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post #1 of 5 Old 06-16-2008, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Fiancees out of town this week, so I finally get to put some miles on her '88 honda nt650. It's a fun little bike, handles extremely well even if it comes up a bit short on power. Even looks very modern for being an '88. Anybody else had the opportunity to ride one of these?

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-16-2008, 12:03 PM
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Yep, fun bike ! A buddy had one he went LWT racing on, it have some pretty gnarley head work done and some huge exhaust - Had no bottom end due to the mods , but, when you hit 5k , it came alive ! Very fun bike ! Enjoy your time on it !

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-16-2008, 12:29 PM
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reminds me of something.. cant think of what


I used to want one of those bikes
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-16-2008, 12:48 PM
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Still have my blue '88. Purchased new the first day it was available, in fact I helped take it out of the crate, set it up, reverse the shift pattern, and test ride it, so I know that every inch of the 145,000 miles on it are mine. It is a bit underpowered in the context of the 919, but it was never an issue as I rarely slowed down for anything -- an excellent handler. It was a good touring bike as well, with trips all over the western U.S. and nary a problem. For 14 years it was my primary transportation and it never failed to get me where I wanted to go, even when I dropped it on a wet road with a layer of diesel fuel that jammed the shifter hard enough to break a shift fork, when I parked it and bought my '02 919. And I still smile when I look at it in the garage.
A bike ahead of its time, and very underrated. And I never had to adjust the valves.


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post #5 of 5 Old 06-16-2008, 01:12 PM
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Another Hawk owner here. Mine was a '91 Great bike...

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