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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: Tank restoration
« Last post by DesertDragon on Today at 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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The chin fairing is not original equipment.  It's not even made by Honda.
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Nice looking bike.  I still have a chin fairing like that laying around somewhere.

Wahrsull. Did these bikes come with it originally?
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Your Honda Nighthawk / Tank restoration
« Last post by Cbb129 on November 19, 2017, 07:18:59 PM »
Looking to get my tank restored to new.  Anyone know of any companies that would restore an 83 Candy Wineberry tank to new condition inside and out ?  Want to get exact same paint and emblems as original stock.  Thanks.
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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: 1983 Honda 650 Nighthawk
« Last post by gsjj on November 19, 2017, 06:37:16 PM »
Very nice bike. 83 is a great year, but I guess I am a bit biased. Incredible how inexpensive these bikes are used.
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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What's up wid dat??
« Last post by DesertDragon 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: What are those ODOMETERS up to?
« Last post by Nitsuj on November 17, 2017, 08:36:41 PM »
My 93 that I purchased about 3 weeks ago is just about to roll over to 20500.  I've put around 400 on her since I picked it up.  She's my first, and I'm loving every minute.
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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What's up wid dat??
« Last post by Captainkirk on November 17, 2017, 02:49:54 PM »
Message a guy the other day about his NH. Offered him $600 less than asking.   He then mentions it does need a new battery and for $100 more he will replace it. Wha??  I dont, get this mentallity of selling a bike with a dead battery.

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...
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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What's up wid dat??
« Last post by Larry Fine on November 17, 2017, 11:16:28 AM »
To some people, a bike is merely a mode of transportation, a machine, a pile of mechanical parts.

To the rest of us, it's much more: a philosophy, a way of life, a form of meditation*.  We're motorcyclists.


* I call it "cycle-therapy".
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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What's up wid dat??
« Last post by NormH3 on November 17, 2017, 09:59:50 AM »
I would think it's a good thing (once he proves the bike starts,runs,charges,etc) that you have the ability to choose the type of battery that goes into your new bike, that you know this battery is the type you want, and that it hasn't been abused with overcharging or sitting out all winter.

Plenty of adds say, "bring a battery if you want to hear it run". If these sellers wanted to maintain their bikes, they'd probably be keeping them.

I guess I could see that.
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