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Your Ride Reports / Re: The Amazing Duffey Lake Loop
« on: June 14, 2017, 06:26:12 AM »
Nice report Dan.  My parents vacationed up there and said it was beautiful.  One day, I'll get the bike there.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Sports Touring Bike?
« on: June 13, 2017, 09:41:12 AM »
Interesting. I've never ridden an FJR or any of today's now popular ADV bikes...but everything about them appeals to me, as a potential second bike, down the road.

Ha!  A second bike.  That's a good one.    llaugh1

Kidding aside, I'm guessing a lot of it comes down to the size of the rider and not wanting to ride something that big around town?.  For me, a second bike of any kind would collect dust next to the FJR.  Anything sportier or smaller doesn't fit me (not sure how I managed on the Nightahwk) and there's no reason to go with a touring bike. 

An adventure bike would be an exception I think, because it has a different purpose all around.  If I was into that, I might consider a second bike.  But my rubber stays on the pavement as much as possible.  Even with an adventure bike, I wouldn't take it unless I was going off road. 

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: 750 vs 750s
« on: May 19, 2017, 09:24:19 AM »
Those images made me throw up a little in my mouth.  Yuck.

That's my only gripe with the Nighthawk.  Too many people decide to ruin them.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: 750 vs 750s
« on: May 19, 2017, 05:43:11 AM »
Canada got the 750S, while the US got the 700S.  They are the same bike essentially, except one is bored out a little more. .  The only reason being the Harley tariff being for bikes 750cc and over.  Canada wasn't affected.  To the best of my knowledge, there was a 750SC Nighthawk in 82 and then 91-2003.  The 750S had the most unique look to it. 

Is this in the classifieds or something?  It's possible they are just labeled without the S.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Get Nighthawk 750 or 650?
« on: May 16, 2017, 06:06:07 AM »
I owned both bikes.  In my opinion, Honda really cheapened the 750 with regards to features.  It is pretty much featureless, but it is a solid bike that will serve you well.  The 650 has more features with shaft drive, better instrumentation, and a 6th gear.  Age should be a factor though and the performance of my 650 was definitely not on par with the 750.  But you're talking about bikes 17 years difference in age. 

A lot can depend on your size.  I'm 6'4 and 270 lbs.  The 750 fit me much better and made me wonder how I ever rode the 650.  (I think that now about the 750 after moving to the FJR)

You won't miss what you never had.  If you have the 250 NH, go with the 750 NH.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Bike Demographics
« on: May 12, 2017, 05:56:17 AM »
Are you sure it's the bike and not the age of the rider?   whoohoo1 poke1 whoohoo1

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Motorcycle Sale Dilemma
« on: May 10, 2017, 06:15:24 AM »
My first ride after MSF was my dad's 1500 Goldwing.  I rode that until I got my first bike.  Price was the driving factor in going with the 650 Nighthawk.  I figured I would lay it down at some point (and I did), but it was still a bike that I liked the looks of and had enough power for me.  Plus I wanted to have money for gear.  I'm glad I didn't go with anything less than that actually.  Then again, I have a little more mass than many people.

If money was no object, I'm not sure what I would have bought back then. 

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Motorcycle Sale Dilemma
« on: May 09, 2017, 09:22:25 AM »
Sell it to him.  It's his choice, not yours.  If you don't sell it to him, the next seller will.  People start out on Ninja 650's all the time because they are an inexpensive bike and tons of them are out there.

You can be stupid on any type of bike.  I know your bike has torque.  I've seen it.  But his mentality is what is going to determine his level of safety, not his bike.  The kid will likely be a squid, blowing his entire budget on a bike with no regards to gear. 

Voice your concerns if it makes you feel better, but I wouldn't lose a wink of sleep over it.

In Michigan, the public courses are $25 for BRC.  You can't beat that deal and it gives you credit for your road test.  All you have to do is go pass your 10 question written test. 

Private courses are around $350.  I've not heard of any subsidization for the advanced courses though. 

Congrats on the new purchase.   I'll join up if I can when you make it over this way.  Make sure to bring your rain gear.

Stablemates / Re: 2007 Yamaha FJR
« on: April 27, 2017, 07:31:10 AM »
To me, the FJR is a superior machine in all aspects.  I loved the Nighthawk, but it would have 2 inches of dust on it if I kept it along with the FJR.  Bike looks good, but the blue one is much faster.

