Official Nighthawk thread

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

  1. SpringheelJack

    SpringheelJack Vagrant Lurker

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    Just curious why you'd be selling your FZ. they're pretty nice and the two I've ridden were almost as comfortable as my NH but much faster.

    Just wondering. GLWS.

    Steve
  2. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Was wondering that myself; 3500 miles, 1000 of those an IB ride... The first gen FZ's have a rep for being great bikes. I really like the new CB500's, but having a hard time making the jump from the NH.

    Interesting story; a buddy of mine, Trevor Ware, is a huge Honda fan, rode his CB550 coast to coast multiple times, posting killer ride reports on ADV as the kerncountykid; was struck by a drunk driver back in September, leaving him severely physically and mentally handicapped, see his story here:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=888813

    Anyway, recently came across great deals on Bonneville and a Nighthawk, bought them both though I didn't need to, finance wise, couldn't decide which to sell as they are both great bikes, so I asked Trevor; his response?

    "Sell the Triumph, make money. Ride the Honda"

    Even after all he's been through, he still bleeds Honda red.
  3. Spaceman3750

    Spaceman3750 Aggravating as Hell

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    Hit some back roads on the way home from my parents house an hour away the other night. After dark, swung through a cool state park, totally deserted. Got turned onto a packed sand/dirt road, no big deal. Turned onto another, softer road. Whatever. Turned onto a road with 100% loose sand, with tire ruts. HOLY S$&!. The little ol Nighthawk ain't built for that! About dropped the bike, but managed to recover and get turned around. If I hurt myself at 1030 at night I was going to be there for awhile.

    Turning off of a gravel road.
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  4. MKorn

    MKorn 2whl Addict

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    A dirt bike they aren't, but mine did great on dirt roads.
    Very stable and confidence inspiring.

    Just wish i wasnt so cramped on it. Already miss her.
  5. RABBIT170

    RABBIT170 CB750 Adventurer

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  6. DeusExMaxima

    DeusExMaxima Adventurer

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    Added V Strom handguards, tank bag, rear rack, and Shad top case:

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    Now just need some 16" dual sport tires.....
  7. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Considering a trip next week to Montrose, Co to see an old buddy; 1100 miles, 700 of those across the flatlands of OK, TX, and NM... I could trailer my DR650 to Amarillo, or ride my 750 all the way; neither is especially appetizing to me, but time is a factor. Any opinions on the NH. as a long distance bike? I've done 600 mile days in the twisties, but nothing of this magnitude.
  8. ridewv

    ridewv Been here awhile

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    I'd prefer to ride either one than drive.


    My friend and I both rode our DR650’s back to WV from Arizona. I must say the ride across Oklahoma on 60 was long and sometimes boring but the DR’s (and us) did fine. They both have larger tanks and Corbin seats. I think the Nighthawk would be a little better but I wouldn’t hesitate to ride either one.


    Get ready for hours of this.

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    As we got toward the north east part of OK it improved.

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  9. maddiedog

    maddiedog In dog we trust

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    I just picked up a 1996 cb250 Nighthawk locally for $700. It's got an odometer discrepancy and had a shitload of problems, but a weekend later, it was ready to take to the roads. :D

    I fixed:
    - front drum brake wasn't working (major misadjustment)
    - front fork rebuild
    - new front tire
    - new blinkers (old stalks were f'd)
    - reconnected rear brake (what the f?)
    - fixed brake light (rear brake switch gone, front switch got taken apart and cleaned to get it to stop sticking in on position)
    - carb rebuild (didn't idle at ALL before, only sometimes idles now)
    - remounted the front fender, it was held on with 1 bolt so the front end had no stabilization :eek1

    I did routine maintenance, lubing all the things and replacing the oil. I love how simple this bike is, it took me no time at all.

    I also added a windshield, it was one from a Buddy 125 scooter that I had laying around the garage that I managed to mount to the mirror mounts.

