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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: What's Your NightHawk Worth?
« Last post by DesertDragon on February 18, 2018, 11:01:36 AM »
Wow - 1.5 million...
I "might" consider selling it for that... but then money doesn't buy happiness, and I'm happy with my bike.
Looks like I'm a millionaire...
I'm thinking it might take "just a bit" more than "lights and stickers" to "join the fun"...
Well, maybe not to join the fun, but to be able to walk away without restraints and an armed escort afterwards...
MSP does a regular (maybe annually?) assessment of law enforcement vehicles, and their report is a resource that many agencies use for determining which vehicles they want to add to their fleets. I suspect their connection with Detroit, at least initially, had something to do with that.

A couple of years back I read that year's report; at that time they tested several HD models, a Victory (RIP), BMW's R1200RT-P, and the Kawasaki Concours. IIRC, the top-rated bike was the BMW. I thought the Victory was an interesting inclusion, as I don't think I've ever seen a Victory on the road as a police bike.

In my LEO career, I had the chance to get certified to ride a departmental MC. I didn't do it for 2 reasons:
1. The bike was a 900-lb. HD. At the time, my only experience riding was on my NH 550, and that Harley felt like way too much bike for me.
2. I would have had to purchase all my own police MC gear, which probably would have run me $2k, all-in. I just didn't have that kind of scratch laying around at the time (not like I do now).

I'll soon be moving to a new department that has a dedicated moto unit. They also ride HDs (find me a police department in WI that doesn't) but, once I'm eligible, I may consider giving it a try. If chosen, they'd send me to the official HD police riding academy and pay for all of my gear.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to the forum on an 83 CB650 Special Nighthawk
« Last post by Raven on February 16, 2018, 06:54:37 PM »
My best tip would be keep it in a garage if possible. If you don't have a garage or shed get a cover.
  I keep mine in my heated basement in the winter until riding weather returns.
Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to the forum on an 83 CB650 Special Nighthawk
« Last post by 209Sparky on February 16, 2018, 06:36:26 PM »
Thanks for the welcome guys. Very cool that your nails and mine are only 1 model year off raven. Any special care tips. Being in Canada I’m sure the cold weather plays a bigger role than the California sun my bike gets, but still.
Awww, it was better when they were on the Harleys and I could outrun them.
General Motorcycle Discussion / Hey Design Flaw, You Can be a Michigan Moto-Cop Now
« Last post by Dan on February 16, 2018, 09:41:46 AM »
Michigan State Police are testing Yamaha's new FJR's as police bikes.  Get some lights and stickers on yours and join the fun.

"The Michigan State Police tested the FJR1300P back in October, where it achieved a top-speed of 143 miles-per-hour, a 0-60mph time of under four-seconds, and a 0-100mph time of 9.2-seconds. The big two-wheeler also had a 60-0mph braking distance of 142.9 feet. Among other bikes being tested were models from Harley, BMW, and, interestingly enough, Zero Motorcycles. The FJR actually beat all other police-spec bikes tested in the speed and acceleration runs, though didn’t do quite as hot in the braking distance department."
Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to the forum on an 83 CB650 Special Nighthawk
« Last post by Raven on February 16, 2018, 05:29:51 AM »
Welcome to the forum. My Nighthawk is special too.
Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: New to the forum on an 83 CB650 Special Nighthawk
« Last post by ExTex on February 15, 2018, 08:49:21 PM »
Beautiful Bike.


Ride safely

Your Honda Nighthawk / New to the forum on an 83 CB650 Special Nighthawk
« Last post by 209Sparky on February 15, 2018, 08:24:25 PM »
Hello all,
      I just joined the forum today but have had my first bike, 83 CB650SC, for a little over two years now. I’m a younger rider and have only ever done light work on vehicles before but work as an electrician so I’m fairly handy with my tools. I’ve been absolutely in love with my bike and finally had the motivation and proper time off of work to get her up and running again after a short stint with a drained battery and a blown starter. Blown starter was my fault, don’t listen to your electrician friends when they say you can connect up your car battery and try to see if your bike will start that way. One replacement battery and starter from amazon later and we are back on the road. I’m in California and my live in girlfriend enjoys riding together around our area. I have lots on my to do list; breaks, form seals, leaky peacock, turn signal issues and digital display to name a few but look forward to tackling them, with the help of all the fine people here on the forum. So watch for me in the technical section as I am sure I will need to pick your collective brains in order to bring my wonderful machine back to tip top shape. Thanks everyone and hopefully I’ll have some better pictures soon.

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