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Offline Drdubb

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Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« on: May 03, 2015, 03:30:45 PM »
I recently posted that I had sold my venerable 1995 Nighthawk 750. A 2014 Honda NC700XD has filled the void.












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Offline ExTex

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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2015, 04:29:06 PM »
Gosh, they look a lot alike.   bnna+

I hope you like it as much as I do my new CB500FA

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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2015, 05:07:53 PM »
Its taken some getting used to...but I like the DCT. I love the low CG. I put the panniers on and fully loaded them for a little test ride. I could hardly tell they were there and still got 62 mpg. I also tried some gravel roads that would make me nervous on the NH...chewed em up today with no worries.


I think I made a good move. I hated to give up the simplicity of the Nighthawk, but I think I found a good motorcycle that meets my needs.
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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2015, 05:27:53 PM »
NC is what I consider current bike on market closest to the spirit and purpose of the nighthawk.  Great choice!

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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2015, 06:02:19 AM »
Dubb,

Glad to see you enjoying your DCT!  I've been following your detailed posts over on the NC forum...great stuff!  The NC IMO is a joy to ride  ridn2
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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2015, 12:29:07 PM »
Dubb,

Glad to see you enjoying your DCT!  I've been following your detailed posts over on the NC forum...great stuff!  The NC IMO is a joy to ride  ridn2

I was seriously lookking at one for my new bike.  Rode it last year and loved it.  Push it to new riders and old alike.  It unfortunately wasnt up to what I needed.  Still, was tempted to buy and heavy modify.  Fantastic engine and love the wide powerband!

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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2015, 02:54:16 PM »
Nice looking bikes.  I'm intrigued by the 700 and would like to try one out at some point.
Just happy to be here :)

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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2015, 03:53:21 PM »
Congrats on your new ride. Looks nice. I'm not 100% sold on the front "beak" but maybe it will grow on me........perhaps Honda should have called it a Nighthawk :)

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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2015, 08:08:19 PM »
You can't see the beak while riding it [emoji3]

Welcome to the club! I really love mine. Don't be too worried about maintenance. The valve checks are super easy with the way the engine is tilted forward. The worst part of maintenance is the air filter, which requires that you remove several pieces of plastic.

I do somewhat regret not getting the DCT/ABS version,but I was too in love with the idea of shifting.

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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2015, 12:16:35 PM »
Haven't missed a shift since I got it... :naughty:
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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2015, 12:19:54 PM »
Haven't missed a shift since I got it... :naughty:

Admit it, you miss them sometimes....  Well, not necessarily if you know the right buttons to push...

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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2015, 02:52:12 PM »
Looks good, Dale.  Let me know if you want to go for a ride.  I'm still in Chapel Hill, and luckily still have  bike to ride!  Granted... it's a 500CC shadow.

I hope you're doing well. 

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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2015, 04:12:18 PM »
Love to Jordan....KSL is next weekend?



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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2015, 08:38:35 PM »
Love to Jordan....KSL is next weekend?

I'm working, unfortunately!  I'd love to, but shoot... moving from my VFR to our little shadow would make everything seem... slower!

I can't wait to see that NC in person!
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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2015, 10:44:33 PM »
Nice!

Congrats on the new ADV bike!

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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2015, 09:29:41 PM »
I was on a nice 100 mile jaunt today and saw a 2013 model of this bike out front of a Yamaha dealership.  I pulled in to take a closer look.  After a few minutes a very nice and non pushy salesman came out and fired it up for me.  I threw a leg over and WOW does it feel light!  Really really nice balance and CG, also ample thigh room and extremely comfortable, certainly not as high as it looks.  He asked if I wanted to test ride it, but rush hour was approaching and I wanted to get my nighthawk home before work exhausted cagers took over the road.  He was telling me heated grips came standard on that model?  Its not in the cards for me this year but I may be joining your ranks someday.  I really liked it and that top storage compartment is HUGE.

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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2015, 07:50:14 AM »
Heated grips are not standard, but available. Just did a 1200 mile trip. Great motorcycle in the twisties.
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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2015, 12:09:42 PM »
The Honda heated grips are a $250 option. I went with $60 Oxford grips instead.

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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2015, 07:40:19 PM »
How is the power compared to the NH?  And how is the comfort so far on longer rides?

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Re: Nighthawk gone...NC arrived
« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2015, 09:11:57 AM »
Its a different machine. Power wise its more like a thumper dual sport. I'm short so I'm struggling with the ergos. I put 2 inch rox risers on the bars, but I need another inch. The saddle offers less room to wiggle around and tilts forward. I've put on a shad saddle, but I still need the Air hawk. My dr650 is actually more comfortable on long trips than the nighthawk or the NC.
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