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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My new 91 NH 750
« on: July 27, 2017, 01:32:29 PM »
I understand that there may be some debate about whether red or yellow is faster. For 1991 though, red was clearly the fastest  bnna+

Ah yes, the age old "Color vs. Speed" debate... Sorta like the "High Top vs. Low Rise" Tennis shoe debate of 1963...
Clearly, the 91 in RED has been documented to be the fastest, for that year, while in 1996, the NH 750 in Pearl Shining Yellow (first year available in that AWESOME shade) was the clear winner.
In one of those amazing coincidences, we both have seemed to find the best in class for the breed...
.. Or perhaps, due to superior intelligence, good looks, etc... I could go on... But I won't.
 scheet2
DD

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Your Ride Reports / Re: Carpe Diem!!!
« on: July 24, 2017, 09:44:46 AM »
Looks like you had fun - Thanks for all the scenery...
Your complete documentation of every meal you ate was unexpected!
 llaugh1
DD

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Did you name your bike?
« on: July 22, 2017, 09:07:39 AM »

There are no hard and fast rules on motorcycle "gender". We tend to make assumptions sometimes...easiest way to find out is to avoid naming your bike until 'it' tells you exactly who and what 'it' is...and usually the name follows suit.
Aye Captain!
Wise words (that I also happen to agree with).
No wonder they kept you in charge of the Enterprise!
 nice1
I guess the only other notable perturbation would be when your ride isn't happy with the gender on their birth certificate.. err title documents..
Okay, I admit it... Being silly...
 bkr3
DD

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Did you name your bike?
« on: July 20, 2017, 02:24:14 PM »
I got a nighthawk 700s, in black.....all black...I call her black Betty...whoah black Betty, bambalam! Only one left in England by the looks of it
Cool Dude !
.. and thanks ! 
FINALLY I know how to spell "bambalam"...
 bkr3
DD

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Did you name your bike?
« on: July 20, 2017, 08:59:35 AM »
I started calling mine "Lazarus" because I raised it from the dead.
but

Aye Captain !
Well stated - but there goes my theory that motorcycles are female...
I can live with that.
In the case of "Lazarus", I'm sure "he" appreciates his second chance  and will reward you with ongoing performance and reliability.

A motorcycle officer once told me to "keep the rubber on the bottom" - Sounded like good advice.

Keep the rubber on the bottom, Captain!

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Bad Car Driver!!
« on: July 19, 2017, 10:45:24 AM »
So, DD, by your logic... instead of asking you politely to not use offensive and stereotypical terminology ("Muzzies") in accordance with the policies of this forum, I should simply ask the forum moderators to delete your account with no explanation.  Right?
By my logic - What logic is that?
Offensive and stereotypical?  "Muzzies" Really - How is that a pejorative term?
You pick that out of the whole conversation...
Amazing.
Sorry to offend you, as I had no idea that individuals who committed COLD BLOODED MASS MURDER deserved our ongoing respect and admiration.
The trade center murder of innocent people and those two killed everyone they could at a Christmas party are perhaps justified to you?
They are both worse case scenarios of individuals who feel justified in the demise of others.
I find THAT offensive. 
That a driver is willing to kill a biker (why else try to crush him into the concrete median) for scuffing his door...
I find THAT offensive.
Perhaps a total commitment to political correctness is in order?
Except that motorcycle riding is not politically correct. 
Bikes use gasoline which causes global warming and they are inefficient compared to a bus.
Since that GreenPeace driver in the Prius knows you are destroying the planet, I guess he's justified in running you off the road?
You can't do anything but be "nice" because anything else might be offensive, so just examine your habits and try to do better next time - You know - Stop riding.
If you were not on the road, this would not have happened, so it's you fault.
If that is what this forum is about, perhaps all conversations need to be held in a safe room with blankies and hot cocco...



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General Motorcycle Discussion / Did you name your bike?
« on: July 18, 2017, 02:19:38 PM »
Well, it seems to me that every bike I've ever ridden or owned had a personality.

I thought it might be interesting if anyone else out there named their bike(s).

