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Author Topic: 1984 Honda Nighthawk 700s Hardtail Bobber Project  (Read 4115 times)
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« on: January 23, 2013, 02:52:56 AM »

I traded my junky pickup truck for this one. I had done some minor customizing for my last 85 700s and this time i want to take it a little further.









Yes, i just picked up two more 1984 Nighthawk 700s haha, but i don't think chopping is in their future.

What do i still have left to do?
I have a jet kit in the mail which is basically a stage 2 kit. I've chopped the mufflers off, and removed the air box so hopefully the guys at 6 Sigma can do me right!
Still have to modify the wiring harness so that i can have the ignition on the side under the seat. I'd like to hide as much as i can too.
Weld the rear triangle in place
Weld a battery bracket and fabricate a computer mount.
Make a headlight bracket.
Make a Brake light/license plate light/turn signal bracket
Possibly make the timing mod. Did it to the last bike and thought it was pretty cool.
I'd like to try and run the handlebar wires through the bar as well... Not sure how pretty that can be made using OEM controls.
And have to replace the throttle cable - completely rusted.

I'm hoping to be done in about 2 weeks, but it depends on how fast i can get needed parts and find spare time!

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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013, 05:57:03 AM »

Well, you won't want to hear this, but here goes.  How old are you?  I'm 45.  I'm going in next Tuesday for steroid injections to my lumbar facet joints to see if I can avoid further surgery, for a while at least. Out of pocket it'll cost me as much as a used Nighthawk, and this is probably just round one of many.  Why?  After 30 years of not caring what I did to my spine, it's finally catching up to me.  I'm not sure how fun the next 40 years will be, but I know it won't involve a hard tail.

Just saying.
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 11:28:29 AM »

smccrory, sorry to hear that man! I've never ridden a hard tail, and don't plan to keep it as a main mode of transportation. It's solely a putt around town bike and more of a project for me. I'm 27 and as a daily rider i have an 09' Kawasaki Concours C14 (LOVE HER). I absolutely keep your words in mind, especially when adding some more butt cushion :) Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2013, 11:38:58 AM »

So, what are you doing with the fairings?  BTW, these make better streetfighters than bobbers.  Just sayin'.
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2013, 12:13:57 PM »

So, what are you doing with the fairings?  BTW, these make better streetfighters than bobbers.  Just sayin'.

Well i have two more 84 700s as well and neither have side covers, so not sure quite yet. May sell them and buy the appropriately painted ones.

I haven't seen any Nighthawk streetfighters that i find appealing. So that may be relative :) However, once i finish this build, it's possible that i may rake the front fork out if i get really bored haha. We'll see, time will tell!
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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2013, 02:54:00 AM »

MOAR PIX lol
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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2013, 11:46:31 AM »

Bobber is looking good but street fighters are sweet too!


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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2013, 02:45:54 PM »

Bobber is looking good but street fighters are sweet too!

Painting a bike olive drab makes it a streetfighter?   scratcher
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2013, 03:15:10 PM »

Sorry! i'm terrible at updating!
Here is the newest!








I took her out to Salton Sea this weekend. She rides real well. Blew a fork seal off roading her going crazy on jumps and doing power slides in the dirt. But she's handlin like a champ!
But besides that i have about 30% more to do on her. I'd like to really make it clean and replace most of the wiring harness, hand controls, front discs etc... Need more time to think about it all :)
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« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2013, 03:16:46 PM »

Whats up with cutting off the rear suspensions on custom builds? Its like you can't customize a bike without cutting off the rear suspension. I dont get it.

I didnt even notice the title. Looks like you set out to do a bobber project. For some reason i thought you were just doing some slight mods. Don't forget to take the aspirins after riding for the back pain.
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« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2013, 03:20:21 PM »

Whats up with cutting off the rear suspensions on custom builds? Its like you can't customize a bike without cutting off the rear suspension. I dont get it.

Everyone's tastes are different of course, but for this particular project, i wanted something much lower to the ground and have always wanted a hardtail. Simple as that :)
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« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2013, 03:23:43 PM »

Whats up with cutting off the rear suspensions on custom builds? Its like you can't customize a bike without cutting off the rear suspension. I dont get it.

The fact you're even asking that question suggests that you probably never will.
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« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2013, 08:32:34 PM »

as cool/odd as it looks, I think that bicycle you had in the back of your pickup would give me more pain to ride than the hardtail would....   winker
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« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2013, 04:47:15 PM »

looks weird, if you're gonna "hardtail" it get rid of the swing arm completely.
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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2013, 03:33:24 PM »

"looks weird, if you're gonna "hardtail" it get rid of the swing arm completely."

How do you get rid of the swingarm completely with a shaft drive?  scratcher
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« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2013, 05:40:38 PM »

See this excellent build thread for an example.

And have you visited the thread hub?

http://nighthawk-forums.com/motorcycle-discussion-(not-technical-topics)/nhf-thread-hub/
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« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2013, 06:19:09 PM »

I lot of people didn't like Picasso either.

Keep those picture coming!! thumb
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« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2013, 12:29:57 PM »

as cool/odd as it looks, I think that bicycle you had in the back of your pickup would give me more pain to ride than the hardtail would....   winker
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Hahhaa - i was on my way to be in a music video - Here's a couple stills of that tall bike in action. I haven't worked on the bike since my last post. Been working way too much. But did build a newer tall bike (14.5ft high!!!)



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« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2013, 05:00:29 PM »

If you own the bike you can do whatever you want. I am 68 and there are times when a 600 mile day followed by another 600 mile day (my home in Durango CO to my home in Santa Rosa CA) require a little recovery. I feel for people with bad backs and other health issues but if you can enjoy the hardtail all the more power to ya.
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« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2013, 11:07:07 PM »

can you tell me a little more about how you got the front raked?
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« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2013, 11:10:23 PM »

can you tell me a little more about how you got the front raked?

Well the rake is natural since i brought the rear end lower to the ground. I think it's a good manageable angle :)
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« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2013, 11:14:30 PM »

I would have been spending more time on the bike, but just built this bad boy a little over a week ago:


It's called STOOPIDTALL

You can see the chest mounted video here too:
http://youtu.be/uRWmsSxbL_A
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« Reply #22 on: May 01, 2013, 01:20:44 AM »

I would have been spending more time on the bike, but just built this bad boy a little over a week ago:


It's called STOOPIDTALL

You can see the chest mounted video here too:
http://youtu.be/uRWmsSxbL_A

My buddies in OTV were talking about your bike at CicLAvia! Awesome to see you here in the Nighthawk forums. My buddy was riding a tall bike out there for the big ride. Yellow tall bike, green shirt if you caught him.

The bobber looks great man, keep up the progress pics!
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« Reply #23 on: May 04, 2013, 03:22:49 AM »


Nice! I've never seen this conversion before... Thanks for all the info  thumb
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« Reply #24 on: January 24, 2014, 01:12:12 PM »

Finally back to work on this baby

Decided to chop out all the middle mumbo jumbo and clean up the frame structure as well as open up the driveshaft to the eye. (can be very dangerous, no loose clothing!!)



Ran into a shitty problem when extended the frame... Between the sleeves, oil found it's way through the frame into the extended frame which will have integrated exhaust btw. I'm on my third time cutting her up to find this leak. UGH. more pics to come.
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