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    1989 NT650 Resto-Mod (Toronto, ON)

    After selfishly private messaging so many different posters on this forum for insights, I felt it only proper to formerly introduce myself and introduce my hawk project.

    Offline, my name is Adam and I am from Toronto. My purchasing of a Honda Hawk was the logical next step as it seemed like a hybrid of all the bikes I had owned previously. My first motorcycle was a 1976 Kawasaki KZ400 I turned into a cafe racer and after that I owned a Ducati Monster M750 and a Honda Hornet cb599f, both of which I moderately upgraded.

    The hawk I purchased has over 103,000 km's and the previous owner was an elderly CVMG member in Beamsville, ON. He had gotten to the point that he couldn't ride and wanted to find it a new home. I had done a little bit of research prior and spotted a few of the typical hawk modifications had already been completed (fan over ridden with physical switch and parking fuse deleted).



    After purchasing the Hawk I managed to track down a good deal on an entire '93 Honda VFR750R. It had had an electrical short under the seat which melted a lot of the wiring but the rest was in good shape. I had been communicating with some of the other GTA hawk members at this time and mentioned I had purchased the bike and would be parting it out. In almost too serendipitous fashion, Brent (NT696) happened to

    a) be in the neighbourhood meeting with Rich (FFWD) and Bob (ParcNHawk)
    b) have his trailer with him in Toronto
    c) be more of a VFR hoarder than a Hawk hoarder

    We were able to meetup same day and came to a mutually beneficial deal on the VFR minus the parts I required for the hawk rear wheel mod. Being the nice guy Brent is, he offered to remove all the components at his place and make up up the spacer necessary for the swap. I met up with him at his place in Kingston a couple of weeks later and we were able to complete the rear wheel swap.




    After this point, I managed to track down a good deal on a complete CBR929 front end locally and stored it on my apartment balcony.



    I guess Brent was pretty happy with the VFR, and didn't mind my company, as I was allowed to return once again this past weekend to take advantage of his help for completing the front end swap. Need to drill and tap for some screws on the steering stop and work out some other little kinks but it went together without too many hitches. The previous owner had upgraded the stem bearings to tapered units and in so doing installed tapered races. This meant the bearings on the hawk stem had to be removed in order for the tapered units to work on the cbr929 stem which was a bit of a wrinkle but we (cough Brent) managed to wrestle them off without too much issue.



    In the process of doing all this work, we also realized that Brent's hawk and my hawk are only 6 serial numbers apart, small world.

    Up next is buttoning up the front end including mounting the MT-03 headlight and the trailtech vapour kit I have ready and waiting.

    If anyone has an upswept style exhaust for sale please let me know.
    Last edited by Architecterre; 10-23-2018, 01:21 PM.

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    Bump to the top for the OP
    "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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      #3
      Welcome to the site! Very nice clean bike you've got there.
      88 Hawk GT

      Talk big. Think small. Do nothing.

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        #4
        Welcome! You're in great hands if you're working with Brent, Rich and Bob! You'll have to join them when they come down to my place for CTHR next year; I'm in Elmira, NY.
        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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          #5
          Glad to see everything coming together, and nice to see more locals with the Hawk mod bug!

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            #6
            PM sent...
            This forum is entirely dedicated to wasting time and money modifying a slow motorcycle. - joel

            Nothing like a project to keep you busy, slowly draining funds out of the wallet! - spacetiger

            Our Hawks have all the power any mature, sensible rider can use on any street or highway without carrying around excessively unnecessary big-bore weight and power - squirrelman

            Bike builds can be and most time are art and expression. To take something mass produced and impersonal and make something personal that you can't stop staring at as you walk away. There is nothing I find more satisfying than looking at something cool and beautiful and thinking "I made that". - 6

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              #7
              Flyinelvis graciously provided some passenger pegs for the build, so that's half of my wanted list complete. Thanks again

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                #8
                Adam is a great guy to work with, and he will be coming to CTHR willingly or not.
                -I'm sorry....I did not know she was your sister.
                -If Buckleys cold mixture went rancid......how would anybody know????
                -Dont piss off the quiet guy with the chain saw.

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                  #9
                  Slight update for you folks. Brent (@NT696) has been exceptionally helpful in progressing this build forward.

                  Since the last post we have:

                  Installed WWResto's Rear Tail Tidy - exceptionally well made and fits like OEM
                  Detabbed rear subframe - (no more handles)
                  Powdercoated Front and Rear rims (and top triple tree clamp)
                  Installed braided rear brake line using the through swingarm modification (Brent 'donated' one of his beautiful aluminum torsion bars to further clean up the install)
                  Removed stock headers/exhaust, replaced with TBR left exit headers

                  Left to do:

                  Modify TBR exhaust (too long) and build a bracket to fasten it more rigidly to subframe
                  Modify Radiator guard to allow the CBR929 forks to move fully back and forth (lets us reuse steering lock)
                  Install MT-03 headlight ( headlight brackets currently being modified by Brent)
                  Install Vapour Trailtech / Finish wiring for front end (and figure out how to hide all the wiring behind slimline headlight)
                  Rebuild front brakes / calipers / bleed
                  Make it to Hawk Rally....

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                    #10
                    She looks great! And that rear wheel, very nice! I like that it's exposed, not covered by the exhaust. When I had a short Delkavic mounted, it "sooted" my lug nuts. Since I raised it the bolt pattern has stayed clean and the wheel (5 spoke) is more readily visible.

                    I removed the turn signal mounts and seat/helmet lock from the stock subframe, then powder coated it black and the handles all but disappeared. Your approach has a very clean look. Interested to see how she looks with the MT-03 headlight. Hiding that mess of wiring has held me back from attempting something similar...
                    This forum is entirely dedicated to wasting time and money modifying a slow motorcycle. - joel

                    Nothing like a project to keep you busy, slowly draining funds out of the wallet! - spacetiger

                    Our Hawks have all the power any mature, sensible rider can use on any street or highway without carrying around excessively unnecessary big-bore weight and power - squirrelman

                    Bike builds can be and most time are art and expression. To take something mass produced and impersonal and make something personal that you can't stop staring at as you walk away. There is nothing I find more satisfying than looking at something cool and beautiful and thinking "I made that". - 6

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                      #11
                      I did not see it metioned and cannot tell in teh pics, do you have a shock in the bike?

                      I like the red. What is it?

                      You are in good hands with Mr Brent.
                      Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                        #12
                        Originally Posted by 6 View Post
                        I did not see it metioned and cannot tell in teh pics, do you have a shock in the bike?

                        I like the red. What is it?

                        You are in good hands with Mr Brent.
                        Hey 6, If you're referring to the RED paint - it was resprayed by the previous owner at some point. More of a dark red than the OEM red, don't have a colour code unfortunately.

                        Currently it just has the stock hawk shock.

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                          #13
                          I'm pretty sure that is an OEM red and the factory paint job... Canada did not get the classic R157 Italian Red. Canadian Hawks are R107 Candy Bourgogne Red.


                          If you were looking for a support group you're barking up the wrong tree. This place is fulla enablers dude. - Shooter77us

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                            #14
                            I stand corrected. Bike had over 100,000 km's on odometer when I purchased so I just assumed it had been resprayed at some point because the paint is in really good shape. Brent also thought it was a little darker than he's seen previously.

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                              #15
                              Fun fact , my 97 Suzuki Bandit 1200S color is a dead ringer for the Canadian Hawk R107 Candy Bourgogne Red. And our '98 Suzuki Bandit 1200s is a dead ringer for the Hawk Gt Canadian Blue.
                              "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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