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    Need experienced advice, off look at a hawk far from home

    I have made my decision to go with a hawk over a SV650 within the past couple of weeks. I am more drawn to something that is a bit unique, as opposed to what everyone else has and wants. I have been lusting after the hawk since I first really noticed them in 1999.

    I am off to detroit this weekend to go watch the AMA supercross event, but will be making two stops to look at a couple of NT650s for sale. Both are the trademark later Red in color, but otherwise are identical.

    Besides the normal motorcycle gotchas, is there anything specific I should watch out for on these bikes? I expect to spend ~$1000 right after buying the bike for maintenance and a couple of light modifications, so I don't expect perfect, I just don't want to have to do a complete rebuild straight away.

    Thanks for any help that can be offered!

    Regards,

    MXMatt
    89 Hawk GT (Just got it! YAY!!!)
    03 KTM SX 125
    03 Honda XR-50r
    http://www.mxmatt.com (MX Photography site)

    #2
    Well I guess I will be going it alone .

    I have searched these forums (both before and after) and haven't really found anything on this topic besides a FAQ ( a really good one too), however it is a bit of information overload.

    Perhaps I will have to write a Buyers guide if I end up buying this Hawk.

    Regards,

    MXMatt
    89 Hawk GT (Just got it! YAY!!!)
    03 KTM SX 125
    03 Honda XR-50r
    http://www.mxmatt.com (MX Photography site)

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      #3
      Hi Matt! I noticed that no one had replied also. I'll give you my 2 cents- and this pretty much applies to any bike. What you hope for:

      No signs of drop/crash damage.
      The bike tracks straight
      forks rise and fall over bumps with no sticking
      the owner has all service records
      engine starts easily and makes all the correct noises, and no knocking,
      ticking, grinding
      chain and sprockets are in good servicable shape
      tires have good tread and no weather cracking
      all electrics work correctly
      no oil leaks
      the inside of the tank is clean/no rust
      the bike is clean and not faded from storage outside

      what you usually and or may find:
      tires may need replacing (worn out or weather cracked)
      sprockets are worn and need replacing
      engine has some oil leak
      cables may need lubing or replacing
      engine does not start (bad battery, dirty tank, dirty carbs, choke
      doesn't work, etc)
      switches are faded (stored outside)
      plastic tabs are broken on the rear cowl
      some oil leaking


      Pretty much anything can be fixed so price really does reflect condition.


      Hope I helped some
      '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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        #4
        Thanks for the reply, I actually had a brief moment to read it before we left Detroit on route to look at the hawk in Chicago.

        Everything looked good for the most part. It has a couple of minor issues that I will need to attend to, but nothing to stop the bike from working well, as from what I could tell from my ride, and looking at it, it is in great shape.

        I only went around the block, but I can say these things are really light feeling, and don't feel much heavier than a 450cc Honda Motocross bike!

        I am looking forward to something else to tinker with!

        Thanks again!
        89 Hawk GT (Just got it! YAY!!!)
        03 KTM SX 125
        03 Honda XR-50r
        http://www.mxmatt.com (MX Photography site)

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          #5
          The follow is about buying a BROS (Jap version of the Hawk)
          http://www.hawk-bros.pwp.blueyonder...._bros_hawk.htm
          "Life may begin at 40, but it doesn't get real interesting until about 150."

          • '88 in Candy Flair Blue + '90 in Italian Red
          • Ohlins Rear Shock
          • F2 front wheel
          • VFR750 rear wheel
          • Hiperform seat&headers
          • MSMotorsport Seat Cowl
          • Steve Lenac Tokico six pot caliper

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            #6
            Spammity spam

            If you're looking for uniqueness, my friend's green Hawk is still for sale here in South Dakota.
            http://www.hawkgtforum.com/viewtopic...ighlight=green
            A Honda amongst a sea of Harleys

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              #7
              Thanks for the replies gang!

              I picked up the bike.. WOW!

              I ended up going with one in the Chicago area and trucked it back home in a friends S10 (I own no trucks)

              http://www.gdoggracing.com/gallery/m...g2_itemId=4190

              http://www.gdoggracing.com/gallery/m...g2_itemId=4187

              She needs a few things done, but I have the parts, and the paint to make it happen .
              89 Hawk GT (Just got it! YAY!!!)
              03 KTM SX 125
              03 Honda XR-50r
              http://www.mxmatt.com (MX Photography site)

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                #8
                Congrats. Nice can btw.
                '88 Bros NT650J
                Progressive fork springs, '93 CBR600 F2 fork caps, CBR900RR rear shock, Puig 'Raptor' fly screen
                Fabitappi Monoposto seat cover, Heated grips, Braided brake lines, Buell indicators/turn signals
                Ceramic coated stock headers with custom Yoshi shorty muffler & Muzzy collector

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                  #9
                  if you ditch those morriors it will fit in that van just fine
                  1988 & 1991 hawkgt, 2005 rc51

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                    #10
                    Not my van, and I actually like the giant bug antenna mirrors .

                    The only thing I wish is that they were set out at a wider point. I am a skinny guy, but I have a really hard time seeing what is directly behind me, unless I lean over a bit .
                    89 Hawk GT (Just got it! YAY!!!)
                    03 KTM SX 125
                    03 Honda XR-50r
                    http://www.mxmatt.com (MX Photography site)

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