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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Potential purchase (high mileage)
« on: December 14, 2017, 07:53:04 AM »
I would concur with the other opinions so far.. One item to add is finding parts if needed can be a challenge with any 30+ year old bike.
As Mollusc said, there could be a lot of life left in it if it was well cared for.. but if not, it well could be nearing serious trouble land.
It doesn't look particularly well cared for... not just the dents, but rusty bolts whisper neglect...
Excuse me if I'm a bit pedantic, but I don't know your experience level.
Things I'd ask (if you haven't already):
Bike history - How long owner had it - Why selling it - Any maintenance receipts - What has current owner done with it - CAN you let a mechanic check it out..
Check engine oil - sludge or really dirty - I'd walk
It starts and runs - does it smoke- was it cold when first started or did he use a lot of starting fluid a few minutes before you showed up?
How does it ride - clutch and tranny work ok?  Any weird noises (like grinding or whining final drive)
Head shake or not?
How about tire AGE - even if you've got tread, rubber much over 5 years only looks like a tire - Look at the DOT emblem 4 digits WWYY WW = weeks of year YY = year  e.g. 5012 is a tire exactly 5 years old (50 weeks into 2012, or mid December 2012).  Not a deal breaker, but maybe a negotiation point if other things look good.
Rubber parts condition - Some can be replaced aftermarket (e.g. hydraulic lines) but some others are likely shot and need replacement.
This may also tell you some of the story as to how the bike was stored.

I guess the first question should have been what you want to do with a/the bike.
Do you want a beater to blast around the block to get motorcycling checked off your to do list, or are you looking at a long term investment in keeping the bike ?
If it's the later, starting with a bike that has been cared for is worth the restoration effort.




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According to Clymer for the 91+ NightHawk 750 series, the "later" versions of the cables are teflon lined and don't need lube.
They say don't lube them.  My bike is 21 years old, and I still have original cables that work fine, and I've never lubricated them.
Some say that when you think you need lube, you need a new cable. I would think a teflon lube would be okay in a teflon lined cable, but...
I did replace my speedometer cable, but that one isn't lined and needs grease.


 

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Plus the occasional brake friction-material change, cable lube, and tire pressure top-off.
..trying to highlight the differences... tire pressure and wear parts are ubiquitous.. oem control cables with teflon lining don't need lube..

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I still feel that my NH is the best bang for the buck, especially when the buck has priority.  bkr3
I agree Larry, especially when it comes to AFTER you buy the bike.
On the 'Hawk...
Cam chain adjust .. Nope.
Timing adjustment - Nope.
Valve adjustment - Nope.
Anyone with minimal skills can easily keep a NH750 maintained, and there isn't much to do.
Compare the never need to adjust 16 valve hydros to a 16 valve bucket and shim dealer adjustment option.
Over time, maintenance costs add up.
If you buy a cleanable oil filter, that means a filter clean, oil change and chain adjustments.




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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: Tank restoration
« on: November 22, 2017, 08:31:54 AM »
Yikes!
A one stop shop that does it all would be a custom builder / restorer willing to work on a Honda.
If such a place exists, the bill for what you are asking would consist of a long series of numbers and commas...

You might consider doing the internals yourself (you can find some good success stories on the forum).
Candy paint is incredibly hard to match, even for an expert.
It might be less expensive to have all the body work repainted rather than even trying to get the tank to match the other bodywork.

If you can find a similar paint, an auto body / paint place can "un-ding" the tank and shoot the paint / clear-coat.
Finding original emblems will be a job in itself.
If these are decals, you may have to do some serious scrounging and/or settle for something similar.

Probably not what you wanted to hear, but one of the issues with a 34 year old bike is parts (un)availability.
 :(


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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What's up wid dat??
« on: November 18, 2017, 07:59:18 AM »
On the average, a motorcycle battery lasts 2 years.
If it didn't need a battery now, it probably would before spring. The NH bikes develop hard start syndrome long before the battery is toast. Buy your own battery (pick a good one) instead of the lowball junk sellers usually throw in before the sale and you will be money ahead. Buy a Battery Tender at the same time and your new quality battery may last 5 years...
I'm either leading a charmed life, or a little maintenance goes a long way...
I bought a YUSA AGM battery in October of 2006, and it is still in great shape.  That's 11 + years!
An AGM will cost a bit more, but they never need water added.  Worth the extra IMHO.
My secret - Whenever it's parked, I hook up the battery (I've got a quick connect) to a Battery Tender Jr.

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Best retro bike? 2018 Kawasaki Z900
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:28:32 AM »
I agree on looks - I'd prefer the exhaust arrangement on the 'Hawk - more symmetry - but otherwise, slap a fairing on that puppy and it would be good to go without even wearing a disguise...
 yaaaah3

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Best retro bike? 2018 Kawasaki Z900
« on: November 13, 2017, 09:37:49 AM »
It is more difficult to make a good looking, naked, water cooled bike...
They did capture a lot of the look - I rode a KZ900 back in the 70's that you could mistake for the '18 with just a quick glance.
At least there's an option for those of us "allergic" to clip-ons..
 haphap

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Hey,
People on riding mowers need love (and waves) too...

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Cool Stuff!
Glad you like the Avon's - They keep getting better as they wear in..

