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post #1 of 6 Old 07-25-2009, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Question oldie...but still goodie?

I recently pulled my 1986 700 nighthawk's' out of storage after 10 years.
It ran o.k. when stored, except for a few problems. 2nd gear is non-op, and some light oil leakage around valve covers.All the fluids were drained @ storage time.
I loved the bike, but when I decided to start riding again, it was too much to tackle in a short time, so I found a '84 FJ1100 in great condition.
Now I have the time and the motivation (15 yrold son wants to ride,And also the wife). I'm thinking it would be a great 1st street bike (son has plenty of off-road riding under his belt).
I am a machinist by trade so I have limited knowledge about motors & such, but am fairly mechanicly inclined.
I'm thinking that this would be a great project for jr and me, but don't know if it is worth the hassles.
Any input or advice would be appreciated.
Is it worth the time & $'s ?

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-25-2009, 10:04 PM
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Sounds like a fun project. Is your son into the bike? If he's got a thing for it, and your willing to do it with him, why not?

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-26-2009, 12:14 AM
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Throw the Yammie to the curb but fix up that Nighthawk! Especially yours. The Nighthawk S was only made 3 years, and 86 was the only year it came in red white and blue. I had a red 85'. I loved that bike and kept it for 11 years. Still regret selling it. My 9er is 10 times the bike that ol Nighthawk was, but it's a classic bike. Good luck

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-26-2009, 09:06 AM
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Post some pics - of the FJ too! I love the 80's bikes.
Tranny problems always scare me but I'm less mechanically inclined than you. I passed up a super deal on an FJ because it lost 2nd gear. I'll do a motor swap before I attempt splitting cases.
On the other hand, my bro in law rode his v65 sabre without 2nd, shifting from 1st to 3rd, for 15 yrs.
My kids are still toddlers but when they get bigger if they want to work on something I'll probably find something that is more cosmetic and less mechanical. But that's just me.
The idea of family cycling excites me. While I enjoy the little'uns I'm looking forward to getting them involved. Not sure how mama's gonna feel about it tho......

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post #5 of 6 Old 05-14-2010, 12:01 AM
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Is it me or does the above post seem somewhat out of context?

My $0.02 would be to tackle that resto head-on! I did a frame/crank up restoration of my '82 CB650 in my university dorm room. It was great fun and it's something you'll never forget -lapping valves at the dinner table, filling bathtub with DUNK and soaking the head to remove caked on stains, etc. I think most people shy away from these kinds of projects, but these bikes aren't as hard to work on as people make it seem!

Good luck with the restoration if you decide!

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post #6 of 6 Old 05-14-2010, 02:24 AM
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Yeah, I think that was some kind of bot posting.

Anyway, it sounds like we all agree here. Restoration is the way to go. Keep us updated on the progress.

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