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Designed by Toshiaki Kishi as Honda was casting about for a way to bring sporty motorcycling to the masses, the NT650 used a neat v-twin and single-sided swingarm, but stayed affordable. Though its pricing vs. pizazz didn’t lead to a long run here, it was more popular in Europe and Japan, where it had a 400 cc little brother ( the offshore Bros name is a brothers reference ). The NT650 Hawk GT has a cult-like following now, and the bike presented here leads by example.
The very compact 647 cc twin uses three valve per cylinder to attain 56 hp, much more was possible when tuned. In the day, carburettors were less expensive than fuel injection, and the NT650 uses twin 36mm flat slides. A high-tech / economical mix, it uses an aluminum twin-spar frame holding 41mm conventional forks, and a 5-speed sends the power out to the Pro-Arm monoshock rear. Single disk brakes, 316mm front and 247mm rear.
Evidently owned by a serial Hawk fan, this example has a rare aftermarket fairing, and very low miles. Not much in the way of mods beside the bodywork, and overall it appears excellent. From the eBay auction:
Thanks for checking out my fantastic 1989 Honda Hawk GT NT650! Everywhere I go this bike turns heads
as it is unrecognizable to most, admired by the savvy and revered by the collectors. Not often seen but admired by all,
this 1989 NT 650 shows pride of ownership. Purchased from the estate of a meticulous collector, this low mile Hawk
looks as good as it did the day it rolled off the floor, only better with the tasteful upgrades made by its previous
owner. I have several of these and this is by far the nicest I have ever seen. Other than the fairing w/mirrors, exhaust and grips
this NT650 is original. I would give it a 8.5/9 of 10. I believe the paint is original but I do not know this bikes full history.
Reviewed in hindsight as before its time, the Hawk foreshadowed the standard / naked-sport revolution that followed a few years later. Helped by the Erion brothers, the model has acquired a following in vintage racing circles, and great mods and parts are still available. But hopefully this gem won’t be subject of too many more updates. With a recent re-list at a more realistic price, it’s just about perfect the way it is…