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    How does the Hawk compare....

    ...to the Suzuki vx800? Anybody ever ridden/owned a VX? After an exhaustive search, I've found a Hawk nearby, but have recently found the twin shaftie Sazook as well.

    Both are the same price, similar mileage 15-20k, very good condition, etc. I'm leaning toward the Hawk, but I'm concerned about the small size, and horsepower. The VX is nice, but it just leaves me a little cold--nice bike, just nothing too exciting about it.

    Can you guys (and gals) offer your advice, because honestly it's starting to stress me out . I'd like to make a decision--we're running out of warm days here.
    My Hawk might not be powerful, but she's slow.
    -1989 Hawk: Supertrapp, Corbin, sweet lookin' Targa.

    #2
    for crissakes go for the Hawk!! or maybe look for the VX 800 forum website and ask them..........................see what i mean???? i don't think anyone cares as passionately about that 'Zuki.

    the Vx is just another ho-hum cruiser, while the Hawk, in contrast, is a HONDA!
    "It's only getting worse."


    MY rides: '97 VFR750, '90 Red Hawk, '88 Blue/Black Hawk, '86 RWB VFR700 (3), '86 Yamaha Radian, '90 VTR250, '89 VTR250 (2), '73 CB125, '66 Yamaha YL-1

    Sold: '86 FJ1200, '92 ZX-7, '90 Radian, '73 CB750, '89 all-white Hawk, '88 blue Hawk, '86 FZ600, '86 Yam Fazer 700 , '89 VTR250, '87 VFR700F2, '86 VFR700F.

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      #3
      You are going to enjoy the relatively lack of power much more on the hawk.
      '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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        #4
        Re: How does the Hawk compare....

        Originally Posted by Ancon
        ...to the Suzuki vx800? Anybody ever ridden/owned a VX? After an exhaustive search, I've found a Hawk nearby, but have recently found the twin shaftie Sazook as well.

        Both are the same price, similar mileage 15-20k, very good condition, etc. I'm leaning toward the Hawk, but I'm concerned about the small size, and horsepower. The VX is nice, but it just leaves me a little cold--nice bike, just nothing too exciting about it.

        Can you guys (and gals) offer your advice, because honestly it's starting to stress me out . I'd like to make a decision--we're running out of warm days here.
        As for the horsepower you have to take into account that the Hawk is around 420lbs and the xv800 is listed around 472lbs. The Suzuki specs state the xv800 at 63hp which is most likely output shaft figures and not rear wheel numbers which usually will be about 15hp less than stated so rear wheel should be in the high 40hp range for rear wheel dyno numbers. The stock Hawk dyno numbers are in the high 30hp range.

        The Suzuki has a 5 gallon gas tank while the Hawk has around 3 gallon.

        I went with the Hawk becasue I likes the look and I know Honda makes quailty bikes. Until you asked about the Suzuki I had never known what one was and after taking a look at it I did not like the old school vintage twin rear shocks. If the bike had a mono shock design I think it would be a nicer looking bike.

        It all depends on which bike you think is more you.

        http://www.motorbyte.com/mmm/pages/r.../vx8004_97.htm

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          #5
          You're asking which bike to buy on a Hawk list?? It's a no-brainer!

          Seriously, go and sit on the bikes. Take a look at 'em, find out what kind of shape they're in. You'll be the one riding it, after all.

          I like the Hawk as it's zippy and easy to maneuver, light (for its age), good low-end and mid-range power for everyday use. Even a stock Hawk is a looker and everyone is shocked to find out that my bike is almost 20 years old. I also wouldn't have a problem selling it if I wanted to (though why would anyone do such a thing?) at some point.

          The only downside is the lack of range w/ about 115 miles to fill-up, but unless you're planning a x-country tour that's not really an issue.
          '89 Hawk GT

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            #6
            eeeeeeeeewwwwwww... it's got those HD dual shock looking things..... blech.
            “Freedom is something that dies unless it's used”

            - Hunter S. Thompson

            1989 Hawk GT - As a whole, it is gone, but it now lives vicariously as a small part of several other Hawks on this website.
            1997 VFR 750 - D&D exhaust

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              #7
              Re: How does the Hawk compare....

              [quote="tkm433
              As for the horsepower you have to take into account that the Hawk is around 420lbs and the xv800 is listed around 472lbs. The Suzuki specs state the xv800 at 63hp which is most likely output shaft figures and not rear wheel numbers which usually will be about 15hp less than stated so rear wheel should be in the high 40hp range for rear wheel dyno numbers. The stock Hawk dyno numbers are in the high 30hp range.[/quote]

              I bet you lose more hp to parisitic loss than that remember the XV800 is shaft drive not chain drive.
              Faster than your mother... She's what the pros use.

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                #8
                Originally Posted by KDNYC
                The only downside is the lack of range w/ about 115 miles to fill-up, but unless you're planning a x-country tour that's not really an issue.
                The range is not that much of a problem. Who the hell wants to spend more than 2 hours in the seat at a clip anyway? Just my opinion. Besides look at the stupid little peanut gas tanks on the Harley Sportsters, I can only guess at thier range.
                Faster than your mother... She's what the pros use.

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                  #9
                  Originally Posted by motorcycleman
                  You are going to enjoy the relatively lack of power much more on the hawk.
                  LOL!!

                  this reply wins the best post in the thread award!!!

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