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Haha, added bonus Larry!

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Finished the plasti dipping.  Got everything back on Friday and have been enjoying the new color! Could have done a bit better on the finish, especially on the top of the tank.  I think I went a bit light on the last few coats so it didn't blend together.  But it's my first plasti dipping and I was just trying it out.  Now to see how tough it is and how long it will last. 

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A few weeks ago I bondoed a few dents and dings in my gas tank.  Tonight I started plasti dipping!  One panel at a time. 

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Not really. The cables from the controls pretty much decide where it will be. I’ve tried sitting closer, further higher and lower. The only position that helps is tucking my head right down into the fairing right above the handlebars. I’m wondering also if I could get a small extension to force the wind up and out wider.  I have seen a photo of an addition clipped onto a normal fairing.

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Earlier this week I installed a fairing I've had since the fall.  I struggled to attach it the first time I tried to attach it back in the fall.  The instructions were very limited.  I decided to youtube it and found a greatly helpful video by the maker.  Got it on and headed out to get gas at midnight just cause I was really excited to see the difference.  All but one thing is great.  That one thing is a big deal to me on short rides(up to 20 minutes. i.e. most commutes).  This is just the right shape and size that it pushes almost all of the air it diverts RIGHT PAST MY EARS!!!!  So now with ANY ride I have to use earplugs or ear buds.  Yes I know(meaning no need to let me know that ear protection is a super good idea, thanks for the concern) that ear protection is a good idea, I have in fact already purchased several types of plugs trying them out to see what fits, feels good long term and is effective to the level I feel needed.  Is I am a new rider this is a new experience for me.  I'm guessing that I could change shapes and or sizes of fairings to put my head more into the air bubble instead of right between the air stream created by this fairing?  What size have any of you used that puts the air well away from your ears?  I'm not sure how it is referred to other than measured from the top of the headlight.  I believe mine is about 15".   I did just see a different style that only uses two attachment points on the handle bars as apposed to the four that mine uses(two handle bar and two fork).  Seems easier to attach and detach, and it comes in a couple different sizes.  I'm thinking of trying one to see if it's better than what I have on now.  I do know that it's so much nicer at speed now. I don't have to bolster myself against the buffeting of the wind!

And today I took a ride after church in the break in the rain we had today out to a local dam on the Mighty Columbia.  Man I like to ride!

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Well, I managed to get it done yesterday morning before the Toy Run.  Got up early and used a grinder I borrowed from a friend.  Off with the old chain and on with the new.  I spread the old chain out on my bench and marked where it was.  Then counted links on the new chain to the same 110 and marked where it was.  The old chain is about 5/8" longer than the new chain.  So new chain made and installed.  New Sprockets on and everything back together.  A few test runs around the block, adjust the shift lever and rear brake a bit and off to the toy run.

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The Toy Run was pretty fun.  I was in one last weekend with my girlfriend in Polk County (south?) Carolina.  There were over 500 motorcycles there.  It was dry and near 60 degrees.  This time it was just me in Portland, Oregon.  I don't know the count of bikes but by the looks of it maybe in the 200 range, maybe.  It was in the 40's and raining.  Fun ride though.  The "rain gear" I was gifted a month or so back appears to be better suited as a cloudy day pant and jacket!  I was Absolutely drenched, and I've applied two coats of water repellent!!!  Also my new pair of gloves which are supposed to be water proof are NOT.  Boo Hiss on all that.  I've written to the company about that.  We shall see what they say.  The other gear I'll make do with some frog toggs I have for hiking(used today in the wind and they block all of that very well) and a jacket I used for backpacking/snowsports. It is waterproof.  I think in the future I will invest in some nice rain gear or maybe a duster or leather winter gear.  There were a lot of leather wearing bikers there at both toy runs.  The wet weather didn't seem to touch the leather or duster wearing riders. 

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Boo Hiss.  Attempted changing my sprockets and chain.  Failed to accomplish much of anything.  Got the front sprocket off.  Tried to take the chain apart, broke the chain tool!  Bah.  If motorcycles were made of wood I'd have had this done in no time flat.  Hopefully I'll get some useful tips tomorrow at the bike shop and from my mechanic buddy and I'll be able to get it done tomorrow.  Planning on doing a toy run Sat, IF I can get things taken care of that is!  Wish me luck!!!!


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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: 99,999.9 miles
« on: November 15, 2017, 01:15:07 PM »
That’s awesome man! 

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: my 750 nh
« on: November 11, 2017, 10:17:12 PM »
Why am I not seeing the photos on this thread?

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I'd so wave at that! 

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Well that was a productive day. reinstalled the wheels with the new tires!!  Changed the pads up front the the shoes in back.  Cleaned everything reasonably while I was at it.  Learning about these things as I go.  Adjusted the chain once I had everything back on.  Then...........Took it out for a short ride in the wet.  I have to say, even I could feel the difference with the new tires!  The bike felt so much sportier and easy to maneuver.  Granted I'm new and wasn't going very fast, especially in the corners, but wow there's a difference.  Looking forward to being back on the road!

