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post #1 of 21 Old 04-22-2008, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone have an owner's manual for an '84 Nighthawk S?

I need to know what weight the manual specifies for engine oil, and what weight hypoid oil for the shaft drive gear box. Can anyone help?

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post #2 of 21 Old 04-22-2008, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
 
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Never mind, I found it.

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post #3 of 21 Old 04-22-2008, 09:54 AM
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I want to see a pic of your nighthawk.

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I just bought it yesterday. 12,000 miles, Mac 4 into 1, Race Tech cartridge emulators, new turn signals, jetted and re-tuned by a Honda place, steel braided brake lines, new Dunlops, also included the factory pipe and all the other original parts, and the paperwork for all the work that's been done to it. Never been down, no damage anywhere to the bike or the original pipe. He removed the red and repainted it, but left the side panels as they were because he wanted the logo on there. I might remove the red from them, too, 'cause I like the all-black look. I used to have an '86 years ago and regretted selling it ever since, so I've finally replaced it.


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Wow that brings back memories, I had a black and blue 84.

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My '86 was blue and white.

He didn't have the owner's manual, but I forgot he also included a Honda shop manual for it (left it in the car last night and forgot about it), that's where I got the oil info I needed.

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That looks bad ass

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The bike I always wanted. Let us know how it feels to get back on it 20 years later!

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that was the 1st street bike i ever rode. it was my buddy's and he was scared of it. i rode it for 2 years before he sold it. had a chance to buy it but as a college kid with no loot i had to pass on it. the only difference was it was black and blue. what a great ride. congrats!!!

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Let us know how it feels to get back on it 20 years later!
Well, I'll tell ya right now. I've been outta the game for a long time, haven't ridden for over ten years now. When I took it for a test ride yesterday, I was surprised how much skill I'd lost over the years. Cornering felt like I was trying to learn from scratch again. To top it off, it was pouring rain and super windy (the guy lives over on the coast), so it was quite the experience. I guess it'll take a little time to get back in the swing of things. It was surprising considering how much riding I used to do twenty years ago. In fact, I didn't have a car for several years, just my bike. When I first bought the '86 Nighthawk (back in '88), I was riding so much that I put 18,000 miles on it in the first twelve months I owned it.

Anyway, I thought I'd try a blow drier to see if I can warm up those side panel decals enough to peel them off.

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you'll be surprised how quick it will all come back. after all it's just...well...just like riding a bike seriously have fun with your new/old girl. as you know she'll treat you right

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Any time you are trying to bring back an old skill or learn a new one it takes a bit of practice. I would suggest going to a empty parking lot to work on brakeing and turning skills to relearn what will come back pretty quick.

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What sort of carburetor air filtration do you have? Are those velocity stacks?


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post #14 of 21 Old 04-22-2008, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Yeah, I've got some places where I can go practice undisturbed.

The intake is stock, except for some jetting that was done by a previous owner. It's a factory air filter in the air box under the seat, connected to the carbs, everything in original configuration. Those silver 'stacks' are just factory covers designed to look like velocity stacks (I guess it works ). Call it pseudo-cool, like the 'air scoops' on a V-Max.

I had a K&N jet kit installed in my '86, and I disconnected the air box and put oiled pod filters on the carbs. What a mess that was. The two outside ones were right there where the covers formerly were, my pant legs soaking up all that oil and muck.

I often had a hard time explaining to people why I had black stains and crud between my legs.

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What a nice bike!!!

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Thanks.

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post #17 of 21 Old 04-23-2008, 06:18 AM
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Good luck with your new ride. I had one 22 years ago.
Its a great bike. kind of like a slimmed down carburated,
shaft driven, and slightly down powered 919 with a better seat. I was actually thinking about buying a used one myself, but decided to spring for a new 919.

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I was actually thinking about buying a used one myself, but decided to spring for a new 919.
Last year I was thinking about buying a 919, but decided to look for
another Nighthawk instead. I guess it worked out for both of us.

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I had a blue and black '85... started out as a Canadian CB750SC, then I got an oil leak and the crank seized, so I got an American (700 cc) motor and put it in. I loved that bike - I think it was the spiritual ancestor my 919 (a nice, simple UJM with great handling and decent power - for the period).

Have fun! I put a set of Metzeler Lasertecs on mine, and it made a huge difference.

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I bought my '86 brand new.Put 75,000 miles on it, got married, had kids, parked it in garage for 10 years.Wanted to start riding again, so I pulled it out to see what it would take...ALOT...
Decided to get another bike to ride ('84 FJ1100) while rebuilding.
I LOVED my nighthawk & am so looking forward to riding her again.
I'm sure you'll love yours too!!

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Hydraulic valves were nice, wish more new machines had them.

And that shaft drive, ultra-low maintenance, a great machine.

On my list of all time favorites.

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