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Review of the 1983 Honda CB 650 SC Nighthawk:
2nd bike ever, never letting go.
Author: William Adams, 2016-08-14, viewed 155 times.|
I´ve owned this bike for just over 3 years now and have had no problems what so ever, besides a finicky front brake electrical issue which was resolved. My bike isn´t winning any awards for beauty but it was the step up from the rebel I needed without going to big.
It has multiple dings in the tank even the replacement I purchased was only marginally better than the original. I have only dropped it two or three times and only when stopped missing the kickstand or on a hill. I´ve taken a motorcycle safety course on it and it was a favorite of the class and instructor.|
-treated the tank for rust.
-changed the oil a few times
-replaced the valve gasket (minor leak)
-replaced the handlebars (neighbor backed into it and sent it over it´s kickstand)
My bike has just over 16k on the speedometer but judging by the wear on the cam-chain it´s either not the original engine or had it´s spedo-cord disconnected for some time.
It still runs great and pulls hard in 6th gear at 75, what more can you ask for? A smooth shifting Honda gear box at 30 years old ... oh yeah. How are the forks? They look like my uncles 2012 Shadow with 3k miles on it. Maybe I´ll find out they need rebuilding tomorrow, but it still be worth it.
I´m a lightweight rider at 140 lbs, but I´ve taken people bigger than me for a ride and only barely noticed handling and an increased need for braking. This is the intermediate bike in so many ways, people ask me what style it is and I like to say ´street bike´. It´s like a cruiser, but standard style with plenty of high end power and excellent torque
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