Before we get into my questions, I'd like to provide a disclaimer. I am a (soon to be) new rider. I am going to be purchasing a '92 250 Nighthawk as my first bike, that being said, I need some things cleared up and would like some things cleared up for future questions. So please, keep the flaming, fact driven "well, actually" statements to a minimum unless I'm being a complete idiot.
I'm purchasing said bike to be my daily commuter (I only work 5 miles away from work with no freeways involved). Yes, I know I have a lot to learn and also a lot to figure out as a rider before I even start making decisions like these, but I would like to modify it eventually. I need a project to keep me busy. Cleaning, rebuilding, modifying, molding, creating, breaking, fixing, sweating, and etc, is something I need in my life right now.
Here are a few of my questions to start with...
Honda Cb's are one of the most highly modified bikes these days, (as far as what the interwebs tell me), that being said, what are the differences between a Honda CB250 and a Honda Nighthawk CB250? If I look at builds online will the be practically the same as if someone was modifying a CB250? What kinds of tanks are interchangeable/easily modified to fit, etc...? Stuff like that.
I know that I'll probably want to upgrade SOON, this seems to be the trend that I see online, but are there any options to increase power? Even if I HATE riding, I plan on putting time into this bike just because, well...I have time.
To those that have modified... What are some things that I should be on the lookout for? I'm in the (overly excited, preemptive) planning stages for this right now, so any insight would obviously go a long way.
Does anyone know of/have a gorgeous (even rough around the edges) bike that they would like to show me for inspiration? At first, I was romanced by the Cafe Racer trend, but I'm moving away from that. I love a lot of the aspects of a racer, but I want a bit more character. I'm liking a Scrambler look lately.
That's all I can think of right away, but I'm positive that I'll have a thousand more questions if this thread goes well.
Thank you all so much for your patience, insight, time and everything. Like I said, keep the meanness down, I'm new. :)