My current scoot is a 1996 Honda NightHawk is in the stock "Shining Pearl Yellow', so of course, her name is Amber.
She's just reached drinking age (21), she's in great shape and has never let me down (or stranded) in the now 11 years I've owned her.

If only everything else in my life was as reliable (and fun to ride!)

 haphap
DD


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Is this thread limited to what you did "to" your bike..
Might it include what you did "with" your bike?
If the latter is acceptable, then I took her (all mechanical things are female, according to those that KNOW) for a ride.
If I have to go with what I did "to" her... I finished installing a new set of Avon Storm 3D X-M tires.
I had to go with a 150/70 17 in the rear as that's the smallest width, but it fits well, looks good and seems more stable at speed.

I like the extra meat back there as part of my drive is on 3 miles of gravel roads.  The Avons gave me no trouble in the dirt.
On pavement, they stick like Super-Bike glue.  For Sport Touring tires they feel more like the former, especially for a tire that could last 10-15K (X-M = extended mileage)

Keep the rubber on the bottom folks!
DD

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Bad Car Driver!!
« on: July 18, 2017, 01:57:34 PM »
I never said the truck driver was innocent.   Chris's actions resulted in one of two outcomes. 

1) The truck driver notices his truck filled with water, but has no idea who did it.  It accomplishes nothing. 
or
2) The truck driver connects the dots, which only reinforces his negative opinion of motorcycles.  That just leads to more incidents of road rage against us.

As for the incident in California, that rider picked a fight he could not and should not win.  It's a amazing and a shame that he got away.  The only innocent person involved was the lady driving the SUV that flipped over.

Revenge is human nature.  I understand why Chris would want to do such a thing, but it didn't do the rest of us any favors.
 The same is true for the rider that kicked that car in California.  "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind."

Okay, at this point the horse has been nearly been beaten to death, but in case it's just sleeping....

First - It was a car, not a truck.
You should never mess with a truck unless you have a firearm handy. 
There is too great of a weight differential between the vehicles that can only be overcome with large pieces of high velocity dense metal.
(Before you start going ape crap over that comment - take a chill pill.  It's a joke.)

Second - Your stated opinion of outcome #1 (It accomplishes nothing) is incorrect.
It accomplished a lot for Chris.  It did a lot for me too, and sometimes I think - Wow - What a Bozo! - and imagine how well they could drive with scuba gear on.
It's a great stress reliever - Like when you imagine everyone in that huge crowd in front of you are only wearing underwear....
I don't care who you are - That's FUNNY. (Thank you Larry - The Cable Guy)

Third - Anyone who is willing to try to kill somebody on a bike is likely not going to become "nice" because someone gave him a pass, which leads to...
..of the two noted options you pointed out with potential outcomes from your perspective, you have ignored a significantly possible third.
To wit:
The guy realizes he was seriously messing (attempted murder is generally kinda serious) with someone who retaliated, and the chicken crap bully won't ever do it again.
The point is that the "if you just be nice, they will leave you alone" school of thought doesn't always work out for the best.
Sometimes bullies (or bat-crap crazy a-holes) NEED to be confronted or they just might be successful killing someone else slightly more meek - like you.

Ask the people in the World Trade Center, or the folks who survived the San Berdo luncheon.
How did the be nice to the Muzzies work out for them?

But I digress...

As far as the road rage video event, neither one of us knows what was going on. 
I doubt the event started at the same time that the video did.  Or do you think the guy always records everything???

Your comment " that rider picked a fight he could not and should not win"... except that he did win.. Oops.

The driver who felt justified in killing or maiming a motorcycle rider for attempting to put a boot mark on his car must be using a defective moral compass.
Apparently minor acts of vandalism (or justified payback) deserve the death penalty in some realms.

Considering the magnitude of impact differences in behavior, I think it far more likely that the car driver was the primary perp in that event.
I also have to take issue with the "shame he (the biker) got away" - Wow - You think the guy deserved to die for kicking a car!!

You might want to rethink that position on a biker forum.
The biker didn't swerve into the median - The car driver did - and he deserves what he got - Regardless of what the rider did.
All the other downstream consequences are his fault - Not the biker's.

