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    Need opinions on a mint hawk GT...

    Hey guys, I haven't posted on here in a while (Hmm, OK well I haven't lurked in a while). I was keeping in touch with Doc for a bit when he was selling the Kuwaiti Hawk...

    Anyways, I ended up buying a '98 Suzuki GS500e because I got a SMOKING deal on it. I bought it in February and I've put about 750 miles on it. My thought was wring it's neck for a season (or less LOL) and then upgrade.

    Here's the thing, at my local Honda/Suzuki dealer... the owner has a MINT Hawk either '90 or '91 that I almost bought before the GS. He took it in on trade In like 1995 with 1000 or so miles on it. It has about 2000 maybe 2500 on it now, and sits in the back of the dealership in the service area. They take it out every year and clean the carbs, and one of the shop guys rides it now and again (he LOVES it). It is SPOTLESS. He wanted $3500 for it, and I just didn't have the cash at the time.

    I've been thinking about that bike constantly, even maybe upgrading to it. Thing is, I'm not really a wrencher, I'm not sure it's sensible for me to buy a bike that I will commute on that's 15 years or so old and been sitting for most of it's life... also not sure it will be anymore powerful than my GS (I have it rejetted, with open airbox and V&H pipe - although so has the Hawk and it has a 2 bros exhaust). I'm just thinking $3500 I can spend another $500 and get a very good Gen 2 SV650... FI, more power, way newer, etc, etc. Or maybe even the 599. But I keep thinking about this little hawk... now I realize I'm asking this question on a site that will give me an answer slightly biased, LOL... but I figured I would get good opinions here. So, in my situation, would I be nuts to buy this hawk for $3500 bucks?? Also, it was originally red... but he changed it out to the Gunmetal gray (not sure why he did that, I always loved the red Hawks).

    Thanks for listening to my babble, LOL and I appreaciate any and all input.

    Johnny
    Sundad acoustic guitar duo
    http://www.sundad.com
    Check us out on Youtube:
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    #2
    $3500 is a little high, since that was the original price of the 88. But then again, it is a great bike! Reliability is not an issue with the hawk- there are many with 20 or 30 times the mileage of the one you are thinking about that seem to be still going strong. Mine was raced a bit and then I returned it to the street. It doesn't seem like the flogging it got at te track did it any harm, and it now has 26000 miles on it.

    AMA American Motorcyclist has a little blurb on it in the latest issue, and they say that nice, clean examples, when they can be found, go for the low $3000 range. Get yourself a copy and take it to the dealer- maybe after 10 years they will take 3000 for it.
    '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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      #3
      I agree with the above. Although I would go in there with $3000 cash in my hand and try to buy it.

      The paint actually decreased the value. Was it wrecked?

      As for upgrading... I have spare GS parts form a race bike (Race motor, Extra frame, carbs, swingarm...etc) that I will sell you. So, Keep the GS and buy my parts!

      Seriously the SV is an awesome bike, plenty of upgrades and a good following, it is kinda like the new Hawk although without the history or the soul. Ride the pants off that GS another year (maybe take it to a track day) and save up some more money while looking into SV's. You might be able to Race the GS and buy an SV for a streetbike.
      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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        #4
        Thanks guys

        Originally Posted by Doc
        I agree with the above. Although I would go in there with $3000 cash in my hand and try to buy it.

        The paint actually decreased the value. Was it wrecked?

        As for upgrading... I have spare GS parts form a race bike (Race motor, Extra frame, carbs, swingarm...etc) that I will sell you. So, Keep the GS and buy my parts!

        Seriously the SV is an awesome bike, plenty of upgrades and a good following, it is kinda like the new Hawk although without the history or the soul. Ride the pants off that GS another year (maybe take it to a track day) and save up some more money while looking into SV's. You might be able to Race the GS and buy an SV for a streetbike.
        Thanks Guys, actually Doc he didn't have it repainted, he loves the stock gunmetal and bought all new Honda parts for it in that color, and sold the red bits on ebay. Hmm, your GS parts sound interesting, LOL... I'll keep that in consideration. The GS is actually a cool little bike, I just LOVE that Hawk.
        Sundad acoustic guitar duo
        http://www.sundad.com
        Check us out on Youtube:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dqw8Fd-iL8

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          #5
          Sold my '89 Red with ~1k miles on it recently for right around original retail. Buyer also paid to ship it cross-country. It had nice mods ('Trapp, pods, Fox, Sportecs), and was really, truly mint.

          http://www.hawkgtforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=379

          Just an FYI.

          je

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            #6
            If I lived close it wouldn't be there the next time you stopped to look at it. You better buy it know.

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