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Old Bike Pictures

JohnH#II Dec 4, 2019 at 6:15 PM

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    Was out in the shop today looking for some parts and run up on some old pre digital photos of some of my and friends Kaws. Late 80's early 90's.

    First 2 are a 1990 Ninja 750R. Last year of that style same year as ZX7 came out. Was a grand cheaper, I was poor and it was FAST! Got it in Dec 89. Totaled it Aug 91.

    3rd is a heard of Kaws. My 750R, Radar Love Dave's 750R, Tucky's ZL9, and Monant Moo Milker's KZ1000 LTD. We were all stationed on The Rock NYC USCG.

    4th is my first bike, 78 KZ650 and an 86 ZL900.
     

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    :hello: Nice. In the 80s I just had my 650 Nighthawk. I rode it 60 miles a day for work for 8 years rain or shine. Went through 2 motors. I have an 8,000 mile motor still in the crate that will go in it ???
     
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    I have always liked the Nighthawks. In the mid 80's the cool guy on the block were I lived had a 750. It was blue. His father had a CB900 with the 4 pipe exhaust system. It was brown.
     
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    I had a Black 82 cb750sc. The thing was massive, like just as big as my 78 gs1000e was. I only went 145# at the time. A buddy bought the 83 cb650sc and it was 100# lighter with I think hydraulic valves and shaft drive. That ran nice.

    Honda CB750SC Nighthawk 82.jpg
     
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    :hello: Yes the CB 650 SC (2 years) had self adjusting valves, shaft drive, hydraulic clutch and made more horse power than any other Honda CB 650/700/750. 1/4 was almost 12 seconds flat.
     
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    82' 750 was 70hp
    83' 650 was 63hp
    Ummm, not exactly the king of the CB's.
     
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    :hello: Cycle World dynoed the 1983 CB 650 @ 83 HP. I'll check for sure.
     
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    The 1978 KZ650 in the pictures was my first bike. At the time had no idea or care of HP but find it had 62hp. That was on a good day. It was the start of me learning to work on motorcycles as sometimes it didn't even want to be one.

    Now the 1990 ZX 750R was reported to have 107hp. I bought it with 0 miles. It had just came in to the Kaw shop. I did the brake in as Kaw states on the tach sticker. < 4000rpm first 500mi <6000rpm up to 1000mi. Had the Kaw shop do a brake in service. And I road a wheelie out of their parking lot and at the next 10 stop lights.
     
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    :hello: A few years ago a friend of mine sold a red first year KZ 650 for $1500 with 5,000 miles on it. He bought it new. It was in mint condition.
     
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    I would love to have a KZ650 and a 750R again. I'm sure I will run up on one of them one day. Mint or basket case, if the price is right, I'm not working and not too far away.

    Come to think of it, if I see a Nighthawk at a good price, I would get it too.
     
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    :hello: 1983 Nighthawk sales brochure. ______________________________________________________________________ IMG_8369.JPG IMG_8370.JPG IMG_8371.JPG IMG_8372.JPG IMG_8373.JPG IMG_8374.JPG
     
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    The 1978 KZ 650 SR was my first new street bike as well as my transition from dirt to asphalt. Getting ready to start my 42nd year on the road and still loving it! I never got stuck on one brand though, they are as different as people. On the flip side of that , I have met more motorcycles I liked than people!
     
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    I work on people and have to agree with you. I like bikes better. All of them.
     
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