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Offline loudsubz

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750 vs 750s
« on: May 19, 2017, 05:11:25 AM »
Up here in Canada I see a bunch of 80s nighthawk. They look really similar to the special S version but what are the main differences?

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Re: 750 vs 750s
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2017, 05:43:11 AM »
Canada got the 750S, while the US got the 700S.  They are the same bike essentially, except one is bored out a little more. .  The only reason being the Harley tariff being for bikes 750cc and over.  Canada wasn't affected.  To the best of my knowledge, there was a 750SC Nighthawk in 82 and then 91-2003.  The 750S had the most unique look to it. 

Is this in the classifieds or something?  It's possible they are just labeled without the S.

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Re: 750 vs 750s
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2017, 07:45:14 AM »
Ok thanks for the clarification. I didn't realize the 80s version of the 750 was the cb750sc and there was only 1 model not a 750 and 750s. I guess the ones I saw on the classifieds were just badly taken care of as the bikes looked the same but paint was not 2 toned, just 1 color (repainted I assume), and they clearly labeled them nighthawk 750 only not 750s


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Re: 750 vs 750s
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2017, 08:25:10 AM »
Ew!  Those are really ugly paint jobs.
The 750S should essentially look the same as the 700S from the US.  The later 750 has a different shape to the tank and instrument panel, as part of a general overall different feel to the styling.  The 750S will also be shaft drive where I believe the 750 will have a chain.
I think the 750S was only made in 1984 and 1985.  The US got a third year in 1986, with the sought-after RWB and ROB colour schemes.
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Re: 750 vs 750s
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2017, 09:24:19 AM »
Those images made me throw up a little in my mouth.  Yuck.

That's my only gripe with the Nighthawk.  Too many people decide to ruin them.

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Re: 750 vs 750s
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2017, 02:36:59 PM »
I'm pretty sure 86 was the last year for the tariff. 87 Honda took a vfr and stuck a cb700 engine in it to make the cbr which came in a cbr1000. Yes I'm over generalizing but that's the gist of it.

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Re: 750 vs 750s
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2017, 06:45:15 AM »
Yes, 1986 was when the tariff ended in the US, having started for the 1984 model year.  But the 750S was unaffected by all of that.  I'm pretty sure that the 750S was not made in 1986 with either the RWB or ROB colours, so there should only be red ones or blue ones.  Or terrible, terrible, brush-painted matte black ones.
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Re: 750 vs 750s
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2017, 03:14:52 PM »
Going back in time here, and I think maybe it disappeared with The Crash, but someone once did a post that gave detailed information on even the most minute styling differences between the 700S/750S models. That was a great resource when I briefly entertained the idea of getting an S-model.

While I've moved away from older bikes, if I ever did decide to go back in time again, a RWB 700S is top of my list.
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