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    Just bought a 1990 hawk and it's in pretty bad shape. Lol

    So the journey begins. Just picked this up for 400 bucks. And it's gonna need allot of work . But im gonna start by breaking everything down and cleaning it. And finding replacement parts. And make this my nice little side project. Just started a new career as a motorcycle mechanic. And this will be used to help me learn how fix other things. I'm sure I'm gonna have lots of questions
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    #2
    Doesn't look like a terrible start, but no tank or plastics might make it hard to finish unless you do some custom work.

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      #3
      Welcome. Congrats on the new bike day.

      If that is indeed the factory battery cover, wanna to sell it.

      A rare left side muffler. Two bros racing?
      1988 Hawk
      1989 Hawk
      1998 ST1100
      1999 ST1100
      North Georgia

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        #4
        the most important part of the package is the engine, so i'd suggest doing a compression test first thing, then checking that it shifts through the gears.
        "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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          #5
          Welcome.

          You have a decent start there. Like squirrel said, probably want to start with that motor. Make sure she spins free, makes decent compression, then try to run er.

          Once you have a runner you can plan the rest, but hard to spend smart money before you know if bike runs.


          That's lefty can is a cool vintage piece. Post some better pics of the bike when you get it cleaned up.


          Ans you just started a career as a bike mechanic? That's cool. Where?
          Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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            #6
            Congratulations on the new bike! It's not a pretty much bad shape still looks fine. It will be a great learning experience to modify it fully with aftermarket accessories.

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              #7
              Hello and Welcome! If the motor turns, that’s a good deal in my opinion. May I suggest starting a Build Thread? In Mechanical & Technical section, you’ll find the section to do this ... post your pics and note progress ... get helpful input at sticky points.

              Bi-Coastal U.S.A.: Los Angeles, CA and Long Island, NY

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                #8
                Originally Posted by jspeed53 View Post
                Hello and Welcome! If the motor turns, that’s a good deal in my opinion. May I suggest starting a Build Thread? In Mechanical & Technical section, you’ll find the section to do this ... post your pics and note progress ... get helpful input at sticky points.
                ^^^^^^ This ^^^^^^^
                Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                  #9
                  Welcome! Throw a teaspoon of oil down the spark plug holes before turning it over. Remove the air filter cover and see if anything has been living in there. If so, clean it out so you don’t suck anything into the carbs. Good luck, and ask any questions, lots of experience on the forum.
                  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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                    #10
                    If you decide not to put it back on the road I bet you could make money breaking it and eBay the parts

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                      #11
                      Originally Posted by The Cheese View Post
                      Welcome. Congrats on the new bike day.

                      If that is indeed the factory battery cover, wanna to sell it.

                      A rare left side muffler. Two bros racing?
                      I'm not sure about a battery cover cause it didn't even come with one . Or a battery. . And the Muffler is a D&D and it's on the wrong side lol but im gonna fix that

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                        #12
                        I looked at your pics again. I'm not even sure what I thought I saw the first time. I didn't see a battery cover this time.

                        I wouldn't change that exhaust. Not many will have a left side muffler. I think it really opens up the rear wheel area on the other side.

                        Good luck with your journey.
                        1988 Hawk
                        1989 Hawk
                        1998 ST1100
                        1999 ST1100
                        North Georgia

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                          #13
                          Originally Posted by Jinyushin View Post

                          I'm not sure about a battery cover cause it didn't even come with one . Or a battery. . And the Muffler is a D&D and it's on the wrong side lol but im gonna fix that
                          That left exit was a HOT mod a while back. People wanted to expose the sssa and clean up the right side of the bike.

                          I bet there is still a decent want for that setup. You could probably pull it and trade it for a right side pretty easy, or sell it.

                          I thought it was 2 bros that made that. I could be wrong, or someone may have stuck a d&d can on it?

                          I'm sure someone that's been in the game longer than me would know the deal.
                          Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                            #14
                            Congrats on the new project and new career endeavor.
                            Definiely post a build thread and make sure you take all of the advice from the experts here.

                            Have you ever ridden a Hawk?
                            If not, you're in for quite a treat once you get it up and running.

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                              #15
                              +1 6. I likey that left exhaust!
                              Retired AFM / WERA #555

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