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Old 02-12-2014, 07:50 AM   #16
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Sounds like as long as the bike is in pretty good nick they're all good, reliable rides.
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:21 AM   #17
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Anyone out there has some spare parts, I need some for my project ... could use a decent tank, an intact left sidecover, and a good seat ...
One of the guys who contacted me when I put an ad up on Kijiji had a non-running Nighthawk in Nebraska. Not sure how he found the ad, but you're closer than I am, and he may be willing to part it out.
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:41 PM   #18
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Check the Nighthawk forum. Good people there.
My 85 650 is my only bike. Taken more than a few LONG journeys on it. Easy to work on. Doesn't need much though.
One reason I got it was the shaft drive. I'm lazy
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:45 AM   #19
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I also have 1984 Nighthawk 650 as my daily commuter and my only motorcycle. Takes me to work every day without a fault (unless it's snowing or icy). Never had any difficulties finding parts at all (not that I needed many either).

I absolutely love the shaft drive and hydraulic valves! There are guys on Nighthawk forum with over 100K miles on these, and these are great bikes! The nighthawks are known for their reliability and quality! I've taken mine from 22,800 miles to 31,000 miles last year, and I'm not planning on getting rid of it, so it should last many more miles.

I wouldn't be concerned about the shaft drive failing due to age. After all, it's just a few big chunks of metal, so unless they were sitting at the bottom of the pond for last 30 years, you should be good.

Just remember to change all the fluids when you get the bike (engine oil, final drive oil, brake fluid, clutch fluid, fork fluid), and you should be good to go for many more miles!
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:29 AM   #20
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Glad to hear my fears about the 650 were unfounded. Makes sense why there seem to be so many of them around!

I ended up going for a 1981 Honda CB400T Hawk. Got it for $600 in good condition. It didn't have a battery and hadn't been run in 2 years, so I changed the oil and gas and it fired right up! Idle was pretty rough, but it was -15C in the garage when I was doing all this, so I'm not going to judge it too hard.

Now it's time to take it apart I'll start a thread in the "Some Assembly Required" board. Thanks for all the input!
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:21 PM   #21
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I picked up a low mileage '82 Nighthawk 450 last spring for $500. I replaced the 20+ year old tires and the broken clutch lever and rode it for the whole riding season. What a fun bike. I'm sure I could sell it for what I have in it but why would I want to?

Here she is:




I even found an old rack for her:

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Old 02-23-2014, 04:40 AM   #22
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That thing looks amazing, for the price! And nothing but a busted clutch lever after all those years is pretty fantastic. Here's the Hawk:



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Old 02-24-2014, 04:13 AM   #23
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That Hawk looks nice, too. It's amazing how some of these old bikes have held up.
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