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General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Infidel
« on: August 24, 2014, 09:04:28 PM »
Thanks Guys.

I spent this past weekend camping at Mosport for the annual VRRA Vintage festival. Spent much of the time hanging out with my buddies from the Kawasaki Triples Club ( love those things ), lots of 70's & 80's Japanese stuff including some really tasty Honda twin cam F models.

I'll post some pictures soon ( only about 500 or so to edit through ).

I'll hang around. You might not hear from me too much, but I'll be around.
I have at least 3 projects on the go now, I will post some updates.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Infidel
« on: August 22, 2014, 10:00:04 PM »
I'm sure I am going to catch hell for this, receive a stoning, and be cast out into the wilderness,
but after having it for a few months - I really dislike my 84 650 NH.

No fault of the bike, it seems to do everything it's supposed to do. But I really don't care for it, maybe I was expecting more.
I had an 84 750S, years ago, and didn't mind it ( although I wouldn't call it love, or even exciting). And I've owned and ridden many, many bikes, so I have lots to compare it to.
Just doesn't do it for me, I think it's mostly the riding position. It's a bit too cruiser-ish maybe. Bars too high, feet too far forward, fuel tank too small. I like the motor, it's just the rest of it.
I got it to supplement my little 250 Sherpa for doing longer distance, but the Sherpa still sees more action.

So, I'm selling it.
I think I'll work on getting my 900F back on the road.
It's why I haven't been around here much lately, probably not much after this either.

Thanks for letting me in.


Not sure if this one counts as a "standard", but this was 2 bikes ago:  1986 suzuki GS1150E, and by the end transformed to an ES, because of the fairing and other front end bits.  Total rehab of electricals, new front springs, Hayabusa rear shock, rebuilt the starter, stage 3 jets with pods, lightweight and awesome sounding Hindle muffler, all the relay mods and wiring tricks to make it reliable.  I regret selling it, but i tripled my investment, and the bodywork is so rare i was scared of it getting dinged or dropped- it took a year to find all the oieces!  It howled down the road, and i never saw more than 135 on it, but it still wanted to go. 

Went from this:

To this:

Also had one of these. Monsterously powerful, had a kind of rough around the edges angry kind of feel to it. Mine had oversize pistons, & a Yosh pipe, we got 127 from the rear wheel on the dyno. Made a great sport touring bike, with the emphasis on"sport". Better handling than you would expect something that big to be.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: 1984 CB 650SC
« on: June 24, 2014, 01:52:42 PM »
So my $500.00 bargain just improved a little.
I had to spend some money on fork seals & rear brakes, so it works well now.
My son comes home from school to inform me that they have a complete ( but mostly disassembled ), 84 red 650, with mint condition body work. When he asked his shop teacher about it, he said to make him an offer he can't refuse because he wants it gone.

What it means is I have all the spare parts I need ( taillight, headlight, signals, and a few other bits ), plus whiteout having to take mine off the road, I can rebuild the motor in the other ( mine smokes ), and just install it when it's done.
A new tail light on it's own is $140.00, if I can get the bike for anything less than that, then I would say I did just fine.
I'll post some photos when I get it.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: cb750f vs. nighthawk 750
« on: June 24, 2014, 01:42:27 PM »
The differences are minor across the board.
The differences are more in the way the power is delivered as opposed to how much.
You'll find the latest generation of Nighthawk will make more power lower down in the rev range, but the 84 -86 Nighthawk S will have more peak power, but much higher in the rev range. But I found this one to be the smoothest of all of them.
The D.O.H.C. 750F makes all it's power up high, which can make it feel faster, but it likely isn't. Also with older frame & suspension, it will have a much looser ( "hinge in the middle" ) kind of feel.
A clean running S.O.H.C. 750 will make power/delivery much like the last gen. N.H., but with worse handling abilities.

