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    After several years, here we go again...

    40 year rider. I had a blue '88 for >10 years several years ago. Daily commuter for some of those years and area curvy roads and track days sometimes. I sold it to a friend when the motor was needing attention. It was getting rough all around. My favorite bike of >30 so far.
    Along the way, friends found and sold me a pristine blue '88 with nice mods. For some foolish reason, I sold it to a mutual friend. They are unwilling to sell it.
    After seeing a heavily modified blue '88 locally for $6k(!), a friend talked me into a blue '88 near him that needs some TLC. We'll work through the mechanical, the move on to aesthetics. It'll be an imperfect rider with mods over time, but it should provide miles of smiles. Just a quick ride around the block has me thinking, "Yes, this is the way it should be." So, I'm back into Hawks again. My wife is on board and even told me not to sell another bike to offset the cost.

    #2
    Post some pics!

    What's it got now and what are your plans?
    Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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      #3
      In pic, bubble wrap to thwart contact with a car door.
      It's stock.
      Plan: Thorough cleaning & fasteners torque check. Stick with stock jetting & exhaust. Sticky tires. Carb sync/tune. Clean tank. Correct gas cap. Sort electrical issue to turn signals. Better turn signal options. Better mirrors. Maybe bar-end mirrors. Grips. Tail section repair or replace. Seat redo or change. Assess suspension & upgrade as needed. I'm 5'6" & 140#, so we'll see. Likely a repaint eventually. Some tank dents. It has many imperfect parts, so I'll likely pick up what I can over time to improve that. I'm more interested in a comfortable, well-sorted curvy road riding experience than a show bike. Maybe a windscreen and different levers.
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        #4
        Looking good. Congrats. Seems like a great bike to start with.

        If you want to get rid of the turn signals, I'd gladly take them. I even have some bar end mirrors to barter with.
        1988 Honda Hawk
        2009 Yamaha TMAX
        North Georgia

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          #5
          Looks well within restorable range. Your plan is solid, and before long you’ll have a daily driver/fun bike again.

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            #6
            Welcome jsb! Yeah, the more pictures ... the better!
            Bi-Coastal U.S.A.: Los Angeles, CA and Long Island, NY

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              #7
              Sounds like a solid plan. Looking forward to seeing your progress.
              Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                #8
                Welcome back to the world of Hawk ownership, again.
                You should probably just hold onto this one this time.

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                  #9
                  Plan change. The heavily modified blue '88 locally (see above) owner lowered his price after the purchase of the above Hawk. I ran a cost estimate to get the above Hawk to what I want. It became cost effective to buy the local bike. Rode it home yesterday. Garaged & will be cared for. Pictures below. I even love the repaint. I'll tweak & simplify the motif over time. Lots of memories & work by the PO and a really nice guy, so I will be respectful with changes. &, being local, he may get to take a ride periodically. It came with MANY parts. Built big bore motor, Penske shock, etc. Woohoo! The above Hawk will be for sale soon. After 2 blue Hawks years ago and >10 years on 1 of them, I asked my wife to hit me if I EVER mention selling this 1. I've had >35 bikes over ~40 yrs riding. The Hawk GT is my favorite.
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                    #10
                    Except the frame all stickered up, I like it. I am contemplating doing a center stripe like that on mine too when it gets sprayed.

                    Congrats.
                    "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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                      #11
                      Originally Posted by jsb View Post
                      Plan change. The heavily modified blue '88 locally (see above) owner lowered his price after the purchase of the above Hawk. I ran a cost estimate to get the above Hawk to what I want. It became cost effective to buy the local bike. Rode it home yesterday. Garaged & will be cared for. Pictures below. I even love the repaint. I'll tweak & simplify the motif over time. Lots of memories & work by the PO and a really nice guy, so I will be respectful with changes. &, being local, he may get to take a ride periodically. It came with MANY parts. Built big bore motor, Penske shock, etc. Woohoo! The above Hawk will be for sale soon. After 2 blue Hawks years ago and >10 years on 1 of them, I asked my wife to hit me if I EVER mention selling this 1. I've had >35 bikes over ~40 yrs riding. The Hawk GT is my favorite.
                      Congrats on finding another Hawk that is already ready to go. You're right, it has all the right mods already done.
                      Now you can take your time on the other blue one and turn it into anything you like.

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                        #12
                        That's a pretty cool looking hawk! The gt bicycles sticker had me confused at first, then I got the hawk "gt" connection.

                        Love the paint on that. Blue and white is a think I like and racing stripes are a thing I like... Boxes checked.

                        WHat front end is that? Do you have a mods list? And was he on here at some point? I don't think I've seen that one before, which is rare for highly modded hawks..

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

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                          #13
                          Nice find. 97'-00' GSXR forks?
                          ASMA #139

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                            #14
                            Originally Posted by Talon View Post
                            Nice find. 97'-00' GSXR forks?
                            Yup. I think you are right
                            Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                              #15
                              Way to go. I did the same thing. Bought two with a few weeks. Great looking second bike.
                              1988 Honda Hawk
                              2009 Yamaha TMAX
                              North Georgia

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