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Old 02-19-2007, 12:35 AM   #1
 
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Bought Nighthawk 750 where to start?

hello all, I just recently got the itch to buy a bike and get ready for the spring (27 years old). I am totally new to biking (with the exception of riding a dirtbike a few times in high school). I just bought a 1999 Nighthawk 750 with 25k miles on it. It looks beatiful and I am very excited to start learning the ins and outs of biking. My bike seems to run and look great. Doesn't seem to have ever been dropped. Oil looks clean, no leaks etc. Chain looks clean (no rust and has a little grease). I paid $2400 -- do you think this is a fair price for such a bike?

My other question(s) for you more experienced bikers is -- even though the bike seems to be running good, what would you do automatically after buying a bike like this w/ 25K? Any routine maintenance? I am looking to buy the manual right now. Also I am not made of money so would probably be looking to do what I can on my own (within reason).

I do notice that it takes about ten minutes of idling and messing with choke to really get it purring steady. After cruising around a little it sounds very steady and cranks right up. Is it normal on cold start up to take about ten minutes to really get going (was a little cool outside)?

thanks in advance -- I appreciate any help getting started!!

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Re: Bought Nighthawk 750 where to start?

Thats sounds like a great first streetbike! It should be fairly comfortable to learn the ropes of street riding while (being a 750) should have power there when you need to get out of a sticky situtation. Not to mention $2400 for any bike in reasonable condition is awesome. I am not an expert mechanic and shouldn't know what maintenance it might need but I have a few things you should check.

First of all, the chain may be well lubed and no rust but you need to check if it is streched, check to see how much play it has. Once you get the maitainence manual it will tell you what it should be adjusted to. That seems a little long for it to warm up but I am not sure what is causing it, I would suggest the carbs need to be adjusted but I am not sure if its fuel injection.

Congrats on getting the new bike and take a safety course (MSF). They are awesome.
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Re: Bought Nighthawk 750 where to start?

The in-line four in your bike is a bit cold-booded, and it will take a few minutes to get going. When I get a new bike chain tension and lube and oil/filter change are automatic. I ran synthetic oil in mine for 30K miles and never had any trouble with it at all except for the busted clutch cable. Congrats on a good first bike, be careful. It may not be sportbike, but it can bite just as hard.
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Re: Bought Nighthawk 750 where to start?

Ditto on changing the oil and filter and checking the chain. At 25k miles, it may be close to needing replacement, so check it carefully for kinks, and the sprockets for signs of wear. If you replace it, replace the sprockets with it.
Antifreeze should be changed every 2 years, so that might be something else to do. (I think the Nighthawk is liquid cooled?). Wouldn't hurt to change the brake fluid, either. Did the previous owner have maintenance records? At some point it should have already had the spark plugs and air filter replaced, and the valves adjusted. Not sure of the intervals on your bike, my Honda calls for 16k valve adjustments.

Congrats on your purchase!!
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Re: Bought Nighthawk 750 where to start?

Do all the maintenance.

Change oil and filter,
Check/change/clean the air filter,
Change the fork oil,
Inspect the brake pads, change if needed.
Inspect, clean or replace the chain/sprockets.
Check the tires.
Change the plugs.
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Re: Bought Nighthawk 750 where to start?

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Ditto on changing the oil and filter and checking the chain. At 25k miles, it may be close to needing replacement, so check it carefully for kinks, and the sprockets for signs of wear. If you replace it, replace the sprockets with it.
Antifreeze should be changed every 2 years, so that might be something else to do. (I think the Nighthawk is liquid cooled?). Wouldn't hurt to change the brake fluid, either. Did the previous owner have maintenance records? At some point it should have already had the spark plugs and air filter replaced, and the valves adjusted. Not sure of the intervals on your bike, my Honda calls for 16k valve adjustments.

Congrats on your purchase!!
If I remember right the nighthawk is air cooled.
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Re: Bought Nighthawk 750 where to start?

Don't forget the s/w.

Take a MSF course.

ALWAYS were gear (full face helmet, gloves and a jacket is a MINIMUM) yes if you go 2 houses down wear your gear.

Buy good to excellant quality gear.

When you buds are waering half helmets and tshirts resist the urge. Sweat wipes off a heck of a lot easier than scars.


On the bike also consider new brake fluid and antifreeze.
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Re: Bought Nighthawk 750 where to start?

Actually it is liquid cooled. I thought this may be part of the longer warm up time. thanks for all the help!! Let me know if you have any other suggestions.

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Re: Bought Nighthawk 750 where to start?

Adjust the cam chain tensioner. And to answer your next question, when you get the manual, it will tell you how to do it.
Then just ride....and ride and ride.
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Re: Bought Nighthawk 750 where to start?

Is it not an American model? I know they have the oil cooler upfront but everything I've read said air-cooled.

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Re: Bought Nighthawk 750 where to start?

Get the real manual from HelmInc.com vs a bookstore one.
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Re: Bought Nighthawk 750 where to start?

Maybe I'm wrong about the liquid cooled. I do see in the specs sheet that it says air. I am pretty new to bikes. I thought it was liquid cooled because there is a little radiator in the front that looks similar to a car radiator. On the far right of the attatched photo.

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Re: Bought Nighthawk 750 where to start?

Where is the best place to find good deals on general maintenance parts (filters, chains, etc...)?

I know with cars the dealer is about the worst and most expensive, unless it's a hard to find part.

thnx again!!

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Re: Bought Nighthawk 750 where to start?

Ah, that little thing that looks like a radiator is an oil cooler. Yup, it's air cooled, so forget about my antifreeze comment!
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Re: Bought Nighthawk 750 where to start?

Not to bogart a post, but if you had a choice between a 1995 nighthawk 750 for 2 grand (11000 miles) and a 1984 nighthawk 700S (28000 miles) for 1000 dollars which would you choose as a starter bike.
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