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That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« on: April 06, 2016, 08:41:10 PM »
Here's Lauren getting reacquainted with riding on her Nighthawk before heading out on the big open roads.

https://goo.gl/photos/vW1Hskxv68iMBLDj7
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2016, 08:52:31 PM »
Here's Lauren getting reacquainted with riding on her Nighthawk before heading out on the big open roads.

https://goo.gl/photos/vW1Hskxv68iMBLDj7

Yay, motorcycles!

Nice job, man! :bigok:
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2016, 10:50:35 PM »
On the road again  :thumbsup:
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2016, 09:26:56 AM »
rackin frackin sack a....  Work servers. 
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2016, 09:42:45 AM »
Right turn works perfectly!  :razz:

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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2016, 02:15:42 PM »
Tis the left turns that are tricksy...
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2016, 02:20:12 PM »
Tis the left turns that are tricksy...

Only when you ride on the wrong side of the road.   ;D

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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2016, 05:28:32 PM »
She looks like she's enjoying it!
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2016, 05:40:04 PM »
She was having a ball and rocking it.

She loves the bike. "It's soooooo easy to ride, " she says.
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2016, 09:48:42 PM »
She was having a ball and rocking it.

She loves the bike. "It's soooooo easy to ride, " she says.


makes it all worthwhile!!  Well done!
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2016, 08:53:38 AM »
Nice work!  I love to see them brought back.
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2016, 05:39:27 AM »
Good choice. I thought about buying one, more than once. :thumbsup:
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2016, 05:43:08 AM »
rackin frackin sack a....  Work servers.

:lol:  Same here.  I'll have to wait until  get home to see the happiness. 
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2016, 07:05:59 AM »
Good choice. I thought about buying one, more than once. :thumbsup:

They're such great machines - very forgiving, very capable, and for not much money at all, can be had in decent shape and modded to do whatever you want. Decent shocks and some fork attention, and you've got a decent low cost sporting machine, too.

For me, some of the better examples of the UJM (in concept, if not always in execution) are (in no particular order):

CB550
CB750
KZ1000
Radian
Nighthawk
VStrom (yes, seriously)
GS550

The shaftie Nighthawk holds a special place in my heart; I've had a few over the years. Good machines.
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2016, 12:53:44 PM »
what about V45 and v65s?  just curious...
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2016, 01:36:51 PM »
what about V45 and v65s?  just curious...

Service?  :willy:
Parts?  :baldy: :eek:
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2016, 01:52:11 PM »
Well enjoyed my V65!

Service - myself - parts... just do the rectifier wiring mod and top end oil mod before it grenades

Though I can attest, when it does flat spot a cam lobe on US-129 in TN, it will make it all of the way back to Northern Illinois with no complaint. No seeming power loss. Only difference is that EVERYONE stares when it starts up at the gas station!
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2016, 02:13:33 PM »
Well enjoyed my V65!

Service - myself - parts... just do the rectifier wiring mod and top end oil mod before it grenades

Though I can attest, when it does flat spot a cam lobe on US-129 in TN, it will make it all of the way back to Northern Illinois with no complaint. No seeming power loss. Only difference is that EVERYONE stares when it starts up at the gas station!

Friend had his carbs rebuilt at a local shop recently and it took a while to get some sort of vacuum lines or something that lies in the V. He still to this day will not reveal what they charged him. back in the day they were great...sound awesome....today...they scare me a little.
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2016, 02:33:35 PM »
You all missed the V50 rip off-the CX500.
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2016, 03:37:11 PM »
what about V45 and v65s?  just curious...

I don't think they qualify as UJM's- I think they are cruisers.  The UJM definition would be with feet right under you- you can stand up easily.  Probably also now known as a standard or sport-standard.
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2016, 06:28:54 PM »
what about V45 and v65s?  just curious...

I don't think they qualify as UJM's- I think they are cruisers.  The UJM definition would be with feet right under you- you can stand up easily.  Probably also now known as a standard or sport-standard.

You're thinking Magna. The Sabre was a UJM.
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #21 on: April 12, 2016, 06:37:49 PM »
what about V45 and v65s?  just curious...

I don't think they qualify as UJM's- I think they are cruisers.  The UJM definition would be with feet right under you- you can stand up easily.  Probably also now known as a standard or sport-standard.

You're thinking Magna. The Sabre was a UJM.

So. We're now talking about the typical BMW or Guzzi airhead from the 60's-80's?
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2016, 08:41:50 PM »
what about V45 and v65s?  just curious...

I don't think they qualify as UJM's- I think they are cruisers.  The UJM definition would be with feet right under you- you can stand up easily.  Probably also now known as a standard or sport-standard.

You're thinking Magna. The Sabre was a UJM.

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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2016, 06:36:51 AM »
I always thought of UJM's as inline 4's or parallel twins. Universal because everyone made them, and had multiple versions that varied mostly by displacement. The V45 and 65 and CX variants wouldn't fall under UJM for me.  :shrug:
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2016, 07:22:08 AM »
I always thought of UJM's as inline 4's or parallel twins. Universal because everyone made them, and had multiple versions that varied mostly by displacement. The V45 and 65 and CX variants wouldn't fall under UJM for me. :dunno:

Mostly agreed; the "U" in UJM suggests commonplace and a commodity-level presence, and in that, the I4s definitely win.
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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #25 on: April 13, 2016, 05:04:12 PM »
I had an '85 Nighthawk. It was a good bike.

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Re: That '83 Nighthawk I refurbbed...?
« Reply #26 on: May 02, 2016, 06:20:47 AM »
Chornbe- you gots skillz! If Lauren hasn't changed the seat yet, I found the black one that went with the red parts. I'm really glad you guys were able to save the bike. She can have it for shipping, or if anyone is planning a trip back to NY, I can hang onto it.

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« Reply #27 on: May 02, 2016, 08:52:56 AM »
Chornbe- you gots skillz! If Lauren hasn't changed the seat yet, I found the black one that went with the red parts. I'm really glad you guys were able to save the bike. She can have it for shipping, or if anyone is planning a trip back to NY, I can hang onto it.

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Yes, I know she'd love the black one. Thanks, man!

Yeah, can't wait to see her getting more and more road time. She's a teacher, so she's dealing with end of year stuff, as well as some music productions, etc. Her time has been at a premium, but she's loving the bike!
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