rack was taken off of a 83 CB450sc that was for sale $1000 on Craiglist, I paid $250 just for the rack and drove 2.5 hours to pick it up. Its really comfortable as the backrest is adjustable and its so handy to put most of my camping gears between the top case and the backrest. Also, a 1gl gas tank will fit nicely underneithe a top case.
I didn't pay too much more than that for the bike. I hope I can find a rack a little cheaper.

I just called for insurance this afternoon: $8.75 a month. Tomorrow I'll register it. The key didn't work on the gas cap so I won't be riding very far until I get that sorted.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:04 PM   #3552
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I took my 96 750 30 miles off road on a trail into yellowstone. It was fully loaded for two months of travel so pretty heavy. I ended up blowing both fork seals. I think you would end up having a lot of little problems like this unless you completely redid the suspension.

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Any overloaded street bike will blow their fork seals after doing 30 miles off-road. :)

I bet with fresh seals, a normal load, and nice pair of dual sport tires, the NH750 would do just fine on some easy off-road stuff -- certainly just as well, or better, than most modern street bikes.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:09 PM   #3553
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Here's my '01 Blackie just out of winter storage.

I just ordered Progressive springs for the forks, a nice RAM mount/cradle (waterproof) for my Samsung Galaxy S3, and a super nice leather sissy bar bag from some French eBay seller. Once the forks are done, I'll be set for the upcoming riding season. This motorcycle is just about as perfect as I can find, and so low maintenance it's almost too easy!



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Old 03-12-2013, 02:25 PM   #3554
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Any overloaded street bike will blow their fork seals after doing 30 miles off-road. :)
I probably did 30 miles on dirt roads before this and the bike was fine - the problem is this was a particularly fun dirt road and I started to ride like that.
I think most motorcycles can go over dirt roads fine, but I found that if I started to ride the bike like it was designed to ever see dirt then it of course would remind me it was not designed for this.

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Old 03-12-2013, 02:30 PM   #3555
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I probably did 30 miles on dirt roads before this and the bike was fine - the problem is this was a particularly fun dirt road and I started to ride like that.
I think most motorcycles can go over dirt roads fine, but I found that if I started to ride the bike like it was designed to ever see dirt then it of course would remind me it was not designed for this.

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I hear you :)

If I have a need for some aggressive dual-sporting, I'll buy a cheap, used KLR650, otherwise, I have no problem taking my NH750 on some easy single track or logging roads.
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