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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My '96 CB750 "Dragon Bike"
« on: January 04, 2018, 05:56:20 AM »
I learned a long time ago that the market drives the price.  Something is worth what people are willing to pay.  $3,000.00 for any NH750 seems way off the mark to me, but again, the market will tell.

(Disclaimer:  I'm not going to make many friends with the following paragraph.  Go ahead and flame away if you must.  This is just my opinion and not intended to be a personal insult to anyone.)

In my opinion, the NH was a much better motorcycle 20 years ago than it is today.  The improvements made in the motorcycle industry since then, many of them coming from Honda, have dated the NH to the point of nostalgia, in my opinion.  This would apply to any market within the motorcycle industry, but the return of the standard (or at least the standard riding position) in the new lines over the past 5-7 years makes this even more applicable today.  Fuel Injection, computer controls, ABS, hydraulic brake improvements, suspension dampening and valving technology, using the engine as a stressed member of the frame, ergonomical improvements and adjustability, wind and heat management, lighting, etc. etc.  This is just the tip of the iceberg, I could go on ad nauseum.  Honestly, any Japanese five year old 500-600 cc standard, worth around $3,000.00, is a WORLD better motorcycle than any nighthawk ever made.  If you'd ride one with an open mind, you would agree.

Now, a cream puff NH750 with 20,000 miles on it at $1,500.00?  Can't go wrong.  Especially if this is your first bike that you are going to drop anyway or you are looking for something that you can stretch in any direction to see what kind of bike (or market) you really want to get into.  You cam make a NH a sport tourer, a grocery getter/commuter, a weekend day tripper, or even a rudimentary dual sport pretty easily.

To the OP, in my opinion, you did very well to pass on that bike.  Sight unseen, it's only worth half of what he's asking.

Just my $0.02 worth.
I totally agree
If one really is willing to spend 3k on NH might as well add 2k more and buy CB1100  fuel injection classic looks and better in every way.
I'll confess my fear of riding  92NH is being stranded long way from home because of simply old parts.Its fine around town but hesitate going over 100miles from home.
I need a new bike for peace of mine on long distances.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Found another NH for sale...considering
« on: December 19, 2017, 10:13:03 AM »
As some here know, I missed out on a very nice NH with very low miles because I hedged on the asking price. Recently, this bike became available and the owner is asking $2500. Kelley states trade in value is $1100 and dealer retail is $1900. It's been on the market for at least of month and is 2 hours from me. Just looking for opinions. Included is the text from the ad.     

"I purchased this bike almost 10 years ago in mint condition with about 15k miles. I put on 10k miles. It is in incredible condition and can be ridden anywhere and everywhere. It's been garage kept, and serviced only by Honda dealers. The only service this bike has ever needed is oil changes each season. Newer chain, tires. Bomb proof engine. Saddle bags, user manual and repair guide included.
do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers"

He is asking too much in my opinion. Shave off $500-800. If tires are new that's worth maybe 2k or less tops otherwise has no engine guards and may not have center stand.
For 2500 you can buy decent condition ST1100 with nice wind protection bags and actually can go long distances.I like NH but not for that kind of money. In my view NH are 1k-1500 zone bikes.Plenty available cheaper don't rush.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Still Alive and Kickin'?
« on: December 10, 2017, 09:08:18 AM »
Still here and still riding in Dec scheet2

I still feel that my NH is the best bang for the buck, especially when the buck has priority.  bkr3
life is short and there are so many toys to play with...MY list is growing want to own
Kawasaki new retro 900
Goldwing naked
Honda Valkyrie
BMW R1100S
Ural with sidecar

I am sure there are more but that's my short list bikes I like to own before I die

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Best retro bike? 2018 Kawasaki Z900
« on: December 06, 2017, 09:46:45 AM »
reviews are coming out and I am in love
111 HP 72LB Torque sounds amazing and looks amazing

I hope you did not install clip type link.Not reliable. I used $30 chain riveter and worked great.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: You'e got $5k...what do you buy?
« on: December 02, 2017, 09:20:03 AM »
I would buy used old standard goldwing. 1500-2k cheap and bullet proof and take rest of 3k invest on your garage.

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.

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