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    Greetings (Happy Easter!)

    This is probably a frequent question, but I would appreciate your 'biased evaluation'. I've been looking for a bike to get back on the sadle after 15 years, my wife calls it a mid-life crisis, I just want to ride again. The Hawk GT seems to be a good fit for lots of reasons.

    I found this one near by and am wondering what a fair price is...it has several mods, a kerker exhaust, 900RR rear suspension, turn signals. The tank has a minor ding and a couple of chips that have been touched up. 17k miles and asking $3600. It seems a bit high to me, what do you all think?



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    #2
    High. Although it seems in good shape, you don't see many go at that price. You can get em all day long around $2000-$3000

    I have never paid more than $2000 and as of this count have had 5 in my garage, the most current one was for $1000 and the one before that $1250.

    My best Hawk was only $2000 and I dare say was in better shape than that one.
    BIKES: Honda: RC31 Racebike/ NT650 Streetbike, DUCATI: None at the moment.
    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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      #3
      +1 dont pay anymore that 3k for it. unless you really want it.
      1988 & 1991 hawkgt, 2005 rc51

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        #4
        How old are the tires? Does the bike have any issues?

        Unless it's cherry, $3500 is VERY high. The exhaust, signals, and suspension don't really add more than $150.

        If you REALLY want it, you can offer less. But for $3,500 you can get a slightly used SV650. In all honesty, it makes no sense to spend that much on an older bike, even one with stubborn cult status.
        '89 Hawk GT

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          #5
          Don't let the mods fool you, unless thats what you realy want. I would consider those mods to bring the bike value down. To me a bone stock hawk has more value to a moded one unless you know what exacly what was done to it, how it was done and by who.

          I got my hawk a year a go and payed 2400$ Canadian with 18000km on it.

          Hope it helps, good luck.
          Its not gone yet and I already regret selling it.

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            #6
            Mobilerd just bought a pristine one off ebay with a buy it now for 3500. I suggest you try to talk them down to at most $3000.
            http://www.hawkgtforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=1956
            '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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              #7
              Originally Posted by KDNYC
              How old are the tires? Does the bike have any issues?

              Unless it's cherry, $3500 is VERY high. The exhaust, signals, and suspension don't really add more than $150.

              If you REALLY want it, you can offer less. But for $3,500 you can get a slightly used SV650. In all honesty, it makes no sense to spend that much on an older bike, even one with stubborn cult status.
              as much as I hate to admit it he's 100% right, unless you're mechanically inclined a newer bike like a ...*COUGH* *COUGH*... sv *cringe* is money better spent

              (stupidf-inghondanotbuildinganewhawk)
              ...

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                #8
                ...he's 100% right
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                That should have read as she's 100% right...

                ...I'm just sayin'... It is the 90's and all.
                ride Red.

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                  #9
                  The Hawk is a Hawk and if that's important to you,it's important to you.Personally,I have no use at all for an SV- there's no charm and no character and it's really not that great of a bike.I would honestly rather have a halfway decent Hawk and to me that ranged from stone stock to craziness than a 0 mile 07 SV650 as the relative speed increase really means nothing when a 10 year old 600 will still smack the crap out of it.

                  Yeah,Hawks are pushing 20 but they're far from worn out and it isn't as if they're frail and prone to breakage with impossible to get parts.As far as what one is worth,$3500 is a little high but $3k for a clean,well taken care of Hawk isn't absurd.A beat to shit ex-race,crashed 19 times,salvage titled Hawk can be had for $1500 but what does that have to do with the price of tea in China? There are fewer and fewer clean Hawks out there and at some point this year I'm planning on getting a blue 88 that's as stock as possible to ride only on the nicest of Sundays,figuring it'll probably cost $3500...and the wait for the right bike to come up.I figure I better do it while I have the chance.

                  Tis funny- I have no idea how much time,effort energy and $ I have spent on Hawks.The only things that are original on my unstocker are the frame,swingarm and wiring harness.When I got it,it was a near mint grey 88.2 motors,several sets of rims,a dozen body changes...I wish I'd kept it stock and nice.Kinda crazy huh? I actually like _ riding _ fast bikes more than Hawks- but I like Hawks better as machines/furniture/mechanical soul mates.No love at all for no SV's- TL's hell yeah,no SV's though...things are just like school in summer.

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                    #10
                    I wasn't suggesting that the SV os a better bike than the Hawk. If someone *specifically* wants a Hawk GT and finds one in good shape, then he or she might consider an amount which is higher than the bike once sold for new in 1989 to be money well spent.

                    The question was from a returning rider looking for a certain kind of bike, and there just happens to be a Hawk for sale that fits this criteria. The asking price is high given the bike's age and mileage and the fact that other, more modern sport standards can be found for less. It's that simple. If money is not an issue, and the bike is desired, go for it.

                    Anyway, the asking price is seldom the actual sale price. Negotiation is the name of the game and any sane, reasonable bike owner knows it. KD

                    *not that Hawksters have ever been proven sane or reasonable
                    '89 Hawk GT

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                      #11
                      Originally Posted by KDNYC
                      I wasn't suggesting that the SV os a better bike than the Hawk. If someone *specifically* wants a Hawk GT and finds one in good shape, then he or she might consider an amount which is higher than the bike once sold for new in 1989 to be money well spent.

                      The question was from a returning rider looking for a certain kind of bike, and there just happens to be a Hawk for sale that fits this criteria. The asking price is high given the bike's age and mileage and the fact that other, more modern sport standards can be found for less. It's that simple. If money is not an issue, and the bike is desired, go for it.

                      Anyway, the asking price is seldom the actual sale price. Negotiation is the name of the game and any sane, reasonable bike owner knows it. KD

                      *not that Hawksters have ever been proven sane or reasonable
                      the inherent problem in your answer is it is an unbiased opinion when the original poster wanted biased opinions (of which there are many)... i still agree wholeheartedly with you on this one... and have no doubt that your statements are blasphemy to many on here
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                        #12
                        Harley.... Cough...cough!!
                        BIKES: Honda: RC31 Racebike/ NT650 Streetbike, DUCATI: None at the moment.
                        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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                          #13
                          Originally Posted by hawkLer
                          ...he's 100% right
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                          That should have read as she's 100% right...

                          ...I'm just sayin'... It is the 90's and all.
                          its not the 90s anymore..

                          im just sayin....

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                            #14

                            jeez, am i going to have to include an instruction manual when i make a joke from now on?!
                            ride Red.

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                              #15
                              I just wanted to express my appreciation for everyone's contribution. The biased and unbiased evaluation were just what I was looking for...

                              Sincerely, jds

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