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Old 11-07-2019, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So 20+ years ago I rode an '85 Honda Nighthawk 650. I always think back on that bike positively. So, this summer I bought a $400 s-bomb of an '83 Nighthawk. It really wasn't that bad but clearly the owner tried to get it started after pulling it out of it's 10 year hibernation but couldn't. It had new wires going to the starter and after about 5 minutes of diagnostics I realized there was one broken wire going to the starter relay. Once I made that connection she turned over. I looked for oil... she's filled with new oil... this guy clearly tried to get her started.

That was about 4 months ago. You can see PICS of my progress here:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/9vZDFuNXBtRHjsdU8

In that time I've done stuff like cleaned and lined the tank, bondo and new paint applied to all colored bits (used 2k clearcoat... that stuff rocks!), cleaned and painted the engine, ran her for about 10 minutes after the new exhaust was installed (man did that new exhaust stink), rebuilt the master and slave cylinders for the clutch (GROSS!), rough polished most of the aluminum parts, rebuilt both brake calipers (again... GROSS... totally locked up), and a bunch of other little things like new signals and getting them to work, and other little electrical issues that I hope are now resolved. She still needs the carbs rebuilt which will be a winter project, and I'll probably do the fork seals even thought they don't seem to be leaking. Oh, and I have a new front tire... the guy just put a new rear on.

Anyways, I know this is just an overview of my progress, but I'm pretty happy with how she's turning out. The last pic was from a week ago when I did a test fit of the body panels and seat. They have since been removed again for the next steps.
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They are great bikes I own one of them back in the day. Looks like excellent work so far I only have Room for one motorcycle in my garage otherwise I would love a project myself.😉.
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I loved that bike. That was my first motorcycle for 3 years.
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Looking nice man! Love to see these get new life breathed into them.
I owned a red, white, and blue 86’ 700SC when I was in college. Man I LOVED that bike! It was so fun to ride, very comfortable, and not to mention a total chick magnet. I owe quite a bit of the tail I scored solely to that bike. Those were the days! Now I’m slumming it on my dream bike, the midnight Warrior!
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Nice score n great job on getting it going

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These pictures are unbelievably cool. I liked that bike but never owned one. Lots of friends did. They were mostly dependable with just minor maintenance and I still see one here and there at bike events. Its striking to see your pics as you bring this one back to life. Its gonna be even cooler to see your road-pics when you get that bad bike breathing!
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Thanks, guys! I'll give another update when I post the next batch of pics.
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Looks good! Ive gotten a bug lately that i want to get an 80's 450-650 cc bike to make a scramber out of. Just something to take on some dirt roads and some light trails.

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dude I wanted one bad but could never afford one.
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Nice restoration of a classic bike.
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