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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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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: my 750 nh
« on: October 29, 2017, 07:14:40 AM »
The picture at the top is on a paid Photobucket account.  Other services (such as Flickr) will do the same thing for free.

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: Black 1992 Honda Nighthawk CB750
« on: October 28, 2017, 05:29:23 AM »
There's also the cheeseburger approach if you wanna add some downforce to your bike...

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: First time rider!
« on: October 24, 2017, 04:28:45 AM »
My Nighthawk is shaft drive, so I adjust to what the manual recommends...

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: First time rider!
« on: October 22, 2017, 04:18:36 PM »
That chain looks pretty loose!

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: First time rider!
« on: October 22, 2017, 05:56:42 AM »
You don't have to change anything in what you copy.  Even that first pic doesn't seem to have had its code directly pasted from the Flickr window.  Don't use the "insert image" button at all.

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Still Alive and Kickin'?
« on: October 19, 2017, 11:03:58 AM »
There's a pretty active core of a couple of dozen people I'd say.  Most of the older members don't have Nighthawks any more but still have wisdom to offer.
And there are a few people who are relatively new (say, in the past six months) who seem to be doing interesting builds or are dealing with the bringing-it-back-to-life issues that many of us have faced over the years.  Some of those young 'uns are very active contributors and participants.

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: 1983 Honda 650 Nighthawk
« on: October 18, 2017, 09:36:10 AM »
Yep, it does.

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: 1983 Honda 650 Nighthawk
« 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.

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to forum
« on: October 15, 2017, 03:26:41 PM »
That looks like a hell of a good, deal, actually.  You might be able to find another one in good condition for a little less money, but probably not with such low mileage and not with all of the new parts and maintenance done.  At 9k miles this is barely off the showroom floor!

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: First time rider!
« on: October 07, 2017, 07:04:15 PM »
In Flickr, click on any of your pictures so that's all you're looking at.  Lower right corner of the screen there is a series of icons.  The middle one is an arrow curling to the right; if you hover your mouse over it a hint will pop up saying "Share Photo."  Click that.  A window opens on top of the picture.  The first time you do this it will be under the tab "Share" and will have icons for Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Ignore that and click on the "BBCode" heading instead.  I normally set the lower box to the Medium setting that has one of the dimensions as 800.
Assuming you're using a PC, make sure the line with the link in it is highlighted.  Press and hold CTRL, then press C.  Let go of both.  Change to the window for this forum and after clicking in the white box where you normally type, press and hold CTRL, then press V.  The share code should appear.

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Stablemates / Re: Poll: How many bikes do you own?
« on: October 06, 2017, 02:11:30 PM »
P.S.  Tim...how do I make these images show up in the post like the other folks have?


In Flickr, click on any of your pictures so that's all you're looking at.  Lower right corner of the screen there is a series of icons.  The middle one is an arrow curling to the right; if you hover your mouse over it a hint will pop up saying "Share Photo."  Click that.  A window opens on top of the picture.  The first time you do this it will be under the tab "Share" and will have icons for Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Ignore that and click on the "BBCode" heading instead.  I normally set the lower box to the Medium setting that has one of the dimensions as 800.
Assuming you're using a PC, make sure the line with the link in it is highlighted.  Press and hold CTRL, then press C.  Let go of both.  Change to the window for this forum and after clicking in the white box where you normally type, press and hold CTRL, then press V.  The share code should appear.

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: First start after 15 years
« on: October 06, 2017, 05:38:33 AM »
Replacing the fluid in the forks is a relatively simple job, and you don't have to remove the seals to do it.  The oil is actually Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) which you should be able to obtain pretty readily.
Do you have a workshop manual for your bike?

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Saw this for sale yesterday.
« on: September 28, 2017, 06:12:05 PM »
If you decide to pull the trigger on it, I have a full set of refurbed 700S carbs; they only need a single jet replaced which you would probably be able to salvage from the set that's on it.
Fuel in the oil could easily be stuck floats or bad float valve seals.
The other issue that these can develop over time is that the petcock starts to leak to the outside world, around the perimeter of the selector knob.  It used to be a big problem to find replacement parts to repair them (that was "not a serviceable part" according to Honda) but there are a couple of reverse-engineered aftermarket solutions available.  The repair does involved drilling out the rivets that seal the petcock shut but it's not really a big deal.
Another way to check the alternator chain is to put the bike in second and try to roll it.  If you see the vanes of the alternator spin, things are probably okay.

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My RWB Nighthawk S
« on: September 28, 2017, 11:46:42 AM »
I don't see a single ROB '86 -- surely you have at least one of them in the best colour scheme??!

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Saw this for sale yesterday.
« on: September 28, 2017, 11:45:27 AM »
That looks like a stray throttle or choke cable, so it might have been sitting a while and need carb work.  If you can look inside the tank, check carefully for rust.
Also, poke your finger into the vanes of the alternator to see if you can turn them.  If you can spin it easily in both directions, then the alt/starter chain is broken or the starter clutch is messed up and the engine will have to be torn down to fix it.  And it's an '84 so you might run into problems with the crankshaft end seal leaking after you do that (but there is a workaround fix).
The other thing that can happen is broken shift forks.  Try rolling it around and changing gears.  Repairing those also requires removing the engine and opening it up.
The plastics look okay but the paint does not.  It has engine guards which are often a hot ticket item.


Since it's the end of the season, prices tend to be lower than at the start of spring.  I would go $250 if the chain or shift forks are broken, and maybe $700 if they're not.

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My RWB Nighthawk S
« on: September 27, 2017, 09:21:47 PM »
Click on any of your pictures so that's all you're looking at.  Lower right corner of the screen there is a series of icons.  The middle one is an arrow curling to the right; if you hover your mouse over it a hint will pop up saying "Share Photo."  Click that.  A window opens on top of the picture.  The first time you do this it will be under the tab "Share" and will have icons for Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Ignore that and click on the "BBCode" heading instead.  I normally set the lower box to the Medium setting that has one of the dimensions as 800.
Assuming you're using a PC, make sure the line with the link in it is highlighted.  Press and hold CTRL, then press C.  Let go of both.  Change to the window for this forum and after clicking in the white box where you normally type, press and hold CTRL, then press V.  The share code should appear.

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Stablemates / Re: Poll: How many bikes do you own?
« on: September 27, 2017, 12:28:47 PM »
I always wanted a stable but never thought I'd have one.  After all, you can only ride one at a time, right?
However, I now find myself in possession of a 1984 Nighthawk S which I will be doing a thorough refurb on over the next year or two, including doing something a little subtle but personal with the paintwork, a 2012 NC700X in pristine condition, and a 2005 Vespa GT200 which is actually my wife's.  I have a couple of non-running Motobecane mopeds as well, rotting away in the garage.

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