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Offline usmc3531

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #50 on: October 09, 2017, 01:53:48 AM »
wired my "new" sidecar for lights, still have to wire the bike side connections (using trailer connections so its removable)

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #51 on: October 10, 2017, 10:33:40 AM »
Wow - A sidecar....
Please...
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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #52 on: October 26, 2017, 06:45:36 PM »
Sweet...yes...PLEASE post pic/s of NH sidecar!

Tonight I excitedly installed the black anodized, 1" up, 1.25" back, handlebar rider spacer/setbacks, (to better accommodate my recently installed Corbin), which I scored on eBay.

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #53 on: October 26, 2017, 09:10:42 PM »
You may have to move the little bit of brake hose slack upward through the holders a bit - I did with the 1.5" up risers I added to mine.

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #54 on: October 26, 2017, 10:24:36 PM »
Thanks Larry, I'll double-check that, before I take'er out.
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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #55 on: October 27, 2017, 06:36:23 PM »
I bought one.  And rode it around my neighborhood.  This is my first bike (I took the BRC last weekend), and it's a blast through 3rd gear so far!

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #56 on: October 27, 2017, 08:07:56 PM »
Congratulations! Enjoy it...

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #57 on: October 31, 2017, 11:37:01 PM »
Finally got the nuts, bolts, and washers to mount my rear cowl.  So tonight I took the time to get it all bolted down and popped on the side panels.  The right side is missing the top boss so it's a little floppy there.  Planning on gluing on a metal ball post to fix that, found the idea in a very good thread on this forum!  Not digging the red and black, but couldn't find red panels when I was originally looking.  I plan on painting the panels, tank and fender(front, not sure I'll paint the rear fender) a deep metallic blue over the winter.  Possibly going to add a couple white speed stripes on the tank, we shall see. 



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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #58 on: November 01, 2017, 10:28:49 AM »
How does it sound with those short pipes?

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #59 on: November 01, 2017, 11:07:17 AM »
I think it sounds alright. I have nothing to compare it to though since they were like that when I bought it. I would like a deeper throatier sound but it doesn’t seem like there are many options for an added muffler.  I would guess that they are a bit louder than stock at the moment. 
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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #60 on: November 01, 2017, 11:26:56 AM »
I think it sounds alright. I have nothing to compare it to though since they were like that when I bought it. I would like a deeper throatier sound but it doesn’t seem like there are many options for an added muffler.  I would guess that they are a bit louder than stock at the moment.

I prefer a lower frequency sound myself. Doesn't need to be loud..

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #61 on: November 05, 2017, 12:56:34 PM »
No it doesn't "need" to be loud.  I do like something louder than stock by quite a bit thought.  I like to hear my bike in traffic, at least a little.  Part of the excitement of riding for me is hearing a motorcycle and.....surprise surprise I'm the rider!  ;-)

So  yesterday I took off the wheels in preparation for new tires which are coming later this week.  After reading the dates and finding the rear at 10 years old and the front at a whopping 22 years old I sadly but smartly decided to put the bike up until it gets fresh feet.  Taking the wheels off was more in prevention than preparation I think.  Keeps me from heading out for a "little" ride. 
I'm also going to change the brake pads front and rear soon, thought I'd do that while the wheels are off and waiting for fresh feet.  Then I haven't had success finding brake pads.  I haven't done much searching yet but was frustrated to see that my usual sources for parts doesn't have them.    Any links to some decent pads would be appreciated.  1991 cb750

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #62 on: November 06, 2017, 01:05:19 AM »
I had to change the fork gaskets....


and the steering head bearings

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #63 on: November 07, 2017, 12:27:27 PM »
I had to change the fork gaskets...and the steering head bearings
When you're done, if you sold it, would it be advertised as a 2017 NightHawk..
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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #64 on: November 07, 2017, 09:40:04 PM »
New tires showed up FAST!  Just dropped them off to be mounted and balanced.  Also was able to order new front and rear brakes at the same shop.  Going to pick it all up in a couple days!!!  So excited to find out what fresh feet on my hawk will feel like! 

