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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to me 1993 NH 750
« on: January 22, 2018, 09:03:06 AM »
It reads 1993

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Found another NH for sale...considering
« on: December 22, 2017, 03:02:57 PM »
Engine is not black, its an older one...

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: You'e got $5k...what do you buy?
« on: December 03, 2017, 02:50:34 PM »
I'd buy the ST1300 that just appeared at my local Honda dealership for $4900

Your Ride Reports / Re: Scratching The Itch
« on: November 29, 2017, 03:55:52 PM »
Loved this report.  Louisiana is an alluring place for us Yankees.

Your Ride Reports / Re: Better Late Than Never
« on: November 28, 2017, 10:32:06 PM »
Very nice pics. The drawings at Effigy Mounds, could have been from my Hand  haphap

Even the Lidar imagery shows how simple and unbelievably consistent the mounds are.  Pretty fascinating!

Your Ride Reports / Better Late Than Never
« on: November 25, 2017, 01:00:05 AM »
I actually took this ride on Labor Day weekend.  Now that its cold Im reminiscing and realizing I never posted a ride here it goes.

The trip took me from Chicago across the whole state of Illinois, up into northeast Iowa where I spent the night, and back home through Wisconsin. I clocked in at 605 miles total.  I took the smallest twistiest roads I could find without adding tons of unnecessary mileage.  I can say with confidence the weather, my mood, my bike's performance, and the route all contributed to the best 2 days of riding I've had so far.  I remember getting home and feeling empty and disappointed with my normal life off the road, it was bliss! I can geek out and retrace all the roads I took, but that would take a lot of time.  If anyone is particularly interested, let me know and Ill create a google map.

Day 1

First stop in Galena, IL

The bridge over the Mississippi River in Dubuque, IA

Dubuque, IA

Some beautiful country off the Great River Road in Iowa

Overlook near Balltown, IA

Overlook sans motorcycle

Last stretch stop of the day on the shore of the river in Guttenberg, IA

Destination achieved, McGregor, IA

After a meal and a few beers, up the back entrance to my room for the night.

Day 2

One of many gorgeous victorian era homes in McGregor, snapped this right before I left town around 9am.

Gorgeous overlook at Pike's Peak State Park

Quick stop at Effigy Mounds, a 2000 year old Native burial site

Now the good stuff! The one and only Driftless Area. Southwest Wisconsin! Best roads ever! This is somehwhere near Eastman, WI

More Driftless perfection

Stretch at this creek in the valley near Steuben, WI

The next many miles were too good to stop.  Ran a ton of them and eventually ended up at House On The Rock in Wyoming, WI

This is the house's crown jewel, The Infinity Room

This is why its called that

Home safe and sound! Amazing journey!

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: VHT Exhaust paint works
« on: November 07, 2017, 10:59:54 PM »
Gus that looks great, thatll be my first project come spring!

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: VHT Exhaust paint works
« on: October 31, 2017, 03:53:20 PM »
This might be a good solution to the X-pipe part of the exhaust that likes to rust out first.

YES. Ive been toying with the idea of painting mine.  Its the only eyesore on my bike.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to forum
« on: October 20, 2017, 10:52:56 PM »
I paid that amount for mine 5 years ago with 25k miles. (yr 2000, mechanically and cosmetically perfect)  The prices for these bikes vary significantly by location, but around here (Chicago) I would not have hesitated to buy that one.  The factory luggage rack and center stand alone would set you back $300.  New tires mounted another $300.  Chain and sprockets $200.  Not to mention that thing looks PRISTINE!  Try to witness a cold start if you go see it....if she fires up and idles smooth I say go for it.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: cancelling the blinker after turn
« on: June 30, 2017, 04:45:34 PM »
Don't feel bad, it took me two years to find out the gas cap closes and locks when pressed down. Did ya know about that one?

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: It's time to say goodbye (almost)
« on: June 22, 2017, 10:59:09 PM »
Good to hear about the quick sale and awesome to hear about the nighthawk holding its value so well. While I have no immediate plans whatsoever of getting rid of mine, its good to know itll still fetch a fair penny around here if and when that time comes. 

Your Ride Reports / Re: 2017 Wisconsin-Illinois Mini-Rally
« on: June 07, 2017, 04:15:04 PM »
Great report Baja! +1 on the gravel issue.  Nerves made me roll off throttle into one particularly stony curve and I wound up crossing the center line.  Still have more to learn about entry speed and lane position.  Fundamentals matter.  These rides always push me a bit harder than I would on my own so I love them.  Home4Sale and I had just under 400 miles as well, quite a big day for this early in the season.  Great time!

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Exxon Mobil SYNERGY Gas
« on: April 18, 2017, 06:25:37 PM »
Agreed.  The marketing campaign is so dumbed down its almost insulting.  I don't really worry too much about fuel but it would be nice to know whats in it.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Exxon Mobil SYNERGY Gas
« on: April 18, 2017, 04:29:31 PM »
This just landed in my home town:

Thoughts? Are more detergents good or bad for our Nighthawks?

