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Offline Guaire

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1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« on: June 07, 2014, 05:38:16 PM »
  I'm setting up this 450SC that I bought in Delaplane, VA. I've been researching and looking for one of these for several years. I prefer this counter balanced twin to another UJM. Partly due to ethanol plugging up small carbs.
  The previous owner drained the fuel tank and let the bike sit for six years. He had other things to do. When he got back to motorcycling, it was on a GoldWing. He told me, that he thought about fixing it up for his son to ride. But, realism took over and he decided to let someone else do the recovery. He had seen other NightHawk 450s in good shape selling for $1500. Figuring on carb work, tires, battery and whatever else, he decided to put the price at $600.
  I responded to his craigslist ad about 30 minutes after he posted it. I rode out the next day from Arlington, VA. He told me the carbs would leak. Included would be the original owner's manual and a Honda factory service manual. Those things are gold. I left a deposit and took home a receipt. The next day I was back with a UHaul trailer.
 He had a sit down mower jumpered to the Nighthawk and the motor cranked. Good enough. We made the deal. I trailered the bike back home to Arlington. I got a BikeMaster battery and a new air filter. I blew out some mice feces under the seat. The old air filter had a load of empty bird seed shells inside. I did some more blowing out with compressed air.
  This Nighthawk has 5550 miles. Although an '82 it shows some age, but little wear. The front brake is still strong and the rear brake has little wear at all. Obviously, the tires are the Dunlop originals and there are no cracks on them. They gotta go though. My local dealership had the oil and oil filter and rubber gasket ring and center bolt rubber o ring. The oil is changed. I removed the tank and removed the petcock. It's in excellent condition. I blew out a little debris and reassembled it.
  Yes, the carbs are leaking. So this next week I will be removing and doing the carb thing.
  Overall this one is more than a survivor. It's in great shape. I believe these Nighthawks with the chrome trim, the swooping lines, with one of the best shaped seats ever are a true standard classic bike. I'm taking my time, but I'll be keeping this project going. I'll let you know what happens along the way.
(Being new here, I don't see an option to upload my photos)
Cheers,
Bill

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Re: 1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2014, 07:08:51 PM »
Dude, where are the pics?  pics44
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Re: 1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2014, 08:06:03 PM »
How do I upload a photo? I have pics on my computer and I uploaded to flickr. I hit the "Attachments and other options", but it doesn't offer a file selector/upload option.
  I tried the "Insert Image" button. It pastes [img] into this message box.
Any suggestions?
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Re: 1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2014, 08:11:37 AM »
Copy the image URL from flicker. Paste it in between the [img] tags you get when you click on the little "Mona Lisa" button and edit out any excess junk and we can all see your 450  bnna+ 
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Re: 1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2014, 08:49:06 AM »
Thanks, 2fer. That's the first I heard about pasting the URL between the brackets! Here goes.

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Re: 1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2014, 08:53:45 AM »
I pasted the URL between the brackets and nothing appeared. Zero. Who knows. On the other thread about posting photos from an iPad, I pasted the URL into the message box and it appeared and worked. I'll try that.

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Re: 1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2014, 09:09:42 AM »
Try again - let's see it.
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Re: 1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2014, 09:37:50 AM »
Hope you get the photo thing sorted out soon -- I'm anxious to see your 450!  Mine is an 82 also; clean complete, & all original.  Yours sounds almost pristine, can't wait to see it.

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Re: 1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2014, 12:36:15 PM »
https://www.flickr.com/photos/39210586@N04/14347207106/

Flikr says something about limited sharing  hmmmm2

Nice looking bike  nice1
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Re: 1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2014, 07:58:50 PM »
Your bike looks to be in great shape!  The NH450 is a great bike.  Enjoy! 

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Re: 1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2014, 06:05:32 AM »
NICE!!  My first one was a wineberry '85 but my '82 is black.  Hope you get the leak ironed out soon.  These things are so much fun to zip around on.

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Re: 1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2014, 01:17:54 PM »
PhotoBucket has several link options. Let's try the 'image' type.



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Re: 1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2014, 01:30:09 PM »
Elko450, that's exactly what I figure this bike is good for = zipping around. I wonder if this one is Wineberry? I had an ST1100 that was that color. This one just might have the same paint code.
2ferslots - I'm getting pix in here via photo bucket.
Your bike looks to be in great shape!  The NH450 is a great bike.  Enjoy! 
  I'll keep you posted.

Now let's try some more:



 

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Re: 1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2014, 01:49:27 PM »
Nice find for 6 bills ...Very clean bike  nice1
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Re: 1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2014, 06:50:06 PM »
That's a really sweet 450!!  I have one just like it and have owned it since it was new.  They're great bikes.  Good luck with it!!

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Re: 1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2014, 07:39:33 PM »
Hey Umpire and usbigred - glad you like it.
  As predicted, the carbs came off today. Next, is disassembly time.
Bill

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Re: 1982 450 in Arlington, VA
« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2014, 09:54:38 PM »
I've rebuilt those carbs, having never done it before.  Take lots of pics for reference, (especially close ups of how all the springs are positioned), label parts, be organized, keep parts together for each carb, and you'll be fine.  I also bought the Honda gasket kit.  Not cheap, but it has everything you need.  It took time, but it went very well.  Once you're done, don't forget to set the pilot screw adjustment and sync the carbs.  My bike now runs like brand new after doing all of that.

 

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