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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: You'e got $5k...what do you buy?
« on: December 01, 2017, 05:45:50 PM »
A  CB1  to ride  and one for parts.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: 1983 Honda 650 Nighthawk
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:32:21 PM »
A lot of the aluminum on my '83 650 had a clear-coat on it (including the valve covers)  and the clear-coat started to peel.
I managed to buy some of the covers on EBay from a guy that was willing to polish them and sell them for a reasonable price.
So you can spend the winter polishing the aluminum parts and have a great looking bike.

Ride safely,

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to group
« on: October 01, 2017, 08:31:33 PM »

Ride safely & Have fun

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Placebo or Real? 87 or 92 octane
« on: August 19, 2017, 11:09:44 AM »
I would run some SeaFoam through the fuel system, (2 tanks of gas), using either gasoline, and then make the comparison again.

I think you got more Techron fuel system cleaner in the high octane gas and your bike had some deposits that got cleaned up.

Ride safely.

Route Planning / Re: Tucson to KC?
« on: May 28, 2017, 08:51:34 AM »
1200 miles / 3 days = 400 miles per day

400 miles / 50 MPH = 8 hrs.

After 8 hrs of riding each day, I would not feel like enjoying a lot of sight-seeing.

So, I'd want 4 or 5 days for the trip so I could enjoy the whole ride.

Ride safely

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Get Nighthawk 750 or 650?
« on: May 12, 2017, 05:39:51 PM »
I liked the 650 better than the 750, but age can cause problems.
650s have less maintenance  than 750s because the 750s have a chain to maintain (oil every 500 miles)
750s have more  options than 650s when it comes to luggage
Both are great for highway speeds.
650s are prone to bad electrical power generation but repair parts are available
750s tend to break the tachometers
More parts and accessories are available for the 750s.

hard choice to make.  I also think the 650s look better.

Ride safely,

PS:  a modern CB500F will do for what you want to do and a used one can be had for about $3500.
          Fuel injection and antilock brakes are worth the higher price.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Motorcycle Sale Dilemma
« on: May 09, 2017, 07:37:36 AM »

He might die before growing into it.
Or he most likely will give up on motorcycling as too dangerous.

Ride safely,

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Exxon Mobil SYNERGY Gas
« on: April 18, 2017, 05:26:59 PM »
That is a difficult question to answer.  They indicate several classes of additives without providing any chemical information.
Nothing to base any answer, except to say "try it and see".  The additives sound useful.
I plan to continue to use Exxon in my bikes and autos.
And try to keep an eye out for any unusual behavior, especially with my 1989 bike.

Ride Safely and don't drink the gasoline, with or without additives.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My 1984 Nighthawk 650
« on: April 12, 2017, 03:59:48 PM »
Wow.  It looks a lot like the one I had.

1 suggestion:  get/install a voltage meter (battery monitor) becasue the electrical generation system on these old bikes will fail.
I had to replace the stator and the R/R on mine and the R/R on my 1989 VTR250.  The voltage meter kept me from having to walk.
Make sure it is waterproof if buying Chinese.... and red LED to be visible in daylight.

These work well and mount on the black plastic of the handlebar clamp cover.

a little cheaper (free shipping):

Ride safely

Stablemates / Re: 82' CB900F Silver
« on: March 14, 2017, 09:22:17 AM »
Great looking bike.

Enjoy it.

ride safely


Beautiful Bike!

Ride safely,

Stablemates / Re: CB900F
« on: March 01, 2017, 06:12:01 PM »
WOW, that bike is nice looking.

What year model ?


Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: Handed down 1984 CB700SC
« on: February 11, 2017, 09:13:26 PM »
Thanks for sharing your story.
It is inspiring, so glad your grandfather got to give it to a person that will cherish it.
A Corbin seat, too.  But I'd ditch those red had grips.

Ride safely,

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Newbie here, and my first bike
« on: December 01, 2016, 03:04:41 PM »
Great looking bike... You will love it.

Most owners don't buy new mirrors from Honda because of the cost, and because they want something "newer" looking.
But the old mirrors work well and I like keeping a bike stock.
I usually order Honda parts from
they ship fast and have good prices and low shipping costs.

Note: the mirrors are parts # 19 aand 20 and they are no longer available.

So you can buy used ones on EBay

Note the mirrors from China are cheaper but may take a month to arrive.  The 5th ones look a lot like the original.

Here is a site that I have never used:

Enjoy your bike.  Always Wear safety gear .

Welcome to the forum.

A great bike.

Ride safely,

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Looking at an '82 NH 450
« on: October 23, 2016, 05:58:42 PM »
Very nice

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: Hello everyone. New member, new bike!!
« on: September 19, 2016, 07:54:56 AM »
Good looking bike.  The 650s are the best.
Ride Safely

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: OOPS! I did it again! 84 700S
« on: August 19, 2016, 02:40:22 AM »
Both are nice looking.

ride safely,

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: A lurkers first post
« on: August 06, 2016, 06:26:56 PM »
Nice looking bike.

Ride Safely,

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Will an 08 250 suit my needs?
« on: August 04, 2016, 09:35:35 AM »
I agree with Rakilla.  That is a reasonable price.  It probably won't be the last bike you buy but is a good starter bike at a decent price that you can get mostly back when you sell it.  I have a more powerful 250 and my wife has a 200cc scooter.  We do well on them.

Ride safely,

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Motorcycle Gear?
« on: July 25, 2016, 08:51:36 PM »
I do recommend buying a helmet new, but the other items can be used.
So, check your local for motorcycle clothing.

I agree than BILT products at Cyclegear are poor, but they also carry some good other brands.
has useful comments on the products they sell and they have discount prices.
Has useful info and videos but their prices are higher.. but they do have sales.

I wear motorcycle jeans with Kevlar instead of cycle pants.

Good luck with your purchases and ride safely,

If it happens a lot, you may want to lower the end of the shift lever by 1 spline on the shaft.

I find that the thickness of the boot toe can be a factor when I ride with different boots.

ride safely,

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: Hello Again; It's Been A While.
« on: July 17, 2016, 08:14:28 PM »
Welcome back.  Bike has shiny paint and chrome.  Looks good from here.

Ride safely

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: questions
« on: July 16, 2016, 12:34:33 PM »
You have a great bike.... but there is little available for it new.

Engine guards: EBay occassionally.  Don't get parts for 1982 model, they don't fit.

Seat:  Buy new from Corbin or check EBay or get yours rebuilt.

Windshield... somewhat limited becasue of the rectangular headlight, but some new available from
Slipstreamer or National Cycle.

I like the National Cycle Street Shield EX (tinted, for 7/8" bars) but you should square off the headlight opening to make it fit better.

Motorcycle shops and auto glass shops can do the plastic cutting if you are not experienced.  But I used the shield for many years before I decide to trim it to fit better.

Ride Safely,

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