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While I didn't do much to my NH today I did get my ass kicked in the market (I am a trader)
My losses could of bought 5 NH in pristine condition. :wacko: :(

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Best retro bike? 2018 Kawasaki Z900
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:56:50 AM »
I agree on looks - I'd prefer the exhaust arrangement on the 'Hawk - more symmetry - but otherwise, slap a fairing on that puppy and it would be good to go without even wearing a disguise...
111 HP imagine that with light weight, modern redial breaks, slipper clutch,traction control and you got a sport cruiser,commuter and everything in between.
I still love Power.If Honda made the CB over 100HP I would of gone that direction but its heavier and less powerful and not so great suspension and 12k on top of it.Overpriced what you get.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Best retro bike? 2018 Kawasaki Z900
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:53:11 AM »
That Kawaskai is supremely ugly though.
Would not call this ugly.Take a look again drooler1 pics44

General Motorcycle Discussion / Best retro bike? 2018 Kawasaki Z900
« on: November 12, 2017, 06:58:54 PM »
Love this far more HP and lighter then CB and looks amazing.Problem with CB Honda made old man's bike but forgot that baby boomers like myself age 52 still have blood moving inside and we love the option to open it up!
With CB basically it was well Vanilla as usual.
I was thinking to buy the BMW R9T but love this even more.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: VHT Exhaust paint works
« on: October 28, 2017, 12:05:57 PM »
Would also like to see the finished product. What color did you go with?

I painted red and installed LED lights under and looks real hot rod with other mods.Love to post pics but its getting PIA to post it.
Will try !

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Opinions on this photo of a 92
« on: October 27, 2017, 12:20:30 PM »
Have yet to pull the trigger on one, but have been doing a lot of reading about NHs. I came across this photo of one that was put up for sale and sold some time ago. I really like how this one sits a tad lower on the frame and can only assume it's the result of the type of rear shocks that are used. I'm guessing the the restricted amount of travel could cause a bumpier ride in some situations. Are there any other disadvantages to setting a NH up in this configuration?

EDIT: Just realized I wasn't suppose to post technical topics here. Please move to appropriate forum if need be.
IMO it looks hideous.Results would be lazy cornering,bad handling overall plus back pain ride over bumps.Just don't see the "beauty" of it.If anything raising the rear makes turning faster and observing the bumps better which I did on mine.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: VHT Exhaust paint works
« on: October 25, 2017, 11:22:52 AM »
Can I use it? If it works, I will try to do it.
some results failed and you can read on forums but these are executed not properly or cured correctly.
Follow the instructions and it works.Mine has not peeled or flaked off

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: VHT Exhaust paint works
« on: October 23, 2017, 10:47:04 PM »
53 views and not even 1 comment or thank you

General Motorcycle Discussion / VHT Exhaust paint works
« on: October 21, 2017, 10:03:32 AM »
Hi guys thought to share this.After my mistake of wrapping my headers and seeing the rust and damage I decided to paint my headers to protect it from further corrosion.
After some consideration I tried VHT High Temp ceramic paint.After 3 months no pitting, no peeling, no fading. I am very impressed for 13 dollar investment.
Key is to follow manufacturers direction.If you skip it won't work. 1st step roughly sand paper headers to take the shine out and clean thoroughly I mean thoroughly.I cleaned it twice then wiped it with alcohol.
1st coat should be very thin.Apply second and 3rd not waiting more then 15min in between.After everything is painted allow it to dry.
Curing is done on the bike. Directions are on the can.

Anyway thought to share.I am just happy my headers now will last longer then simply exposed.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Placebo or Real? 87 or 92 octane
« on: August 30, 2017, 08:12:51 AM »
I can confirm my mileage is up by about 7-8 mpg.I have been writing down numbers and using same gas station 93 premium gas.
Its true my mileage is up and my bike does run smoother and yes choke time far less.
Is it all due to additives in the gas?Maybe I am not sure but results are so positive that I will continue using premium gas from same station.
FYI I live in Medford MA metro Boston so East cost mix.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Placebo or Real? 87 or 92 octane
« on: August 25, 2017, 09:58:56 AM »
Octane rating DOES have an effect on idle, anti-knock and performance. I used to have a practically unlimited source for obtaining 100 Low Lead Avgas and used to run it in the Nighthawk. Since switching back to 87 octane, the difference is quite the point where I am considering running premium in the Hawk regardless of cost.
I agree with you.Just did a 250mile round trip to Cape Cod and the bike run lot smoother and more power and I know its not placebo.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Placebo or Real? 87 or 92 octane
« on: August 19, 2017, 10:45:47 AM »
Hi guys
Lately I switched to 92 octane and my bikes 91NH runs smoother faster and seems to have more power.Noticed idle increased significantly and I adjusted back down but was puzzled why switching the octane increased the idle speed.
Anyway am I experiencing placebo effect or actually my bike runs better.I know it does but need your guys opinions

