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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New member/rider here...
« Last post by aarongolesch on February 18, 2018, 08:36:57 PM »
Thanks for all of the tips!

So I bought the bike with a broken starter, decided to try and rebuild it but I accidentally broke a stubborn part on it. So I bought a functional one, all it needs now is a battery.

My only concern is (which I haven't got it running since because I need a battery), I compression started it a few times and rode it around the street to get a feel for the bike. It started up fine with the choke and rode for quite a while, but as I was going along in 2nd gear it just kinda sputtered out and died on me. I couldn't compression start it after that. The throttle was not responding.

So I'll get a battery this week and fire it up (or try to) and see what it does and I'll post an update on what's going on with it.

I'm a new rider here sooo... maybe I didn't let the choke off all of the way and it ran too rich or something? I'm not really sure.
General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What's Your NightHawk Worth?
« Last post by DesertDragon on February 18, 2018, 11:01:36 AM »
Wow - 1.5 million...
I "might" consider selling it for that... but then money doesn't buy happiness, and I'm happy with my bike.
Looks like I'm a millionaire...
I'm thinking it might take "just a bit" more than "lights and stickers" to "join the fun"...
Well, maybe not to join the fun, but to be able to walk away without restraints and an armed escort afterwards...
MSP does a regular (maybe annually?) assessment of law enforcement vehicles, and their report is a resource that many agencies use for determining which vehicles they want to add to their fleets. I suspect their connection with Detroit, at least initially, had something to do with that.

A couple of years back I read that year's report; at that time they tested several HD models, a Victory (RIP), BMW's R1200RT-P, and the Kawasaki Concours. IIRC, the top-rated bike was the BMW. I thought the Victory was an interesting inclusion, as I don't think I've ever seen a Victory on the road as a police bike.

In my LEO career, I had the chance to get certified to ride a departmental MC. I didn't do it for 2 reasons:
1. The bike was a 900-lb. HD. At the time, my only experience riding was on my NH 550, and that Harley felt like way too much bike for me.
2. I would have had to purchase all my own police MC gear, which probably would have run me $2k, all-in. I just didn't have that kind of scratch laying around at the time (not like I do now).

I'll soon be moving to a new department that has a dedicated moto unit. They also ride HDs (find me a police department in WI that doesn't) but, once I'm eligible, I may consider giving it a try. If chosen, they'd send me to the official HD police riding academy and pay for all of my gear.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to the forum on an 83 CB650 Special Nighthawk
« Last post by Raven on February 16, 2018, 06:54:37 PM »
My best tip would be keep it in a garage if possible. If you don't have a garage or shed get a cover.
  I keep mine in my heated basement in the winter until riding weather returns.
Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to the forum on an 83 CB650 Special Nighthawk
« Last post by 209Sparky on February 16, 2018, 06:36:26 PM »
Thanks for the welcome guys. Very cool that your nails and mine are only 1 model year off raven. Any special care tips. Being in Canada I’m sure the cold weather plays a bigger role than the California sun my bike gets, but still.
Awww, it was better when they were on the Harleys and I could outrun them.
General Motorcycle Discussion / Hey Design Flaw, You Can be a Michigan Moto-Cop Now
« Last post by Dan on February 16, 2018, 09:41:46 AM »
Michigan State Police are testing Yamaha's new FJR's as police bikes.  Get some lights and stickers on yours and join the fun.

"The Michigan State Police tested the FJR1300P back in October, where it achieved a top-speed of 143 miles-per-hour, a 0-60mph time of under four-seconds, and a 0-100mph time of 9.2-seconds. The big two-wheeler also had a 60-0mph braking distance of 142.9 feet. Among other bikes being tested were models from Harley, BMW, and, interestingly enough, Zero Motorcycles. The FJR actually beat all other police-spec bikes tested in the speed and acceleration runs, though didn’t do quite as hot in the braking distance department."
Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to the forum on an 83 CB650 Special Nighthawk
« Last post by Raven on February 16, 2018, 05:29:51 AM »
Welcome to the forum. My Nighthawk is special too.
Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to the forum on an 83 CB650 Special Nighthawk
« Last post by ExTex on February 15, 2018, 08:49:21 PM »
Beautiful Bike.


Ride safely

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