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  • Originally Posted by LauraJ View Post
    Thanks! We'll check those things. Do you mean a different wheel, or just a tire? And what wheel? BTW, I'm not a tall person! In fact, I'll be ordering a Corbin seat to lower it a touch. This is my third Hawk, but it's been a few years (let's see, five? seven?), and they'e that much older now. So I'm wondering what might be an issue. Of course I don't know how well it's been maintained. It looks good, but we'll see! Thanks for the response!
    Popular upgrade is vfr wheel conversion. Needs the spindle modified to accept vfr wheel. Vfr wheel can accept little wider tires and looks good. But its all personal preference.

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    • Hello everyone,
      Just picked up my first Hawk last week. I have known about these for several years now and always wanted one. Finally found one that I just couldn't pass up '89 red with 15K miles in good condition. Working on a list now of how to spend my $$$ going through the forums.

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      • Originally Posted by Mattileous View Post
        Hello everyone,
        Just picked up my first Hawk last week. I have known about these for several years now and always wanted one. Finally found one that I just couldn't pass up '89 red with 15K miles in good condition. Working on a list now of how to spend my $$$ going through the forums.
        Welcome! There are a few maintenance items to check first, like the cush drive or anything else made of rubber. Assume they are no good until otherwise verified. If everything is running well and the maintenance is up to date, the best place to spend money on the Hawk is suspension. Springs and emulators in the forks are a good upgrade. Rear shock can be anything from a YSS/Hagon (~$400) to Penske/Nitron ($700+).
        88 Hawk GT

        Talk big. Think small. Do nothing.

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        • Originally Posted by Gweenz View Post

          Welcome! There are a few maintenance items to check first, like the cush drive or anything else made of rubber. Assume they are no good until otherwise verified. If everything is running well and the maintenance is up to date, the best place to spend money on the Hawk is suspension. Springs and emulators in the forks are a good upgrade. Rear shock can be anything from a YSS/Hagon (~$400) to Penske/Nitron ($700+).
          Thanks. Changed the oil and filter, coolant, brake lines and fluid so far. Have a JRi shock on order, sending in the forks for a rebuild (thanks Hord). Also have jet kit and uni filters ordered. New tires showed up too just haven't had time to pull the wheels off the bike yet. Will check the cush drive when I do the tires.

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          • Hi all,

            I've been riding bikes as daily transportation for over 50 years. Had more than 50 bikes, from a 1965 Yamaha Riverside 55 to a 2015 KTM 390 Duke. Some of those were ridden by my wife of 41 years, and her niece who lived with us through her teenage years. Put her on a bike when she was old enough to get her permit, just like my Dad did for me. In my case, he didn't want me to have anything with a back seat at my age...and he was right.

            As of now we have a '13 Ducati Hyperstrada, an '05 SV naked, the baby Duke plus two Velocettes, a '56 350 and a '68 500 that my Dad bought new. Have had the last one since he passed in 1970. We've had everything from YSR50s to full dress Harleys, enjoyed them all. Broke my collarbone and 9 ribs on that little YSR!

            I was on Hawklist years ago, when we still had my wife's '91. The internet was in its infancy back then. I will confess that I am a tuning fork guy and Rossi fan, so no Hondas in our garage other than the '89 Hawk that just landed. But I am glad to be back, if only temporarily. It has been a while, but it's like working on an old friend. The Hawk will go to a new rider, in his 20's. Keeping the legacy alive.

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            • Originally Posted by zippy49 View Post
              Hi all,

              I've been riding bikes as daily transportation for over 50 years. Had more than 50 bikes, from a 1965 Yamaha Riverside 55 to a 2015 KTM 390 Duke. Some of those were ridden by my wife of 41 years, and her niece who lived with us through her teenage years. Put her on a bike when she was old enough to get her permit, just like my Dad did for me. In my case, he didn't want me to have anything with a back seat at my age...and he was right.

              As of now we have a '13 Ducati Hyperstrada, an '05 SV naked, the baby Duke plus two Velocettes, a '56 350 and a '68 500 that my Dad bought new. Have had the last one since he passed in 1970. We've had everything from YSR50s to full dress Harleys, enjoyed them all. Broke my collarbone and 9 ribs on that little YSR!