Your Ride Reports / Re: Wisconsin/Illinois 2016 Ride (part 1)
« on: March 07, 2017, 05:35:01 PM »
The driftless was a goal for last season, but we never made it as a group.  I rode some of those roads solo and they are spectacular!

Your Ride Reports / Re: Wisconsin/Illinois 2016 Ride (part 1)
« on: March 06, 2017, 11:42:13 AM »
The more the merrier! We should def all meet up in WI this season!

Simply gorgeous!

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Greetings from a new NH owner!
« on: March 02, 2017, 12:27:58 PM »
I use partzilla, try to group your orders as much as possible because shipping can add up. 

Stablemates / Re: CB900F
« on: March 02, 2017, 12:24:20 PM »
Mind telling us where you're from? I saw this exact bike in the Chicago area last summer.

EDIT: Never mind I see you're in Atlanta.  Sweet bike!

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: hi, i'm new here, live in the Netherlands
« on: February 20, 2017, 05:20:40 PM »
You got a good one, center stand, super clean, nice windscreen and luggage rack.  Its a wonderful motorcycle to own.  Enjoy!

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Newbie here, and my first bike
« on: December 01, 2016, 03:40:43 PM »
Have you taken some chrome polish and elbow grease to them yet?  A lot of people (including myself) use 0000 steel wool in combination with polishing compound.  You'd be surprised what that combination can clear up.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: 92 NightHawk
« on: September 14, 2016, 11:08:10 AM »
Well done! 

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: 92 NightHawk
« on: September 10, 2016, 12:58:52 PM »
I also want more info on this tail light.  Any other mods needed to get it going? Relays or diodes?

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: A lurkers first post
« on: August 10, 2016, 02:01:31 PM »
Im curious, do you still rest your heels on the exhaust heel rest?  I feel like doing that wouldn't change your leg position much.  Ive thought about lowering the pegs but really enjoy the little heel rest.

Your Ride Reports / Wisconsin/Illinois 2016 Ride (part 1)
« on: July 20, 2016, 08:09:52 PM »
Well the old group got together again for an early summer ride this year.  After usual amounts of democratic input here on the forum we decided to ride to (and around) Starved Rock State Park in north central Illinois.  This edition brought out 4 riders, including myself, on an unusually warm June Sunday.  As the date approached, concerns about heavy downpours and thunderstorms began to develop, and sure enough, the morning of the ride started with lots of yellow and red on the radar.  Via group text, the group decided to hold off for a few hours as the front was fast moving.  By around 10am, we were all stands up.  Myself, Aycaramba, and Home4Sale met near Chicago, in Elgin, IL., as SMP started his journey from the quad cities area.

Our first rendezvous in Elgin

Bikes above (in order left to right) belong to Home4Sale, me, and Aycaramba.  Our group then began our journey south to meet up with SMP at Starved Rock State Park.  It was a simple 2 road route.  We took IL 25 south to Route 71, which heads straight to the park.  We managed to stay dry and only missed one turn, not too bad.  IL 25 is scenic, but quite slow and moderately congested.  71 feels more like a country highway and after crossing the Illinois River in Ottawa, it becomes an absolutely gorgeous road with moderate twisties, somewhat steep elevation changes, and beautiful scenery.  Around lunch time we had made it to the park visitor center, where SMP had been patiently waiting.

Here we are in the parking lot

From left to right is Aycaramba, SMP, me, and Home4Sale

After catching up, discussing add ons and customizations, our bellies started doing the talking and we took a short ride up to Utica for lunch at Skoog's.  Utica is a one street town, reminded me of the old west almost.

Unfortunately, none of us took any pictures of our meals, but there were no complaints.  Over lunch, looking at the clock, we decided riding all the way down the river to Peoria and back might be a bit too ambitious.  We decided on a partial journey down the west bank of the river, with a return back up on the east bank.  Limited bridges in the area made the route planning easy and we set off with SMP in the lead.  This leg of the ride started with some gorgeous scenery and sweeping turns, but ended up becoming flat and straight.  No complaints could be heard though because we essentially had the road to ourselves.  I'm pretty sure we saw more motorcycles than cars down there, including a few large Harley groups.  We stopped in Lacon, IL for gas and a stretch.  We all took this opportunity to begin route planning home.  After a few minutes we had a plan and said our goodbyes to SMP, as he would be breaking off before the remaining 3 of us would stop again.  Stands up again and heading north up the east bank of the river, horn honks and waves to SMP as the remaining 3 broke east on to 71.  Myself, Aycaramba, and Home4Sale gassed up one final time in Granville, IL before slabbing it home.

We were all home well before dark, and I was admittedly pretty cooked.  Hadn't had many miles under my belt yet at that point in the season, and in the words of SMP, "the interstate really wipes me out"

All in all the day was a success, it was hot and humid, but comfortable while moving.  Next stop, the Driftless!

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