Stablemates / Re: My Prior (MC) Love Interest was....
« on: August 16, 2017, 10:36:34 AM »
Speaking of VFR's I just sold mine and bought the Nighthawk.  whoohoo1

20170701_172447 by Noah Corr, on Flickr

Now if I can just get my ST1100 sold before my wife kills me.  :(

20160806_155203 by Noah Corr, on Flickr
I sold my VFR800 5th gen long ego and main reason fear of overheating.This all gear driven engine is beautiful to listen but creates lots of heat and when stuck in traffic temp shoots way up and if anything goes wrong with the fans you are screwed.I just could not take the stress being in traffic almost all the time here in Boston.Fine machine if outside of city with vast open roads which almost never here hence why I bought the NH lot more happy and been stuck in traffic without issues.
Do miss that VFR sound specially on downshifts.
Your model has probably most complicated valve adjustment and why I think they are relativity cheap to buy on CL since just adjusting the valves are over 1k job.
Enjoy your NH

Stablemates / Re: After 11 years, I got a new bike.
« on: August 12, 2017, 12:56:15 AM »
Congrats! Its a great bike.I had a SV650 and basically the same engine as in storm.I loved my SV best handling bike I owned.

SV has a huge dedicated forum which should keep you updated on mods and maintenance.These guys are passionate about their bikes as NH owners do here only SV owners are lot more numerous.
Enjoy it!

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Don't wrap your pipes
« on: August 02, 2017, 05:23:26 PM »
But they look cool as hell on the right bike lol
Cool factor will ware off quick when you realize your $800 pipes are rusted prematurely
Paint it high temp ceramic paint that will look cool plus protect against rust.
my VHT pipes still look good after 2weeksw of painting.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Road Trip on NH650
« on: August 01, 2017, 07:53:11 AM »

Very cool ride

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Don't wrap your pipes
« on: July 27, 2017, 10:56:15 AM »
Please do post pics. I have a friend who is considering doing pipe wrapping now.
Tell your friend he will be buying headers way sooner if he wraps.This trend started in nascar racing but now most coat them with ceramic paint.If he is going for the looks then its simply costly.
Here some pics notice wrap pattern eaten deep.

The part has been sanded great deal prepping to paint which looks lot better but when 1st unwrapped it looked terrible.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Don't wrap your pipes
« on: July 27, 2017, 06:15:45 AM »
There seems to be hotted discussion on internet if wrapping pipes causes damage.Well it does.After 1 year of having my pipes wrapped foolishly I took it off to paint with high temp 2000 paint and sadly good chunks of my headers seriously rusted deep and rusted part has exactly same pattern as the wrap itself.
I will take pictures to show.If you ride a lot and occasionally in the rain that's when it really damages when wet wrap literally steams on the pipes.Whoever says otherwise must of never ridden in the rain.Anyway I will post pics soon

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My new 91 NH 750
« on: July 24, 2017, 09:35:31 AM »
Congrats same year color for me although I changed mine almost totally yaaaah3 bnna+ without cutting the frame.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: 93 NH750 Scrambler Build (UPDATE)
« on: July 20, 2017, 10:05:21 AM »
"Looks DIY" is hardly a valid criticism when all of these modded bikes look DIY.
I think you know what I meant.
You can rattlecan paint a bike and make it look like ghetto job or you can rattlecan that look polished clean. Both DIY difference is execution.Same can be applied to seat,foam shaping,crisp edging,aesthetics.Seat touching the tank also looks bla....
People only want to hear great comments I provided only honest observation on this thread.
It can be made far better!That's all I am trying to say.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Amazing deal CB1100 8k new
« on: July 20, 2017, 05:02:44 AM »
Wow been looking at wings for months. Just short 2k but  drooler1
12.5milies and looks amazing.This one is historical

and CB 1100 new 8k

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: 93 NH750 Scrambler Build (UPDATE)
« on: July 20, 2017, 04:33:29 AM »

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I maybe minority here but aesthetically your seat just does not work.Its not formed well and it curves in wrong places and rear part of the seat looks kind of DIY.
I think you should redo it with nice edges and keeping it as flat as possible.Something like this.

I think you put a great effort so far and make it count!

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What year is too old?
« on: July 15, 2017, 02:43:54 AM »
How does changing cosmetics improve performance?
my carbs are shimmed and exhaust modified slightly

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What year is too old?
« on: July 14, 2017, 04:36:34 AM »
Just my opinion, of course...but do the Dixon to a Nighthawk and guarantee within a year you will hate it. In fact, you will hate it so much you will try to sell it, and as the above posts infer, you will take not only a beating but a thrashing as well.
Trust me; nobody wants somebody else's idea of a "cool bike". The standard Nighthawk is as foolproof and user-friendly as it gets but once you start butchering, that dog won't hunt. Get it. Ride it. Enjoy it.
I think one can modify improve performance without cutting frame or even removing air box.
I chose to go "mild" classy route.

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