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Offline cb750

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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #25 on: August 03, 2016, 03:45:29 PM »
More pics for your entertainment.










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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #26 on: August 04, 2016, 10:42:36 AM »
Looks decent, be sure to check the date codes on the tires...  Those are $200-300 to replace.

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Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2016, 01:25:39 PM »
Talked to dealer on the phone. Paint was done by owner just because he liked orange. Apparently he came in looking for an orange bike to trade for. Interesting. We'll see what the quality is like.


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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #28 on: August 04, 2016, 01:56:28 PM »
Actually, I don't mind the color at all. Needs a few contrasting farkles to set it off, but it's pretty nice as-is. I wouldn't change it, personally.
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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #29 on: August 04, 2016, 07:16:04 PM »
Just saw it in person. Better than I expected. Paint looks professionally done..it's kinda a metallic orange. Dealer suspected that it was repainted because of fading of the original color. Apparently that's a common phenomenon with NHs?

Friend test drove it....no issues. Exhaust is a little throatier than expected so it sounds like the baffles were redone. Tires are nearly new, chain has about half life left, shocks are good. Some slight surface rust in a few places. Doesn't look like it was ever dropped, at least not while moving. Brakes are good. Has a center stand.

Glad I had my friend (rode NH 750 for 10 years) and dad (sold and rode Hondas back when that bike was new) to look at it. They were checking stuff I never in a million years would have thought of.

I'll probably make an offer, but wanted to sleep on it. We'll see.

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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #30 on: August 04, 2016, 07:59:14 PM »
Yeah, I saw the new rivets on the Baffles in the pictures last night and figured it had a drilled baffle.  Glad it met your expectations.
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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #31 on: August 05, 2016, 10:38:05 AM »
Yeah, I saw the new rivets on the Baffles in the pictures last night and figured it had a drilled baffle.  Glad it met your expectations.

i was thinking the same thing.  Though it was strange they were shiny. 
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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #32 on: August 05, 2016, 07:31:01 PM »
Well...she's mine!  bnna+

$1400 with a new battery. Coming home tomorrow!

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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #33 on: August 05, 2016, 07:32:36 PM »
 yaaaah3


You did well.  Congratulations.

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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #34 on: August 05, 2016, 07:57:59 PM »
Well done! Congratulations.
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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #35 on: August 05, 2016, 09:56:29 PM »
Nice score, nice deal! pcorn1
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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #36 on: August 06, 2016, 12:58:46 AM »
Ah, so he did like orange after all. ;)

Congrats on your sweet, new-to-you, one-of-a-kind, custom Nighthawk! :)
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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #37 on: August 07, 2016, 12:49:13 PM »
Thanks! Hoping to ride it for the first time this afternoon.

The guy at the parts desk knew the guy who repainted it. Tracked him down and got pics and background. It started life as a red bike. Was repainted because it was fading and the previous owner had dropped it. Hardly surprising as we figured a 25 y/o bike HAD to have been dropped at some point and there were some hints.



Guy did a good job.


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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #38 on: August 07, 2016, 04:30:09 PM »
Looks great, I'd put the OEM decals on it & ride the snot out of it.

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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #39 on: August 07, 2016, 09:00:39 PM »
Looks great, I'd put the OEM decals on it & ride the snot out of it.

Yep...planning to do just that.



Finally rode it. Sensory overload. Anything over 50mph felt like 100mph to me. Fun though.

Dropped it practicing starting on a slope. Too much throttle got it going, brakes hard, plunk on the right side. Just some scuffing on the pipe, headlight, and brake lever and bent the brake pedal up a bit. Scared me since I was barely 10mins in but told myself "get back on the horse" and rode another 60 miles.

Still sad I dropped it, but it wasn't too bad. Thing's heavy. Oh well...


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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #40 on: August 07, 2016, 09:46:01 PM »
Congrats on the new ride.  Enjoy.
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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #41 on: August 08, 2016, 07:12:55 AM »
Looks great, I'd put the OEM decals on it & ride the snot out of it.

Yep...planning to do just that.



