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    So The kid next door tells me he got his first bike. He's recently back from Afganistan and his father gave him his '82 650 Nitehawk. His dad, old , crusty, funny 'Nam vet , who Loved his bike, gave it up to his son last week. The's fighting it out with cancer and went and got himself a scooter & gave the CB to his son. It ran like crap, busted up plastics, bent bar, & generally ran hard and put away wet. I was prety busy last week so thiss week I have been helping him out in return for Budweiser.
    Here is what we got so far...
    Carbs were just nasty, like the rst of this old bike. Pulled them cleaned them and so on. Swapped ot the rather crappy front brakes and rotors with ones off an 82 Gold Wing I had on the shelf.

    Cut the old bars, welded a drag bar accross the base of them, inverted and cut the old CB signals off the 8" head light mounts and installed a 7" lite of an old Magna, added stock turn signals off a 90's CBR. Lowered the gage cluster by about 3''

    The stock air box looked to be a vaction home to all sorts of critters so we are putting on UNI filter pods on the carbs.

    The New owner of the bike decided that he wanted it painted, so what the hell, I'm a sucker and he's good people, so he picked colors to complement his ne HJC helmet and I went with it...








    NOW.. I have the parts in final clear. Cleaning of the bike, clean & lube the chain, air cleaners & oil breathers need on, and so on, and so on... Hope to hear her run tomorrow. Hope it looks classy and not busy.

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    Re: A Soldier's dirty old CB650 NiteHawk

    The paint looks pretty slick.
    My build thread --->http://www.tlplanet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=79793
    My suspension upgrade --->http://www.tlplanet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=84704
    Plumbers and Pipefitters L.U. 441
    SAL/ALR Post 401
    Wichita, Ks.

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    • #3
      Re: A Soldier's dirty old CB650 NiteHawk

      classy: 100% BTW: many, many, many have said i'm "good people" too.
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      "Use the present, create the future" -Pablo.

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      • #4
        Re: A Soldier's dirty old CB650 NiteHawk

        Nice work. Good of you to help the kid out.
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        • #5
          Re: A Soldier's dirty old CB650 NiteHawk

          The paint is incredible! Great choice of colors, design, and theme.
          You do not talk about Fight Club....

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          • #6
            Re: A Soldier's dirty old CB650 NiteHawk

            WOW! That looks nice!

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            • #7
              Re: A Soldier's dirty old CB650 NiteHawk

              nice job man. love the theme and the colors

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              • #8
                Re: A Soldier's dirty old CB650 NiteHawk

                Very Nice,always liked the Honda CB650 & CB750.

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                • #9
                  Re: A Soldier's dirty old CB650 NiteHawk

                  I call it done. Back to the bill-paying job tomorrow. I Had to swap out the old front master brake of an old V45 Magna, old one Leaked all over even with the new line.

                  I plan to turn out some bar ends for it on the lathe but ran outta waking hours. Added about a pint of fuel in it and it fired up darn fast. Hope to play around with it abit more, I was on a time crunch facing going back to work.





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                  • #10
                    Re: A Soldier's dirty old CB650 NiteHawk

                    That's awesome! I dig the paint job.

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                    • #11
                      Re: A Soldier's dirty old CB650 NiteHawk

                      About 90 minutes from finishing my work shift. Got a vaction day for tonite's shift. Plan to take a nap and then mabe get a few pics of this bike in the sun.

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                      • #12
                        Re: A Soldier's dirty old CB650 NiteHawk

                        Well, this is how the old girl hit the road today. Dad loves it, except for the drag bar, but thats what the boy wanted. Bit hard starting and after a short test ride I brought it back in to adust the cluch cable before a final test. Second time out it buried the spedo at 85mph just before the top of 4th gear. Corners well at speed. Low speed turns are rough by todays standards, but what you would expect from a 28 year old motorcycle. The better brakes and rotors made a notible differnce in stopping power. Soon after these pics, kid took it out for a short 5 mile trip to his grandfather's, who still rides an 81 CB750C. Think he wanted to show off. Thanks for all the kind words on this build from all of you, this one was alot of fun.


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                        • #13
                          Re: A Soldier's dirty old CB650 NiteHawk

                          Simply stunning. What a great and outstanding job all around. Congratulations. They better be kissing your feet. hope it lasts.
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                          "Use the present, create the future" -Pablo.

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                          • #14
                            That's some mint work with the brush

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                            • #15
                              Re: A Soldier's dirty old CB650 NiteHawk

                              Enjoyed my last day off today. Took a 60 mile ride with Dale on his CB600 and me on the FZ1. The point was to go hit spots that had a decent summer weight riding jacket for him. The Nitehawk ran fine. No issues to speak of. He did miss a gear in some LOW speed traffic once, but thats it. He said seeing me and the wife all geared up made him think and he had to get some stuff as his funds permited. He still needs gloves ansd wants some up-armored jeans when he can swing it. He ended up with this Shift Backdraft mesh w liner & a day visor for his HJC lid...

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