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Old 11-02-2013, 04:11 AM   #1
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Nighthawk 750 Adventure, somebody stop me!

So I have a 2000 nighthawk unmolested with about 2000 miles on it that is listed for sale. Every time I look at it I can see a Scrambler hiding under her plastics and I wonder if I should let her go or build something. Has anyone seen this done? Or have any pics? I'm thinking metal fenders no plastics, side cover ovals, chop the passenger section of the seat and fab. a rear rack. I did the fork boots when I did the progressive springs. Any thoughts on good quality rear shocks? Thanks!
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:23 PM   #2
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Do it! I might be getting a nighthawk shortly and was thinking about doing the same! Doesn't look like it's the popular route though, so you may be a pioneer!
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:49 PM   #3
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Do it! Would be awesome! I can see it being pretty damn heavy, though...


Search around here- some crazy bastard built a desert sled out of a CB650, which is very close to a Nighthawk. Ran it in Baja, but had a freak breakdown and DNF this year.

And you'd better create a build thread and link it here!
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:42 PM   #4
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The thing holding me back the most is any self respecting Adventure bike has spoke wheels. Does anyone know a wheel that would swap over?
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:49 PM   #5
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It's not the bike (or it's parts) that makes the adventure, it's the rider. There are plenty of "Adventure bikes" successfully using cast wheels. It just depends on how and where you want to find your adventure.
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Old 11-19-2013, 04:20 PM   #6
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:53 PM   #7
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I totally agree with you dusty, knobbies and crash bars are no substitute for testicles! But, I love the Triumph Scrambler, and if I do this build I forsee a single seat lose all the plastics metal fenders rear rack but my vision has wire wheels. Some of the older CB models had wire but not sure how to cross reference.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:46 AM   #8
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Agreed, that would be pretty damn badass!

Go check out nighthawk-forum.com maybe, and see what they know? I'm new to Nighthawks myself (had this one for about 7 weeks now), but the folks over there are pretty decent. Or check the Other Bikes board over on SOHC4, or (of course!) the Nighthawk thread here on ADV. Might get lost in all the chatter on that one, though...
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:32 PM   #9
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DO IT!! I've been looking at Triumph Scramblers for a while now but I haven't been able to pull the trigger. A few days ago I started looking at Nighthawks and KZ650s and like you said, I could see a scrambler hiding in there. I don't have a bike to start with yet but will be following your progress. Good luck!
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:39 PM   #10
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The Nighthawk does gravel VERY well. At least mine does. The only thing keeping me from riding more gravel is the headers on my bike are in damn good shape and I hate to ruin them.

The suspension could be improved, but the engine and the weight of the bike really make gravel look easy.
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:49 PM   #11
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I'm turning an old CB400 frame into a scrambler since the Triumphs go for mad money in these parts. Can't stand how high most dual-sports sit compared to Honda frames, I tried riding my friends KLR and it scared the crap out of me.

I believe LongDistanceRider over on HondaTwins went a certain distance down this path as well.
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Old 11-22-2013, 03:46 AM   #12
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You are spot on about the gravel especially with the progressive springs and the Shinko,s. I have my heart set on DR350 so I'm hesitant about hacking into a pristine bike with only 2000 miles on it. 4 KLR,s to date and yes they are very top heavy.
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Old 11-23-2013, 05:33 PM   #13
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Please do this so I can see how it goes!

I want to build a scrambler-esque bike and 750 Nighthawks can be had for a good price. I'll be moving to New Mexico soon and will be living 22 miles from pavement. I just want something to bomb around BLM and fire roads.

Got rid of my Tiger a few years ago and have the two wheel itch again!
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:12 PM   #14
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I couldn't do it, she was to perfect to hack up. Trader her this evening for a TDM850. Sorry guys.
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