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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New Nighthawk 750 Owner
« on: Today at 03:16:27 PM »
Hop - Welcome aboard.
Pants is right about the 3 rubber parts that hold your tank steady.
Easy to replace these.
The handlebars are rubber mounted, so there will be some give to them.
If they are actually loose, you may need to replace the rubber fittings there as well.
Bike Bandit online has been a good source to me for OEM parts.

The Clymer manual is pretty good in my opinion.
Good luck.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What's Your NightHawk Worth?
« on: February 18, 2018, 11:01:36 AM »
Wow - 1.5 million...
I "might" consider selling it for that... but then money doesn't buy happiness, and I'm happy with my bike.
Looks like I'm a millionaire...

I'm thinking it might take "just a bit" more than "lights and stickers" to "join the fun"...
Well, maybe not to join the fun, but to be able to walk away without restraints and an armed escort afterwards...

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: Newbie to the group with 92 nighthawk
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:14:41 AM »
Hello everyone. I'm new to the group and wanted to into my bike and myself. Looking forward to reading up on repairs and upgrades.
Upgrades are fun, and there's lots you can do to a NightHawk to make it whatever you want.
Regardless of what that ends up being, the basic bike is easy to live with, and there's lots of parts available if you break something.
I've had mine for nearly 12 years and it's never left me stranded.
See you around.

Is that related to the old adage that there is "nothing as expensive as a free dog"...

Good luck with your rebuild..
Hopefully more cleaning and adjusting and less part replacement, the finding of which may be your biggest challenge..

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What's Your NightHawk Worth?
« on: February 04, 2018, 03:32:50 PM »
glenncal1 - Yep - Yep - Yo!

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What's Your NightHawk Worth?
« on: February 04, 2018, 11:58:23 AM »
Yep - I love to ride myself, and I'm at the end of 5 miles of dirt, so my bike isn't often picture perfect, but it cleans up "real good".
My bike is a daily rider, and since I don't have to "put it up for the winter", I probably ride more often than most..

My comment at value was intended to be directed at the hack job, versus keeping a classic closer to stock form.
The former depreciates into the value of used parts, while the latter appreciates in value over time.

You don't have to keep a bike spotless - the dirt still washes off leaving it just as clean a week or a month later.
Salt on the road - Different story.  Rust isn't sexy.

I'm not nervous about the "modern motorcycle" - I just happen to be happy with the one I have.
That includes the factor of ease of maintenance..
V4's are as much fun to work on as getting a bamboo fingernail insertion. 
I know. I've been there and done that. No thanks.

Like I said before, I like the air cooled big 4, and the naked look.  To each their own.
For me, my Hawk is not a stepping stone on the way to somewhere else.   
I've probably owned more bikes than you have, as I've been on two wheels since 1968.
I don't "not ride" because I'm worried about depreciation.  I ride just about every day. 
One difference is that I don't need to go to some far way place... or even anywhere to get to a beautiful place.
My "awesome vista" drive starts when I take my bike out of the garage and get in the saddle.

I live where people go when they are on their vacation of a lifetime.
I can see pristine lakes, the Grand Canyon, the Red Rocks of Sedona, and the twisties through Jerome on the same tank of gas.
My 'Hawk is a dependable, economical, comfortable ride with all the power I need to get me there enjoyably - and back.

IMHO motorcycle riding is a lot more about the ride and a lot less about the bike, but it helps when you like your ride.
I hope you're as happy with yours as I am with mine...

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What's Your NightHawk Worth?
« on: February 02, 2018, 07:30:48 AM »
I don't see anything in your post I disagree with.

My 63 VW Window bus that I gave away for $1000, in pristine condition would now be worth over $100 grand in the current market.
There are MANY better values than the VW Bus if you are looking for a van.
That fact doesn't diminish the VW's value, or applied to a MC, the fact that you can find a cheaper bike doesn't alter the NightHawk's value either.

You are also right about demographics...
The average age of a motorcyclist goes up every year, because many potential younger entry riders don't buy bikes.

I agree about the nostalgia effect. 
It was one of the reasons why I chose the NightHawk over everything else available at the time.
Back in the day I had a beautiful custom '74 CB750, and the 'Hawk is basically the same bike, but SO much easier to live with.
I enjoy working on my vehicles, and with the 'Hawk I can do EVERYTHING myself, even though there isn't much to do.
One of the other reasons is that for a "classic/nostalgia" vehicle, the CB750 has probably more available parts than most other bikes a third of its age.
Very few (any?) bikes were produced virtually unchanged over a period of what.. 13-14 YEARS?

Finally, I think another factor is the reputation for reliability which is justly deserved.

So, acquisition cost may make finding a great 'Hawk more initially expensive, but I'm thinking by the time I hang up my helmet, it will likely be sold for more than what I paid for it.  Nostalgia tends to increase as time goes on, and resale is a component of value.

