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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My '96 CB750 "Dragon Bike"
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:44:38 AM »
I'll confess my fear of riding  92NH is being stranded long way from home because of simply old parts.Its fine around town but hesitate going over 100miles from home.
I need a new bike for peace of mine on long distances.


Has your bike ever stranded you?  Do you keep up with routine maintenance?  Your bike is eight years newer than mine and I frequently take it on multi-hundred mile rides.
Any bike you get is going to have the potential to drop you somewhere in need of repairs.  Most things that could go wrong with a Nighthawk -- short of total catastrophic failure -- should be recoverable on the roadside.
If your bike is in good order, your fears might be keeping you from really getting out and enjoying it.  Or maybe not.  A different bike might help you get there.

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My '96 CB750 "Dragon Bike"
« on: January 03, 2018, 08:44:21 AM »
^^^^^ This.  All of this.  Absolutely spot on.  ^^^^^


I love my 700S.  But the handling difference between that and my NC is astounding.  True, the NC doesn't have the thrilling pickup of the S but it's not designed to have it.  I could have easily found a bike that did though.

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Still Alive and Kickin'?
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:35:21 AM »
Hey Kitch, you'll be happy to learn that some Back To Black took care of those weird water marks on the side covers.  I also changed the stock seat for a Seat Concepts replacement, for a marked improvement in butt comfort.

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Of course not.  Solenoid is off the bike and battery is in the basement on the tender.

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It was cold, and the starter is a heavy drain so it only took about 8-10 seconds to reach the point where it wasn't turning over any more.  I wasn't even able to get the side cover off before it was done.

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Thought I'd ride to work today. I charged the battery on the 700S the other day so I figured it would be good to go. Sure, the starter turned just fine and the engine fired up, but the solenoid got stuck so the starter wouldn't shut off even after I killed the ignition and took the key out. Knocking on the solenoid didn't make it stop so I had to just let it run down the battery.
Rode the NC instead.

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: 650 Nighthawk exhaust question.
« on: December 20, 2017, 11:58:34 AM »
You answered your own question correctly.  They're drain holes for condensation.

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Potential purchase (high mileage)
« on: December 13, 2017, 03:39:32 PM »
That doesn't look like it's in particularly fantastic condition cosmetically.  Might have been dropped on both sides (brake pedal has been scraping the clutch cover indicating that it's probably bent, and I don't know how you'd get that dent in the tank except by dropping it).  The wheels have some rash on them.  Turn signals are aftermarket replacements.  I believe it may be a California model as it has some kind of tank under the fuel tank, above the carbs.
$1000 is not a terrible price, but the seller is probably banking on this being (inexplicably, to me) the most popular colour scheme.  People have taken these engines well over 120k miles with regular maintenance and care, but you probably have no way of knowing the history of this particular machine.
Five years ago I paid $1000 for an excellent condition 1984 model with 21k on the clock, a luggage rack, and engine guards.  I would be cautious with this one, but I wouldn't immediately say no.  Remember that no matter what you buy, with something this old you're going to need to know how to do your own routine maintenance and probably be also ready to dig into forks, clutch, final drive, and more.

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: Revs hang at 3k
« on: December 05, 2017, 08:07:02 AM »
Are the slides hanging up inside?

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Yet anoher Nighthawk S question
« on: December 03, 2017, 05:39:40 PM »
Not really sure what you mean.  Each collar has two bolts, and then the collars pull off the studs and slide down the pipes.  It might take a bit of prying the get the collars to budge -- perhaps that's what you mean?
There are no pipe connections that I know of.  I believe the system is solid all the way through, with only a join at the crossover box that allows the two sides to be split.

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Your Ride Reports / Re: Great 8's
« on: December 03, 2017, 07:02:17 AM »
I see the pic that you posted using Chrome, and I'm using Opera.  However, I did follow the link in the first post so I'm guessing that what I'm seeing is actually cached locally instead of being pulled from Google.  That could be what's happening with your Chrome as well -- the reason you're seeing it there is the browser is serving it rather than the host serving it.

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Hmmm.  Good question.  I don't remember from when I did the measuring.  I expect the easiest way for the OP to tell would be to check against one of the other, intact pins to see how I measured them.

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I have posted this here before somewhere, but to make it easy:



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Your Ride Reports / Re: Great 8's
« on: December 01, 2017, 04:54:25 AM »
Yeah, I don't think you can do direct sharing from a Google account.

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Stupid Royal Enfield, too.  Less than 5k for what looks like a fun little thumper:  https://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/royal-enfield-himalayan-coming-to-us-for-2018
Seems like there's a lot of interesting things coming to the market -- at last!

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Since you're pulling from imgur, when you paste the image tag add an 'l' (lowercase L) at the end of the file name, before the extension.  So https://i.imgur.com/UH89Pmk.jpg becomes https://i.imgur.com/UH89Pmkl.jpg



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Those are some huge images.  Too big to see.

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The chin fairing is not original equipment.  It's not even made by Honda.

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Canada / Re: Ontario
« on: November 15, 2017, 05:36:27 AM »
There was an SC model in Canada in 1982?

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Best retro bike? 2018 Kawasaki Z900
« on: November 14, 2017, 10:42:19 AM »
That's more like it.  I was referring specifically to the hideous green monstrosity at the top of this thread with that terrible headlight fairing.

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Best retro bike? 2018 Kawasaki Z900
« on: November 13, 2017, 07:32:06 AM »
That Kawaskai is supremely ugly though.

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: my 750 nh
« on: November 12, 2017, 06:31:15 AM »
Why am I not seeing the photos on this thread?


There's only one photo, in the first post.

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to forum
« on: November 10, 2017, 09:18:42 AM »
Okay, so that comment gave me pause because the images I had in my head were nothing alike between the two bikes.  Turns out I was actually thinking of the Triumph Explorer.  I guess I don't know anything about the Adventurer.  Sorry about that!

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to forum
« on: November 10, 2017, 05:45:36 AM »
The Adventurer is a pretty awesome machine.  Very tall, but it seems to handle nicely and is apparently comfortable.

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If any of the plastics are damaged they can be very spendy to replace.  Decal kits are available for that year/colour scheme so it wouldn't be the end of the world if you needed to use parts from a different year.
Listen closely to the engine when it's running.  The inline 4 engine seems to have a tendency to under-lubricate the #3 rod bearing, so there can sometimes be a bit of a clunk or tap towards the right hand side of the engine.
I've also recently read of a few people having problems with the cam chain tensioner.  That's a new one for me -- mostly that seems to happen with the 650.  Any problems in this area will be signalled by the sound of the chain rattling.


Make sure that the original exhaust is in place, or a reputable aftermarket one is there (Kerker, MAC, etc.).  If it has pod-style air filters or the exhaust is chopped up or just missing its baffles, walk away immediately.

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