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scorpionking 02-21-2011 07:23 PM

1985 honda nighthawk 750 questions
 
I have a few questions about a nighthawk I'm looking at buying. I tried google, and the search feature on the forum but can't seem to find much. First question, would this be an ideal bike to build a traditional style bobber out of? Second, is there a company that makes a weld-on hardtail for this bike? Third, is it chain drive or shaft drive? I understand that it can be complicated to make a hardtail for a shaft driven bike? Thanks in advance

mscuddy 02-22-2011 02:05 PM

One: Yes, a bobber 750 four is cool in some circles.
Two: Yes, weld on hardtails are avilable
Three: Chain drive.

Check out some of the aftermarket chopper accessory shops, you might just want to get a whole new frame, and a nice 2 over girder, and instead of a hardtail, maybe get a soft tail with the plunger suspension. Looks cool too. A nice spring solo seat with a tampax pad on the back fender, and whoa...

scorpionking 02-22-2011 02:49 PM

Thanks for the help! Could you send a link of one of the places that makes a weld-on hardtail? I found this : Honda CB750 Weld On Hardtail : TC Bros. Choppers LLC , TC Bros. Choppers LLC
,but I'm not sure if it will fit. It's for Honda cb750.

Dr_Sprocket 02-22-2011 04:07 PM

Wow! You got suckered into that one, Cuddy.

mscuddy 02-22-2011 04:33 PM

Yep, spamed again. I ought to get my own can.

scorpionking 02-22-2011 04:36 PM

I'm not trying to post spam, sorry about the link. I'm just new to bikes and trying to find out what will work and what won't...

Dr_Sprocket 02-22-2011 05:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scorpionking (Post 256046)
I'm not trying to post spam, sorry about the link. I'm just new to bikes and trying to find out what will work and what won't...

Okay, we'll give you the benefit of the doubt... this time. ;)

acecycleins 02-22-2011 06:46 PM

Nighthawks in 85 were 70cc. It was actually the CB700 Nighthawk if memory serves. Chain drive- yes. It is not the frame you are thinking of. Can you bob it? Certainly, but you would be better served with the CB750C Custom frame from 1980. That is a much more appropriate frame to bob. As for welding a rigid I would say that you are better off buying a hardtail frame and installing all the CB parts from a donor bike. Just sayin.......

Dr_Sprocket 02-22-2011 07:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by acecycleins (Post 256055)
Nighthawks in 85 were 700cc. It was actually the CB700 Nighthawk if memory serves. Chain drive- yes. It is not the frame you are thinking of. Can you bob it? Certainly, but you would be better served with the CB750C Custom frame from 1980. That is a much more appropriate frame to bob. As for welding a rigid I would say that you are better off buying a hardtail frame and installing all the CB parts from a donor bike. Just sayin.......

The Nighthawk in 1985 was 700cc (in the US, but was 750cc in Canada and other locals). They were shaft drive. Not the best bike to bob, IMHO. Otherwise, I agree with your assessment.

scorpionking 02-22-2011 08:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by acecycleins (Post 256055)
Nighthawks in 85 were 70cc. It was actually the CB700 Nighthawk if memory serves. Chain drive- yes. It is not the frame you are thinking of. Can you bob it? Certainly, but you would be better served with the CB750C Custom frame from 1980. That is a much more appropriate frame to bob. As for welding a rigid I would say that you are better off buying a hardtail frame and installing all the CB parts from a donor bike. Just sayin.......

I've got two people saying its chain drive, and one person saying it's shaft drive. Which is it? lol I understand it can be complicated to make a hardtail for a shaft drive bike? I'm not sure if I want to go the custom frame route, and then install all the parts in it. This is kind of a budget build, trying to keep the cost as low as possible. I can get the bike right now for $300 CDN, it is not running however... I'm also looking at a 1981 Kawasaki 440, not sure if its a kz, or ltd, or whatever. It's only $200 more than the Honda is. Maybe that would be a better bike to bob? Sorry about all the questions guys, I'm very new to the bike world, trying to buy my first one soon. Thanks for the help :)


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