Official Nighthawk thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by eteller, Dec 24, 2006.

  1. Tourniquet

    Tourniquet Adventurer

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    Selling g my 96 nighthawk in the nyc area if anyone is interested

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  2. SamRus

    SamRus Been here awhile

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    Just changed the fork seals on my 1984 NH 650. Wasn't too hard...
  3. ridewv

    ridewv Been here awhile

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    I know what you mean as far as knee bend, my knees can't tolerate a lot for too long either. My GS 1200 was barely tolerable. The Adventure I have now is better. I've found that adding 1" - 1 1/2" more distance between the seat and pegs makes a huge difference. If you do both, build the seat up higher and with firmer foam and also lower the pegs an inch or so, you should see a big improvement. Many peg lowering kits additionally move the pegs forward a little which helps even more.

    You may already be familiar with this site but if not check it out. You have to click on "add motorcycle" to bring up the list to choose from.

    http://cycle-ergo.com/
  4. tlm

    tlm Adventurer

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    I have the $170 pegs on mine, worth every penny, lowers the pegs about an inch and made a huge difference in comfort. They require a small amount if filing to fit.
  5. OHjim

    OHjim Been here awhile

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    Have you tried http://www.phatperformanceparts.com/ ? I found them to be the cheapest for most Progressive stuff. But I have not looked up prices for the NH. They have free shipping over $99.
  6. rride

    rride Honda NH 750

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    No I wasn't! That is cool and need to play with it more. However, it does not depict reality for me. Both my bikes, especially the NH pushes my nuts up to the gas tank on braking, and makes it difficult to move back again from knees at 70 degrees - (!) (every time you put the brakes on anyway). That's why I was thinking about the closed cell foam material maybe inclined up to my gas tank to stop the seat crawl: it cramps my knees and endangers my privates simultaneously!

    I was looking at the mid position foot pegs. This is the best site I found for my bike, maybe from universal parts. Most of those are for Harley tourers who like to sit in a lazy chair extended 12". That's a little dangerous in traffic, and 3" would be about perfect. I am going to look at my bike to see what I need. There is a $50 extender and $60 brake pivot kit, but maybe that goes with one of the lounge chair controls or for the older CB750's. I think I'm going to ask the guy who will work with you for the $65 lowering kit above to work with me on extending them. It would be a whole new market for him and really what people want and need more.

    http://www.buycheapr.com/us/result.jsp?ga=us22&q=cb750+forward+controls

    The ergo site shows sitting up for me (the ergo standard on startup, nice :-)
    with my 2" seat pad that 1" down will give me 4 more degrees on my knees (not skootched up to my gas tank repeatedly anyway). Extending them out gets 3 more degrees to 1.75" forward and then the feet go off the pegs and it jumps 30 degrees, ha ha. From what I've heard, 1" is as low as you want to go and seems to have more impact increasing knee angle per inch than moving forward. EXCEPT moving the pegs/control forward would allow my big leg quad muscles to hold me back and keep from sliding up on the seat as well! So not only would it allow more theoretically knee room, but it would help the 20 degree knee crunches at gd redlights flashing on and off out of control in LA :-)

    I'll look at my bike for problems with the 1" down and 3" forward controls and call the lowered foot peg 'Man' up. If this works, everyone over 5'-10" on a NH would love the change! And then finally, the handlebars may need adjusting (they already do with my last 2" seat rise), but how sweet it will be if this all works! I see a lot of NH owners selling their bikes for the same problems and sad they had to.

    Thanks for the product feedback! They do have up to the 2" lowering option which they do not advise, but other than the high price, they also seemed rough from no rubber on pegs. Maybe that gives them better tolerances fitting than the blocks of machined AL. That is something to reconsider and I might attempt to put the 2 designs on CAD and see how that interfaces on my bike. Common sense would say yours would fit easier due to smaller size. But where am I going to put my big size 14 boots at? ha ha, my foot size went up a size since China started making all our clothes and everything else.