That being said, someone can always find a "better deal" in terms of price, if they are not locked into a specific vehicle, especially one in short supply.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: Nighthawk S restomod
« on: January 25, 2018, 08:42:41 AM »
Thanks for sharing.
That is one sweet scoot.

Stablemates / Re: My bucketlist bike
« on: January 22, 2018, 04:44:57 PM »

Yep the 4 into 4 was a bad idea - they never warmed up enough to remove the water..
Regardless, it is a VERY nice machine.
Thanks for sharing the pic - It brought me back!

Stablemates / Re: My bucketlist bike
« on: January 22, 2018, 01:00:04 PM »
Wow !

That bike is C L E A N !!!

Were those 4 into 2's stock? 
Maybe I'm remembering an earlier 4 into 4 version back in the day.
In any case, way to check off a bucket list item.
I doubt you could have done better with the help of a genie in a bottle.

I just looked up the value in Hagerty assuming it was a 1973 (not that you'd want to sell it)
If it is as pristine up close as it looks in your photo, looks like a $4,000 to $5,000 bike.

Well done sir!

Numbers are easy to remember incorrectly.
1996 Honda Owners Manual, page 100, specifications:
Fuel tank capacity    4.76 US gal (18 liters)
Reserve capacity      0.79 US gal (3 liters)

It actually kinda makes more sense in liters than gallons, as .79 is a bit odd... IMHO.

I guess two things come out of this.
Be sure of capacity if that's the reason you are upgrading.. 
If you go on reserve using the stock tank, be looking for fuel shortly after rotating the petcock towards the rear...

General Motorcycle Discussion / What's Your NightHawk Worth?
« on: January 22, 2018, 08:57:18 AM »
There are multiple ways of looking at value, based on perspective.

If it's your bike and you're keeping it, it doesn't matter... unless you consider the implications of your modifications and maintenance, or lack thereof when you eventually decide to sell it for whatever reason.

If it's your bike and you're selling it, you don't want to give it away, but to sell anything, you need to be somewhere in the ballpark of market pricing, or find someone who WANTS the bike regardless.

If you are looking to buy, it helps to know what you should expect to know what a "good deal" is.

Keep in mind that not all motorcycles are created equal, and over time even more so.

The NightHawk has been out of production since 2003, and so after 15 years, even the later models have entered the "classic" phase.
Classic is a somewhat loosely defined term for a vehicle, because it is also based upon subjective popularity.
An old vehicle that nobody wants doesn't make the cut.

Hagerty is a well known valuation company for classics, as opposed to KBB which loses accuracy for valuations over time.
They use a significant amount of real world transaction research in their valuations.

I looked up the value of my bike, a very clean 1996.
Here's what found...

Current Values
#1 Concours  $3,400 - Showroom condition without a blemish
#2 Excellent  $2,700 - You have to look hard to find imperfections
#3 Good       $2,000 -  Visible imperfections
#4 Fair         $1,400  - Needs work

The prices for these bikes has been rising, and is likely to continue, as there is no resupply, and a strong demand. 
It may pay off for you in the long run to keep your bike in good condition, noting that premium prices are paid for stock condition machines.

If you are looking to buy a great condition, low mileage NightHawk, good luck finding an excellent bike at a poor condition price.

On a supply note, I took a look at CycleTrader. 
Out of over 376,000 bikes for sale on the website, in the entire country there were a total of 6 1991-2003 NightHawks for sale.
Obviously the trader is not the only source, but indicative of the lack of supply.

The advertised prices of the few available appear to be in line considering this isn't bike buying season.

I guess the bottom line is, if you're looking for a cheap used bike, it likely isn't going to be a CB750 NightHawk.
In fact, in the not too distant future, you may not be able to find one period - unless you are quick, have lots of cash, or get lucky.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to me 1990 NH 750
« on: January 21, 2018, 01:43:22 PM »
I recently purchased this very clean NH750 to be a project bike, but really all it needed was a bettery and some detailing. Very clean and great running bike. I can't figure out how to line a photo, the instructions don't seem to work.

Glen - Welcome Aboard!
Nice bike!
Looks like you already got some help with the photos... Don't feel bad - I had the same problem ;-)

I'm rather certain reserve is over 1 gallon.
So - we're talking about the stock 1991 to 2003 tanks ...
Not sure why you're certain about the "over 1 gallon", but every spec sheet I've seen including the owner's manual says .79 for reserve...
(except for when they round it up to .8)
Maybe you're thinking of a different bike.

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.

