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« on: May 16, 2010, 07:02:30 PM »

Hey guys, I've been on this forum for about 2 years or so but havent been keeping a build thread on here as I have been on dotheton.com, so I will update you all on my build.  I own an 84 650 nighthawk and have been doing a cafe build on it since october of last year.  I have owned the bike for about 5 years and have been wanting to mod it and get rid of that 80's look and i always thought that if you pulled off all the crap that it could have a really sleek look, especially with the shape of the tank.  Well im about 90% done so here are the pics from beginning to end.  There are a lot of them but who doesnt like a lot of pics :)  I've done a lot of research in cafeing these bikes and it all came back to the same conclusion, as far as I know, this is the first cafe job done to this that I have seen, so I guess that gives it a bit of coolness that it didnt have before.  ENJOY!!
















































































































































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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2010, 07:10:42 PM »

real nice, what ya doin for headlight and tach/speedo
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2010, 07:40:27 PM »

real nice, what ya doin for headlight and tach/speedo

Thanks!! Have a headlight from a 750 Super Sport, and gettin an Acewell 2853 gauge which is tach and speedo combined, should look really clean.  Goin to fab up some headlight brackets from aluminum in the next few weeks, just need to do some other things first before I do that. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2010, 07:52:18 PM »

That's a phenomenal job man.  I'm not into the cafe thing myself, but that is a very nice looking ride!

Thanks for including all the photos.

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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2010, 06:49:08 AM »

I think the red brake caliper pops!  I can't imagine riding that bike, but your workmanship is really sharp.  Thanks for sharing with us.
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2010, 07:07:43 AM »

That has to be one of the coolest rides I've seen IMO. It looks a mix between a Buell and a Hawk...killer paint combo. Keep the pics coming....and if you ever wanna sale it, IM a potential buyer!!  super
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2010, 07:36:30 AM »

Super nice work man!  If you go for a round headlight you can get a nice cafe fairing for about $30 and complete the look.  Also, did you have any clearance issues with the bars and the tank?
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2010, 07:38:46 AM »

Ha, i wont be selling anytime soon but thanks for the offer. 

I think the red brake caliper pops!  I can't imagine riding that bike, but your workmanship is really sharp.  Thanks for sharing with us.

actually, the riding position is REALLY comfortable, has a really natural feel which is probably my favorite part of the whole project simply being how it feels.  I mean if you plan on doing major trips, the stock bars are better but for riding around town its perfect, and im 6'4". 

I think the red brake caliper pops!  I can't imagine riding that bike, but your workmanship is really sharp.  Thanks for sharing with us.

Thanks!  I actually did those twice.  The first time i did a crappy job, then got some advice, stripped them and did it again and they turned out great.  Nice contrast to the black wheels...   banana
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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2010, 07:45:54 AM »

Super nice work man!  If you go for a round headlight you can get a nice cafe fairing for about $30 and complete the look.  Also, did you have any clearance issues with the bars and the tank?

Ya im not big into fairings except when they're on ducati's lol...  Ya I did have a problem with the bars, actually two problems.  The first obviously was the bars hitting the tank which i fixed by having a welder lop off the old steering stop, and weld in a bigger one, thus reducing my steering radius enough so that the bars dont hit the tank.  The second problem was the push/pull throttle cable would no longer work, the angle that the throttle and cables were at created enough friction that it was hard just to open the throttle, let alone close it.  So i ditched the return cable altogether, then spent about 2 weeks figuring out how to get the pull cable to work.  I figured out that if I lop off about 1/4 inch of the bracket that holds that cable on the carb itself, it gave the cable enough room to work perfectly.  So once those two issues got fixed, everything works great now.  
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2010, 08:52:02 AM »

Impressive.  Thanks for documenting your work.  The last six months I've had a major fascination with cafe racers.  When I get a larger garage I would love to have one as an extra bike.  Yours looks near perfect and I love the paint job.
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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2010, 11:01:04 AM »

Impressive.  Thanks for documenting your work.  The last six months I've had a major fascination with cafe racers.  When I get a larger garage I would love to have one as an extra bike.  Yours looks near perfect and I love the paint job.

Thanks man.  Ya I got into cafe bikes about 2 years ago, I absolutely love them not just because of how they look, but because doin it on your own and putting your own stylistic stamp on it is what really makes it a cafe bike.  Once in a blue moon you see one riding around and its just a refreshing sight amidst all the cruisers and sport bikes I see day in and day out...  just my opinion though...
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« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2010, 12:03:08 PM »

Great work!! thumb I'm really looking forward to seeing it finished.
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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2010, 12:13:29 PM »

Lookin good  thumb

Can't wait to see the finished product  lurker
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« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2010, 01:24:22 PM »

I am currently working on something very similar.  I picked up an 83 NH650 a couple years ago and switched to moto-X bars.  I chopped the exhaust right behind where you stopped wrapping which cut quite a bit of weight, but it is very loud.  I am OK with that.  However, if I decide that I wish to quiet it down a bit, their is a pipe that a baffle could be placed inside the section of the exhaust you stopped wrapping.
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« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2010, 01:37:01 PM »

I am currently working on something very similar.  I picked up an 83 NH650 a couple years ago and switched to moto-X bars.  I chopped the exhaust right behind where you stopped wrapping which cut quite a bit of weight, but it is very loud.  I am OK with that.  However, if I decide that I wish to quiet it down a bit, their is a pipe that a baffle could be placed inside the section of the exhaust you stopped wrapping.

Ya i was toying with that idea throughout the build, but my budget was limited and cutting the exhaust meant rejetting the carbs and all that stuff and my budget wouldnt allow it.  In the end im glad I didnt because I love the slash cut on them and they hide the drive shaft and drum well since there isnt much else to look at on the rear of the bike anways.  Plus, the chrome on the exhaust not covered by the wrap was in great shape and I just couldnt justify slicing it off when it was that clean...
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« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2010, 01:58:02 PM »

I like it...The stock look of the NH is nice and flows well but there's just somethin bout cutting and fabricating a bike that makes ya wanna do more super beer
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