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Old 05-13-2013, 11:18 AM   #31
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Location: North of 49, in a place called The Hammer
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I thought I would revive this old thread, as I have had ownership of my 2001 Nighthawk 750 for just over 1 year. I recently sold some pretty "impressive" motorcycles, including a mint BMW 2001 K1200RS and a mint 2005 Triumph Tiger 955i. Both made more horsepower, both had more "bells and whistles", particularly the BMW, but in the end, I wanted to go back to a simple UJM that I could maintain myself and was comfortable to ride for any length of time. I searched high and low for a 'no frills' yet well made basic motorcycle that did everything well enough. The later model Nighthawks are exactly that: an basic all-rounder that does everything fairly well, but doesn't really excel at anything. It's plenty fast enough, it has nice linear power delivery, makes a good light tourer, and has very good ergos. The fit and finish are what you would expect from Honda. The money I saved I used towards some nice accessories and upgrades, including an all-stainless Supertrapp exhaust system (sounds great, improved low-end power at 7 discs, and I shaved 28lbs!). The Showa suspension works surprizingly well, and it only required a Progressive spring upgrade to complete the package. You can still find low mileage, newer examples for under $2500 USD if you shop around. If you don't get too hung up on the "specs", and take one for a spin, I guarantee you'll be surprized. They also make great "second bikes".

I'm still on the hunt for a MINT condition, LOW mileage 1996+ ST1100 for a little long range touring.

With Supertrapp full system:



With 40lb lawyer-approved stock boat anchor:
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:30 PM   #32
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Looks like new! Did you re-jet or add a washer under the needle? Will the Trapp work with a center stand?
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:59 PM   #33
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I've had my 85 750s for a little over a year now. Red and black, although I like the black and blue better. Alas, begars can't be choosers. I love this bike. It goes great, sounds fantastic and requires little to no maintenance. Whats not to love?

This bike id a keeper. Pick one up if you can, you won't regret it. Great bikes!
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:53 AM   #34
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i had the 84 black/blue 700s one for several years and about 30k miles.
wonderful bike...it really came alive above 7k, there was a noticable jump in power
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:46 PM   #35
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85 blue/black owner. My son had an 86 RWB. Fabulous bike. Never a problem. Does it all.
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