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    It's come home!

    So I have had two Hawks in my life. The first one was when my GF (now fiancee) was looking for something to replace her problematic CB360 that was driving us both crazy. We both wrench and ride and while we thought that 360 was a good buy, it turned out to be a real mess. She ended up finding a repainted Hawk listed as "motorcycle" and when she was looking into it, I knew what it was and realized it would be a great buy, even if it needed attention. It did, but the things it did need were no big deal. It was her main ride for several years until she bought a Vstrom that was more inline with her style of riding (distance and she needed something with good panniers).

    Around that time I also found a Blue '88 listed for sale with no title but it was a storage locker find and had its keys. It was in beautiful shape despite sitting. I lived in Michigan at the time and re-titling a bike is challenging, but not impossible. So I went through the motions. I had intended to keep it but a good friend of mine was looking for a nice motorcycle to ride with her husband and so I offered it to her and she bought it.

    That was about 6 years ago. I had since moved for work but kept in touch with her and her husband (all of us pals through vintage mopeds) regularly via Discord and gaming. She was looking to upgrade to a Rebel 500, something a bit more relaxed and better geared to her style of riding. The Hawk was a good choice, but a cruiser would be better...it was just there were no good cruisers her size and taste until the 500 came along. So she talked about selling it...I immediately told her I would buy it back! And I did. I'm so stoked. My own riding has changed, I don't do distance riding anymore really and I have had several liter-bike sport tourers up to my current BMW R1100RT but I'm just not using it for what it is meant for. It's not as fun. So this timing was perfect.

    I got it home and looked it over. It needs a little attention and a bath. I was surprised at the condition of the tires, large age cracking. Its so bad, I decided not to ride it until I put on new rubber. Otherwise just some dustiness from being stored in a garage and not ridden a whole lot. But starting it up, it sounded great. I'm really looking forward to riding it once again! I'm not going to make the same mistake twice, this one is staying in the stable! My fiance is stoked as well, she really didn't want to sell her Hawk but she wasn't riding it. Of course I'll let her ride this one! Once in a while...

    PS the CB550 belonged to my uncle and was one of those "get around to it" projects but he wisely realized he would not and was more interested in bicycles anyway. Its in crazy good "barn find" shape. It will need the regular wear things but besides a good tune up and carb cleaning I think it will not need much at all. He just let me have it, with the caveat that if I ever sell it, he gets some of the profit. Sorry Uncle, this one is also staying! It just made sense to pick this up while I was getting the Hawk back.
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    Nice, clean looking bikes
    Brian - Richland, WA
    1991 Hawk GT
    1997 VFR

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      #3
      Nice. Like the CB a lot too.
      Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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        #4
        Awesome day for you. Both look great. Welcome.
        1988 Hawk
        1989 Hawk
        1998 ST1100
        1999 ST1100
        North Georgia

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          #5
          Nice!!
          "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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            #6
            its a good feeling getting back a bike you regretted selling

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              #7
              Originally Posted by old_pirelli View Post
              its a good feeling getting back a bike you regretted selling
              Some bikes just stick with you long after they are gone, and it's usually good to have them back.
              Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                #8
                Nice to have it back!
                Flock of Hawks | '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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                  #9
                  Got new tires on it. I chose Continental ContiContacts for the price point and reviews, and selected the tire size I saw recommended by riders on here, 110/70 front, 160/60 rear. WOW! Its even better than when I had it! I was only able to do about 150 miles this weekend at the Red River Scramble (www.redriverscramble.com) in Red River Gorge. Our son is 19 months so we have to take turns riding. But out of those miles, I slowly worked in the tires on those great Kentucky roads. It feels so confident in the corners but I do need to make some adjustments. No biggie, I am so glad I got it back!
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                    #10
                    Hey that’s great that it was ready to ramble. Welcome
                    back (from a Hawk newbie).

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                      #11
                      Great to hear you got your old bike back and the bike is getting a new lease on life.
                      For most people, Hawks really are a 'forever' bike.

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                        #12
                        After getting some seat time what are you planning on "adjusting" the bike or the rider or both? Haha

                        Hawks are never done it seems.
                        Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                          #13
                          Originally Posted by 6 View Post
                          After getting some seat time what are you planning on "adjusting" the bike or the rider or both? Haha

                          Hawks are never done it seems.
                          HA! All of the above. I have a phone mount for it already, I need to get a USB charger wired in. One fork is weeping which is fine, I already have Racetech valves for it I just need to order fork seals and oil. And I'm working on a deal for a Hepco Becker pannier rack and plan on getting Junior 40s (that 550 I can still get an H&B rack and share the cases between the two bikes. Neat!) I am also working on losing weight myself and working on my core strength to try and help the new body position vs. my R1100RT.

                          I offered my fiance to take it for a spin this weekend and she took it out...came back 10 minutes later and was like, "Aaaand NOW I remember why I sold mine...I'm so cramped! XD"

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