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    Are our bikes really that rare?

    I've been telling people my bike was rare because, well, they only sold it here for 4-5 model years. But I just saw a number that kinda shocked me. Did they really only sell 2,200 Hawk GTs stateside?

    That's frickin crazy. Guess we'd have to be a cult to like these. Assuming only half of the things haven't been totaled or ridden into the ground, there are roughly only 50 per state riding around.

    Has anybody seen another Hawk on the road by pure chance? I know I sure haven't. Ducati has sold at least twice that many Monsters here, all of which were produced more recently than the Hawk, and I've never even seen one of those on the road.

    Hell, ya know, I'm getting sick of not seeing any naked bikes in general. That's it. I'm starting an OT thread.
    '88 Hawk GT - back in the saddle
    '99 Suzuki GZ250 - the first

    '87 Suzuki GSXR1100/1207cc - traded to get my Hawk back

    #2
    I've seen plenty of monsters around, only a few (2 I think) other hawks. One when I lived in NJ, blue and one that rides around MA, a bone stock red one.

    I saw a lot more hawks at Loudon this year ...7 others?...surprised the hell outta me. at first it caused me to almost crash the pitbike I was riding...
    ...

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      #3
      I've seen maybe six or seven just in Manhattan. I think New Jersey has the highest # of Hawks Per Capita, but that's just because Lenac's garage is in Garfield and he has, like, 40 of them. It's Hawktopia.

      Once, I was on the LIE and recognized a Hawk taillight about 1/4 mile up ahead... I caught up with him and we pulled off at the next exit to talk Hawks. His turn signals were busted so he came by the next day and we hooked up my old ones, along with some bar-end mirrors I had lying around.

      Go to San Francisco. I hear that just about every other moto is a Hawk there.

      But, yeah, that distribution number sounds about right.
      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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        #4
        In saint louis ive only seen one other hawk and it was at a honda dealership. The guy who owned it bought it there new in 90 and its still 100% stock. He was just a suprised to see my hawk.
        90 Hawk. What can I do to make it better?
        78 yz125. What can I do to destroy this thing?

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          #5
          I've seen a few riding around here in Atlanta, but not very often. They seem to still have a decent presence at the local tracks though.
          Brandon


          88' (Gulf) Hawk GT
          and some non-Hawks...

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            #6
            I saw one about 4 years before I got my first one, At first I dismissed it until I got a closer look and then I was intrigued.
            I told the kid if he ever sold it to give me a call. Last I heard he had wrecked it.

            I have NEVER seen any other Hawk on the road in VT (except mine). I know there are a few up here and one guy who has one almost but KuwaitiHawk before I traded it... I hope to keep in touch with him in case he ever sells his.

            All the Hawks I see on a regular basis are FLYING around NHIS. It is a regular Hawk's Nest.
            BIKES: Honda: RC31 Racebike/ CRF 110 Mini Motard, DUCATI: 748
            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
              Originally Posted by douglas.thompson
              Lenac's garage is in Garfield and he has, like, 40 of them. It's Hawktopia.


              so um.... when there's a hawk reunion ride I vote for it ending there
              ...

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                #8
                Plus Steve is a great guy and general Hawk Guru (kinda like Hord for the East coast)
                He has "a couple total loss race bikes with tecnomagnesio rims" Lying around...
                BIKES: Honda: RC31 Racebike/ CRF 110 Mini Motard, DUCATI: 748
                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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                  #9
                  Hawks are around..When i had mine my roommate went out and got the same bike, so we had two hawks in the garage..I then ran into a hawker that lives 8 miles from me..Not bad for Northern Idaho..
                  There is also a hawk about 2.5 hours away in thats on the forums as well.

                  Its crazy how when you really look for them you see them from time to time..But its definately pretty rare.

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                    #10
                    before i knew a tenth of what i know now about hawks (which still isn't much) and before i owned one i heard leNac was the guy to talk to.
                    and since i wanted one, i gave him a ring on the phone, thinking maybe he could hook me up with one or point me in the direction of someone selling.
                    at that time, like i said, i knew nothing of hawks and even less of Lenac's echelon on them. he asked what i had to spend and then (and i dont blame him knowing now what he does) all but burst out laughing.
                    regardless, i don't have the money or need for technomagnesi-whaaaa?!
                    so, yeah, let's go for a ride to his place!
                    ride Red.

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                      #11
                      I have asked him for prices in the past (for friends) He can get you into a Hawk for about $2000-$2500. I am guessing, and that would be pretty stock.

                      What did you have to spend?
                      BIKES: Honda: RC31 Racebike/ CRF 110 Mini Motard, DUCATI: 748
                      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 have never seen a Hawk aside from my own in person. I am in Philadelphia often, NYC occasionally, and have looked at every bike in my vicinity as long as I can remember, though I was not always hyper aware of them (Hawks) as I am these days.

                        Every motorcycle shop employee, racer and/or enthusiast comments " wow, you dont see many of those around" or something along those lines...

                        Would really like to find an RVF400... Also, to my knowledge, never seen one in person...
                        whatsoever your hand should find to do, do it gladly, because there is no work, love, knowledge, or wisdom in the grave...

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                          #13
                          I bet ther have been 2200 turned into race bikes. If they were that rare would anyone race them? I hade read 10,000 in the US, years ago in one of the magazines.

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                            #14
                            I am in Seattle, WA and I have seen at least 7 different hawks in the past two years. Only two were stock that I could see. I know two other hawkers on this forum are in Seattle.
                            -NEVER LET YOUR FEARS STAND IN THE WAY OF YOUR DREAMS-
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                            "Arseing about with my bikes will end in tears." -Keno04

                            "Dress for the slide, not the ride" - ParcNHawk

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                              #15
                              i dont know what the serial/ vin numbers mean but mine ends in like 2 thousand and something and mine is an '88. would that mean there were over 2000 produced in '88 alone and then the same amount each year after?
                              summing up to about 10,000.....?
                              ride Red.

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