Given the choice, I would always go to a 79 -82 D.O.H.C. 750F. To my eyes possibly the best looking bike ever made, and the power potential with engine modifications would bury the rest. There are still am awful lot of vintage racers out there based on these bikes.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: 1985 CB650SC
« on: June 01, 2014, 07:14:31 PM »
I was thinking about doing the round headlight thing with my own 650. I really prefer the look of a round headlight over a square one, and I also have a spare from an old CB750.
I'm going to wait and see how well the bike works first, to make sure I'm keeping it.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: WTF motorcycle ads??? V2
« on: June 01, 2014, 07:08:57 PM »
V4 500cc Cafe Racer Powder Coated Frame, Motor Rebuilt, Custom Exhaust, Hannigan Fairing, Solo Seat. Needs Battery. Mississauga, On. $1350 or best Offer Call Rick 416 677 371 Email:Rick

I have no comment, other than this is a waste of a perfectly good motorcycle.

Although the bicycle seat with the springs is an interesting touch.

Stablemates / Re: Hawkens Stable
« on: May 29, 2014, 07:35:25 PM »
Had an 08 VStrom.
Finest and most faultless motorcycle I have owned in 0ver 30 years.
The new generation I suspect is that much better.

I am a moron for selling it. bh1

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: My NH from VT
« on: May 28, 2014, 08:13:06 PM »
It's funny that you ended up with a Canadian model.
I worked at Honda dealer back when the bike was new, and we sold very few of them, so there's even less of them out there now.
A very underrated bike at the time, we should have sold many more of them. Yamaha sold bucket loads of 550 Maxim's, but the Honda was a better bike in every respect.

Stablemates / Re: Bikes
« on: May 27, 2014, 09:44:07 AM »
Yes, I installed the light. I really think it looks better, but it also works better. That thing will go anywhere.

I've taken it on a few rallies mostly occupied with big bikes, and it becomes a bit of a giant killer. I  get questions like " that's what a 400 or a 450?". No, it's a 250. You just got your ass handed to you by all of 20 rear-wheel horsepower.
It's only real drawback is that lack of power, but only on faster ( 80 + km/hr ) roads, on smaller side roads it will go as fast as you ever need to.
It's all about momentum and cornering speed.

I won't ever part with it.

Canada / Re: Ontario
« on: May 27, 2014, 06:58:31 AM »
If you go a little further north of Tweed, you will find Flinton road, across Hwy41 & north up to Myers Cave rd, south on Henderson, cross Hwy 7 onto Arden rd, out of Tamworth cross 41 again and that will put you at the opposite end of Marlbank rd.
Or, when you get to Hwy7, cut across to Arden rd, but then very quickly go left onto Price rd and follow that to Mountain Grove/Long Lake rd ( great little beach towards the bottom), go south to Parham, right/east on Wagerville rd and follow it back to Tamworth/Arden rd/Hwy 41.

That's a typical morning loop for me. I start just a bit east of the bottom of Flinton rd.
All roads are very twisty, and the pavement is quite good. The majority have very little traffic on them as well.

Stablemates / Bikes
« on: May 27, 2014, 06:44:59 AM »

The mighty 250 Sherpa. My son will be riding it sometime soon.

2000 Concours. Had it for less than a season, bought it and sold my VStrom because I had convinced myself I needed a touring bike.
I didn't, I hated it, sold it after 6 months. Never able to figure out why people love these things so much.

Me - yes, the bike.........not quite. A shiny new Gold Wing borrowed from Honda Canada, used to spend about an hour lapping Mosport. They are surprisingly quick. Passing sport bikes with a touring bike was fun enough, but I had the stereo cranked up while I was doing it. Wish I owned one.

Again, not actually mine. The photographs of mine are long gone. I had a museum piece that looked exactly like this. In my garage is a carcass of an 82 900F, engine and several boxes of parts.

There's way more, but the majority of the pictures are not digital and need to be scanned first, I'll get to it eventually.

Your Honda Nighthawk / Re: 1984 CB 650SC
« on: May 26, 2014, 06:23:54 PM »
The only issue I've discovered is it smokes a little. I can't afford to do anything about though.
I know where there's another complete one I should be able to get for well less than $500.00. Good to have on hand just in case.

Canada / Ontario
« on: May 26, 2014, 04:48:46 PM »
Looks like I'm first here too.
What do I win?

I'm in south/eastern Ontario and spend most of my riding season in the Tweed area where our summer place is

Your Honda Nighthawk / 1984 CB 650SC
« on: May 26, 2014, 04:40:04 PM »
I guess I'm first.

$500.00, removed the giant barn door of a windshield and gave it a wash. Doing fork seals and brakes this week, and it should be good to go.

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