    I still need to re-rebuild the carb again, or maybe run some seafoam through it. I'm going to repaint it too, the finish looks like hell. I don't think this bike was ever garaged, washed, or babied. By the condition of the oil, it might not have ever been changed either. :eek1

    I christened it with a ride from Marietta, GA up through Tennessee and North Carolina with a couple of good friends (one on a Suzuki cruiser, the other on a Suzuki Bandit 1250). We rode the Cherohala Skyway, US 129 (tail of the dragon, deal's gap, whatever, it's a road), Appalachian Foothills Parkway, Wolf Pen Gap,and a few other roads I don't remember the name of. Anyways, it was 500 miles in one day, and my ass was a bit sore afterwards. :lol3 Totally worth it though. I was too busy to take many pics, here's one someone snapped of the bike when we were stopped:

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    And here's one of my scrawny ass that the picture-dudes on the side of the road snapped:
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    It's a fun bike, but drum brakes are really :puke1. Might look into replacing them with discs up front.
  10. ExTex

    ExTex Been here awhile

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    I'm looking to replace my old tires on my 1983 Nighthawk 650.
    I am partial to Bridgestone tires and it looks like the right sizes are available in both the S-11 and the BT-45 Bridgestone tires. I would appreciate some help on deciding which is better for me. I'm 150 lbs and usually ride around town and out on secondary highways, with a bit of Interstate riding.

    Thanks for the help.

    ride safely,
  11. mi500

    mi500 Been here awhile

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    Nighthawk will handle 1100 miles just fine. i have rode around 2300 miles in a week on mine and i was fine. i just try to remember to move around before things start hurting. running roads with minimal stop and go i always get 50+ MPG.
  12. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Well, I've done it; committed to leaving Little Rock on Thursday, hopefully making it as far as Amarillo, then on to Montrose by Friday night. Will spend 3-4 days in CO, then slip over to Moab, then over into the Taos area before heading back to the Rock... I'll be honest; I'm a little bit apprehensive...
  13. Mister D

    Mister D Long timer

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    Looking forward to your ride report. :deal
  14. ridewv

    ridewv Been here awhile

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    Quite normal on ones first long solo ride, once on the road you'll forget about it because you'll be enjoying yourself so much. Make your bike ready; good tires, chain adjusted and lubed, fresh oil. I would take a tire plug kit with 5-6 of those little CO2 bottles, or mini compressor, just to ensure you don't get a flat :D. As far as you drink lots of water. Pack for both hot and cool weather. I like having a dark face shield along when doing a longer ride east/west. Have fun and take pics for us!.
  15. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    I usually knock the flatlands out in one day on trips to CO and NM. For me, it's 775 miles to Santa Fe, or 650 miles to Cimarron. Either one is a 12-hour ride.

    Depart at 5am. Stop for fuel every 3 hours, or so. You'll be there before you know it. In time for dining on some green chiles on some New Mexican patio.

    There is no reason why you couldn't make the trip on a Night Hawk 750.

    :clap

    Should be an easy run from LR to Amarillo. Don't know what route you've chosen for the second day, but US-550 from Bernadillo to Bloomfield would be way down my list. Think about diverting northwestward somewhere between Amarillo and Tucumcari, and grabbing US-64 West at Cimarron. You won't regret it. Otherwise, you could grab US-84 from Santa Fe to Pagosa Springs. Lots of options that won't add a whole lot of miles, but will make for a memorable ride.
  16. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    I've heard great things about Ride On tire sealant, will probably hook that up tonight... My chain and sprockets are the originals with 15k on them, but look fine for the trip. New Dunlops front and rear, Rotella synthetic a few hundred miles ago; was hoping my concealed carry permit would come in, but no worries on that if it doesn't. I plan on eating as little processed food as possible, no cokes, hammock camping wherever possible. I'm as giggity as a little schoolgirl, would live to leave right now.
  17. ExTex

    ExTex Been here awhile

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    Honda of Russellville has been selling Ride-On if you need a source.

    Have a good trip,
  18. DeusExMaxima

    DeusExMaxima Adventurer

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    I went with Sabre wheels and shinko 705s. Added some baggage too:

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  19. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    I love 705's, had them I'm my DR650 will prob put them on my 750; btw, that front tire is on backwards; doesn't matter unless you ride in the rain.
  20. DeusExMaxima

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