1. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Welcome, great bike!

    When I had mine, same color even, I thought it was the easiest bike to maintain. Hydraulic valves, clutch, drive shaft, all you had to do was change the oil which was located in the frame. Don't forget there are 2 oil drain plugs in the frame bottom.

    Used to get a kick when it came on the cam at about 7K RPM's and took off.

    Have fun with it!


    Happy holidays to all!!
  2. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    Nice ride, good luck with it and welcome. I always like the Nighthawk S. I mean it has overdrive, says it right on the dash. Well it says it when the gear indicator actually works.
  3. shwaz

    shwaz Buckethead Wendy

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    holler if you need any help wrenching. I spent the last year and a half working on a 79 GS 850. Pretty handy on the old bikes now. Nice looking ride. Grats
  4. falconati

    falconati baller

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    WI/NYC
    Sorry! I missed the original post. I've used them before. Decent prices, quick service.
  5. FJrider1

    FJrider1 Yoyodyne Propulsion Sys

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    Location:
    Between the water, LI
    Great urban assault vehicle! Rode mine from Queens to the city for 6 years before sending it out to Colorado...

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  6. Ryan

    Ryan Flugistani

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    On the bike
    Sweet bike! Super low maintenance - shaft drive and self-adjusting hydraulic valve clearance. You never need to screw around with the valves. Unfortunately, they figured out that there's plenty of profit in valve adjustments, and no one has made a bike like it since.
  7. BushwickKLR

    BushwickKLR Long timer

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    It's on New Years Day, not on the day after.
  8. jimmycorp

    jimmycorp adventure lurker

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    Location:
    Los Angeles. CA
    Hey guys,

    Thanks for the warm welcome. I havent registered or given her a TuneUp yet.

    She definitely needs Carbs synced, oil changes, shaft and motor, plugs etc. So I doubt ill make the New Years ride. Definitely looking forward to some future rides and meetups though.

    The Schwartz, you mentioned wrenching on an old GS. any recommendations for local parts places, or good cheap places online for maintenance items?

    Thanks in advance!

    Sent from my SPH-M820-BST using Tapatalk 2
  9. wiseblood

    wiseblood Hall Monitor

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    I hope you all had a good Christmas! The last of my in-laws departed last night.
  10. BushwickKLR

    BushwickKLR Long timer

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    If your an AMA member you get a discount at Bikebandit.com I usually order my spark plugs and filters from a dealership just because they really aren't that much different in price. I have a local mechanic in brooklyn that is great with carbs and you won't feel like you've been robbed at gun point after you hand over your money. Send me a PM if you need any help with anything.
  11. Ravyn

    Ravyn nubblies need to die!

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    Thanks, falconati :thumb
    Great service:clap They will be my first stop for making a spare key from now on.
  12. shwaz

    shwaz Buckethead Wendy

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    I'd strongly recommend Z1 Enterprises. They're not local but they're in NY state. Good prices and these guys are super helpful and you can always get them on the phone and they really know old bikes.

    http://www.z1enterprises.com/ListItems.aspx?name=Carb&description=&category=01010204070202000000

    I have a shop in Jersey that I like but I really ended up doing almost all my own work. What are you planning to do on the bike vs. farming out to a shop? Do you know anything about the maintenance history? Valve adjustment, carbs cleaned, carbs rebuilt, etc? are those mikuni cv carbs? (been reading some just now about issues with nighthawk carbs)

    I do have a carb synch tool, among other things. you're welcome to borrow it or bring the bike over and we can do it together.
  13. Domiken

    Domiken Been here awhile

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    Location:
    Manhattan
    Anyone know any decent garages for a car in Queens or Brooklyn? Our Manhattan car garage just went up by 400% for no reason.... :cry

    Happy Holidays to you all!
  14. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    No, there's a reason. 400% increase=Greed
  15. rutard

    rutard Magnanimous Madcap

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    Not sure where you're looking, but Central Parking has some discounts right now...self-serve parking in Spanish Harlem is $99/Month.

    http://nyc.centralparking.com/Monthly-Parking-Specials.html
    *The coupons say they expire 8/12...they usually a pretty good about honoring them, but I'd call ahead.

    Here's a link to Icon's coupons: http://www.iconparkingsystems.com/monthly-parking/specials/
  16. Domiken

    Domiken Been here awhile

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    Agreed on the greed part

    Thanks! Ill be checking them out asap! :clap I fought and fought, they wont honor the coupon, but $140 is not bad at all either.
  17. GHO100

    GHO100 Crazy George

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    Just in time for the New Year's Day ride, I arrived at my usual parking space today in a nice cloud of burning coolant. Hooray! :baldy

    Knew I should have replaced those o-rings over the summer....

    <del>Anyway, I'm planning on heading over to MotoGrrl</del> Ryders Alley tomorrow for a few hours to take apart my bike and put in some damn o-rings and new hose clamps.

    Feel free to drop by to point and laugh
  18. wiseblood

    wiseblood Hall Monitor

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    If I'm in the mood for pointing and laughing, which one will you be at? Downtown? Or midtown?
  19. GHO100

    GHO100 Crazy George

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    Downtown. Probably starting 9ish.

    Now is just need to find a store with O-Rings


  20. Bike Holiday

    Bike Holiday Adventurer

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    How's it going guys been reading lots of stuff here on adv board
    so many great people sharing knowledge. After reading a lot of
    ride reports I finally got the bug to get my own bike, to someone
    who never rode a bike it was overwhelming, gear, road hazards
    "cagers" parking at least a few grand worth of machine out in the
    open
    I don't have a garage but I overcame all that and went to the first
    step which was getting my permit passed on the first attempt
    then ordered flip up helmet, body armor, knee pads waterproof
    gloves, balaclava they should be coming by UPS soon going to get
    the hi viz reflective vest Home Depot is nearby.

    So all that out of the way need a bike I looked at hundreds of
    bikes going to take it slow no crotch rockets or heavy bikes
    but a lil cruiser to practice on for a while this is where I need
    your help I am looking at a GZ250 which is for sale for $1750
    the owner says he bought it 9 months ago and he never had
    time to ride it 2006 with 500 miles he says it need's to be towed
    because "carbs need to be cleaned and a new battery" so guys
    me being a noob can you tell me if it's a good deal and can you
    let me know of a good bike shop/mechanic in Brooklyn/Queens
    last question can you park on the sidewalk I asked a traffic cop
    he said if it's not blocking anything it's ok ....
    Thanks
    Al