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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-22-2012, 03:34 AM Thread Starter
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Hawk GT project....done?

In 08 I picked up a clean, mostly original 89 Hawk GT, after 20 years of wanting one:



it had been sitting, so carbs were cleaned, along with fresh intake boots:


I replaced the chain and sprockets, but noticed the cush drive rubbers were pretty hammered, so those got replaced too:


Im a pretty big guy, and the stock 20 year old suspension was severely overwhelmed. I didnt want to go thru the trouble of grafting on a diff front end, so I threw everything race tech makes at the stock forks. Correct rate springs, cartridge emulators, superslick bushings, etc. along with a fresh set of oem seals...the origs were well past their prime but somehow werent leaking:


out back, I got a little more serious:


Since I stuck with stock forks, I had to made the best of the stock single front rotor setup. Cue EBC rotor/HH pads, stainless line and a full system rebuild:


one of the previous owners had done a horrible hackjob on the rear fender (btw I also got some custom RC31 decals made):


I found a free unchopped orig fender, but it looked less than appealing:


Some elbow grease and careful painting had it looking good:
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-22-2012, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
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...continued

When I bought the bike it had a few small tears in the seat, which I wasnt too concerned with....daily use had them growing rapidly. I lucked into a custom covered seat on ebay for $100:


Ive always liked the looks of white wheels on a red bike, so I nabbed another set of wheels (I think I paid $130 for the set) and had them powdercoated:


They look pretty good imo:


One day someone traded in a ratty old yamaha seca II, which does not have a round headlight...and they had grafted onto the bare fairing bracket, a ducati headlight cowl/flyscreen. The bike was so ratty it was going straight to auction anyway, so I nabbed it. shame it wasnt red:


I used KLR650 engine brackets to mount it, so its plenty stable:


The bike had cheap emgo mirrors on it that were starting to get a little rattly, so I grabbed a set of K&S technologies GT mirrors:


And the obligatory Deal's Gap trip:


where it held its own nicely:


As of late 2010, any further hawk projects are on hold since I went and bought this, and have been piling up the miles on it:
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sweet bike, if I ever come across a decent one for sale it will be mine. oh yes.


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Hey, nice build. I donīt dig the bikeīs styling, but the effort is really good. Iīd like to see more of that kind of stuff.
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sweet bike, if I ever come across a decent one for sale it will be mine. oh yes.
This one can be yours for the right price
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I love the white wheels. I got a few miles in on my 'wife's' Hawk the other night. That little shit is going to be so much fun!

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lol. one money pit at a time. after I finish my little project I'll be sure to hit you up. if you still have it and we can talk then.


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sweet bike, if I ever come across a decent one for sale it will be mine. oh yes.

IF you're up for a road trip, this one is in great condition with some choice mods for the right price. I'd love to have that front end.

http://maine.craigslist.org/mcy/2865261027.html

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I'd love to have that front end.
Not to hijack my own thread here, but I have a wheel, forks, axle/spacer/speedo drive, fender, & calipers off a 93 CBR600F2 with galfer wave rotors installed. They arent any more advanced tech-wise than the hawk forks, but they are dual disc and bolt right up (the setup came off a friend's hawk) I decided not to use it because I had already modded the hawk front end so much.

I'll take $250 for the set. I also have some other spare hawk bits if youre in need of anything.
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Not to hijack my own thread here, but I have a wheel, forks, axle/spacer/speedo drive, fender, & calipers off a 93 CBR600F2 with galfer wave rotors installed. They arent any more advanced tech-wise than the hawk forks, but they are dual disc and bolt right up (the setup came off a friend's hawk) I decided not to use it because I had already modded the hawk front end so much.

I'll take $250 for the set. I also have some other spare hawk bits if youre in need of anything.
I'd have to say I might have hijacked this thread first!

I appreciate the offer, but after spending my tax return on a bike, instead of suspension for my RC, I'm out of money. I will keep you in mind for parts and misc stuff however, thanks!

Plus, I want to put a GSXR front end or something a bit more modern/usd on there. These bikes look great for their age and the updated forks really set them off.

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I love my little Hawk, it would be a blast at the Dragon. It has lots of miles on the Snake (Shady Valley TN).

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