Bike choice - Is this realistic?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by sam handwich, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. AlanP

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    Sam, I have one word for you - Nighthawk. Get any of the 4-cylinder versions and you'll be a happy camper. I've been riding an '84 700S since '99 and all I've had to do was change the oil and put tires on it. The damn things are bulletproof, easy to ride and inexpensive. The '80's versions were all shaft drive for low maintenance, too.

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  2. deadzed

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    Unfortunately, unless it's there's a bunch of noise coming from the valve covers, the only way to check for pitting is to pull the covers & look.
    Here's a thread about it;
    http://v4musclebike.com/forums/showthread.php?t=529

    The 80's Japanese cruisers were taller than their modern counterparts. Center of gravity was also higher.

    I had an '82 & a '98 Magna. (1st & 3rd generations, the '86 you're looking at is 1st gen)
    I'd consider the '82 to be the superior machine, (shaft drive .vs chain, 6 gears .vs 5, disk brakes .vs drum) but it is a complicated beastie.
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  3. deadzed

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    To put a little more emphasis on it. Walk away if there are any carb problems at all. They really are an unbelievable pain in the ass.
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  4. sam handwich

    sam handwich bikeless and looking

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    After looking it over and taking it for a spin, it seems to be in great shape (to my untrained eye and some checklists I found online). The person selling it seems honest and says its been trouble free in the two years he's had it. First owner repainted it. Don't know why. All the rubber and plastic I could see looked pretty much like new. It clearly has been well taken care of. He'll sell for $15000. I feel pretty good about it.

    Alan - I'd be all over a nighthawk, but I'm not tall enough.
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  5. deadzed

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    Best of luck. I'm pretty wary of older bikes, but I've really got a soft spot for the Honda V4s.
    Never failed to irritate my friends with 1100+ cc bikes when my little 750 wouldn't even bother to tip it's hat before saying bye bye.
    The modern VFR that evolved from that old Magna is still one the the best lightweight sport tourers out there.
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  6. AlanP

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    Sam - I have a 30-inch inseam and I virtually flat-foot my 700. The 550 (more cruiser-y) and 650 are even shorter. Have you sat on any? I think you'd find they're not too tall for you, but good luck with whatever you end up with. :thumb

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  7. Little Bike

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    Dang, you really increased your budget!!:rofl:rofl:rofl
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  8. sam handwich

    sam handwich bikeless and looking

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    Uhh...uh oh. A handshake isnt legally binding, right?
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  9. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    Did you buy your bike? Pics?
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  10. FlySniper

    FlySniper Bleh...

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    Holy smoke! THAT brings back some memories! My brother had one almost exactly like that, same color etc... He seldom rode it, but I made sure the poor bike didn't feel neglected!:deal

    At 16, back in the day on that bike.... I was cool as hell!

    I'd ride one today and be happy on it.
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    Did it get sold out from under you?


    I hope not! Sounds like it might have been a good deal.
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  12. sam handwich

    sam handwich bikeless and looking

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    Doofus doesn't know where the title is. Says he's looking for it this weekend. We'll see.
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  13. sam handwich

    sam handwich bikeless and looking

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    Well, that bike is a no-go. BUT, I've upped my budget a bit and going to see a 1994 Magna with 7K miles, $2200 obo "ready to ride, needs nothing" on Saturday! From the pics, it looks like it's in perfect shape.
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  14. jas67

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    +1. I'd up the price target to $2,000-$2,500. In the long run, it'll cost you less than a $1,500 example, unless you get real lucky. In this price range you can get bikes from the mid-90's to early 2000's. This is the year range you should be shooting for to get a reliable bike in your price range. The older stuff can be reliable, but will be more work, and cost more. Even simple maintenance parts like air filters get hard to find, or expensive for the 70's bikes.



    • Suzuki GS500 -- was sold in both naked (GS500E) and fully-faired form (GS500F).
    • Kawasaki Ninja 500 -- looks like a sport bike, with ergos like a standard
    • Suzuki Bandit 600 -- I'm seeing these with asking prices similar to the twin-cylinder 500's. It is a 600cc four, but not a high-strung sport-bike four, they're more like 70 HP with a 10,000 RPM redline and nice torque anywhere above 5,000 RPM.
    • Suzuki SV650 -- you often see the older, carburated ones with $2,000-$2,500 asking price. They are light (370lbs) with a nice smooth 90 degree V-twin making 70 HP, so they're quick good, but not stupid fast if you are mature about it.
    • Honda Nighthawk 550/650/750. The 550 and 650 were only made in the 80's, so to get something a little newer you'll need to to 750.
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  15. jas67

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    As others have said, the Honda V4's are sweet motors. They have a very unique exhaust note, nothing like any of the inline four cylinders. I have a '96 VFR750, which has a higher reving V4 than the magna, and which is very quick and fun. At least on the VFR it is a very versatile engine. The redline is over 11,000 RPM, but yet, it makes plenty of torque at anything over 4,500 RPM.

    Please post pics and impressions of the Magna once you've gotten a chance to try it o ut.
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  16. sam handwich

    sam handwich bikeless and looking

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    Well, that was junk in person.

    The guy with the '84 just wrote back that he will either find the title tonight or express order one, so maybe that will come back into play.
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  17. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    2200.. That's a whole lot less than I have in my r90/6.
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  18. sam handwich

    sam handwich bikeless and looking

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    I'm picking up the 84 magna tomorrow. Cant wait!
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  19. sam handwich

    sam handwich bikeless and looking

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    Soooo....turns out it's not an '84. It's an '86. I'm a dope.

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  20. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    Looks super clean!