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    Rothmans Hawk

    I think this has been featured/discussed here before, but it's nice to see it published to a newer/wider audience: www.bikebound.com/2023/01/12/rothmans-hawk/


    #2
    the muffler is in a different zip code from the rest of the bike. too far away.
    "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
      Originally Posted by squirrelman View Post
      the muffler is in a different zip code from the rest of the bike. too far away.

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        #4
        Originally Posted by squirrelman View Post
        the muffler is in a different zip code from the rest of the bike. too far away.
        Nice to know that in a time of war you can equip a bazooka on the Hawk and have a place to carry it.
        88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
        89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
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          #5
          Maybe it would be nice to complement on nice things besides what we do not like. I like the color with full fairing, nc30 tank mod. The article can use bit more details though. This one has some unusual mods we do not see everyday!

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            #6
            Originally Posted by Superdukerider View Post
            Maybe it would be nice to complement on nice things besides what we do not like. I like the color with full fairing, nc30 tank mod. The article can use bit more details though. This one has some unusual mods we do not see everyday!
            You are very right to say that

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              #7
              I like the clever use of race fairings and mounting the headlights the way he did to keep it road legal.
              Flock of Hawks | '13 Tacoma | '69 Falcon (currently getting reassembled!)
              I've spent most of my money on women, beer, cars and motorcycles. The rest of it I just wasted.

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                #8
                That thing is a beaut! Seen it before, never upset to see it again. Amazing work.

                Jerry, that pipe placement may seem of to some, but if it works, then it's all a matter of opinion and dude may just love it there. It's definitely got that old school vibe with the pipe out there. Almost reminds me of a two stroke look.

                If I built that bike would the pipe be done differently, yes... But so would the rest of the bike. Mine would be an epic failure in comparison because I can not do work to that level.. the skills and taste there are absolutely undeniable..

                What an amazing bike.

                Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                  #9
                  Originally Posted by 6 View Post
                  .......that pipe placement may seem of to some, but if it works, then it's all a matter of opinion and dude may just love it there.

                  If I built that bike would the pipe be done differently, yes... But so would the rest of the bike.

                  looks like the muffler would be first to touch down in a left-hand high speed turn and would limit cornering speed because it wasn't planned well enough or integrated into the design.

                  bike is sweet but points off for exhaust.


                  Last edited by squirrelman; 3 Weeks Ago.
                  "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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                    #10
                    The bike is stunning.

                    It is well executed and it is really nice to see a built where somebody actually changes the shock.

                    But...

                    The exhaust IS literally out there.

                    Too many people are like a dog with a bone over the left hand exit. There are many more drawbacks than there are positives. Most people who try it, learn.

                    Even bikebound agrees based on the number of photos they published that show the exhaust vs those that don't.

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                      #11
                      I recall reading about the build of this bike before. The owner deserves much praise for creating such a striking looking machine and finishing it so beautifully. It looks fast standing still, which is a great standard to achieve in any bike build.

                      The work involved in fabricating the left exit pipe is impressive too, although I wonder if shortening the end can would help the aesthetics? Personally, I like variations on the original design of the stubby can ending before the back axle but it does negate much of the point of having a QD rear wheel.

                      Perhaps one day I'll try a high level system on the right - my four valve project will need a exhaust system making (NT650 systems won't fit due to the different heads) so perhaps that will be the time to have a go.

                      I like the look of the subframe too - it looks like it might be significantly lighter but still properly supported with the triangulating struts.

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                        #12
                        A custom is never "finished". He can route the pipe to a high left side, shorter can. Then he will get 100% approval.

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                          #13
                          That's jfk_bikes' Hawk

                          Hi everyone, I was talking to one of the members of the forum on Instagram the other day and he advised to share my project so here I am! My bike started as a '89 bros 400 but has had quite a bit of modification. To date it has Africatwin twin 750cc engine R1 front end Vfr400 tank Vfr800 rear hub with a modified bros swing arm

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                            #14
                            The muffler could be tucked in more but you'd have to rout the header over the swingarm, Hiperform style: (bike from slo1 )

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                              #15
                              Originally Posted by Hawk04 View Post
                              The muffler could be tucked in more but you'd have to rout the header over the swingarm, Hiperform style: (bike from slo1 )

                              l2w2 (1).webp gnh0.webp
                              Pipes are SO hard to get "right" (even though the luck is all a matter of opinion). That bike the positioning is good, but it doesn't match the tail angle...

                              It's a hard puzzle to solve
                              Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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