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    #16
    ☆☆Romulan Battle Cruiser☆☆

    "Hawk Porn" http://picasaweb.google.com/11124379...eat=directlink 1990 NT650-Penske 8981, Race-tech Springs & Gold Valves, Steve Lenac six-piston caliper & EBC rotor,SS Brake lines Ft / Rear lines through SSA ,VFR brake lever, F2 front wheel, F-120/70 R-160/60 Dunlop Roadsmart, Full-Supertrapp Exhaust, Stage 1 Jet kit, K&N Filter, Corbin Seat, Pro-Tec Clip-On's/ Past Rides...1986 VFR700F2 Interceptor / 1979 Yamaha Rd400 Daytona Special

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      #17
      why carry around all that excess weight when you mostly can't use more than 1/3 of the power unless you're on an interstate ?
      "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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        #18
        Why? I like to carry around all the extra weight to recall the good times I have had with my neighbor who sold me the bike.

        if he had a Ducati Super Light, maybe I would have tried to buy that.

        good enough reason for me.

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          #19
          Originally Posted by nozzle View Post
          Why? I like to carry around all the extra weight to recall the good times I have had with my neighbor who sold me the bike.

          if he had a Ducati Super Light, maybe I would have tried to buy that.

          good enough reason for me.
          Cause you can afford it.You can get more money....not so much a bike of a friend.Some things in life you can't buy.Dmitry cherishes his Husky.

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            #20
            Realistically, the bike is heavy - and big, but it has an AWESOME motor. I've yet to try to muscle it back and forth in corners very hard as it was not my bike when I had the chance to ride it before and after the suspension work. I've ridden my VFR across the country and north and south over many times. When it is moving in a straight line, or on big sweepers the weight vanishes.

            My biggest issue to date as been my inseam challenges. I have to be super careful walking the bike while in the saddle as it is wider and taller than my VFR... I manage to jump side to side on my WR which is much higher - esp. w/o camping gear loaded, but I can pick it up by myself and it survives tip-overs much better than the Blackbird would.

            I am still trying to figure out what too much power is, so this might help...

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              #21
              Hawks fairly suck as an only bike. They're slow,awful at highway speed,tank range is sad...Yes,I love Hawks but no way in the world would I ever,ever want one as an only bike. The extra size and weight of a VFR800 or XX or ??? is well worth all the positives they have over a Hawk for a daily rider and honestly anyone who can ride worth a flip has no problem going just as fast or much faster on 99% of roads. The "I run away from bikes with high hp" is so,so overstated because no,no you don't.
              Having motor isn't about needing to go 160 everywhere,it's about having plenty of shove to merge or gap cars when needed and it turns highway journeys into events rather than adventures,not to mention that being able to carry a passenger and/or stuff for a week away is just plain nice.

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                #22
                Couldn't agree more....a literbike or more.....like chicken soup for the highway.Couldn't hurt.

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                  #23
                  I love the extra heft of my VFR800 on the highway. It means stability, especially when it gets windy. Even if not, the highways are normally full of wind. On the lighter bike, I would be pushed sideways. Its a comfort thing and the power gives you "headroom" for squirting around when needed. Also, the bigger bikes will have the ability to mount racks. All of which were already mentioned. I'm just reinforcing. If I didn't have the VFR, XX or 1000f would be next choice for long range road duty.
                  Eric Y.
                  1990 Hawk - Taka 92 in progress.
                  https://www.hawkgtforum.com/forum/ho...roject-taka-92

                  https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon/albums/72157675070162792


                  2001 VFR800i road trip bike.
                  https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon...57666415263457
                  Detroit, MI

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                    #24
                    Nice bike.
                    I'd never sell my ST1300 simply because it is a superb mile-muncher. Heck I even commute on it. The whole 6 miles
                    Big bikes have their place.

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                      #25
                      Originally Posted by nozzle View Post

                      yep, works over 40mph

                      different tool for different job than the Hawk GT.
                      whenever I see someone two up and camping on a 650 twin I wonder if they would have been better off on their own bikes... come to think of it, I've never seen someone do that
                      Then you haven't been around long enough


                      All bikes are good bikes. cept harleys........
                      Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                        #26
                        Originally Posted by joel View Post
                        The "I run away from bikes with high hp" is so,so overstated because no,no you don't.
                        Hahahah!!!

                        Someone finally said it...

                        (then again i beat higher powered bikes on the track all the time...In fairness to the current topic, and to me, that is despite and not because of the lack of horsepower)
                        Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                          #27
                          I enjoyed that part of my stint as Tech.I got to ride a shitload of different bikes.Sleeper of them all was a Bandit 1200 with flatslides and cams.That thing RIPPED after we tuned it.
                          Had to be 150 rwhp..It clattered at idle..... It was a ridiculous value....like $2000... the carbs cost more...coulda shoulda woulda..

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                            #28
                            Underrated and a nice motor. Theyre called Blackbirds here (????) So smooth, and like everyone says, great for mile munching. Nice neutral steer in corner like a VFR, just has that bit more lower weight though, super comfy, eye popping acceleration in a straight line for the time (I couldn't ride a modern ZX12/GSXR1000, Fireblade to anywhere near their potential these days, my reaction time is way down as I age)

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                              #29
                              More than 10 years ago when we arranged spring training at a track in southern France, one of the guys rode his XX 1000 miles to the track, changed tires and rode the track for the 5 days then rode back... must have been some adventure.

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