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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What's up wid dat??
« Last post by alan f on November 17, 2017, 09:24:05 AM »
I would think it's a good thing (once he proves the bike starts,runs,charges,etc) that you have the ability to choose the type of battery that goes into your new bike, that you know this battery is the type you want, and that it hasn't been abused with overcharging or sitting out all winter.

Plenty of adds say, "bring a battery if you want to hear it run". If these sellers wanted to maintain their bikes, they'd probably be keeping them.
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General Motorcycle Discussion / What's up wid dat??
« Last post by NormH3 on November 17, 2017, 07:28:49 AM »
Message a guy the other day about his NH. Offered him $600 less than asking.   He then mentions it does need a new battery and for $100 more he will replace it. Wha??  I dont, get this mentallity of selling a bike with a dead battery.
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Your Honda Nighthawk / Nighthawk on the Tail of the Dragon
« Last post by MSUPKR on November 16, 2017, 07:53:09 PM »


It may be slow but here's my run on the tail of the dragon in an absolute downpour. Even going as slow as I did the rear end slipped out twice and I had brand new tires with 1,000 miles on them. Can't wait to get back when the weather is better.
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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What did you do to your Nighthawk today??
« Last post by Hoodooman on November 16, 2017, 06:17:47 PM »
I replaced my first clutch cable today!

  Last Friday, I got home at a decent hour - and was looking forward to getting in a short ride with my wife before dinner time. I pulled out the Nighthawk to let it warm up, pulled out the CMX500 & got geared up. I made it to the corner, then had my cable let go when I shifted up to third gear. So I limped it home, and called up the dealer to inquire as to the availability of a replacement. Honda still had it, but the dealer needed to order it, leaving me short a motorcycle for a few days at least. Totally FUBARed my weekend plans.

  So late yesterday, I got the call that my part had arrived... Battling work traffic, I got down to the dealer before they closed, and ended up shooting the breeze with the sales guys & one of the regular guys until well after dark. So - I didn't actually get to the task at hand until this afternoon. After watching a couple of youtube videos, and armed with the appropriate wrenches, I figured I'd give it a go. It was literally one of the easiest mechanical operations I've ever done. I installed it, eyeballed the adjustment, tested basic function - then  rode it around the yard. I then shut it down, made a quick adjustment, retested it... Probably a 15 minute job. I then got the rest of my gear on, and went for a nice ride through the countryside. So much better! I didn't even realize how stretched out the old cable was before it gave up the ghost. It shifts like a brand new bike now!
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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Best retro bike? 2018 Kawasaki Z900
« Last post by hppants on November 16, 2017, 03:47:48 PM »
I agree with your philosophy regarding forward lean angle.  for myself, I like a bit more than 10 degrees, which is why I now ride an FJR.

I was just making the correlation between the old NH (zero forward lean ) and the big versys.  Although some may trick them out to be an adventure bike, the Versys 1000 is not really anything close to an adventure bike.  Even with 80/20 tires on it, it wouldn't be useful on anything more than a groomed fire service road.
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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: 99,999.9 miles
« Last post by gus on November 16, 2017, 12:26:49 PM »
Awesome! Looks like the key to longevity of these bikes is to keep riding them. Bike looks absolutely beautiful.
Which tires have you had good luck with if you don't mind me asking?

Bridgestone BTO 45's, using a 140/80 on the rear, it's a little taller than stock. I average about 8K on the rear, a little more on the front. I was using Dunlops before switching over. I noticed no difference in ride or handling.
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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: 99,999.9 miles
« Last post by Kronos89 on November 16, 2017, 08:51:07 AM »
Awesome! Looks like the key to longevity of these bikes is to keep riding them. Bike looks absolutely beautiful.
Which tires have you had good luck with if you don't mind me asking?
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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Best retro bike? 2018 Kawasaki Z900
« Last post by postoak on November 16, 2017, 08:12:45 AM »
The problem with all those adventure bikes is they give you a 0° forward lean angle when you want about 10°.  I'm riding a bike with no lean now and I can tell you for me it becomes uncomfortable in the middle back after about 45 minutes.  The leg room on the adventure bikes is great, though, I agree.
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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Best retro bike? 2018 Kawasaki Z900
« Last post by hppants on November 16, 2017, 06:26:53 AM »
A great bike available today to migrate from the NH750 is the Versys 1000LT.  Wonderful neutral riding position for hands, seat, and feet.  Comes with hard luggage and good wind protection.  Comes with ABS and the 1000 ninja motor is bullet proof.  And you can find plenty of leftover '16s and '16s for about $10K, and in many cases, $9,500.
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Nice looking bike.  I still have a chin fairing like that laying around somewhere.
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