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    Most Pristine Hawk?

    I am a new Hawk owner. I bought an 88 model about a month ago with 32000 miles. It runs great and I really got the Hawk fever. Now heres the really wild story. Good Friday morning I was looking on Ebay for Hawk stuff. I see a 90 model Hawk that has a little over 2200 MILES,ONE OWNER. The buy it now was 3500$. I thought about for a few minutes and decided I would be nuts not to buy it, and boy was I right. The bike was in a small town about 200 miles north of me. I think this could be one of the best Hawks in existence. The bike has never been wet. Only ridden very little in fair weather. Always stored inside. The paint is perfect, all factory warning stickers are perfect. No dents or scratches. Original Dunlops. Tool kit never been removed from under the seat. It is showroom perfect. The only way you can tell it has been ridden is the tires and the exhaust headers are turned as normal. Would love all you experts input. Would you ride it (I will sparingly)? What do you think its worth? I am more than a little stoked. I will post pictures as soon as weather clears up and I can take it out of the garage.
    MOBILERD

    #2
    Nice Find!

    That sounds like one of the only stock Hawks I would have paid $3500 for!

    Can't wait to see pics!


    If you have 2 Hawks why not store that one? Then again, It might not gain ALOT of value in coming years.
    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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      #3
      I just dont get it

      Welcome! - Glad to have another Hawk addict among us.
      Please dont take this the wrong way, you asked for opinions. To me it is worth its blue book value, mabe a little more because of its unused condition. (Great find by the way!)
      These bikes (to me, at least) are meant to be modded and ridden relatively hard. Sure, keep a few stock in a museum somewhere, but let the rest evolve naturally. Thats their fun nature.
      Its like spotting an exotic sportscar driven by an old rich poser, - what a waste.
      Its great that you have the first Hawk to tinker with, like it should. Jay Leno or a Honda museum may appreciate your second Hawk the way you may hope.
      That said, there is a small part of me that does appreciate the stock Hawk, as I have kept all of my stock pieces, with no intentions of ever selling the bike.
      Am also keen to see pics.
      PS - If you plan on riding it, you will likely have to put new rubber bits on, for your own and the bikes safety.
      -I'm sorry....I did not know she was your sister.
      -If Buckleys cold mixture went rancid......how would anybody know????
      -Dont piss off the quiet guy with the chain saw.

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        #4
        i would like to have a museum peice like that one day to finish my hawk collection.
        1988 & 1991 hawkgt, 2005 rc51

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          #5
          As for my question of worth, I am not looking to sell, just curious what similar examples have sold for. I know beyond a shadow of doubt it was fairly priced at 3500$. I plan to keep and try to maintain its fantastic condition, but I will ride it. I will tinker with my 88, and flog it accordingly. Is there a primer here for attaching photos? I am kinda PC challenged. Glad to be on board with you guys.
          MOBILERD

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            #6
            gotta use a picture hosting site

            i use ringo, a few others on the board use photobucket

            both are free just sign-up
            1988 & 1991 hawkgt, 2005 rc51

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              #7
              Originally Posted by mobilerd
              As for my question of worth, I am not looking to sell, just curious what similar examples have sold for. I know beyond a shadow of doubt it was fairly priced at 3500$. I plan to keep and try to maintain its fantastic condition, but I will ride it. I will tinker with my 88, and flog it accordingly. Is there a primer here for attaching photos? I am kinda PC challenged. Glad to be on board with you guys.
              I sold a Hawk GT in San Francisco with 16,000 miles on it for $3200 back in 2001. It was well kept. People love 'em in the bay area.

              I have a Hawk GT that sat in some rich guy's game room in Plano, Texas for most of its life because the original owner was scared to ride it. I bought it with 980 original miles on it (see my post in introductions for more info). I have ridden it a bit, and it's now got 1,540 miles on it. I've been very nice to it. I feel guilty every time I take it out because I feel like I'm wasting it's super niceness. The guy who owned the Ducati dealership by my old house used to shake his head at me every time he saw me on it and tell me to stop riding it (but he really wanted to sell me an S2R). The only mod is that it's got a Corbin seat. Unfortunately I don't have the original.

              Because
              1) I now live in Los Angeles;
              2) I need a bike to commute on; and
              3) I am not going rack up miles on an other wise brand new 1988 Hawk GT...

