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    If itís not brokenÖ fix it anyway

    I blame you, all of you and I mean it. With your squeaky clean, sweet looking bikes and making it look so easy. Then I glance at my Hawk which probably hasnít seen soap for the last decade or so and the poor thing is begging me for some. This was supposed to be a spring-cleaning job but one thing led to anotherÖyou know where this is going.

    Disclaimer

    This is NOT a build, letís call it a mild rehabilitation instead.
    This bike is my first after a 15-year hiatus.
    I love bikes, I think I know how they work but havenít really done any mechanical work in likeÖ ever.
    I donít have a garage

    My Hawk

    I bought the Hawk last summer and yes it was an impulse buy off CL and yes I had to get a learnerís permit to drive it home. The PO gave me some basic info but not much about the history of the bike. Luckily I found out that one of the past owners was a forum member so I managed to gather some information from old posts. This is what I know:

    - The bike has about 35K miles. I donít know the exact mileage because the gauges have been replaced
    - The bike has crashed multiple times (more on that later)





    The good:
    - Suspension was done 5-6 years ago. Forks have F3 uppers on stock lowers with .90 racetech springs. Shock is a Fox twin-clicker that was fully re-built by Traxxion in 2012 with a 1300 spring which should work fine for my weight (~180lbs).
    - F2 front wheel with a relatively new braking wave rotor.
    - Supertrapp full system.
    - Corbin gunfighter seat in great condition
    - New rear tyre
    - New chain (which I promise is not too tight) and front and rear Vortex sprockets
    - Vortex clip-ons
    - Cush drive was replaced by PO right before I picked up the bike
    - Mechanically the bike seems very solid. It always starts from cold, pulls strong, no smoke, no visible leaks. Carbs were recently rebuilt and valves were adjusted as well. I get about 45MPG regular back road riding.

    The not so good:
    - Bike has been crashed more than one times and it really shows.
    - The tank has a few dings and scratches and a couple of annoyingly visible dents.
    - The rear cowl has been replaced with a Fabian unit that was never painted and even that has a rash on the side from another crash.
    - Rashes in the left engine cover, bottom of front header, brake pedal, front MC, levers, right switches, rear footrests and probably elsewhere.
    - Radiator is crooked but at least doesnít leak.
    - I swear the bike seems to have never been washed before

    Coming nextÖThe Plan!

    #2
    you will be a good owner...

    Good post.

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      #3
      Did you say plan? What is that? Hahahahahahah................you are in for it!!

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        #4
        Just ask Superdukerider about the fever
        65e.jpg
        "Hawk Porn" http://picasaweb.google.com/11124379...eat=directlink 1990 NT650-Penske 8981, Race-tech Springs & Gold Valves, Steve Lenac six-piston caliper & EBC rotor,SS Brake lines Ft / Rear lines through SSA ,VFR brake lever, F2 front wheel, F-120/70 R-160/60 Dunlop Roadsmart, Full-Supertrapp Exhaust, Stage 1 Jet kit, K&N Filter, Corbin Seat, Pro-Tec Clip-On's/ Past Rides...1986 VFR700F2 Interceptor / 1979 Yamaha Rd400 Daytona Special

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          #5
          I like your title of "if it's not broken... fix it anyway". With an attitude like that and a hand full of $ you cant go wrong.

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            #6
            A plan huh? I had one of those once... Once...

            A good starting point though, mechanicals seem sorted and a little elbow grease will go a long way.

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              #7
              Yours looks miles better than my scrapheap.Three different colours (and no they neither colour matches,nor are of any beauty whatsoever),and a mismash of gadgets.Goes good though

              Keep up the good work man

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                #8
                Originally Posted by prom View Post
                This is NOT a build, letís call it a mild rehabilitation instead.
                I CALL BULLSHIT! I have $2 says this IS a build thread and you just don't know it yet!

                Engaging safety squints -> WW#Store

                wwresto.com

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                  #9
                  Originally Posted by wildwhl View Post

                  I CALL BULLSHIT! I have $2 says this IS a build thread and you just don't know it yet!

                  Whats teh inder over in the frame comign off??? $50?
                  Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                    #10
                    Sneak peak

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                      #11
                      Awe, your half way there. a few more bolts and the motor is out, then a nut and a few aliens and the front end comes off... Then.. Its a build. (and you can get that shit CLEAN YO).
                      Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                        #12
                        Originally Posted by Sixx View Post
                        Awe, your half way there. a few more bolts and the motor is out, then a nut and a few aliens and the front end comes off... Then.. Its a build. (and you can get that shit CLEAN YO).
                        Exactly.

                        It's a build thread now - no turning back.

                        WW
                        Engaging safety squints -> WW#Store

                        wwresto.com

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                          #13
                          I, for one, am looking forward to seeing more progress on this build.
                          Suzondacati Build Thread

                          Chain rollers, swing arm chain guides, brake hangers, etc.

                          Various parts for sale

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                            #14
                            Ha, make a plan but don't plan on sticking to it as you show us what you're doing, we're gonna tell you stuff! Just kidding, no telling what you'd end up with if you had no plan at all but a lot of them are just starting points. Good luck and we'll be here for you.

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                              #15
                              All I'm sayn' ...

                              Hawk Fever = More Cowbell

                              Rock on prom !
                               
                              Last edited by SPA; 05-27-2017, 10:41 PM.
                              "Hawk Porn" http://picasaweb.google.com/11124379...eat=directlink 1990 NT650-Penske 8981, Race-tech Springs & Gold Valves, Steve Lenac six-piston caliper & EBC rotor,SS Brake lines Ft / Rear lines through SSA ,VFR brake lever, F2 front wheel, F-120/70 R-160/60 Dunlop Roadsmart, Full-Supertrapp Exhaust, Stage 1 Jet kit, K&N Filter, Corbin Seat, Pro-Tec Clip-On's/ Past Rides...1986 VFR700F2 Interceptor / 1979 Yamaha Rd400 Daytona Special

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