Added the image for you. 

Your Ride Reports / Re: got my kicks
« on: April 16, 2017, 06:16:07 PM »
Fixed some of the images for you.

Looks like a nice way to spend a holiday weekend.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Ebay NH-29 bids for this?
« on: March 09, 2017, 06:19:57 AM »
It gets better

Auction now starts @ 6000.

There's no reserve though!

FYI:  No Reserve!!!  Let it rip tader chip!!  This is a steal.

Leave it alone. 

Pretty much anyone that wants to customize a Nighthawk sucks at it.  They aren't expensive bikes to begin with and so people that want to "make it their own" aren't willing to put much money into it.  Then they think they can sell their garbage for twice the money because of all of their custom work.  Custom work usually means the bike lost a fight with a reciprocating saw, they can't get it running right, and think someone else wants a bike that can't be ridden. 

You won't find much love for modified Nighthawks here.  Most of the members like to ride their bike, rather than modify it.

It's a great bike and will serve you well.  Don't mess with that.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Greetings from a new NH owner!
« on: March 01, 2017, 06:07:12 AM »
Welcome! 92 is the fastest year I'm told. Phenomenal.

Not even close to a 2002.  Wishful thinking though.   whoohoo1

 wlcm1  footshooter5!

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Motorcycles are made from cows!
« on: January 25, 2017, 07:16:18 AM »
404 error on the link.  Bet it is an interesting read.

Fixed.  Not sure how that happened.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Motorcycles are made from cows!
« on: January 24, 2017, 08:45:06 AM »

In the WTF category, somehow a trade battle over beef is affecting motorcycle sales. I can't even fathom this level of stupidity.

If this somehow goes through, I'm betting you're going to start seeing more bikes at the 501cc mark.

Huh.  I bought my '02 with 4K miles on it for $2000 back in 2005.  Guess that was a really good deal.

I'd go with the '02.  Stay away from the 95.  I'd suspect the painting of the engine is to hide something.  It also tells me the owner is willing to do things the cheap and easy way instead of the right way.  Proper maintenance and care are probably lacking.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: Noob here.
« on: January 16, 2017, 08:57:55 AM »
OK, I'll say it.  Grandson looks like he needs some gear, judging from the picture above.

That's been taken care of between Christmas and his birthday.  I'm on both of them about proper gear all the time.


Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: Noob here.
« on: January 16, 2017, 05:38:29 AM »
OK, I'll say it.  Grandson looks like he needs some gear, judging from the picture above.

Yes, you can say Yamaha here.  I ride the FJR these days.  Looked at the FJ for a friend of mine.  He almost bought a brand new 2015, but we managed to get a steal on a brand new '14 FJR for less than the 15 FJ.   

Good luck with the repairs and welcome to the forum.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Ebay NH-29 bids for this?
« on: January 16, 2017, 05:31:20 AM »

Maybe it's a backwards auction.  We'll pay you that much to get rid of this junk for us.  Cracks me up that the reserve hasn't been met.  "Make it your own" garbage.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Honda's Riding Assist
« on: January 06, 2017, 06:40:32 AM »

Debuted at CES:

This stuff isn't for everyone, but I could see this type of tech being very beneficial to some.  I've seen quite a few people tip over at a standstill because they were too short or not strong enough.  I rode with a guy once who had no business being on a Goldwing.  He tipped over at every gas station.  Anytime he tried to put the kickstand down actually.  He kept it even by falling over on the opposite side from the time before.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Still riding in December cold!
« on: January 05, 2017, 07:13:49 AM »
Had mine out Monday.  It was 41 degrees and the only snow remaining was the piles in the parking lots.

3 days later, there's about 4 inches of snow on the ground that we got over night and the temperature is 4 degrees.

Screw you winter!

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 25, 2016, 01:46:32 PM »
Ho Ho Hope Santa was good to everyone this year!

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: PAINTED AND BACK TOGETHER
« on: November 21, 2016, 06:34:56 AM »
Nice to see a bike restored to proper condition, rather than hacked up into this stupid bobber, cafe racer fetish people seem to have.

Good looking bike.

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