According to the factory spec sheet:

Fuel tank capacity    4.76 US gal (18 liters)
Reserve capacity      0.79 US gal (3 liters)

Reserve is included in total capacity, so you've got nearly 4 gallons until reserve.. okay, it's only 3.97..
If you like the look of the new tank, that's a good reason to change it, but for fuel capacity... Not so much.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Still Alive and Kickin'?
« on: January 13, 2018, 12:43:11 PM »
Still "alive and kicking" in 2018 and about to take a short ride (100 miles) to visit a local Walgreens...
Having a 50+mpg bike helps - both in a cheap ride and a lot of fun..

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My '96 CB750 "Dragon Bike"
« on: January 06, 2018, 08:04:44 AM »
Some good comments..
Minimal required corrective action has been my experience as well, Larry.

The bad news, as stated by DesignFlaw, is that there are fewer examples left as each day passes.

The good news, is that for those of us lucky to own a 'Hawk, is that not only do we have a reliable bike that we can ride, but we're also riding a classic. and people love classics.
I agree that "value your bike for what it does for you, not by what you could sell it for", and by this measure, I am getting that value.
But when you do need to sell it, there won't be a buyer shortage.

It provides another reason that makes the effort of keeping your bike in good condition worthwhile.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My '96 CB750 "Dragon Bike"
« on: January 05, 2018, 10:32:30 AM »
I've said this ma times before:  "It's a good deal if you think it's a good deal.  Doesn't matter what anyone else thinks."

I know a couple years ago, I was helping a friend find a Nighthawk.  Neither of us could find a running one for less than $1500 and the ones we did find weren't around long enough to even look at.  One guy sold his Nighthawk while he was on the phone with me and that was for $2500.  It was insane.  We finally found 650SC for $1500 and I'm pretty sure the only reason was because it was stolen.  But that's another story.

If you restrict yourself to one particular bike or criteria, you can expect to pay more or wait longer.  Sometimes you get lucky.  Waiting longer means time you're not riding.  There is value in that.  It's the same reason why amusement parks can charge extra for a Fast Pass ticket vs regular admission.   Time is money and vice versa.

I will agree with pants about the features of newer bikes, but they are features to me and not everyone.  The FJR is a pain in the ass to work on.  I don't work on my bike much so simpler maintenance is a non-issue for me, but others like a simpler machine because it is simpler to understand and work on.  Or they look at those features and see additional things that need to be maintained and/or replaced at a greater cost.  Take throttle or drive by wire for example.  There's no cable so it should last longer, but if it does fail, it's a $1000 bill rather than a $50 cable.

As for the fear of being stranded, a newer bike may help with that fear so alleviating that with a newer bike is worth something.  But you could be stranded no matter what vehicle you're driving for a million different reasons.  I agree with mollusc on this one.  Don't hold back until it gives you a reason not to.  Being stranded makes you have one bad day no matter how far away from home you are.  Fear of being stranded can make you miss a hundred great days.
I really liked your post. 
I think you pretty well articulated the entire new vs old thing, and that one man's features are another man's flaw...
Like a really pretty bike covered in plastic. 
Oooohhh it looks so sleek - If you like that it's a feature.
If you don't, it isn't.
In my case I have a practical reason. 
I've dropped my 'Hawk several times in the dirt up here - It's a very challenging dirt road environment - With case savers, the repair was dusting it off.
With a full bodywork fairing, the damage cost would be considerable.

Beyond that, I like the look of naked bikes, because the engine is part of the look of the machine, rather than it being an ugly hidden component under some bodywork.  I'm apparently not alone in that regard, evidenced by the resurgence of nakeds in the market.
It is also why I like air cooled engines - By design, they need to be out in the breeze where you can see them, and considerable art is used to make them look appealing.

Your experience in looking for a NightHawk for your friend was similar to my experience further back in the day.
A great condition, low mileage 'Hawk is increasingly hard to find, and pretty well impossible at a "low" price. 
I wanted a CB750 and it took me months to find the right bike.
For me, the cost and wait was worth it, as over the last going on 12 years, it's been a very easy machine to live with.

I've owned lots of bikes over the years, and I don't view the 'Hawk as a transition to an upgrade to something "better" sometime in the future, but that's me.  I like what I've got.

Despite the 'Hawk being an "old technology" machine (which it is) the market would seem to indicate their actual value is substantially greater than some might suppose. I contend that the "cream puff" low mileage NH750 for $1500 does not exist, and hasn't for some time as you found out...
Neither does the great condition $500 '57 Chevy exist.. 
BTW - A restored to original '64 VW window bus was just valued by Donald Osborn on Jay Leno at well over $100,000...
While older vehicles are less than current in their technology, that does not equate to diminished value.

There is a reason - While there are lots of current offerings being manufactured, classic machines that have a following are in shorter supply as time goes on.  While it can be truthfully said that a more modern machine can be had in a similar price, that doesn't mean it is a better value, because part of the value equation contains the variable "appreciation" (applicable to a limited supply) or its inverse - "depreciation" - applicable to any recently produced product....  So, over the near term, while a "modern" example of a bike in plentiful supply is likely to be reduced in value, the inverse is more likely in a bike that people want, but can't so easily get.

