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    4 hours left and I am seriously considering this bike, Help!

    http://www.hawkgtforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=1853

    Does anyone live close by this guy? Want to go get it for me? I hate BIG purchases on ebay but If I could give him a $500 deposit and the rest in Cash when I meet him in Albany that would work for me.

    Someone talk me outta this.
    BIKES: Honda: RC31 Racebike/ NT650 Streetbike, DUCATI: None at the moment.
    Former MSF Rider Coach / Trackday Instructor/ Expert Roadracer #116
    "I'd rather ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow."

    #2
    Can't help you Doc. If you can afford the toy, buy the toy. Otherwise you'll always wonder if it would have been one of your favorite toys

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      #3
      Someone talk me outta this.
      doc dont you have a wife for that?
      wait based on your track record apperantly you dont
      1988 & 1991 hawkgt, 2005 rc51

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        #4
        Just my opinion but the VFR400 is a seriously over-hyped bike,especially if you're a full sized person.It's a smaller Hawk with no torque-no more,no less.I've had a couple FZR and Bandit 400's and have ridden several CB-1's and VFR's:400's are lots of fun but the handling gets blown way out of proportion and their lack of go ignored.To be entirely honest:if you ride one and then ride a GSXR750 that the same $ could get you...you'd realize the Suzi handles absolutely just as well but makes twice the power-that's progress for you.Not to rain on any parades or anything- they're neat bikes but they have a sort of myth about them far greater than they can deliver and they end up being quite over-valued.You can have a Hawk that's lighter,faster and handles just as well for less $.

        I'd have an all original 89 in the classic RC30 style paint scheme just to look at but this one is just tacky.

        If you want a 400 that shreds,get a Fizzer and send it to Hord for a full on 460 treatment,it'll kick the living crap out of the VFR as you really can't get those V4's much more than 60 couple hp...in the end you'll ride an R6 and go hmmmmmmm.

        Don't get me wrong - I love little bikes,still have 2 400's,the Hawks and a Skorpion myself but they are good for what they are and you keep it in perspective.There's the whole forbidden fruit angle and if you like it enough by all means get it but my experience is that they functionally aren't the revelation some would lead you to believe.If you want a neat toy that attracts attention, by all means get it!

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          #5
          Good point about the 400, that certainly limped my noodle. Save the cash for the track Doc. If you want something pretty to look at, Repsol is giving away Nicky Hayden replica models when you purchase a gallon of oil!

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            #6
            Thanks for the advice fellas! That is exactly what I needed!.

            I can always make my Hawk look like one and it will go better as well and be a whole lot cheaper.

            Off to look at fairings.
            BIKES: Honda: RC31 Racebike/ NT650 Streetbike, DUCATI: None at the moment.
            Former MSF Rider Coach / Trackday Instructor/ Expert Roadracer #116
            "I'd rather ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow."

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              #7
              Go for it DOC
              Rob
              88 Street Hawk
              F2 tank, Aztec8 dual 4", Duc seat and CF cowl, Stage 3 jet, Uni Pods, M4 stubby, SV650 clips, controls & fuel pump, GSXR front mc and CFB1000 front caliper, F3 forks upper and internals, Penske 8983, Gino RCR, rear jump plates & R6 pegs and Vapor gauge...
              04 CRF50 pit bike and stunt runner...
              91 Suzuki GSF400 Bandit (she's a runner now...)

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                #8
                I'd be happy to fetch it for you! But I don't have a trailer so I'll have to ride it back to CT!

                Heh.
                1988 "BlackHawk" project
                1989 "RallyHawk" is Chuck's now!
                1988 "The Gray" Tempest Gray Metallic stocker

                I can't tell you how peaceful it is. Shinya Kimura
                People who know ride Hawks. Riot

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                  #9
                  Sorry to report I did not get it.

                  I am however looking at race plastics for the race bike.
                  BIKES: Honda: RC31 Racebike/ NT650 Streetbike, DUCATI: None at the moment.
                  Former MSF Rider Coach / Trackday Instructor/ Expert Roadracer #116
                  "I'd rather ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow."

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                    #10
                    the small v4's are just like two-smokers...the only thing they're good for is novelty and a 20,000rpm operating range (both of which I LOVE). I wouldn't own one as a daily rider, though.

                    Now, put a VFR800 or 750 engine in a 400 frame and I'd pee on myself riding it.
                    Want a 5.5" rear wheel? Click Here

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                      #11
                      you know, We got our RVF400 shipped from the UK for 4200 total USD...so i am sure you could get a VFR400 more muc hcheaper ......try http://www.400greybike.co.uk/Forum/default.asp you have to register but its worth it.....
                      Lord Squidward of FloriDUH

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                        #12
                        Originally Posted by tjstoner
                        you know, We got our RVF400 shipped from the UK for 4200 total USD...so i am sure you could get a VFR400 more muc hcheaper ......try http://www.400greybike.co.uk/Forum/default.asp you have to register but its worth it.....
                        That is good info.

                        Do they also do Japan models? I'd like to get a D-tracker.
                        BIKES: Honda: RC31 Racebike/ NT650 Streetbike, DUCATI: None at the moment.
                        Former MSF Rider Coach / Trackday Instructor/ Expert Roadracer #116
                        "I'd rather ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow."

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