              I was on Hawklist years ago, when we still had my wife's '91. The internet was in its infancy back then. I will confess that I am a tuning fork guy and Rossi fan, so no Hondas in our garage other than the '89 Hawk that just landed. But I am glad to be back, if only temporarily. It has been a while, but it's like working on an old friend. The Hawk will go to a new rider, in his 20's. Keeping the legacy alive.
              Welcome - and directing a young rider towards a Hawk? You rock!

              WW
              Hawk GT - skookum as frig
              WW#Store

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              • Heyyo!

                Fairly new to all things Hawk, but have been reading through this forum for some time. I have a Bros 400 and a Bros 650, both from 88. I'm looking forward to learning more about these awesome little bikes and getting them both spruced up and running like thieves! Thanks in advance for all the knowledge in this forum.


                Kodiew
                Kodie W
                1988 Hawk 650
                1990 Hawk 400

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                • Originally Posted by wildwhl View Post

                  Welcome - and directing a young rider towards a Hawk? You rock!

                  WW
                  Actually, he will be 30 next month. Still young enough to be my grandkid! He has been out with me on a couple of my other bikes while I get the Hawk done. He's a hardcore road bicyclist; his biggest problem is trying to break that paceline habit and ride staggered. Also, he had trouble understanding countersteering at first. But his stops are looking better...

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                  • Hello!! I'm 23 from houston texas, learned to ride my friend's hawk when i was 14 and then my friend gave it to my dad who gave it to me. It's a red 1989. love it. joined this forum cause i'm looking for a diaphragm slide, so i'll post about that elsewhere.

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                    • Hey folks - Brid Caveney here, from West Coast Racing in Austin Texas USA. I'm in the process of building a Custom 1990 Hawk, for one of the members here. You can follow the progress on my FB page -- https://www.facebook.com/westcoastracingvintage
                      I only ever owned one Hawk - an 88, way back when, and was going to race it -- until Dan Kyle (engine builder for the Two Brothers Championship winning Hawk) told me roughly what it was going to cost to make it competitive! It was Custom painted, but all stock - and immaculate -- BUT, I just couldn't afford the race prep, and ended up selling it, to (part) finance building a Triumph Tiger Cub trials bike, that I went on to win the Ahrma National Championship with in 1996. However, always loved them -- and I think you'll find this one very interesting!
                      Cheers,
                      Brid.

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                      • Hi All
                        From Sydney and just bought a 1988 Honda Bros hopefully as a daily commuter already have a HD Sporty for the weekend rides, hope to learn more about the new bike here as there don't seem to be too many in Australia

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                        • Originally Posted by Aussie invader View Post
                          Hi All
                          From Sydney and just bought a 1988 Honda Bros hopefully as a daily commuter already have a HD Sporty for the weekend rides, hope to learn more about the new bike here as there don't seem to be too many in Australia
                          Welcome aboard, read up a bit, ask a few questions. Or just BS and hang out.
                          '89 Hawk a.k.a. The RallyHawk (my son's now!) | '89 Hawk a.k.a. The Deuce | Spare Parts/Dented Learner Bike | '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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                          • Originally Posted by Aussie invader View Post
                            Hi All
                            From Sydney and just bought a 1988 Honda Bros hopefully as a daily commuter already have a HD Sporty for the weekend rides, hope to learn more about the new bike here as there don't seem to be too many in Australia
                            Welcome aboard! Any chance this your Bros???
                            IMG_4544 by kstone3, on Flickr

                            Just got back from a two week trip down under! Only Bros I saw while in Sydney.
                            Ken

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                            • Thanks for the welcome,
                              This is my new toy still need to get it registered has 16,900klms on the clock as previous owner has kept in the garage for the last 7 years and only changed fluids and started it monthly to keep it in shape.

                              IMG_2239.JPG

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                              • Welcome, looks very clean. I'm on the Northern Beaches - I think we're the only two members in Sydney.
                                www.thermaecooling.com

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