Okay - I'm long winded here.
To sum up:
No one knows whether Chris flooded a clueless bozo, did us a favor by stopping a bully, or further enraged a homicidal nut job.
In the road rage video case, I will guarantee that the driver who tried to kill that biker won't EVER try that again.
You have your vote - I'm going with the two guys above doing all of us on two wheels a big favor.

Please note - I would never recommend that you kick a car, fill a car with water or argue with a truck driver...
... (unless you are heavily armed - Sorry - I just couldn't help myself)

DD

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Bad Car Driver!!
« on: July 18, 2017, 08:25:38 AM »
Actually Chris was a great guy, just one you'd better not mess with.
So water damage to a car is grounds for terminating his life?  (not worthy of this Earth)
Sounds JUST a bit hypocritical.

When someone repeatedly tries to KILL you, that doesn't matter, and you should just let it go?
Sadly sometimes there IS nothing you can do about it.

Sometimes the Bozo get's instant Karma - Like the CA video when the driver tried to smash a bike into a concrete median and totaled out his own car (and others) instead. 
With the the driver's video who was behind  (it's on this site somewhere) the guy will hopefully be convicted of attempted homicide.

Sometimes someone like Chris fights back. 
I'm pretty sure the guy gave up on running bikes off the road - He had to until his car dried out.
The hose option would seldom, if ever, be applicable, and also illegal, I admit.

To me it was a good story, and one I think about when some idiot does something REALLY stupid to endanger my life.
In Chris's case, it wasn't something stupid.
It was someone intentionally trying make him wreck, repeatedly - and that is the person who is "not worthy of this Earth" IMHO, Not Chris.

If you don't like that opinion, go FIDO yourself, because I don't need your lecture.




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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Bad Car Driver!!
« on: July 17, 2017, 02:39:38 PM »
Well, of course FIDO works, but it lacks the satisfaction of a dish, best served cold.
The best "course" I've ever heard of is the solution delivered by Chris, a good friend of mine.
Not only did the "Road Bozo" tailgate his bike, but he made several attempts at bumping him off the road, which required Chris to take evasive action.
Chris slowed down and let Mr. Bozo run on ahead, but he followed him discretely.
The Bozo likely had forgotten what a frikin' sphincter he had been and drove on home.
Chris noted the location.
MUCH later on that night, he returned, and decided that Bozo's car needed a good washing, so he put Bozo's garden hose in the cracked open window of the passenger side of the car and turned the hose valve on full.
This particular form of reprisal lacks the immediate feedback of more aggressive vandalism, but provides one's imagination with a stunning image of hundreds of gallons of fresh, pure water knocking the crap out of a guy who deserves worse when he prepared his foray the next morning.
Post script:
Don't get mad - Get even.

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I've gotten "boodles" of miles on chains using nothing but WD-40. 

BUT - That only applies to O-ring / X-ring chains because they are internally lubricated with grease.
These chain types really need more cleaning (to prevent rust) and grime build up removal than they need "lubrication", because they already ARE lubricated where it counts - At all of the moving part points.
 
The WD-40 does a great job at removing dirt and grime, which is primarily what these chain types need.
Personally, I'm with the other posters here, in that after I let the WD-40 cleaned chain dry, I spray on some silicone lube, which doesn't attract dirt and does a great job protecting against rust.  As far as how much it actually lubricates - I expect not that much compared to the internal grease.
 bkr3
DD

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to me 1993 750 Nighthawk
« on: July 16, 2017, 09:56:32 AM »

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Ah yes, fork springs...  I replaced mine with progressive springs - Vast improvement - I also installed progressive shocks in the rear.
Those and radial tires (I really like the Avon Storm series) made a dramatic improvement.
BTW - I just got a pair of Avon Storm 3D X-M's delivered today as mine were due.
They still have boodles of tread, but age is making them questionable.
(Avon recommends tires be discarded after 7 years - maybe they could last another season, but I figure the hospital bills would be a LOT more expensive
I'll let you know how they work out in case you're thinking about getting some new rim skins.
 bkr3
DD
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DD Please do. I have Pirelli Demon on mine. I'll do the same

DD I'm curious as to how you have set up your Nighthawk for Sport Touring. I found some saddlebags and tailbag both from Nelson Rigg and a system from Ventura racks. My dilemma is I don't want my saddle bags just hanging off of my...

