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    #46
    Originally Posted by FelixP View Post

    1) Am I even correct that the hawk makes a good first bike? From my understanding, it's reliable, (relatively) mechanically simple i.e. easy to work on, handles extremely well, isn't too light or too heavy, and has about the right amount of power. Am I misinformed?
    2) I'm somewhat mechanically inclined, but I'm certainly no master mechanic. Is this a bike that I could learn how to work on myself for the most part?
    3) Any hawk-specific things I need to be aware of when I'm looking at a bike to buy?
    4) Are there any riders near me? I just moved to Richmond from Michigan, I only know the people at my job and I haven't met anyone who rides.


    1)Nope you are not misinformed. The Hawk makes a great first bike
    2)Yes, it's a great bike for learning to work on and all the resources and info you'd ever need can be found on here
    3)Just look out for the usual tell tale signs as with any bike
    4)I believe there are a few forum members in your area

    Good luck in your quest for a Hawk
    '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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      #47
      From RyanChapin's forum WraithDogg lives in Mechanicsville.

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        #48
        I'm just north in Woodbridge. I actually just bought my second Hawk from Gray(burnall4) down in Richmond. If you are ever north of Richmond let me know. And I think the Hawk is a great bike to learn alot on, from riding to mechanical.
        John Hawk GT's 88, 2-89's, 90

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          #49
          I've got an old friend in Tappahanock,If i head south I'll holler.Hawk's a great bike ,you've just scratched the surface.

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            #50
            I'm just west of you in H'burg, and Kokola's even closer in C'Ville. Come on over & play in the mountains.

            je

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              #51
              Hi everyone,
              I just bought my first bike last night! A blue '88 Hawk. I live in Milwaukee, WI. I don't have my license yet but I have my permit. My permit is from IL though (originally from the 'burbs of Chicago). Does anyone know the permit rules of Wisconsin? My girlfriend has her license, but no bike, and won't let me go riding alone. Sometimes you just have to listen to the lady....

              Fun fact: I was born in the same year as my bike.
              1988 Blue Hawk GT
              2004 Honda VFR 800 - Crashed/totaled
              Blog - No longer 100% motorcycles

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                #52
                Welcome !! Blue is a nice color, though not as fast as red (as everyone will tell you.)

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

                The bitterness of low quality lingers long after the thrill of a low price has gone. - RacerX450

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                  #53
                  But Black is the fastest as everyone well knows.
                  ARRH Don't mind me, that's just the scurvy talkin!

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                    #54
                    Originally Posted by motorpsycho View Post
                    But Black is the fastest as everyone well knows.
                    I agree! I gained 3hp just by painting mine flat black (gloss black will only get you 2hp)
                    -NEVER LET YOUR FEARS STAND IN THE WAY OF YOUR DREAMS-
                    Most of the pics I have of my Hawk/Mods: http://gallery.me.com/stevenhowell

                    "Arseing about with my bikes will end in tears." -Keno04

                    "Dress for the slide, not the ride" - ParcNHawk

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                      #55
                      Originally Posted by Stevenjhow View Post
                      I agree! I gained 3hp just by painting mine flat black (gloss black will only get you 2hp)
                      :yeahthat:+1

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                        #56
                        MY Sweety!

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                        "It's only getting worse."


                        MY rides: '97 VFR750, '90 Red Hawk, '88 Blue/Black Hawk, '86 RWB VFR700 (3), '86 Yamaha Radian, '90 VTR250, '89 VTR250 (2), '73 CB125, '66 Yamaha YL-1

                        Sold: '86 FJ1200, '92 ZX-7, '90 Radian, '73 CB750, '89 all-white Hawk, '88 blue Hawk, '86 FZ600, '86 Yam Fazer 700 , '89 VTR250, '87 VFR700F2, '86 VFR700F.

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                          #57
                          Sweet stocker my friend, do you like the sealsavers on the Hawk?

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                            #58
                            Hi guys, been mooching round here for a week. I'm rebuilding a Bros 400 at the moment and a mate of mine who is a Bros fanatic recommended this site.

                            I dare say I'll be asking plenty of questions soon enough- but I shall be spending the next few days on the search engine!

                            Cheers,
                            Jim.
                            What if there were no hypothetical questions?

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                              #59
                              New 1988 Hawk rider here!

                              Hi!

                              This is a great site! I've just been looking around and seeing the great advice here.

                              I bought a beatup 1988 Hawk that had been crashed, hand-painted with a brush (with drip marks!), big dent in tank - but I saw beyond all that and realized it had potential. I had the bike looked at to make it mechanically sound, and now am replacing the dented tank with an F3 tank, bar end mirrors, and plan to redo the forks, springs, etcetera, etcetera. Looking forward to all the great advice on these pages!

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                                #60
                                Originally Posted by Wangzen View Post
                                I bought a beatup 1988 Hawk that had been crashed, hand-painted with a brush (with drip marks!), big dent in tank - but I saw beyond all that and realized it had potential.
                                Sounds perfect! about the same condition I bought mine as, the best part is when you get it all fixed up the way you want it.... take a step back, and remember what it used to look like!
                                -NEVER LET YOUR FEARS STAND IN THE WAY OF YOUR DREAMS-
                                Most of the pics I have of my Hawk/Mods: http://gallery.me.com/stevenhowell

                                "Arseing about with my bikes will end in tears." -Keno04

                                "Dress for the slide, not the ride" - ParcNHawk

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