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    "New" Hawk owner. I'm in trouble.

    Hello everyone. After 30 years of admiring them, I have a hawk of my own. Pretty sure I'm close to eclipsing the original purchase price on parts and upgrades. These motorcycles are a terrible choice for people who can't help but tinker with everything! Those of you who make all these trick parts available to members certainly aren't helping. Here's my '88 20211029_181245.jpg

    #2
    You literally are preaching to the choir, lol...
    88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
    89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
    90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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      #3
      Originally Posted by Shthawk View Post
      Hello everyone. After 30 years of admiring them, I have a hawk of my own. Pretty sure I'm close to eclipsing the original purchase price on parts and upgrades. These motorcycles are a terrible choice for people who can't help but tinker with everything! Those of you who make all these trick parts available to members certainly aren't helping. Here's my '88 20211029_181245.jpg
      Welcome and feel free to start a thread if you are planning a build. There are some great parts available to wake up that old girl.
      Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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        #4
        Welcome!
        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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          #5
          dShthawk Congratulations and Welcome to the Forum ... you don’t need me to tell you that your Hawk is beautiful!

          Ooooo ... a stock BLUE 1988 Hawk GT!

          Just like my first Hawk GT ... I loved it and rode it everywhere. But I got exposed to some kinda “modification virus “ and had to scratch the itch. Finding an abused Gray Hawk that begged to be modded. I made it mine. Turns out I wasn’t riding the blue one anymore so I sold it. Big mistake! Regretted selling it to this day. May I suggest starting a “Member Build Thread “ in the Technical and Mechanical Section.

          Your profile says Oceanside, CA ... Have you heard about the West Coast Hawk Rally (WCHR)? Usually Pre-Covid So Cal Hawkers organized a 3-day ride, with a BBQ. But Los Angeles Hawkers have passed the torch to others in San Jose, Sacramento, and points North. Keep an eye on Announcements for “WCHR” .. its the best way to drink the Hawk GT cool-aide.


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            #6
            I started this way, and restored a very, very, stock Hawk. Restored the license bracket, found a battery cover. 100% correct. Then went on a Hawker's group ride with some hot shoes on modded Hawks. Everything changed. Sold Hawk 1, invested way too much in Hawk 2, but it is more fun in every way.

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              #7
              Originally Posted by Shthawk View Post
              Pretty sure I'm close to eclipsing the original purchase price on parts and upgrades. These motorcycles are a terrible choice for people who can't help but tinker with everything! Those of you who make all these trick parts available to members certainly aren't helping.
              Boy, you aren't kidding. I could have almost bought a new bike for what I've spent on my "free" Hawk. And there are way too many talented people making way too many cool things on here. It does make it a lot more fun though...

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                #8
                yep...there is a strange feeling when you surpass the initial hawk investment. putting a 900$ shock on a 400$ bike was a little weird but this is the disease we must live with.

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                  #9
                  Originally Posted by Peteroo View Post
                  yep...there is a strange feeling when you surpass the initial hawk investment. putting a 900$ shock on a 400$ bike was a little weird but this is the disease we must live with.
                  Luckily there's a support group to go talk about such things. But unfortunately, as has been stated before "this place is full of enablers."


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

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                    #10
                    I feel better already!

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                      #11
                      Thanks All, l hope to have my hawk as clean and maybe 25% as trick as some of your bikes. I think a build thread sounds kinda fun. My overall plan is for a mostly stock-ish appearance, with upgraded brakes, suspension, and horsepower. Also, maybe a track day training course.

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                        #12
                        , a few members live out your way. I am in Escondido

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                          #13
                          Originally Posted by edubGT View Post
                          , a few members live out your way. I am in Escondido
                          Sweet! My Hawk is in the middle of some repairs and such, but I would be super excited to meet up with some locals for a ride when I get it up and running again. Thanks

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                            #14
                            Welcome aboard.
                            You have found one of the best all around bikes ever made.
                            Once you spend some time in the saddle, you will never want to sell it.

                            Trust me, I bought my Hawk new and I still have it.

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