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    1989 Honda Hawk

    My friend Mike (he lurks these boards) just bought a really nice, 15,000 mile '89 Honda Hawk. I was over at his place the other day and rode the little bugger briefly - and really liked it. Though it's small for me, it's super light and very easy to flick around. And I have to say the little twin makes a nice throbbing sound, too. He picked it up for $2,800 - and to me, it beats hell out of a Moped!

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    Re: 1989 Honda Hawk

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    My friend Mike (he lurks these boards) just bought a really nice, 15,000 mile '89 Honda Hawk. I was over at his place the other day and rode the little bugger briefly - and really liked it. Though it's small for me, it's super light and very easy to flick around. And I have to say the little twin makes a nice throbbing sound, too. He picked it up for $2,800 - and to me, it beats hell out of a Moped!
    As you say, Eric, a nice little lightweight V-twin at 393lbs dry. I've added a few snippets about the US model below.

    Ken.


    US model

    The Honda NT650, Hawk GT 647, RC31 was introduced in 1988 and produced through 1991. In 1988 the bike was sold in the colors Tempest Gray Metallic and Candy Flair Blue. For the remainder of the bikes production run it was only sold in red. There are only very minor changes between the 1988 model year and the 1989-91 model years.

    Also called Hawk GT / Bros / RC31
    Production 1988 - 1991
    Class naked bike
    Engine 647cc Four-stroke V-Twin
    Transmission 5 speed manual
    Wheelbase 56.3 in.
    Seat height 30.4 in.
    Weight 393 lb. (dry), 412 lb. (wet)
    Fuel capacity 2.9 gal


    Trivia: Very early bikes did not have threads in the pin at the front of the gas tank (last known VIN: 0000117).

    In 1989, the front suspension damper rods were changed to have only 2 (rather than 4 for the '88) holes. The front brake calipers were also changed to have screw-on covers over the mounting pins.

    In 1991, the oil lines were run internally through the engine, rather than externally and only a handful of 1991 model year bikes actually made it into the United States, making the 1991 the rarest vintage Hawk in America.
    Die dulci fruimini!
    Ken.
    Wolds Bikers, Lincolnshire, England.

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    Re: 1989 Honda Hawk

    Y'all,

    This "new" bike is my second Hawk. The first I bought for $2800 in 1995 and I've ridden it hard and often ever since. Had 9700 miles and now has 61,500. It's like the Energizer battery: it keeps going and going.... This is the finest, most reliable, most economical --- and fun! --- motor vehicle I've ever owned.

    The new one is a spare for when the first wears out.. although that could be many more years.

    The bike is best suited for smaller riders (I'm 5'5") and is underpowered by today's standards, but it is a wonderful motorcycle.

    It'd be a drag if the 98 VFR went away and I'd cry to lose the 81 CBX, but I hope to never be without a Hawk GT.

    Michael
    1981 Honda CBX
    1989 Honda Hawk GT (#1 and #2)
    1998 Honda VFR
    2000 Yamaha XT-350
    Blacksburg, VA

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