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Motorcycle Discussion => Your Honda Nighthawk => Topic started by: Cbb129 on October 17, 2017, 11:00:24 AM

Title: 1983 Honda 650 Nighthawk
Post by: Cbb129 on October 17, 2017, 11:00:24 AM
Picked her up on Craigslist for $400.  Only 7800 miles on the clock.  New tires, fork oil & seals, horns, blinkers, changed oil and drive shaft fluid, rebuilt carbs, drained and derusted inside of tank.  Biggest cost was a nearly new exhaust I found on ebay for $400.  I bought a Nighthawk in 1983 as my first brand new motorcycle when I was 23 years old, so I had to have it.  This could potentially be my original bike, but I don't know how to find that out.  Anyways, bike runs and rides great.  Next is cosmetic restoration.  Any suggestions on how to restore the aluminum parts like grab rail and valve covers ?  Lots of squiggly lines running through them.


http://s58.photobucket.com/user/Cbb129/slideshow/
Title: Re: 1983 Honda 650 Nighthawk
Post by: Raven on October 17, 2017, 04:20:11 PM
Nice looking bike. nice1
Have you tried Nevr-Dull on the aluminum. It's great for shiny bits and anything metal.
Title: Re: 1983 Honda 650 Nighthawk
Post by: ExTex on October 17, 2017, 05:32:21 PM
A lot of the aluminum on my '83 650 had a clear-coat on it (including the valve covers)  and the clear-coat started to peel.
I managed to buy some of the covers on EBay from a guy that was willing to polish them and sell them for a reasonable price.
So you can spend the winter polishing the aluminum parts and have a great looking bike.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR11.TRC1.A0.H0.Xcb650sc+engine+covers.TRS0&_nkw=cb650sc+engine+covers&_sacat=0 (https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR11.TRC1.A0.H0.Xcb650sc+engine+covers.TRS0&_nkw=cb650sc+engine+covers&_sacat=0)


Ride safely,

Title: Re: 1983 Honda 650 Nighthawk
Post by: Cbb129 on October 18, 2017, 05:58:55 AM
How many pictures do you guys see on the photobucket link ?  I couldn't figure out how to post them right in the original post.  Supposed to be a dialog box pop up when you click the insert an image icon, but not working for me.
Title: Re: 1983 Honda 650 Nighthawk
Post by: mollusc on October 18, 2017, 07:08:20 AM
There's only one pic that I see.  Photobucket doesn't let you share directly any more unless you pay.
Title: Re: 1983 Honda 650 Nighthawk
Post by: Cbb129 on October 18, 2017, 07:50:58 AM
Just posted a second link in original post, can someone tell me if it shows more pics as a slideshow ?
Title: Re: 1983 Honda 650 Nighthawk
Post by: mollusc on October 18, 2017, 09:36:10 AM
Yep, it does.
Title: Re: 1983 Honda 650 Nighthawk
Post by: 2SteelHorses on November 09, 2017, 02:26:11 PM
That's a beautiful bike. I'm currently looking for my first Nighthawk, been out of the bike game for a long time.
Title: Re: 1983 Honda 650 Nighthawk
Post by: ruezi on November 12, 2017, 11:15:22 PM
WOW what a great deal. Looks very nice and not much work to do to get her look like new  :clap:
Title: Re: 1983 Honda 650 Nighthawk
Post by: NormH3 on November 15, 2017, 02:03:42 PM
very nice. I would like it just a bit more if it had a round headlight.  muhaha2
Title: Re: 1983 Honda 650 Nighthawk
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.