From Anchorage to Parts Unknown: CACK comes BACK!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by thomas.clark, May 22, 2009.

  1. OnOff

    OnOff Long timer

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    My sister had one of those little nighthawks as her sole transportation for the last 5 yrs in PA. Nice bikes. :D :shog
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    The ole 1100 Sabres from 84 and 85 were sweethearts. I got mine and 2 of my brothers bought one after they rode mine! Ryanismyname eventually wound up with mine. He mistreats her:huh
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  2. RyanIsMyName

    RyanIsMyName Been here awhile

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    Nice work. I took that picture because I was interested in the man a bridge in the middle of nowhere was named after. When I got home I didn't find anything, but I guess it takes an IT nerd to solve the case. Thanks!


    And yes, I beat the S out of that V65 Sabre, but even after 170k+, she still starts and runs like new. Except for the loose ignition switch sometimes.
  3. thomas.clark

    thomas.clark Uneasy Rider

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    PA? Man, they got ice and snow and stuff up there! Yuck!

    I've always admired those Sabres - seem like beasts.

    But yeah, the Nighthawk is a blast... or so I'm told. Shortly after the fork seal incident, I started having electrical problems, which I have mostly solved by 1) charging the battery and 2) deciding not to care whether the turn signals work. In the midst of trying to get the signals working, I discovered that one of the front brake caliper pistons had completely seized, and so have spent most of my free time in the last few weeks tearing down and rebuilding both calipers (never so much as looked at a hydraulic brake system before - it's been educational). Lastly, should have a new-to-me good condition (i hope) stock exhaust from eBay on my doorstep tomorrow. Who knows, I may even change the oil :wink:

    Got myself hooked up with a good group of Nighthawk riders in the area - cooking up a camping excursion, perhaps a mini-adventure.
  4. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    I just saw a slide presentation from a young woman who did 11000mi solo, in Mexico, on an 80's Nighthawk. She had routine maintenance, etc done while down there. The Mexican shops had no problems fixing problems or tuning the bike. She said it ran better at the end of the trip than when she started.

    In CA she was riding with a guy who rode an old Suzuki GS. He rents out old bikes. Interestingly he thought the GS was more reliable and easier to maintain than the Honda 750.

    If you can live without the latest technology some of these old bikes are terrific bargains.
  5. OnOff

    OnOff Long timer

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    My sisters bike had it's share of electrical gremlins. It is also interesting to note that these bikes DRAIN battery at idle. At least that is what she was told by many mechanics and read time and again.
    The system only really charges the battery when the revs are up off idle.
    She had some starter button issues as well.
    It would also get cranky starting in the winter. That said, she put a lot of miles on it and it was a daily ride for her.
    Hers was quite clean :D
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  6. RandyB

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    In.
  7. n2nrn

    n2nrn n00b

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    Yup, sign me up too.....
  8. glenn514

    glenn514 Adventurer

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    In. Vermin had me in his FIRST rr!

    glenn514
  9. rhodyne

    rhodyne Vang Oormlikoowl

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    Definitely add my name.
  10. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    I'm IN for that.
  11. thomas.clark

    thomas.clark Uneasy Rider

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    I'll take five (5). One (1) for me and four (4) for gifts.

    Get him to throw in an appendix of the various adventures of the handlers contained in this thread, and I'll up that number.

    Yours truly,

    Thomas
  12. Live2Ride

    Live2Ride Not Famous

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    I to would buy one. IN :deal
  13. Gale B.T.

    Gale B.T. Long timer

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    YES , WE are in , and Gator if we can just get Vermin to use that same pic, (SANDY took that as we were riding along Destruction Bay), we will need at least 5 of them books!

    So in for 5

    gale, pagosa
  14. SplitDitch

    SplitDitch Been here awhile Supporter

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    In for three!
  15. bosco

    bosco Raybanned

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    I'd buy one but it'll probabley never get finished. :evil
  16. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    At page 312 of 436: the pages are just full of random pictures with no notes or explinations.....

    At page 378 of 426: the blank pages start.

    on page 426: "Thanks for reading, Vermin"


    And I would Still buy one, or two.
  17. bosco

    bosco Raybanned

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    :thumb :lol3
  18. Dblarrow

    Dblarrow Been here awhile

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    This would be worth the getting - so I'd be in.
  19. Nodaclu

    Nodaclu Bike Swapper Supreme

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    Yup
  20. Dirtroad Sport

    Dirtroad Sport Adventurer

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    Yeah, I would need a few of these myself. :norton Thanks Cack, I mean Verm. Love it :clap .