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Your Ride Reports / Re: See for Yourself
« on: November 08, 2017, 08:10:21 AM »
Good pics Pants!
Looks like a good time was had by all.
As usual, you included enough "food porn" that I've got to go find SOMETHING to eat!
 haphap

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The wave at a bike convention, is like a "high-five" for a baseball player after a home run.
By the end, the enthusiasm is gone, and he just needs to sit down...
 haphap

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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..
 yaaaah3

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The "double handed rotational geek" was my invention on this thread to attempt to describe the action of the guy who:
- Did the "Geek Wave" (aka Hi Mom!)
- Did it with both hands, and
- Rotated his wrists so that hands oscillated, describing an arc of appx 100 degrees

The other way to describe it, is the guy waved at me with both hands...
 haphap 

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I live outside of a town where everybody waves at everyone (dirt road rules). 
Out on the interstate, there are a lot of Harley riders, many of whom are renting bikes in Vegas and driving to the Grand Canyon.
I know because I talk to them at the gateway town of Williams.
Maybe that skews my results, because I get both initiation and reciprocation from riders on Harleys,
Or maybe it's the Dragons on my bike...
For the guys wearing colors - Yep - The "Great Divide" is there.
That's OK. 
If someone doesn't reply, it doesn't bother me, as I feel like I've done my part. 
If they don't respond - Their loss - Not mine.
One of the best waves I've seen initiated was from a guy who gave me the "double handed rotational geek".
Yes, it requires a high confidence level, a throttle positioner, good tires and commitment, but the effort was appreciated.
Hmm. Gives me an idea for a new thread...

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Where did that TDodge7 guy go?
« on: November 05, 2017, 03:32:50 PM »
... to help with the replacement El Camino engine fund. Looks nice though, currently I'm spending most of my time trying to get it going again.
You're right about that El Camino ! 
One word description - "DANG!" 
That is a clean '85... a nice slice of Western Romance you got there.. 
Maybe a 327 and you'll have a haulin' hauler..

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« on: November 05, 2017, 03:06:49 PM »
Being an avid "waver" myself, I couldn't pass up this link..
An oldie, but a goodie.. (IMHO)
 haphap
http://www.viewfromthecloud.com/2006/08/secret-motorcycle-hand-greetings.html

If you take a look, be sure to check out the comments...
yaaaah3
P.S. Assuming "reciprocity", I generally go with the "Backhanded-out Big-One" (which is actually a big-two...)
      My take on it was my bottom line slogan - "Keep the rubber on the bottom" 

 

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Neat looking Gold Wing
« on: November 05, 2017, 03:02:22 PM »
Not everyday you see a naked Gold Wing...
Ditto on the Honda emblems...
Now if there were Dragons on there instead....

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to forum
« on: November 03, 2017, 10:19:37 AM »
Already looking at helmets.....something in Hi-Viz yellow I think...
Lots of opinions on helmets...
Since you seem to be "value oriented?"  You may want to keep in mind that:

- A helmet is not forever .. It's a wear out commodity that will lose its capability to protect your brain over time (avg life ~5 years)
- Helmet ratings found in the US are typically DOT (required) and Snell (not required legally, but more stringent requirements to pass)
- Heads are shaped differently and some helmets fit certain head types better than others
- The worlds "finest" helmet won't do you as much good if it doesn't fit properly
- A helmet that isn't comfortable will seriously degrade your fun on a bike

There are some good "how to fit a helmet" videos on the major online retailers you might want to check out.
Even Jay Leno discovered that he was not wearing his correct size after decades of wearing a helmet.
You may want to visit several bike shops and try on a few.
You can spend a LOT or not so much.
In the latter category, you might want to check out HJC. 
They put out a well made DOT and Snell rated helmet for a lot less than half the price of some others.
I'm wearing a recent third new HJC, and the total cost of all 3 was less than a single Arai, which is a good helmet.
The point is a new HJC every 5 years is going to offer more protection than a more expensive 10 year old helmet..
My 2 cents..
Happy Hunting..


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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Where did that TDodge7 guy go?
« on: November 03, 2017, 08:48:57 AM »
TDodge,
You might want to post in the classifieds, if you haven't already... I know there are some active posters building 750's...

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to forum
« on: November 02, 2017, 05:29:18 PM »
We're all rooting for ya, Norm!

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to forum
« on: November 02, 2017, 04:32:05 PM »
Norm,
Trust me, you could do a LOT worse even paying $2500.
At $2100, with its mileage and accessories, you'd be stealing it.   
It took me six months of looking daily to find a NH750 in similar condition (for $3000).
Like others have said, if that puppy starts up cold (grab the cylinder head - lightly ;-) and you let a couple of hundred get in the way, you could have nightmares for years!

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Where did that TDodge7 guy go?
« on: November 02, 2017, 04:13:25 PM »
Wow - That's amazing.. I guess they don't make 'em like they used to... 
Current chrome can barely make it through a fog...
I know what you mean about the two strokes...
Reminds me of my first bike.. a Bridgestone 90 - circa 1967..
Other than mixing the oil and gas, it just ran and ran...
Please repost a pic when you get the Yammi all prettied up!

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Where did that TDodge7 guy go?
« on: November 02, 2017, 10:07:24 AM »
Nice looking Hawk!
That Yamaha looks like it has a lot left too..

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