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Offline Mulegandy99

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #75 on: December 01, 2017, 12:25:44 AM »
Boo Hiss.  Attempted changing my sprockets and chain.  Failed to accomplish much of anything.  Got the front sprocket off.  Tried to take the chain apart, broke the chain tool!  Bah.  If motorcycles were made of wood I'd have had this done in no time flat.  Hopefully I'll get some useful tips tomorrow at the bike shop and from my mechanic buddy and I'll be able to get it done tomorrow.  Planning on doing a toy run Sat, IF I can get things taken care of that is!  Wish me luck!!!!


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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #76 on: December 01, 2017, 04:49:13 AM »
Wow, pretty fragile chain tool.  Mine's a Harbor Freight, still good after a couple uses.  Though I did use master link chains as replacements, I still had to break the original chains off.

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #77 on: December 02, 2017, 06:12:12 AM »
Changed valve cover gasket, washers, and spark plugs last night.  3rd gasket  for my 750, 2nd installed by me.  Now ready to ride on a 70* December day.
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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #78 on: December 03, 2017, 01:20:46 PM »
Well, I managed to get it done yesterday morning before the Toy Run.  Got up early and used a grinder I borrowed from a friend.  Off with the old chain and on with the new.  I spread the old chain out on my bench and marked where it was.  Then counted links on the new chain to the same 110 and marked where it was.  The old chain is about 5/8" longer than the new chain.  So new chain made and installed.  New Sprockets on and everything back together.  A few test runs around the block, adjust the shift lever and rear brake a bit and off to the toy run.

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The Toy Run was pretty fun.  I was in one last weekend with my girlfriend in Polk County (south?) Carolina.  There were over 500 motorcycles there.  It was dry and near 60 degrees.  This time it was just me in Portland, Oregon.  I don't know the count of bikes but by the looks of it maybe in the 200 range, maybe.  It was in the 40's and raining.  Fun ride though.  The "rain gear" I was gifted a month or so back appears to be better suited as a cloudy day pant and jacket!  I was Absolutely drenched, and I've applied two coats of water repellent!!!  Also my new pair of gloves which are supposed to be water proof are NOT.  Boo Hiss on all that.  I've written to the company about that.  We shall see what they say.  The other gear I'll make do with some frog toggs I have for hiking(used today in the wind and they block all of that very well) and a jacket I used for backpacking/snowsports. It is waterproof.  I think in the future I will invest in some nice rain gear or maybe a duster or leather winter gear.  There were a lot of leather wearing bikers there at both toy runs.  The wet weather didn't seem to touch the leather or duster wearing riders. 
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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #79 on: December 03, 2017, 01:34:50 PM »
I hope you did not install clip type link.Not reliable. I used $30 chain riveter and worked great.

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #80 on: December 03, 2017, 06:47:14 PM »
I installed clear turn signal lenses on my 86 RWB Nighthawk S.  I also installed chrome amber bulbs so the turn signals don't have the egg yolk look.  I'm very pleased with how it looks.  In my opinion, the clear lenses go better with the color scheme of the bike.

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #81 on: December 03, 2017, 07:05:33 PM »
I hope you did not install clip type link.Not reliable.

While my current chain has the hollow-pin type master link, in 44 years of riding, I have never had a single issue with a clip-type master link. Not one. As long as the clip is properly seated on the pins, there should be no real difference. Carry a spare master link just in case.

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #82 on: December 04, 2017, 04:52:39 AM »
I hope you did not install clip type link.Not reliable. I used $30 chain riveter and worked great.

Time was when that was all you could get, and they worked fine.  Put one on my '96, and it lasted over 25k.

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #83 on: December 04, 2017, 05:01:07 AM »
I put it away for the winter :(

 hmmmm2 Why would one do such a thing? I would miss her too much

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #84 on: December 19, 2017, 10:27:54 AM »
I rode the Red Baron to work today, taking advantage of a balmy 68 degree North Carolina day.

