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Old 05-31-2013, 08:41 AM
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My first street bike was a 1972 Honda CB750 and for some reason I’ve had the urge to have one again. But I really don’t want to deal with a motorcycle that old and let’s face it just finding a bike of that vintage (that’s original) would be a challenge. Fortunately Honda made the “grandson” of that bike from 1991-2003. Much like the original, the Nighthawk 750 is an air-cooled in-line 4 with a standard riding position, single disc front, brake drum rear, 5 speed, and chain drive. It differs from the original in that it utilizes DOHC instead of a single overhead cam and the 16 valve’s are hydraulically adjusted. Other than color and MSRP there were no changes to the bikes from 1991-2003.

I’ve been looking for a year or so and saw many of them out there. But when I started eliminating ones with over 30K or non-factory exhaust there were a lot less. It also seems (at least in our area) many owners of these bikes leave them parked outside, maybe all year, because a lot had faded instruments, rusty fasteners, dents or scratches all over, beginnings of rust forming in the tank on the forks, etc.
Last week I saw one on Craigslist. It was listed as a “2000 with 4,800 miles, in very good shape” but there were no pictures. The owner said he thought he’d like to ride more after he retired but really never did, the last time it was run was a few years ago and it’d been sitting in his garage since. And it wouldn’t start. He was asking $3,000. It was just up the road so I went and looked at it. It was dirty but looked good with Honda windshield and backrest and the gas tank looked like new inside. I told him it need a battery, the 14 year old front tire replaced, carbs cleaned, brake fluid changed so we agreed on $2,500 and loaded it in my truck.

I think it cleaned up well. I installed a new battery, and drained the tank putting in fresh gasoline with a dose of Techtron. It started but wouldn’t idle but after running it for 150 miles it now idles and runs fine, with just a bit of a flat spot off idle. This tank has Seafoam in it so I’ll see after another 150 miles but at some point I’ll probably need to remove the carbs and floss the jets. The new Metzelers arrived so I'll mount them before riding much more. Anyway here are a couple pics.








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seems like its in great shape
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Dang, it cleaned up nice!!!! Owned 2 different CB750's back in the olden days. Excellent bikes, but don't miss them like a Harley.
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Thanks guys. I guess I can see how one could become bored with a bike like this but I have other bikes to ride. I just enjoy riding different type motorcycles.
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Good find! I'm in the same boat. I'm looking for a '86 Honda Rebel 450. Most, if not all are in pretty sad shape. I'll just keep looking I'm sure one will pop up some where sooner or later.....oh, and it has to be silver!
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Good find! I'm in the same boat. I'm looking for a '86 Honda Rebel 450. Most, if not all are in pretty sad shape. I'll just keep looking I'm sure one will pop up some where sooner or later.....oh, and it has to be silver!

Thanks.

You have your search narrowed down so it may take a while but I'm sure there's some out there.
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Beautiful! The CB750 was my dream bike in 1972, but it was totally out of my price range (I was riding 1969 305 SuperHawk back then). Good luck with it!
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had a 1981 cb750c that I bought as a basket case cost me 3000.00 to make it right, but when done it was a fun bike, nice find, there a different pace but are very comfortable when you get used to them.
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Very nice! I like it!
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Nice machine right there...missed you by a few years but this was my 3rd street bike..loved it...
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