1997 Honda 750 Nighthawk

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Work log on Frankenhawk

Update May 22 2009

Below are some crappy pics from my cellphone. I cleaned them up some, but fine details just aren't there.


Here's my man-cave with Frankenhawk in the all-together. Yeah shes really stripped. The white spots are temporary intake covers—don't want crap falling into the head to be sucked into a valve later.

You can also see my narrow worktable in the back and the collapsible workbench by the garage door. And my handy-dandy dual-purpose bike ramp and sitting bench—it's a 10ft 2x12 standing on two square kitty litter buckets I use for storage.
Hard to see here but the left bungee bar and passenger foot peg brace are back into position. They were a lot closer to the tire before. And that back tire has good tread with no dry rot. I may keep it on for a few miles but I really like Avons so they probably won't last.
And here's a dark/blurry picture of the footpeg that was welded back on. Very clean weld. I removed the swingarm bolt cover so it wouldn't get splashes of hot metal on it. Probably didn't need to worry about that though.

The peg minus the rubber is loosely pinned so he could check for relative square to the right side. It may be angled a degree or two forward of where it was but, if it becomes a problem I can just shim the peg seat to correct it.
A look at the left side of the tank shows why a repair just isn't in the works. Those creases would have to be unfolded before any straighening could start. That is almost guaranteed to open a hole and start a leak. And since it doesn't leak right now, I'll just leave as is until I can find something replace it with.
Here are the carbs after my rebuild. The two outer throttle slide covers where shiny like that before I started. That's just the way they did these models I guess.

I'm gonna brace them up to how they sit on the bench there, approximating the on-engine/on-kickstand angles, and rig a temporary tank so I can check for leaks off bike.
Don't have a lot to say about this side except, we'll see how the 4-to-1 sounds. If I don't like it I'll put back the model original exhaust system.

I love it that the previous owner held onto the original parts.
Again, sorry for the crap pics, but you can just see the bare spots on the top part of the frame just before and after the top shock mount points. That's where it was "flattened". I cleaned away the paint at those points so I could see cracks or (for the front two) welds breaking away.

I would make a small adjustment and let it sit for an hour or two before releasing and moving to another point. Took me most of a weekend. I must have been easy enough. Nothing cracked before I started and nothing cracked when I finished.
The rest of these are not about the repairs but about the damage done before I started. Here's a poorly light pic of the tail light and headlight stay.

The taillight lens is broken but the rest is there. And you can see that one part of the stay is not connected to the rest of it. Me trying to straighten the mangle.

I'll probably use aftermarket headlight fork brackets and just skip this flimsy thing altogether. Only problem would be hunting down a horn mount point.
Here are both side of the tail cowling and the taillight section from a different angle.

The thing is, this really isn't supposed to be apart like this. The joints are "glued" with plastic solvent and painted afterwards. It is removed, added, and (normally) sits as one piece. Since the taillight is part of this plastic, I do need this part. And I don't think I can fix it.
This is what the gauge cluster and headlight bucket look like. The headlight bucket is a total loss. And obviously the speedo is crushed. But the tach escaped with just a dent in the crome ring at the top.
I'm looking at a universal speedo or even speedo/tach combo to replace the damaged speedo. $100 or so.

I found an 8" black plastic bucket with ring and an 8" H4 that I like. I could find one like the orignal 7" but I like the looks of the bikes I've seen with larger headlights. And the colored bucket fits my style more than a crome one.
This is what the original owner put on for turn signals all around. Only 3" from mount base to outer tip. And this is the only surviving one.

I haven't decided wheather I want a matching set of four or two different sizes for front and back. Back would be shorter.
Here we see the battery and four new tires that came with the bike.

The sad looking bike you see in this pic is my Virago 920 project bike moved to make room for Frankenhawk.
The first of what may be several ebay parts for Frankenhawk; the right side cover. Near perfect and the right color for her.

I had this on bid two days after moving her into the garage. There was a left side one too but someone else really wanted it bad.

Now let's play "Where's Waldo"!
A clear pic would be easier but where's the fun in that?

This pic looks back into the garage and shows that you can ignore a good bike and have too many projects.

The red bike is my 1994 Kawasaki Concours. Ran when I parked it two years ago and now buried under attic insulation and spinnaker poles. Got parked because the Connie "buzz" kills my hand quickly and I didn't have the time to do the throttle lock as I planned to get around it. When Frankenhawk is running, she gets pulled out, put together, and tuned up.

And about center you can barely see part of another. That's a 1986 Honda VF500F "baby" Interceptor I bought on ebay from a guy in Georgia. You can see the red seat hanging on the wall just above it and the blue/white/red tank on the far right of the pic. I have everything except the nose piece.
It's a project I was going to do for my son when he reached 16 so he would have a cheap but fun bike to learn on. Then he hit a growing spurt. He's 19 now and at 6'3" and 330lbs he's a little big for it.
I'll have to do it for myself or just sell it as a basket case. Haven't decided that one yet.

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