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #85 on: December 22, 2017, 09:42:29 AM »

Thought I'd ride to work today. I charged the battery on the 700S the other day so I figured it would be good to go. Sure, the starter turned just fine and the engine fired up, but the solenoid got stuck so the starter wouldn't shut off even after I killed the ignition and took the key out. Knocking on the solenoid didn't make it stop so I had to just let it run down the battery.
Rode the NC instead.
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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #86 on: December 23, 2017, 06:34:32 PM »
. . . the solenoid got stuck so the starter wouldn't shut off even after I killed the ignition and took the key out. Knocking on the solenoid didn't make it stop so I had to just let it run down the battery.

I would have pulled a fuse (main or (on the NH750 at least) headlight) and saved the battery.  Deep discharge is not good for wet-cell batteries, as well as most other types.

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #87 on: December 23, 2017, 09:24:06 PM »
It was cold, and the starter is a heavy drain so it only took about 8-10 seconds to reach the point where it wasn't turning over any more.  I wasn't even able to get the side cover off before it was done.
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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #88 on: December 24, 2017, 07:10:54 AM »
Still, I hope you didn't leave it that way.

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #89 on: December 24, 2017, 02:55:04 PM »
Of course not.  Solenoid is off the bike and battery is in the basement on the tender.
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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #90 on: December 26, 2017, 01:09:12 PM »
Removed several pounds of dust and dirt - mostly from rear wheel...
Cleaned and lubed tire chain and checked it, but as usual, no need for adjustment.
Oil still clean and right where it should be...

Hmmm... Time for a ride!
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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #91 on: December 31, 2017, 12:32:34 PM »
Replaced a leaky VCG, was very brittle and crumbly. And the plugs while I was at it, though the old ones looked fine. Got the bike recently, so no service history. Previous owner was not mechanically inclined whatsoever, nor willing to take the bike to someone who was. eek1

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #92 on: January 13, 2018, 10:51:35 PM »
Earlier this week I installed a fairing I've had since the fall.  I struggled to attach it the first time I tried to attach it back in the fall.  The instructions were very limited.  I decided to youtube it and found a greatly helpful video by the maker.  Got it on and headed out to get gas at midnight just cause I was really excited to see the difference.  All but one thing is great.  That one thing is a big deal to me on short rides(up to 20 minutes. i.e. most commutes).  This is just the right shape and size that it pushes almost all of the air it diverts RIGHT PAST MY EARS!!!!  So now with ANY ride I have to use earplugs or ear buds.  Yes I know(meaning no need to let me know that ear protection is a super good idea, thanks for the concern) that ear protection is a good idea, I have in fact already purchased several types of plugs trying them out to see what fits, feels good long term and is effective to the level I feel needed.  Is I am a new rider this is a new experience for me.  I'm guessing that I could change shapes and or sizes of fairings to put my head more into the air bubble instead of right between the air stream created by this fairing?  What size have any of you used that puts the air well away from your ears?  I'm not sure how it is referred to other than measured from the top of the headlight.  I believe mine is about 15".   I did just see a different style that only uses two attachment points on the handle bars as apposed to the four that mine uses(two handle bar and two fork).  Seems easier to attach and detach, and it comes in a couple different sizes.  I'm thinking of trying one to see if it's better than what I have on now.  I do know that it's so much nicer at speed now. I don't have to bolster myself against the buffeting of the wind!

And today I took a ride after church in the break in the rain we had today out to a local dam on the Mighty Columbia.  Man I like to ride!

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #93 on: January 14, 2018, 07:25:23 AM »
Is there any adjustment to the angle of the windshield? You might be able to change the wind stream enough to displace the air past your ears.

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #94 on: January 14, 2018, 04:08:13 PM »
Not really. The cables from the controls pretty much decide where it will be. I’ve tried sitting closer, further higher and lower. The only position that helps is tucking my head right down into the fairing right above the handlebars. I’m wondering also if I could get a small extension to force the wind up and out wider.  I have seen a photo of an addition clipped onto a normal fairing.
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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #95 on: January 15, 2018, 02:26:45 PM »
Going for a new battery. PO thought there was a charging system problem, so he sold the bike relatively cheap. Turns out it is just a bad battery. 1993 750NH

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Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Reply #96 on: Today at 08:38:00 AM »
When my battery went south I switched to an AGM.
Zero maintenance, no vent tube, and it's still performs like new after almost 12 years.
I leave it on a battery tender junior when parked.
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