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    Yetta the Hawk is (nearly) finished

    The 1989 Hawk GT rebuild was the best of times, it was the worst of times. But it is now running strong, and is clean, so I had to grab some pictures before the stainless steel pipes turn their normal straw color. The lengthy motor rebuild gave me time to polish aluminum things and also a reason to purchase a new pro Dremel. I guess during the winter I'll polish everything else. It is sort of a mild street rod, (Hawk Rod?) about 375 lbs now.

    Thanks to everyone who helped with the build, especially to Bob Parcharidis for installing the rear spindle, Mark Comella for paint, and Mike Cardenas for wresting with the engine issues, wwresto for the trick parts, flyinelvis for the motor, and others I can't remember. Well, it took a long time, and I am an old guy. Also thanks to Danny Coe, who inspired me to build a pale imitation of his beautiful and somewhat faster SoCal Hawk.

    I know most of the inmates don't like the stock Hawk bars, but they fit me, and I realized that when Honda accountants realized what this bike was going to cost, they dictated that those complex steel/aluminum bars should be rough ground and slathered with a thick coat of black paint. Yes, they are ugly and no wonder you don't like them. They look much better after eight hours of sanding and polishing.

    Yes, we know that no Hawk project is "done" but finally Yetta (previous owner's name) is ready to ride. But is it really Yetta, since it has a new engine?

    Rick

    Wwresto tail tidy and rear brake stay, VFR800 rear wheel, fiberglass hugger, Fox shock, Corbin seat, Targa side plates, ST1300 tank pad, Fuel exhaust, frame sliders, aluminum radiator, lithium battery, Rick's regulator, billet gas cap, Napoleon mirrors, ASV levers, reshaped front fender, Progressive Suspension front springs and valve emulators, CBR600 front wheel, EBC ProLite rotor, Tokico front caliper, Lenac bracket.

    Hawk GT650 Right MED.jpg

    Hawk GT650 Bars MED.jpg

    Hawk GT650 Engine MED.jpg



    #2
    Looks great. It is super clean. Those handle bars might make me keep mine.
    I really like the pop of the white rims on red. The analog clock is a nice functional touch.

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      #3
      I love everything, but the gascap. I had one of those before and it was such a pain in the ass.
      Threading that thing on everytime and mine must've been defunct cause it leaked all the damn time. Fuck those gascaps!

      (sorry. I'm sure yours is cool though.)

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        #4
        Originally Posted by Smick6 View Post
        Looks great. It is super clean. Those handle bars might make me keep mine.
        I really like the pop of the white rims on red. The analog clock is a nice functional touch.
        The clock is a cheap "cruiser clock" from ebay. I modified a plastic plug to put in the steering stem. It's not that I like Chinesium, it's that was the only clock of the type available. The car clocks are not waterproof, this one is fairly reliable.

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          #5
          Originally Posted by Toxicwst View Post
          I love everything, but the gascap. I had one of those before and it was such a pain in the ass.
          Threading that thing on everytime and mine must've been defunct cause it leaked all the damn time. Fuck those gascaps!

          (sorry. I'm sure yours is cool though.)
          Mine seems to work okay. Weighs a lot less than the stock locking cap, and even in these days of high gas prices, no one has tried to steal the lousy two gallons in the tank.

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            #6
            Beautiful build Rick! Glad everything is sorted out. Been a long road for certain…
            This forum is entirely dedicated to wasting time and money modifying a slow motorcycle. - joel

            Nothing like a project to keep you busy, slowly draining funds out of the wallet! - spacetiger

            Our Hawks have all the power any mature, sensible rider can use on any street or highway without carrying around excessively unnecessary big-bore weight and power - squirrelman

            Bike builds can be and most time are art and expression. To take something mass produced and impersonal and make something personal that you can't stop staring at as you walk away. There is nothing I find more satisfying than looking at something cool and beautiful and thinking "I made that". - 6

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              #7
              Originally Posted by ricksax View Post

              ..and even in these days of high gas prices, no one has tried to steal the lousy two gallons in the tank.
              Great Point!

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                #8
                Yetta represented the Hawk world at the annual Oregon Vintage Motorcycle show in Portland yesterday, August 8.
                Plenty of Nortons, Triumphs, BMWs, BSAs, Ariels, Moto Guzzis, Ducatis, only one Hawk.

                OVM Wide Hawk MED.jpg

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                  #9
                  I'm liking the skinny fender!
                  Gino
                  Chain Roller

                  NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE PREDICTABILITY OF STUPIDITY

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                  2012 CCS LRRS P89 Champion
                  2008 CCS ULSB National Champion
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                    #10
                    Originally Posted by nt650hawk View Post
                    I'm liking the skinny fender!
                    It took many hours on a belt sander to get it right (to my eye). It was also difficult to get it symmetrical.

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                      #11
                      Another HOTM contender!
                      Bi-Coastal U.S.A.: Los Angeles, CA and Long Island, NY

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                        #12
                        HOW DID YOU GET THOSE WHEELS ON THERE AND WHAT ARE THEY. Nobody will help me when I ask, all I need to know is where to find some and how to fit it. what process I have to do.

                        Even if it takes a while or has a long list of steps, literally anything will help me with this.

                        I had to make an account just so that I could try to get a response. If anyone knows it would be greatly appreciated.

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                          #13
                          Originally Posted by ROI_BOI_ View Post
                          HOW DID YOU GET THOSE WHEELS ON THERE AND WHAT ARE THEY. Nobody will help me when I ask, all I need to know is where to find some and how to fit it. what process I have to do.

                          Even if it takes a while or has a long list of steps, literally anything will help me with this.

                          I had to make an account just so that I could try to get a response. If anyone knows it would be greatly appreciated.
                          The front is a CBR600 f2. Don't know the year, I think 1993? Anyone? It required a new spacer, and I also found a used f2 speedometer drive on ebay which fits perfectly, and is much more accurate than the stock Hawk. I plugged the right side rotor bolt holes with little plastic car trim clips, painted white.

                          The rear is a VFR800, five spoke. They show up on the web regularly. It required the wildwhl spindle modification (pressed-in wheel studs), and Bill also provided quality lug nuts.

                          As it happens, the front is powder coated white, but the rear is a white epoxy paint. Powder coat is more durable. Yes, they are hard to keep clean, but they have such an RC30 vibe!

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                            #14
                            Originally Posted by ROI_BOI_ View Post
                            HOW DID YOU GET THOSE WHEELS ON THERE AND WHAT ARE THEY. Nobody will help me when I ask, all I need to know is where to find some and how to fit it. what process I have to do.

                            Even if it takes a while or has a long list of steps, literally anything will help me with this.

                            I had to make an account just so that I could try to get a response. If anyone knows it would be greatly appreciated.
                            Front wheel is a cbr f2 wheel, it bolts right in. The rear is a vfr and you need a hawk spindle modded to fit the vfr wheel, or a vfr spindle modded for the hawk.

                            If you put up a wtb you may be able to find a spindle.

                            It's been covered on here many, many times. Looks around and you will find the threads.
                            Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                              #15
                              Great work on that bike man.
                              ​​​​​​Love a nice clean hawk with white wheels.
                              Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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