I once learned the hard way that if a motorcycle has been too molested, that is, if it’s been too modified by the wrong hands, it should be avoided. Last night, whether out of stupidity, forgetfulness, or a stroke of genius, I decided to ignore this lesson.
I bought a heavily modified 1990 Honda Hawk NT650 GT, with various Honda and Buell pieces on the front, Ducati parts on the back, and some aftermarket parts thrown in for good measure. I’m diggin’ it.
The second difference you may notice is the heat-wrapped exhaust which blends nicely with grey V-Twin engine and the silver aluminum frame. I’m told wrapping motorcycle exhaust pipes with insulating wrap such as this keeps the pipes from radiating heat. This makes for a cooler ride (one of the 10 Things I Don’t Miss About My Harley) but also keeps the temperature of the gas exiting the motorcycle hotter, thereby improving the flow of gas and improving performance.
Meanwhile, the OEM mash-up continues. I’m told the seat comes from a Ducati, as do the rear side panels. Beneath them hangs a Two Brothers aluminum slip-on exhaust with a great baritone voice and in decent shape aesthetically. Further down, two Metzeler Sportec M3s spin on axles.
The Honda Hawk NT650 GT also comes with FOX rear suspension that feels great. Included was a rear stand for single sided swing arm motorcycles like this one, and a stock tachometer reading about 18,000 km (12,000 miles). Missing is one new turn signal lens. The cost of motorcycles is much more here in Canada. I paid $2,150.
Despite the 5 degree (41 fahrenheit) temperature, and carbureted engine, the test ride was super smooth. I didn’t check the spark plugs but I didn’t see a need to. Overall I’m pretty happy with this purchase.
The guys at HawkGTForum.com have invited me to send in some pics of the bike for their Hawk-of-Month Award. How do you Like that?