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #65 on: November 10, 2017, 11:43:59 PM »
Well that was a productive day. reinstalled the wheels with the new tires!!  Changed the pads up front the the shoes in back.  Cleaned everything reasonably while I was at it.  Learning about these things as I go.  Adjusted the chain once I had everything back on.  Then...........Took it out for a short ride in the wet.  I have to say, even I could feel the difference with the new tires!  The bike felt so much sportier and easy to maneuver.  Granted I'm new and wasn't going very fast, especially in the corners, but wow there's a difference.  Looking forward to being back on the road!

Old drum shoes.  Had plenty of surface left but since I bought new already I changed them out. 
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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #66 on: November 11, 2017, 08:24:13 AM »
Cool Stuff!
Glad you like the Avon's - They keep getting better as they wear in..
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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #67 on: November 12, 2017, 07:55:16 AM »
Mulegandy - You can clean and polish those pipes up good as brand spanking new.  It will take some elbow grease, but I've done it with a parts bike I bougtht years ago.  I don't have the "before/after" pics anymore, but trust me when I say they were in MUCH worst shape than yours.  This is the product that I used:

https://www.amazon.com/Glass-Restoration-Specialist-Blue-Job-Polish/dp/B001MQ01PK?SubscriptionId=AKIAIKBZ7IH7LXTW3ARA&&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B001MQ01PK&tag=wwwbookcompar-20&ascsubtag=5a085e0a5b9d950ccc49fee6

I recently joined Smug Mug, as I refuse to be held hostage for the Photobucket extortion.  I realize that S/M can do the same thing, and if so, then I'm done with photohosting.  Anyhoo, I was looking through my old pictures, seeing what I might re-post.  I found some great pictures of my old nighthawks, and it got me thinking about this thread:

1.  My "hybrid" 700s.  This was an '84 nighthawk with '86 RWB plastics.  I really liked this combo because it had the chrome/polished motor accents, and the RWB plastics - best of both worlds to me.  This bike came with an after market chin fairing and a mac header.  I absolutely LOVED this bike and still regret selling it to my neighbor, who in turn sold it to someone else and I lost track of it.



2.  I bought this '96 750 from another NHF forum member who lived somewhere in Georgia.  We met halfway in Montgomery Alabama and I trucked it back home.  I rode this bike almost 25,000 miles in about 18 months.



After that, I bought my first FJR and started touring more extensively.  While you can take Pants out of the nighthawk, but you can't take the Nighthawk out of Pants.

Stay Thirsty, my friends....


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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #68 on: November 12, 2017, 11:24:25 PM »
I made my honey lighter.... now I must learn to do a constant wheelie   yaaaah3



The swingarm Needs to be re-painted...



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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #69 on: November 16, 2017, 06:17:47 PM »
I replaced my first clutch cable today!

  Last Friday, I got home at a decent hour - and was looking forward to getting in a short ride with my wife before dinner time. I pulled out the Nighthawk to let it warm up, pulled out the CMX500 & got geared up. I made it to the corner, then had my cable let go when I shifted up to third gear. So I limped it home, and called up the dealer to inquire as to the availability of a replacement. Honda still had it, but the dealer needed to order it, leaving me short a motorcycle for a few days at least. Totally FUBARed my weekend plans.

  So late yesterday, I got the call that my part had arrived... Battling work traffic, I got down to the dealer before they closed, and ended up shooting the breeze with the sales guys & one of the regular guys until well after dark. So - I didn't actually get to the task at hand until this afternoon. After watching a couple of youtube videos, and armed with the appropriate wrenches, I figured I'd give it a go. It was literally one of the easiest mechanical operations I've ever done. I installed it, eyeballed the adjustment, tested basic function - then  rode it around the yard. I then shut it down, made a quick adjustment, retested it... Probably a 15 minute job. I then got the rest of my gear on, and went for a nice ride through the countryside. So much better! I didn't even realize how stretched out the old cable was before it gave up the ghost. It shifts like a brand new bike now!
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