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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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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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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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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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Yeah I had an 84 for a bit that was stolen.
That is a pretty clean example that you listed there and might be worth close to what he wants as it looks clean.

Me and my bro have been restoring his Honda CB1100F for the last year and it has been some work specially since he wanted the upgraded cams and these Keihin sidedraft carbs. I always tell him I would rather be riding than wrenching these days.

Which one? Did you have teh '83-'85 V65??? That's actually my plan for my next project (probably next year). I love the look of this one (although WAY overpriced)...
https://providence.craigslist.org/mcy/d/barrington-v65-magna/6990842400.html
 

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Have you done a factory restore? Usually a little hole on the back that you push something in and hold down for a few seconds
 

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It's been a while since I updated this thread on this forum, but here goes... Basically I got the bike back together a month ago and she ran like sh!t. I thought it was an ignition issue so I went to replace the spark plugs... And one of them broke. After a failed removal attempt (several, failed attempts actually) I had to take the head off. You can see more pics of the in process in the album link in the forest post in this thread.
Anyways, as of Friday...SHE'S ALIVE!
I got her back together on Friday and took her for a 5 minute ride. Yesterday I went and got gas (to make sure she would restart after stopping somewhere other than my house). And today I went for an hour cruise around the reservoir. What a hoot! After riding my Raider it took a bit to get used to riding her. The riding position couldn't be more different and she accelerates rather leisurely until 5k or so, then she cooks!

So now she idles right at 1100 RPMs with no fluctuations. I think that plug was giving me intermittent spark. But shes good now.

Here are a few pictures after the ride on Friday. I couldn't see squat out of the mirrors so I put the stock mirrors back on for today's ride.









 
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