In other words, like you noticed, the market drives the cost by demand.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My '96 CB750 "Dragon Bike"
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:45:02 AM »
I have to laugh...
One thing about the 'Hawks that is nearly universally accepted, is that they are one of the most dependable bikes EVER MADE.
Does that mean they tolerate outright abuse? 
That's one reason why I was willing to pay a premium for a scoot that was well cared for.
Paying extra for that care was worth it to me. 
The compression on my 21 year old is new factory spec as of my last recent test.
Now, nearly 12 years after purchase, I've still never been stranded or even had a problem, and I'm 100 miles away from anywhere.
I can't say that about several new cars I've owned over the years... 
New doesn't mean no problems, actually, it can be just the opposite, because the new machine is relatively untested.
I do perform maintenance, and take good care of my machine, but in the case of the Hawk I can do a lot more riding with a lot less maintenance.


Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My '96 CB750 "Dragon Bike"
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:00:24 AM »
  Regardless, I've ridden dozens of modern motorcycles and I'm just saying - the NH was good, but no where close to as good as it gets.
I guess it depends on what you like, Pants. 
For me, my 'Hawk has been ultra dependable, amazingly economical on both fuel and insurance and comfortable to ride.
It has plenty of power for me and easily leaves most vehicles on the road with 4 wheels, and some with 2, behind.
I have no desire to keep up with the squids, and for me a 140+ mph top end, a benefit of taller front gear, is more than fast enough.
Since switching to super, I can cruise at 75-80 all day with better than 50 mpg, and better than that at sedate speeds.
With the radials and suspension I'm running, I've got no problems in the twisties or doing a high speed interstate slalom course on roads with as many potholes as pavement.
Other than new tires for its wheels, it never needs to see a dealership - just the wheels - and I don't need to change my rubber out 4 times a year because it's easy on them too.
If I wanted a hyperbike, I'd buy one - I've owned them -  but I don't.
Most don't need bleeding edge performance in the real world, and for the kind of driving I do, the features you describe don't pass the cost-benefit analysis for me.  In any legal driving situation, you would not be able to run away from me, and while I could be outrun by your bike if you ignore the rules of the road, I could also wave while riding by as you are talking to one of the boys in blue. 

I never made an argument that the NightHawk was the best at anything, but it is very good at everything, so for me that's more than good enough.
While clearly that is not the case for you, it doesn't mean it's a mistake for me enjoying the bike I have.. and I do..

Hmmm.. 65 F sunny and light winds... I'm going for a ride..

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My '96 CB750 "Dragon Bike"
« on: January 03, 2018, 08:49:35 AM »
I'd agree that improvements have been made, and along with them come complexity.  And cost.
As far as your price spec... I would think it a challenge to find ANY low mileage pristine condition 750 for $1,500 - especially with a lot of accessories.
As far as standards... Not so many choices until recent years.
While asking price for that bike was on the high end, the guy will likely sell the bike close to it when the weather is good for riding...
As you said, the market at work.

Anyway, I guess it's all in what you want. 
I prefer a scooter that I can do all of the maintenance on myself, and there isn't much of that anyway.
BTW, I'm still averaging 50 mpg plus using Mobil super...
Can you show me a dependable, low maintenance model used 750 I can buy for around $1500 that can give me 50 mpg cruising at 75?
I don't think so....

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My '96 CB750 "Dragon Bike"
« on: December 28, 2017, 05:08:57 PM »
Great post and great look’n bike. Cool you’ve got some dash accessories too; Hadn’t seen that on a NH.
Thnks for the compliment, ADV.
The Rifle Sport has a dashboard option which makes for a convenient gadget center..
Had a great ride today - empty interstate, new pavement, great weather.. All good!

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My '96 CB750 "Dragon Bike"
« on: December 28, 2017, 08:19:04 AM »
I wouldn't have bought yours either. :)
In the spring I doubt he'll have a problem getting asking price, like he said.
That scoot looks super clean and has some nice accessories, and according to the ad, pretty much everything wear-wise has been replaced.
Unless you do all of your own maintenance, that will be money you don't need to spend on a bike that needs work.
If the Pilot Activs are also new... adds to the equation.

I guess my point is, I'm sure you can find a lower price, but that doesn't mean you'll find a better VALUE. 
Maybe you will. 
Good luck.

I bought my bike in the late spring, not the best time for a low price, but then since I also had just doubled my money on the sale of a showroom new looking VF1000R, it was really only a $500 bike.
Again, for me, it was worth it...  because..
It's going to be 70 F today with light winds and I have a 100 mile errand...
From the economic perspective, should I take the 27 mpg cage or the 50 mpg bike... hmm..
From the "I love to ride" perspective...
Decision made.

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