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Friday, 11 March 2011

Bought An 18-Year Old Classic

I've always had a special attraction for the Nighthawk 750. The exhaust growl  was really distinctive and gave the bike character. It sounds very different from most other inline four engines I've heard.

I also think the exposed engine makes the bike look very butch and old-school, and I like that.

When I took this bike on a test ride, I was surprised at how smooth the engine was. It also handled really well and gave me the feeling of sitting "in" the bike instead of "on" the bike. It won't pull your arms out of their sockets, but it has enough power for daily commuting and I think it won't be too shabby as a tourer also, if you slap on a decent windshield. 

The bike shows it's age, and isn't really in the best condition cosmetically, so there's lots of work to be done. I hope to be able to restore this bike in the months to come.

Left view

 Right View
View of the GIVI boxes that came with it.

Another view of the boxes


  1. I have this same bike, year, color. Thanks for the useful information. Now I just need to learn how all this blog stuff works.

  2. Hi P,
    Go to the blog archive section on the right and you'll see the posts organized according to the dates they were published.

    A good way to read is to start with the oldest posts first (down on the bottom) and then work your way up to the top.

    Thanks for dropping by!

  3. I have this same color in a '99 with the Vance and Hines 4 into 1 exhaust. I also picked up the original pipes in case I want to go back to that look which I also think is very good. I just found your blogger posts and am pleased to be following it. I really appreciate your thorough pictures and descriptions. I am going to try the carbtune process in the summer. Are you going to document your stainless steel brake line mod? Thanks again for all your work and effort to share this info!

  4. Great bike have a 92 mine came with the givi monokey bag? love the feel of the bike. Very true about being one with the bike, my bobber I'm holding on it like a rabid monkey