Finally rode it. Sensory overload. Anything over 50mph felt like 100mph to me. Fun though.

Dropped it practicing starting on a slope. Too much throttle got it going, brakes hard, plunk on the right side. Just some scuffing on the pipe, headlight, and brake lever and bent the brake pedal up a bit. Scared me since I was barely 10mins in but told myself "get back on the horse" and rode another 60 miles.

Still sad I dropped it, but it wasn't too bad. Thing's heavy. Oh well...


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Enjoy your new bike.
Just about everyone who rides a bike dropped it at some point.Myself dropped my SV650 twice on sudden panic stop forks just caved in and front lost grip and after that replaced the soft springs with progressive ones.Sold the SV long time ego but sharing it so you don't feel too bad.
I hope your instrument specially the tech is not damaged.Anyway enjoy the bike

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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #42 on: August 08, 2016, 09:49:54 AM »
Have you taken the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course yet?   2 drops in one afternoon....

Be sure to use more rear brake at slow speeds than front brake.  Front brake can grab too hard, change the angle of the bike and make it go over faster than intended.

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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #43 on: August 08, 2016, 05:55:40 PM »
Have you taken the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course yet?   2 drops in one afternoon....

Be sure to use more rear brake at slow speeds than front brake.  Front brake can grab too hard, change the angle of the bike and make it go over faster than intended.

^This.  Actually both of these things.

As a beginner, you don't know what you don't know.  The MSF course will help a lot if you haven't taken it yet. 

Both times I dropped my bike were from just what dkruitz described.  One forward, and one backwards.  Thankfully at less than 5mph.
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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #44 on: August 11, 2016, 07:29:07 AM »
Thanks dkruitz...very helpful. Yes that's exactly what happened: I grabbed the front brake super hard and it compressed the shocks hard and had just come to a stop when the front snapped over and down I went. Didn't help that it was a fair downhill too.

Yes, I've taken the MSF course and am very very glad I did. Can't imagine I would have been prepared to ride without that. Book reading just isn't enough. Never dropped the bike during the course, but this 750 is definitely heavier.

Rode back country roads to breakfast early yesterday morning. 60+ miles round trip. Absolutely loving it!  bkr3

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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #45 on: August 11, 2016, 04:17:49 PM »
Yesterday was my first ride on a Nighthawk, a 1+ hour test drive.  My first reaction was "this bike is so much nicer than my KZ!  Unfortunately, I got into bad riding habits on the KZ and used the front brake way to much.  the front end never dives on the KZ.  First stop sign I grabbed the front brake and OMG, the shocks dove and it startled me?  A few stops later I was balancing the brakes pretty good.  Did Highway, back road and city driving and came to one conclusion.  I am have to buy this bike! ...  So I did.
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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #46 on: August 11, 2016, 04:23:59 PM »
Yesterday was my first ride on a Nighthawk, a 1+ hour test drive.  My first reaction was "this bike is so much nicer than my KZ!  Unfortunately, I got into bad riding habits on the KZ and used the front brake way to much.  the front end never dives on the KZ.  First stop sign I grabbed the front brake and OMG, the shocks dove and it startled me?  A few stops later I was balancing the brakes pretty good.  Did Highway, back road and city driving and came to one conclusion.  I am have to buy this bike! ...  So I did.

Congrats! We need to see pics!

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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #47 on: August 11, 2016, 04:37:25 PM »
Picture from yesterday is in "Your Honda Nighthawk"  Will post more after I get her home and cleaned up.
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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #48 on: August 12, 2016, 08:55:51 PM »
i didn't read through all the replies since im kinda busy. central PA has a 2000 dollar nighthawk and there used to be an $1100 but the ad seems to have expired or been removed. http://classifieds.rennug.com//classifieds/viewad.cgi?adindex=4053721
larger pic of my bike : http://imgur.com/5SCqWfJ

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Re: Am I looking for a unicorn?
« Reply #49 on: March 04, 2017, 01:50:33 AM »
Saw this on Craigslist today and flashed back to this post:

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/mcy/5964990319.html

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