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    Former/new Hawkster

    A forum isn’t much if you don’t participate, so I figured I should start since I am using this site for info and hopefully parts!!
    Purchased my ‘89 new in ‘90. It was something totally different since my first bike for the 5 previous years was a Sportster. Long story short; started to really get interested in sport riding and learning to be more proficient so the Hawk led to track days and soon being talked into racing. The Hawk got modified and raced. The Hawk got Really modified and continued to be raced for two more years. Moved on to racer stuff(RS125) and sold Hawk.
    Fast forward 25 years and a random off the cuff search for another Hawk results in a craigslist find of MY Hawk.
    I had to buy it even though I could have bought a really nice mostly stock bike for less. It was hardly ever used since I sold it and converted to street legal, but jus
    t barely, it was still mostly a race bike.
    So begins the process of rebirth and giving it new life as a street bike, yet retaining some of that race/track mode (san bodywork) it spent most of its life so far as.
    It needs some cosmetics as it sat for so long, but the more I stare at it, the less I want to radically change or go too far back to stock. Plan is to keep it a little “racier” than my first gen daily rider SV. It will be interesting to ride the two back to back.
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    #2
    Well ain't that cool. What I would give to find my old race hawk... Very nifty!

    What's been done to it besides the obvious? Is that what it looks like now? The pic looks like it may be an older one.
    Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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      #3
      Welcome back!
      Bi-Coastal U.S.A.: Los Angeles, CA and Long Island, NY

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        #4
        Originally Posted by 6 View Post
        Well ain't that cool. What I would give to find my old race hawk... Very nifty!

        What's been done to it besides the obvious? Is that what it looks like now? The pic looks like it may be an older one.

        It is a pic from back in the day. I didn’t take a new one before I started undressing her, but it still looked 40967FEF-4E39-4E29-B500-3CEAD57AE91F.jpg the same sans for having lights cut into the plastics. The body work is not staying. It was really mostly unused and untouched. The PO had a shop change the wiring harness to a stock, non-hacked one, add lights, a starter motor and charging system. It’s kind of cool to see all my handy work still in place, all the fabbed and modded stuff and my overkill on safety wire.
        The motor is just cams, and high compression pistons. Added a big custom rad too to keep it cool. Front end is just RT emulators and springs. Brake is an oversize rotor with a 900rr caliper and my custom hacksaw and file mounting bracket.

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          #5
          H/C Subframe? THose where so incredibly light!

          oh... And your chain looks tight
          Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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            #6
            nice to know you have your baby back!
            Gino
            Chain Roller

            NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE PREDICTABILITY OF STUPIDITY

            2012 CCS LRRS ULSB Champion
            2012 CCS LRRS P89 Champion
            2008 CCS ULSB National Champion
            LRRS HAWK GT Racer CCS Expert #929
            ECK RACING

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              #7
              Great story to find your old bike again. Your work looks nice an clean.

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                #8
                [QUOTE=6;n961958]H/C Subframe? THose where so incredibly light!

                No. A local guy was fabbing these for several of us. Not sure if a HC one was “inspiration” or not, I don’t have much knowledge of HC stuff, but they do look very similar.

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                  #9
                  Congrats on getting her 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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                    #10
                    Congrats on finding your old bike and getting her back!
                    Keep us posted on your progress.
                    I think the bike looks fantastic in your original race trim.
                    Even if the chain is too tight, as Andy mentioned.

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                      #11
                      Someday, somebody is going to have to explain the chain slack ribbing to me. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a Hawk or have been in Hawk discussions, but that’s where I’ve always run it. I’ll lean over the seat, grab a foot peg and compress the suspension as much as possible, if it still has plenty if slack, I’m good with that.
                      Maybe tracks are rougher where you guys ride? All these years and the lap times I was giving up because my chain was too tight! Damn it! Where was this insight back then
                      Since it appears to be the same chain still on the bike since we parted ways, when I get around to putting a new one on I’ll consult with you guys first. (Nor being a wise ass, I just don’t get it). Clue me in

                      Glad I found this place and nice to see people still really interested in Hawks. I feel a little more “normal” now.

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                        #12
                        Originally Posted by Sloco View Post
                        Since it appears to be the same chain still on the bike since we parted ways, when I get around to putting a new one on I’ll consult with you guys first. (Nor being a wise ass, I just don’t get it). Clue me in

                        Glad I found this place and nice to see people still really interested in Hawks. I feel a little more “normal” now.
                        https://www.hawkgtforum.com/forum/mu...632#post824632
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                          #13
                          Cool deal. I’ll have to check it out some day with the shock disconnected. I knew about bind with other bikes, just never really knew it was an issue with Hawks.
                          Do most stay with the slider or do a roller? Doing a search, I’ve only found one roller set up here so far.

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                            #14
                            Anybody who's anybody runs a roller.

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                              #15
                              Originally Posted by Sloco View Post
                              Cool deal. I’ll have to check it out some day with the shock disconnected. I knew about bind with other bikes, just never really knew it was an issue with Hawks.
                              Do most stay with the slider or do a roller? Doing a search, I’ve only found one roller set up here so far.
                              Roller.
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