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General Motorcycle Discussion / Tryin' to help a bruthuh out
« Last post by Bajakirch on September 17, 2017, 09:59:29 AM »
Driving into work today, I came across a motorcyclist stranded on the roadside. I've had people help me when I've been the stranded one so, with some available time before I had to be at work, I decided to pay it forward and extend a helping hand.


The rider explained his front tire went flat and he was looking for a ride to a nearby gas station, where he'd already confirmed they had some Fix-A-Flat in stock.


I gave him a lift, waited for him to buy the FAF, and then drove him back to the bike. Unfortunately, after emptying the contents of the can into the tire, it was still quite flat.


I offered to give him a lift somewhere else so he could arrange to get the bike picked up, or help him move it to a nearby parking lot if he wanted to stay with it (though I didn't think he had to be too worried about someone stealing his '83 Yamaha LTD).


But he told me he decided that he could "baby it" and ride it back to the gas station, where he would try airing it up enough to get home.


Ummm...okaaaay...  whaaaat3


I advised him that I wouldn't recommend trying to ride the bike with a flat front tire, even on the shoulder at slow speed. At best, he was likely to destroy the tire. But he was resolute and, with a shrug of my shoulders, I left him to fend for himself.


Some people I just don't get.

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Last post by DesertDragon on September 17, 2017, 09:43:38 AM »
So, my YELLOW '96 is named.... Amber... and Amber wasn't feeling too pretty after riding home in the mud when we were surprised by a monsoon storm..
It's strange how when the Weather Service says there is a 10% chance, it rains, and with an 80% chance, it doesn't.. But I digress...

So Amber was a muddy mess and I gave her a bath and did a WD40 clean on her x-ring chain followed up with her favorite silicone lube.
Protects from corrosion and doesn't attract dirt like chain wax...  After 700 miles the tension adjustment was still perfect...

I also discovered that the boot that protects the wires going into the left side rotor cover was a bit loose, so I added a bit of waterproof grease to seal the rubber connector in case rain decides to intrude.

Years ago I bought a cleanable stock size Uni Air Filter, and it doesn't take too many trips down my dirt road to clog, so I did Amber a favor and cleaned that for her as well.  She does need to breathe after all..
 
Now she's "lookin' good and feelin' good"...
nice1

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Your Honda Nighthawk / 1992 honda cb250 nighthawk scrambler build
« Last post by pepzeppelin on September 17, 2017, 07:13:06 AM »
brother brought a 1992 cb250 nighthawk and wasn't running so hot. thought it would be a good project to rebuild and customize.


Couple weeks later pretty much stripped the bike and started cleaning bits and gibs, got new tyres, powder coated rims as well as experimenting with spray cans on the forks, triple tree, drum, etc


back together




a month in after having all the parts arrive
will update! always good fun
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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: 1983 550 backrest luggage rack combo
« Last post by packingheatcgb on September 17, 2017, 06:30:11 AM »
I recently bought a 1983 550 nighthawk that has a adjustable backrest luggage rack combo. The pouch on the backrest says Honda on it so I think it is a Honda part.. I am going to take it off and sell it. Does anyone know if it would aso fit on the 650?


Do you still have the luggage rack?
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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Funny
« Last post by Dindindin on September 16, 2017, 02:33:18 PM »
I pissed myself on that one. That is bang on right
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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Last post by Dindindin on September 16, 2017, 02:32:00 PM »
I inherited my 700sc. My best friend left it to me when he passed away. It's an absolute minter( wish I could show you pictures if her.)  several times a year, Staffordshire bikers collect for charity and thousands of us block the streets collecting stuff( pet food/ toys/ easter eggs...that sort of stuff. We have two runs left till winter breaks in..  I am stripping her for rebuild. In his effects I found many things..today I found a box with tracker system, alarm,immobiliser,other stuff he bought and didn't get chance to fit. It's been nearly two years since I was left all this stuff and only now can go through it. My missus is helping with the wiring even though she hates bikes. I am going tomorrow for a meet to raise for pets in need( 21St century Britain and we have food banks....it's a disgrace to Western world) I know there will be couple thousand bikes but will never sell/swap my nighthawk for any of them. Have fun all and keep riding
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Stablemates / Re: The 650's Get a Peculiar Friend
« Last post by Dan on September 15, 2017, 12:09:30 PM »
Does it not charge the same way a prius does when you hit the brakes?  We use to have a prius and when you hit the brakes, the pads don't even touch the rotors unless you really hit them or are already basically stopped.  It uses that energy to charge the battery. 


Yep.  It's called regenerative braking or regen.  On the Smart you simply let off the accelerator and it that energy gets sent back to the battery.  You can change the display to a graphic that will show power from battery and power to battery.  There is also an instrument cluster that does it.  Lot's of graphics to flip through on the cluster, Serena's favorite is the eco score, best it 100, she has got in the low 90's a few times and it bugs her a lot when she doesn't do well.
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Stablemates / Re: The 650's Get a Peculiar Friend
« Last post by Rakillia on September 15, 2017, 08:45:14 AM »
Does it not charge the same way a prius does when you hit the brakes?  We use to have a prius and when you hit the brakes, the pads don't even touch the rotors unless you really hit them or are already basically stopped.  It uses that energy to charge the battery.  Like Dan we also leased as I assumed the technology was moving faster than the used car market.  I didn't want to get stuck trying to sell old technology.  We turned it in with about 50k miles and the brake pads had very little wear.  I'd imagine you could get a least 100k miles out of a set of brake pads.  I have been looking at the smart cars since I do a lot of short, less than 15 mile commuting.  Gas engines hate short commuting like that.  My only problem is that it would be a 4th car and it can't replace the use of any of the other 3. 
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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: More Fun with Fuel....
« Last post by DesertDragon on September 14, 2017, 04:42:39 PM »
DD - that is great.  If I got your results, I'd run Unicorn Gravy through my bike.  When I had a '96 750, I would usually get 45-47 mpg, on RARE occasion, 49-50 (55 mph stroll through the back country).
Where are you located?  If high altitude, was your bike re-jetted for that?
Unicorn Gravy retailers must be regional...
 yaaaah3
I'm not far from the Grand Canyon ~ a mile up.  Was never rejetted by me - prior owner was in Phoenix, AZ.
Based on my last look at my plugs, the bike was happy with the jetting it had (a nice even realtor approved light brown ;)
I'll check them again before too long to see what difference the super is making, but based on the mpg performance, it can't be too far to the rich side, or my mpgs would be worse, rather than better...

As to why it's running so well.... I can't explain it either.
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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: More Fun with Fuel....
« Last post by hppants on September 14, 2017, 10:49:08 AM »
DD - that is great.  If I got your results, I'd run Unicorn Gravy through my bike.  When I had a '96 750, I would usually get 45-47 mpg, on RARE occasion, 49-50 (55 mph stroll through the back country).

Where are you located?  If high altitude, was your bike re-jetted for that?
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