    At least I now know the design is pragmatically proven.
  7. HalcyonDaze

    HalcyonDaze social misfit

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  8. The Kurgan

    The Kurgan Firing on one cylinder

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    5' 10.5"

    The stock ergos feel about right to me.
  9. rride

    rride Honda NH 750

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    It looks like a bar from the peg mounts to the front engine mounts with the brake hinge would do it (and a lot of grief). HOWEVER, I just sat behind my cushion (around the strap) and it felt ok, around town anyway. It puts more weight on the rear shock, so I will just get the HD Progressive spring originally planned.

    The only thing was carrying my computer pack and books between my sissy bar. But I'm going to get one of those Chromebooks and a small rigid case, and split my books up. It feels ok, and leaning down is cool because it puts me behind my National Cycle III Plexifairing. I never sat back before because always had a 70 lb load behind me in 2 backpacks.

    I think this will work. I figured out setting up a 10 speed bike, so this is less in comparison due to the dynamics of pedalling. Just glad it did not involve the $450 shocks and all the other doo-dads. And I get to keep my NH750! It will always be a good backup transportation or main one either way: on a shoestring budget! :evil Once I get it set up for me (at minimum cost), the most expensive thing about it will be $200 tag for it per year. Yeah!
  10. Foamfollower

    Foamfollower Foamy

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    Has anyone installed the OEM Hondaline sissy Bar / Back rest without the hardware kit that Honda used to have available? I have an opportunity to buy a back rest, but it comes with no hardware. If you were able to get hardware locally, any suggestions as to what I would need and where to get it?

    Thanks in advance..
  11. threadkiller

    threadkiller Semi-feral Pappy

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    The shock bolts should be 70mm long and a 7/16" Nylock nut will work as a spacer. The hardware at the back of the seat I'm not sure about...
  12. RobbieAG

    RobbieAG Been here awhile

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    Some of the hardware is not available from Honda anymore and is difficult to locate. I installed one on mine in the past year and had quite a time finding the longer bolts at the top of the shocks. I would get what you can from Honda and the rest wherever you can. I got what I needed from a local automotive fastener place. The installation instructions are on the web that you can print out. It has all the hardware you need listed there.
  13. SpringheelJack

    SpringheelJack Vagrant Lurker

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    ^^What he said. I just bought my NH earlier this month and the rack on eBay last week. I found the installation instructions online, googled the parts by number and ordered them from whoever was cheapest (it was cheapcycleparts.com, but please don't consider this a plug as this is my first experience with them.)

    Parts should be here next week. They shipped it in two orders and said something was on back order, but not sure which part is what status. When it all gets here I'll update.

    In the meantime, anyone have any experience mounting a topbox to the Honda rack, without cutting off the backrest? Saw a picture here, I think, but can't really find any details.

    Steve
  14. Foamfollower

    Foamfollower Foamy

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  15. rride

    rride Honda NH 750

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    Yeah, good stuff doesn't stay long on the web now. Too many scalpers trying to make a buck! How much did they want for an incomplete sissy bar?

  16. Foamfollower

    Foamfollower Foamy

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  17. rekit

    rekit n00b

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    230803654776 is the ebay #. The description says you need to trim the rear fairing "a little", and need some longer bolts and spacers. And does that trimming show up if you remove the rack? Are they pretty well made? It looks like we have very few choices out there.
  18. RobbieAG

    RobbieAG Been here awhile

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    Installing the OEM rack requires cutting the plastic too. It shouldn't show if you remove the rack when the seat is on. Others on here have them and they seem to be pretty good quality. They have the added benefit of being able to remove the pad which makes it more flexible than the OEM rack.
  19. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG

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  20. The Kurgan

    The Kurgan Firing on one cylinder

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    Here's the new Corbin seat. I had to file down the front metal tabs about 5 to 6 mm in order for it to fit with the Hondaline backrest/carrier. About 1/2 hour work with a file -- no big deal. I didn't want to take too much off, so I opted for a file over a Dremel.

    The seat seems super comfortable to me, and I can still just flat foot (I'm 5' 10.5" with a 32" inseam). The leather panels are a dead match to the Hondaline backrest vinyl faux leather. The vinyl side panels are "Black Ostrich" and the welts are "gray" (they're darker than I expected, but still look good to me). All in all, I am very pleased. Looks the dog's nads to!

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