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Let's see.. Well.. What HAVE I done to make my 'Hawk Tour friendly...? Hmm - front to back...

I've got a Rifle Sport firing up front with a short windshield for summer and a tall one for when it gets cold.
Better mileage with improved airflow and and I can ride all day without ending up covered in bugs. 
I added the Rifle dashboard for a clock / compass.

Already mentioned the Progressive suspension - big difference from stock.
The stainless brake line we already talked about.

I just put Avon Storm 3D X-M tires which are even better than the Avon Storm and Azaro they replaced.
I ran the stock sizes up front, but the previous rear was a 140/80 17 and the new one is a 150/70 17 which is a bit closer to the original tire spec.
Both fit fine. (Avon's don't make a 140 rear in the Storm 3D X-M) 
Once you go radial, you'll never go back to bias-ply tires.

Front fender extender (less splash and black/yellow two tone look.   

I put on Grand Tour grips, a throttle paddle and a positioner (~cruise control) which is great for the interstate.
Dual Fiamm airhorns (for when I want to be noticed) that screw right into the fork reflector spots, and I cut off the reflector screws and glued them to the horns.
I used the stock horn mount for the horn relay.

Case savers are a must because at some point non-rubber parts will meet the pavement.
I put hinged highway pegs on my savers so I have three different places for footrests on a long ride.

Corbin gunfighter seat - Sooooo much more comfortable saddle... :jkam:

I've got a Joe Rocket Manta tank bag for little stuff and tail and saddle soft bags from ExL I picked up on EBay.
They do "just hang off" but when you don't need them, they disappear completely, and you can easily carry the whole set.
The bags strap to the rear grab bars.

Let's see... Oh yeah, when I replaced my gears I went with a 17 tooth front and the stock size 38 tooth rear. 
Before that it always felt like there should have been another gear up past 5th...
You do lose a bit of jackrabbit start, but then I don't do that. 
The heavy duty X-Ring chain goes forever without adjustment.

I added a Crusader radar detector, but I think these may no longer be available.
Too bad.  Never been surprised by a cop.

A couple of other 'Hawk tips I can pass on if you are touring, you are racking up some miles...

When your battery is due get a maintenance free gel battery and a battery tender - It will last pretty much forever.
If you do your own maintenance, get a set of quick fuel disconnects.
 Instead of bruised knuckles and ten minutes of colorful language, it takes two seconds to detach the fuel line.
I bought two sets and used the second one for an auxiliary tank when you need access to the top end of a warm or running engine.

UNI makes a stock fitting Hawk filter that can be cleaned and reused indefinitely - mine is still like new after 10 years.
 A tad more expensive, but not when you add up paper replacements at $30 a pop.

I just looked up to see what I covered, and it's starting to look like a novel..  fans1

Anyway, perhaps some of my brain dump will help you with your NightHawk.

Regards
 bkr3
DD
 

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to me 1993 750 Nighthawk
« on: July 10, 2017, 04:55:16 PM »
Sounds like your off to a good start. How does the brake feel now with the stainless line?
Front brake feels great, definitely more responsive. Fork springs, thats another story and one that will have to be addressed more sooner than later.

Sent from my SM-G860P using Tapatalk

Ah yes, fork springs...  I replaced mine with progressive springs - Vast improvement - I also installed progressive shocks in the rear.
Those and radial tires (I really like the Avon Storm series) made a dramatic improvement.
BTW - I just got a pair of Avon Storm 3D X-M's delivered today as mine were due.
They still have boodles of tread, but age is making them questionable.
(Avon recommends tires be discarded after 7 years - maybe they could last another season, but I figure the hospital bills would be a LOT more expensive
I'll let you know how they work out in case you're thinking about getting some new rim skins.
 bkr3
DD

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to me 1993 750 Nighthawk
« on: July 09, 2017, 03:00:42 PM »
Wow - That's a clean 93!
I have a '96 I've set up for sport/touring.
I recently did the stainless brake line - wow - what a difference.
I've owned mine for 10 years and it's never left me stranded.

DD
 

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