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1986 Honda CB700SC Nighthawk S

Thought I'd post up my current daily driver, a 1986 CB700SC - since there seems to be a place for it on this forum. My recently bought 919 will probably replace its older relative (which also has a box-beam backbone frame) as the daily commuter once I get it up and going. The 700 will go into semi-retirement as a more occasional ride.

What it looked like when I got it as a non-runner:


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Wow. That's an awesome looking Nighthawk. I always had a spot for any Honda with the Red/White/Blue colors. Very nice.

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How many miles on that baby.

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About 60,000 or so. I've had to change the instrument pod twice, once due to malfunction when I got it and again because an idiot mechanic servicing it (the only time I've done that, I normally do my own work but my job had me so busy I had to farm the steering stem bearing replacement out) dropped a wrench on it and shattered it. I've got mileage logs, though, so about 60K is correct. Much of that 60K is mine.

It has a few upgrades, such as the LED signal-integrated mirrors, all the incandescent bulbs replaced with LEDs, and LED conformal turnsignals out back.

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Now that brings back memories, I actually kinda miss mine.


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I just wish the 919 had some of the more advanced features of the 700 - like shaft drive, hydraulic valve lifters (with a 10,750 redline!) and a gear position indicator. :P

Unfortunately, in our world of crap ethanol laced gas, ever more idiots who hit bikes in parking lots, and seriously hard to find parts for the 700, the 919 makes more sense as a daily. Despite the increased maintenance requirements; I'd thought I was done with drive chains for good. :P

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Holy shite! you worked a miracle with that thing. Looked like about 20 miles of bad road. Outstanding work.

I had a Red/Black 85. I loved that bike. Kept it for 11 years. Still miss it.

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that is one seriously nice looking bike.

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Awesome looking bike. Great job! A true classic.
I almost bought one once but went with a 1982 CB750SC Nighthawk instead.

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Thanks for all the compliments, people. I did spend quite a bit of time on it, and it is my daily rider - so it doesn't just sit around and look pretty, it has to work for a living (until my 919 comes online, and even then...)

For those that miss theirs, I've got some videos (coincidentally enough) of it in operation (while running errands) posted up over here: https://www.wristtwisters.com/f157/91...tml#post436742

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damn thats one nice lookin bike man.... looks like honda didnt change the forks on the 919 for 20 yrs :-P

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The box-beam backbone frames aren't worlds different, either. You could almost call the 919 a 'Nighthawk 900S' - the designs look surprisingly related.

700S frame (via eBay):


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I just wish the 919 had some of the more advanced features of the 700 - like shaft drive, hydraulic valve lifters (with a 10,750 redline!) and a gear position indicator. :P

Unfortunately, in our world of crap ethanol laced gas, ever more idiots who hit bikes in parking lots, and seriously hard to find parts for the 700, the 919 makes more sense as a daily. Despite the increased maintenance requirements; I'd thought I was done with drive chains for good. :P
I had an 82 Sabre, I miss my shaftdrive and gear indicator too. The chain isn't all that bad though its much lighter.



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I love the 80's Nighthawks!!!

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So this thread https://www.wristtwisters.com/f94/919...not-27158.html got me all excited about painting the 919.

I hate the stock red color with passion that cannot be described in words. Your paint job looks outstanding. Where did you get it done, and would you recommend them? Lastly, care to share the price tag?

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The 700 is half repaint, half NOS parts. The tank and sidecovers are new old stock/low mile salvaged originals. The quarter fairing, fender, rear fairing and the grab handle were all color matched to the NOS/original parts by the experts down at Freeway Motors in Dallas (probably the best bodyshop in the city, it's where all my bodywork gets done whether it be on bikes or Jaguars or anything else). You really can't tell which panels are repaints and which are the originals in terms of the color or workmanship. IIRC, all the pieces cost me less than $150 to have painted.

The case guards were originally chrome, but they were redone in black powdercoat (to better blend in) by Ace Powdercoating of Garland.

I recently picked up a second NOS tank for the thing (same scheme) just in case something happens to this one.

Edit: I should mention that the 919 is likely to get repainted this same blue when I get around to caring about the bodywork. :P

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So this thread https://www.wristtwisters.com/f94/919...not-27158.html got me all excited about painting the 919.

I hate the stock red color with passion that cannot be described in words. Your paint job looks outstanding. Where did you get it done, and would you recommend them? Lastly, care to share the price tag?
Glad I could start an inspirational thread I'm still teetering on whether to paint it or not

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Since someone PM'd me and asked what my bike looked like, I thought I'd update this thread as I've changed photo hosts since it was first made.

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I deliberately left off the quarter fairing and tail fairing decals and the grab rail is painted blue to match instead of being left the stock black.

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the new paint scheme is phenomenal!
Love the oldschool honda logo coloring too.

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the new paint scheme is phenomenal! Love the oldschool honda logo coloring too.
That's the original and correct paint scheme for the bike, minus the noted differences. :P

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Incredibly nice. i would hold on to that bad boy.

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