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yossef 10-09-2006 07:06 AM

Re: Fork Questions for a Honda Project.
nothing specific but for less headaches, pick a full front end with triple clamps, front wheel, discs and brakes. Then the only interface you'll need to deal with is the steering stem bearings, relatively easy compared to machining wheel and disk spacers, etc.

-- yossef

Gabe 10-09-2006 07:21 AM

Send 'em in...
To Aftershocks in Palo Alto California by UPS. Phil there specializes in all kinds of suspension. He did the forks on my '82 Ascot 500 road racer, which used '83 Interceptor forks. It handled beautifully.

He can toss out the air-adjustable BS and install a cartridge fork emulator, install the perfect spring rate, and set the oil level. All this will be just right for your riding style, weight and bike.

He can also rebuild the shocks, although you really should call Works Performance and see what they have for you.

I've used him many times and am always impressed by his quick service, knowledge, and reasonable pricing.

NLJ 10-09-2006 07:54 AM

Re: Fork Questions for a Honda Project.

All the Honda Nighthawk information you could ever want if you're interested in doing the work yourself.

jesskauffman 10-09-2006 08:01 AM

Re: Send 'em in...
Thanks for the tip. Reworking the stock shocks with a cartridge emulator sounds like it would deliver the result I'm looking for without the extra work involved in changing to a different fork. Since I mostly commute and do weekend touring with the bike, that sounds like a pretty cost effective solution. I'll definitely give Aftershocks a call.

Holy_Kaw 10-09-2006 09:44 AM

Re: Fork Questions for a Honda Project.
Is the Nighthawk S the best bike not commonly refered to as "Great"? I always liked them.

gforces 10-09-2006 10:40 AM

Re: Fork Questions for a Honda Project.
Many front ends are interchangeable. You may have conflicts regarding speedometer types and may have to compensate for differences in steering stops, fyi.

staff 10-09-2006 01:59 PM

Re: Send 'em in...
While you ahve the forks out and off, service your steering head and wheel bearings. Lube your cables, replace brake lines, and I'll bet your calipers and master cylinder sould use a rebuild. Look at your brake rotors for warping and to see if they are still in service limits.

Then check the swingarm bushings and change driveshaft oil...and does the Nighthawk need the output splines lubed?

So after all that stuff is done, your Nighthawk should be good for another 20 years on the road. That's a classic bike and I hope you keep it in nice shape and ride it a lot.

2slo 10-11-2006 09:44 AM

Re: Fork Questions for a Honda Project.
Yes! I bought a Red left-over '84 when I came back from Germany in '85. I think I paid $2700 for it. It was great to just get on and ride - very low maintenance and it handled better than my '81 Gpz 550.


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