              I am going to put it up on e-bay as soon as I get the CA title and registration back from the DMV in the mail. I expect to get closer to twice what they went for new. I disagree with the guy who says it's only worth slightly more than bluebook. I'd say it's worth $5,000 easily in the pristine condition it's in. It has a finger nail-sized scratch on the tank near the gas cap from when the shop cleaned the tank out to get it running again, and that's about it. I would not be surprised if someone who collects bikes buys this for $7k or more.

              I'd like to hang on to it, but I have no space for my car and mulitiple bikes in my garage.

              And believe me, I've thought about getting rid of the car!

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                #8
                [quote="stevejust"]I am going to put it up on e-bay as soon as I get the CA title and registration back from the DMV in the mail. I expect to get closer to twice what they went for new. I disagree with the guy who says it's only worth slightly more than bluebook. I'd say it's worth $5,000 easily in the pristine condition it's in. It has a finger nail-sized scratch on the tank near the gas cap from when the shop cleaned the tank out to get it running again, and that's about it. I would not be surprised if someone who collects bikes buys this for $7k or more.quote]

                i think if your going to manage that, you will have to know the right people. maybe the question should be asked, should or do collectors pay attention to these bikes? because thats the only place your going to get that kind of money for the hawkgt. i mean i will be the first one to admit that the bike is by far one of the most over looked bikes in the later part of last century. first production bike with a sssa, all ally dual spar frame among other things. but untill you find serious collectors looking to add the hawk to there collections it wont get any more than 3500-4000. and im sure it will happen but im not to sure its happen yet. but thats just my opinion and i have never really fallowed that stuff.
                1988 & 1991 hawkgt, 2005 rc51

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                  #9
                  don't know-- I told the guy at the Ducati dealer how much I paid for it, and he told me his friend in Houston would undoubtedly give me twice as much for it. And I paid more for it than it cost new. Which puts in in the $7,000 range.

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                    #10
                    Sell it to the guy in Houston and let us know how it turns out.

                    I would put money on you not getting more than $4500 for it. Sorry but that is the reality.

                    Unless you find some unknowing noob. Not anyone on here.

                    More power to you! I hope you get MORE than what you want for it! I just doubt you will.

                    Good luck.
                    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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                      #11
                      Let see some pics!
                      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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                        #12
                        I've been hanging around hawkgt.com for the past 3 years now, and have been with the Forum since it debuted; I'm no Hord or Lenac, no Milktree or Oldrice - but what I've picked up is this:

                        We don't buy Hawks for love of money. Most retrospective-type moto books you'll find in bookstores won't even mention the Hawk (I found one once, in a Barnes and Noble in Arizona - I should have bought that book, there was a whole page on the Hawk) because it was pretty much a 3-year fluke. People think the Ducati Monster was a groundbreaking, original concept... yeah, one that came out 5 or so years later, but I digress!

                        The only people that are going to pay 3K+ for a Hawk GT are the people here or on the List - and they know better. Any afficionados are already here and, thus, already savvy. Today, you price your Hawk above $3500 if you don't want to sell it, but have to tell your wife it's up for sale.

                        That said...

                        WHAT A FIND!!!!

                        It matters because of, in my opinion, the sentimental value to the few that are savvy. Yes I think it was worth what you paid, no I wouldn't ride it if you paid me, I'd winterize it and put it behind a velvet rope in my living room. You already have another Hawk to flog the crap out of.

                        Most Hawks are modified by now, and there are precious few completely original examples. Cherish yours - but don't expect to turn a profit. I've already paid more for upgrades, probably, than I paid for the bike -- and I'm cheap, not to mention broke. You sell a Hawk, you always take a loss - especially the loss of a Hawk sitting in your garage.

                        Shit, I'm feeling talkative aren't I.
                        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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                          #13
                          Today, you price your Hawk above $3500 if you don't want to sell it, but have to tell your wife it's up for sale.
                          That's what it looks like this guy is doing up here in seattle.

                          http://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/mcy/324941453.html

                          He has been posting it for a couple of months now without a single drop in price. I keep wanting to e-mail and tell him to just keep it if it is worth that much to him.

                          Maybe I will e-mail him a link to this site and see if he appears.
                          ARRH Don't mind me, that's just the scurvy talkin!

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                            #14
                            I believe I did email him before. He must not want to sell it all that bad.
                            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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                              #15
                              I saw a museum qualtiy GB500 go up at last years Daytona vintage bike auction. It was actually from a museum. It went for the $3500 range.. so there you go.
                              '88 Hawk GT
                              '89 Harley FXSTC
                              2008 Yamaha V-Star 1300 tourer

                              http://www.hawkgtforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=948

                              "...my performance ain't perfect, but its loud, and its fast..." -Widespread Panic

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