Old drum shoes.  Had plenty of surface left but since I bought new already I changed them out. 
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New drum shoes.
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New tires showed up FAST!  Just dropped them off to be mounted and balanced.  Also was able to order new front and rear brakes at the same shop.  Going to pick it all up in a couple days!!!  So excited to find out what fresh feet on my hawk will feel like! 

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I am so new I just thought everyone does their own type of wave, or none.  I do find it pretty sweet to be "in the club" now.  hehe
I don't wave at three wheelers, mopeds, scooters, bicycles, joggers, cagers, airplanes or cows. 
My wave of choice so far seems to be hand down and out in the "hang loose" thumb and pinkie out with the back of the hand forward.  Enjoy the ride and be safe is what I'm saying.  If I am in a turn or see a rider at the last minute do to traffic or just not having the time or being comfortable taking the hand off the handle bar I nod.

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No it doesn't "need" to be loud.  I do like something louder than stock by quite a bit thought.  I like to hear my bike in traffic, at least a little.  Part of the excitement of riding for me is hearing a motorcycle and.....surprise surprise I'm the rider!  ;-)

So  yesterday I took off the wheels in preparation for new tires which are coming later this week.  After reading the dates and finding the rear at 10 years old and the front at a whopping 22 years old I sadly but smartly decided to put the bike up until it gets fresh feet.  Taking the wheels off was more in prevention than preparation I think.  Keeps me from heading out for a "little" ride. 
I'm also going to change the brake pads front and rear soon, thought I'd do that while the wheels are off and waiting for fresh feet.  Then I haven't had success finding brake pads.  I haven't done much searching yet but was frustrated to see that my usual sources for parts doesn't have them.    Any links to some decent pads would be appreciated.  1991 cb750

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to forum
« on: November 03, 2017, 11:36:37 AM »
Welcome!

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I think it sounds alright. I have nothing to compare it to though since they were like that when I bought it. I would like a deeper throatier sound but it doesn’t seem like there are many options for an added muffler.  I would guess that they are a bit louder than stock at the moment. 

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Finally got the nuts, bolts, and washers to mount my rear cowl.  So tonight I took the time to get it all bolted down and popped on the side panels.  The right side is missing the top boss so it's a little floppy there.  Planning on gluing on a metal ball post to fix that, found the idea in a very good thread on this forum!  Not digging the red and black, but couldn't find red panels when I was originally looking.  I plan on painting the panels, tank and fender(front, not sure I'll paint the rear fender) a deep metallic blue over the winter.  Possibly going to add a couple white speed stripes on the tank, we shall see. 



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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: Black 1992 Honda Nighthawk CB750
« on: October 27, 2017, 12:28:07 AM »
I'm new to all this two wheel stuff.  Loving it obviously thought!  I'm curious what, if any, advantages there are to the lower scoop you installed on your NH?  I like the look but can't think of what "good" it does for the ride other than looking good.
Your bike looks great by the way, well except the basket. hehe I thought the milk man drove  a truck. 

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: First time rider!
« on: October 23, 2017, 07:35:58 PM »
I'll look into adjusting it.  Thanks
What kind of tension do you recommend?

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: First time rider!
« on: October 22, 2017, 11:20:54 AM »
IMG_8730 by Matthew Gandy, on Flickr


wow, just copy and paste?  sheesh so easy.  That'll make life easier to share!

Thanks Mollusc

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: First time rider!
« on: October 21, 2017, 09:25:59 PM »
this is annoying.  The only image that worked was the first one up there.  I paste the BBC or whatever copied link between the prompts from the forum image but no images seem to work since that first one.  Why does it have to be so difficult?  Copy, paste.  Seems overly complicated if I have to edit some of the code just to get a photo posted. 

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: First time rider!
« on: October 21, 2017, 09:42:15 AM »
Here it is with the rear end put together and ready to ride.  I'll be getting the rear cowl and the side panels on this winter. Waiting on a few nuts and bolts for the parts I bought on eBay.
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I will possibly be trying to get the panels and tank painted this winter as well. 

Again it looks like I'm doing what I need to to upload from flikr but the photo isn't coming up in preview?  So I'll post and see if that works.

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Scariest ride ever
« on: October 20, 2017, 07:31:15 PM »
The frogtoggs you guys use.....do you wrap your legs with a bungee(or similar) to keep them away from hot surfaces?  I wouldn't think they'd do so well flapping on a muffler. I was just given a free set of rain gear. Untested by me as of yet. Before I was surprised by this gifted gear I was thinking of using frogs.  Is there a special riding togg out there I'm unaware of that has Heat protection where it matters? Hopefully my gear will hold up when I need it it. But it would be good to know what to get if it doesn't or when it's worn out.
Thanks!
McG

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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Still Alive and Kickin'?
« on: October 20, 2017, 09:31:02 AM »
I'm here. Just a newbie rider and new to the forum. My first bike is a 1991 cb750 Nighthawk!

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Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: First time rider!
« on: October 08, 2017, 12:21:00 AM »
does it work from the pc????



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OH my word it works!!!!!

Here's my bike just before I got it wired up on the rear end(tail light and signals) and rode it home from my buddies!.

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