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Offline Johna136

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My '96 Nighthawk 750
« on: October 12, 2016, 08:54:36 AM »
Exactly 5 hours after I brought her home, my wife fell and broke her hip!  Been at the hospital almost non stop since Saturday 2:00am!  Snuck a few pics this morning before going to see her in rehab.  Might be a while before I get to clean it all up and check it out.

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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2016, 10:22:51 AM »
youch! hope she heals quick!
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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750 another angle.
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2016, 05:51:53 PM »
I had to run to the deli to get a few things to bring to my wife, so of course I took the bike!

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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2016, 06:58:13 PM »
Matching Yellow helmet!!
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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2016, 07:04:45 PM »
Yeah!
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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2016, 07:50:43 PM »
I hope your wife has a speedy recovery... How many miles on the bike? cheers3
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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2016, 03:50:28 AM »
~37,000 miles on the bike but it looks like it was pretty well maintained.  Engine is dry and runs quiet.  The only obvious things are a small crack in the front fender and it seems a little hard to find neutral when downshifting to a stop. My friend, that I got this bike from, said his '93 Nighthawk seems easier to downshift into neutral and my Kawasaki LTD with only 7,000 miles is very easy too?  It has no problem shifting through the gears or downshifting, just finding neutral seems a little harder.

I like the turn signal canceling and the side stand down indicator, although I can't ever remember driving a bike away with a side stand down?.

The other thing I have noticed is that while the front forks are dry and it seem to ride very well, when I grab the front brake to stop, it seems the front end dives very easily.  Almost like the front end is too soft?  I did not drive the '93 to compare it, maybe next time I am up north I will do that?  And there is no front end dive on my little Kawasaki LTD.  Maybe is just needs the front fork oil changed out or maybe it needs progressive springs put in.

My initial impression of the bike is that it rides and handles so much smoother than my Kawasaki.  The Kawasaki has a lot more drive chain lash and although it is smaller in size at 440 CCs, has a wider stance because of the wider stock bars.  The Hawk has a lot more power and the riding position is much more comfortable, it feels nimble.  It would be awesome if it only had one more gear, maybe a sprocket change might help that a little?  I am an older rider (I have been riding bikes on and off for over 43 years) so I don't need any back breakers or crotch rockets). I appreciate a nice riding machine.  Most of my riding is in the city and on local back roads, I am pretty busy so long highway rides are few and far between anymore.

I know some people like a traditional black and chrome machine but I am loving the yellow Bumblebee color scheme!  I am sure I will be sorting out other things as I go along.
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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2016, 04:03:09 AM »
OMG, I am so enamored with my ride I forgot to post an update on the wife.  This has NOT been a good year for her,  she had bypass surgery in the spring which she has recovered very well from and then she fell Saturday morning and broke her hip.  The doctors tell us that is better than breaking her pelvis because they can replace a hip but not a pelvis?  Tuesday she could not (or was afraid to) put weight on or walk on the leg and only managed about two steps.  Yesterday she walked 75 steps with a walker so the therapist said she was making great progress.  We have our grandson's third birthday party in ten days and she is determined to attend! 
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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2016, 05:12:07 AM »
Glad to hear the wife is on the mend.  My wife is partially disabled, so I know how that goes.

Your bike looks a lot like mine (now my brother's) except I have the Supetrapp exhaust.  The fairing isn't on the bike at the moment, the paint wasn't an exact match and started cracking in a couple places so he's getting it redone.



They gave me a hard time about my matching helmet/jacket/tent (called it the "Barbie" collection or some such) at the first big NH rally at KSL (the Cortech jacket is on the seat, and I have a HJC Cl-15 Mutant helmet in Yellow):



Yellow is the fastest color, that's why they only made them for one year llaugh1 yaaaah3

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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2016, 05:30:02 AM »
Beautiful bike!  I bet it sounds awesome with that exhaust?
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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2016, 05:50:21 AM »
Great looking bike! I've always enjoyed the yellow, especially since it's fairly rare. The front end dive is pretty common in stock form, though changing the fork oil and upgrading the springs will likely improve it. My 2003 certainly dives a bit under braking.

Shifting into neutral can be difficult sometimes on these bikes. Mine does the same thing. Sometimes just creeping forward a foot and trying again will resolve it.

Sorry to hear about your wife, and I do wish her a speedy and full recovery.

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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2016, 06:18:25 AM »
I did the Hodge Mod on my '02 before it was totaled, and liked that sound.  I've heard a NH with the V&H, and it sounds good, but the Supertrapp is a smoother sound.  Definitely the best sounding NH exhaust I think.

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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2016, 07:10:12 AM »
When I picked mine up (18000 miles) it hard terrible nose dive. One seal was leaking slightly. I replaced the seals and oil and it was highly improved!
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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2016, 06:33:28 PM »
When I picked mine up (18000 miles) it hard terrible nose dive. One seal was leaking slightly. I replaced the seals and oil and it was highly improved!

Thanks, I will put that on my to-do list.
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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2016, 07:17:15 PM »
Original seat was suffering from 20 years of sun, dirt and air.  Decided to recover it last night.  Pretty easy project, took about an hour.



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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2016, 07:24:11 PM »
Great look'n NH, and matching helmet/tent, etc. Glad to hear your wife's on the mend, too!
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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2016, 03:00:27 AM »
Another quick update.  I changed the oil and put in Rotella and a new filter.  I think that helped with the shifting. Also, drained and replaced the fork oil and the front end dive is gone.  She is away for the winter for now.
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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2016, 08:47:58 AM »
Original seat was suffering from 20 years of sun, dirt and air.  Decided to recover it last night.  Pretty easy project, took about an hour.





That turned out pretty good..
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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2016, 05:21:49 PM »
These are wonderful machines.  The one rode always shifted into neutral smoothly on fresh oil.  Enjoy the great find.  Best wishes to the wife. 

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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2016, 11:30:27 AM »
A few upgrades that really improves this machine are Progressive springs in the front, SS brake line and front sprocket change. I changed mine to a 17t and it helped immensely! I don't care as much about quickness, but I do love the relaxed engine at higher speeds!
The springs and brake line made a huge improvement to both handling and nose dive.
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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2016, 01:12:17 PM »
I just ordered the 17 tooth sprocket I hope that helps.
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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2016, 05:04:33 AM »
Hope you like it better than I did.

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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #22 on: December 06, 2016, 12:20:14 PM »
I picked up a low profile rolling rack at Harbor Freight during their Black Friday sale. Seems to work really well and is very sturdy.

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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #23 on: December 06, 2016, 12:29:32 PM »
Whoa awesome! How much?
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Re: My '96 Nighthawk 750
« Reply #24 on: December 06, 2016, 04:52:31 PM »
I got it for $79.00 plus tax.
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