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post #1 of 12 Old 02-05-2012, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Learning by "Brimstone and Hellfire "

Hi all addicts and enthusiasts of everything motorcycle. My name is Damon I'm new to the whole motorcycle world. So with that said I wanted a "baptism by fire" kind of start. I bought me a 84 Honda Nighthawk 700sc, only because I used to own (for almost a week) a 650c same year. That bike left such an impression on me that over seven years later I searched and found one running (close to 80% all there) the only bad thing is I will have to get a salvage title or one that allows me to "legally" own and ride the bike. That's not really why I am posting this though, I want to rebuild the motor, replace missing parts, and then customize it to look like a cafe racer. I have pictures of what it looks like from the factory and of my dream ending. I am fairly intelligent enough to understand all the lingo and the how-to's . I have been studying the bike and a few books along with numerous websites and boring my wife to death with my ramblings. I am ready to get started and just need a community of people knowledged, experience, and hopefully new friends to go ride with or help work on motorcycles. Well Im not going to get all autobiographical on ya'll (yes I do live in texas) so I end this with a couple of pictures. One of the bike pre operation and one of what I want it to look like post operation. Thank you for reading this and any posts to or messages to me with help or advice. Thanks again

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post #2 of 12 Old 02-05-2012, 10:24 AM
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Hello and welcome! This sounds like a fun project, get yourself a manual for it for reference and dive in!

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Welcome to the asylum, which part of TX are you in?

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North TX in Fort worth. Thanks everyone for the welcoming.

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post #6 of 12 Old 02-05-2012, 01:18 PM
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Welcome to WT, Damon. Nighthawks have been well spoken of, here. It seems that former owners have held them in high regard...

Why do you need a salvage title? did it not have a title when you aquired it?




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Welcome to WT, Damon. Nighthawks have been well spoken of, here. It seems that former owners have held them in high regard...

Why do you need a salvage title? did it not have a title when you aquired it?

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No unfortunately it didn't, Guy inherited it from his father who got it in a property purchase deal, the Guy said he tried to get the original title but the original owner lost it and wasn't willing to send a stranger a photocopy of his ID. So a long story short state of TX wants two hundred and fifty dollars and some change to issue a new title. I would gladly pay that but my budget doesn't include an extra three hundred on top of what I have to fix on the bike. I road the bike over 47miles to get home after I bought it, for that I owe the bike a lot.

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post #8 of 12 Old 02-06-2012, 07:45 AM
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IMO its worth the $250 for the title, when ever i see a salvage title bike i will turn and run the other way, there is no way of knowing what kind of damage was done and who fixed it and if they did it right. take your time on the project ride as is and save up some money to do it right, with a clear title


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He could always get the title later. Or never, if he decides to keep it forever.


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post #10 of 12 Old 02-06-2012, 11:21 AM
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Welcome....nice ride. I had a Nighthawk 700 in red and black many moons ago , great motorcycle for all around riding. Should make a really nice cafe, they are relatively light narrow (for an inline 4 of the time) and very reliable.

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post #11 of 12 Old 02-06-2012, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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I will keep the bike for the long haul. Especially since I'm doing all the work and restoration on it. Its going on my "next 5" list of things to get done.

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IMO its worth the $250 for the title, when ever i see a salvage title bike i will turn and run the other way, there is no way of knowing what kind of damage was done and who fixed it and if they did it right. take your time on the project ride as is and save up some money to do it right, with a clear title
I'm taking your advice and have been nesting some money away for a bonded title. Due to all the hassle of getting the other two original owners to play ball. I'm going to go the bonded title route and hopefully in two years I will a fresh and clean title in my name. Thanks.

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