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    Bike freak, Hawk noob

    Ive been riding for about 15 years now and have owned many entertaining machines; from CB360s, to TL1000s, and many in between.. I've always had a keen eye for the hawk but just never seemed to be able/willing to give one a shot when the opportunity arose.

    Well that all changed recently when a friend of mine decided to sell of his bike collection, and gave me a deal I couldn't refuse.. He began the customization of this little beauty, and though I like the vision/general direction he was headed, I need to fix a few things (riding position, tail light) and improve it in the process (suspension, tires).

    I'm excited to start this journey and enjoy the thought of owning, riding and customizing this puppy for many years to come. I'm grateful for this community and its knowledge base and will contribute where/when I can!

    Cheers
    Chris
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    #2
    Monster tail?!maybe modified monster?!

    I'm not usually stumped on tail swaps..

    Welcome to the forum man. If you can think of it then it's been covered here and if you think of something that hasn't been covered here we will be able to tell you why it doesn't work

    I'm just fucking around. I'm sure there is still some cool shit that's yet to be done in the hawk world (well, at least until that dude finishes that Mille swapped hawk haha).


    Feel free to start a thread for the bike/your projects. We all love pictures...
    Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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      #3
      Welcome aboard! Where are you located? The tail section and chain guard are nice touches.

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        #4
        Welcome! Yeah, that tail is pretty cool looking. Can't wait to see more.

        I still don't know how people ride Hawks with bars under the top triple and stock rearsets.
        "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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          #5
          Welcome, Mr. ChrisCO!

          I agree with Mr. 6 ... more pictures, pleeze!
          Bi-Coastal U.S.A.: Los Angeles, CA and Long Island, NY

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            #6
            Welcome Chris! That's an interesting start to a build. I prefer a bit more upright position and have added Superbike bars to my builds. Comfy for my aging body. Plenty of ideas and answers here, we're excited to see how this progresses.

            A few more pics would be appreciated on all fronts...

            -tom


            Originally Posted by ChrisCO View Post
            I need to fix a few things (riding position)...
            This...


            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
              Welcome aboard!
              Interesting start to a build there. The tail looks like a custom piece....

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                #8
                That looks like a good start you have and it is also Blue-they are faster than the other color Hawks.
                More pictures are REQUIRED.
                "Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme"
                1952 Vincent Black Lightning by Richard Thompson


                '88 Blue 99% stock SOLD
                '88 Restomod
                '16 Yamaha FJ-09

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                  #9
                  Originally Posted by ricksax View Post
                  Welcome aboard! Where are you located? The tail section and chain guard are nice touches.
                  I'm in Denver, CO-

                  Yeah, my buddy made the chain guard and the aluminum beauty panels under the seat, on the side of the subframe- those will likely stay!

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                    #10
                    Originally Posted by 6 View Post
                    Monster tail?!maybe modified monster?!

                    I'm not usually stumped on tail swaps..

                    Welcome to the forum man. If you can think of it then it's been covered here and if you think of something that hasn't been covered here we will be able to tell you why it doesn't work

                    I'm just fucking around. I'm sure there is still some cool shit that's yet to be done in the hawk world (well, at least until that dude finishes that Mille swapped hawk haha).


                    Feel free to start a thread for the bike/your projects. We all love pictures...
                    Tail was custom made from a gas tank, dont remember what from- I'll have to ask.

                    cheers

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                      #11
                      Originally Posted by Captain 80s View Post
                      Welcome! Yeah, that tail is pretty cool looking. Can't wait to see more.

                      I still don't know how people ride Hawks with bars under the top triple and stock rearsets.
                      Thanks! I'll be starting a build thread when time permits, so more pics to come!

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                        #12
                        Nice cut down job on the front fender too. Chain looks like it could be a bit looser.
                        Brian - Richland, WA
                        1991 Hawk GT
                        1997 VFR

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                          #13
                          Originally Posted by ChrisCO View Post

                          Tail was custom made from a gas tank, dont remember what from- I'll have to ask.

                          cheers
                          Have to admit. I'm impressed.

                          We get a lot of first posts when someone gets a hawk. About 10% of them ever go back to the forum, never mind the thread.

                          Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                            #14
                            Originally Posted by 6 View Post

                            Have to admit. I'm impressed.

                            We get a lot of first posts when someone gets a hawk. About 10% of them ever go back to the forum, never mind the thread.
                            Yep, seen it and done that myself. This one is a bit special though so follow-through is an absolute.

                            Thanks for the warm welcome all!

                            Stay tuned.

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                              #15
                              Originally Posted by ChrisCO View Post

                              Tail was custom made from a gas tank, dont remember what from- I'll have to ask.

                              cheers
                              Very cool! I did that once on a CB something. Learned that one from the vintage bike forum ( Do The Ton). It's a neat look where the tank and tail have matching forms. The tail cowl is cut from back half of a tank and welded to a seat pan.
                              Eric Y.
                              NT663, VFR800 & Vespa LX80
                              Yuzon Designworks

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