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Honda July 21, 2022 posted by

Honda Gone Wild – 1990 Honda Hawk GT 650

Image 1 - 1990 Honda Hawk GT 650

Honda Hawk GT 650

To the untrained eye, this bike can easily be mistaken for an SV650 or GS500. The exposed aluminum frame and body lines are definitely similar but the single-sided swingarm is a dead giveaway.

I would’ve loved to sit in the room with the marketing and engineers teams who opted to move forward with the Hawk because it certainly must’ve been an interesting conversation. Regardless, I think Honda had nailed the right combination of engine, chassis, and aesthetic much earlier than some of the other manufacturers.

Image 8 - 1990 Honda Hawk GT 650

The side profile reveals a couple interesting aspects of the Hawk. First, the design is very clean and subtle. Everything is tidy and there is nothing that looks like an after thought. The next piece I found unique was the riding position. The pegs are up and slightly back and the bars are fairly low and far from the seat. While the bars can be adjusted, it was clear Honda wanted to make this a capable canyon carver. An extremely narrow profile makes it easy for anyone to easily transfer weight and move around on the bike. The final and most intriguing aspect is the use of a single-sided swingarm. Single-sided swingarms are synonymous with European makes and Honda. Honda definitely has the engineering know-how to execute this but it’s odd they chose to actually use one.

Image 81 - 1990 Honda Hawk GT 650

The most vulnerable spec for the Hawk is the power. ~40 hp to the wheel is nothing to write home about but this is a relatively old motor that lived in the Shadow 500 before it found a home in the Hawk. Coming in a bit over 400 lbs wet didn’t help the Hawk’s case but as a total package there is an argument to be made.

Image 21 - 1990 Honda Hawk GT 650

No action on this auction which starts at $3K. Considering the mileage, condition, and price this could be a very interesting addition to any collection. Any aged Honda is pretty cool if you ask me. If you’re expecting crazy values in the future I wouldn’t hold my breath but it’s hard to go wrong for $3K.

-Norm

Honda Gone Wild – 1990 Honda Hawk GT 650
Honda February 23, 2022 posted by

1989 Honda NT650 Hawk GT For Sale on eBay!

1989 Honda NT650 Hawk GT For Sale on eBay!

Location: Plainfield, Illinois
Make: Honda
Model: Hawk NT650
Mileage: 5,285
Price: $6,000 B.I.N.

From the seller:
1989 Honda Hawk GT 650
1 owner
In storage since 1995 brought out in 2021
Runs and drives
Clean body not one ounce of rust

Pretty darned spiffy- don’t you agree?

Honda Hawk’s are always a crowd pleaser and this one shouldn’t disappoint the fan boys and fan girls. Even though the seller is vague on details, the less than adequate photos can tell us a little bit more. The seller states it was in storage for roughly 25 years (ouch!), but was recently (assumed) brought back to life for the “headlight on” photo op.

Since the seller didn’t say- all potential buyers must assume a whole lot of rubber bits will need replaced like tires, radiator hoses and fork seals just to name a few, as well as a few metal bits such as a chain, perhaps some cables and bearings? Of course we’d like to see the inside of the fuel tank and perhaps a little more info on how it was stored because you know . . . Lacquer and all that yucky stuff.

However, the seller does state “Not one ounce of rust!” and the photos (when zoomed in) support that comment. You *may have to spend a few pennies, some time and a few beers bringing it up to road worthiness, but it appears you would have an amazing base to start with. The frame is oxidation free, the paint still shines and I don’t see any body damage.

While standing around the corporate offices yesterday one of our more distinguished employees made the comment “Better pictures would be worth one thousand more on the B.I.N. price!”

What do you all think?
-Buy it and ride it?
-Buy it and sit on it while making vroom, vroom noises?
-Buy it, fix it and sell it?

Where ever your thoughts land you can Make the jump here-

Cheers,

Doug

1989 Honda NT650 Hawk GT  For Sale on eBay!
Honda October 13, 2021 posted by

1989 Honda Hawk NT650 w/ only 3,280 miles For Sale!

1989 Honda Hawk NT650 For Sale on eBay!

Yea, yea, I get it-
“It doesn’t have fairings”
“It’s only got 56hp!”
“It’s old AF!”

Pick yer panties out of your butt, sit down and read on . . .

These little bikes could and did! Check out the finishing order in the photo below from WERA D-Superbike Expert circa 2000-

That’s right- 10 years after they were introduced they were still Kick’n Ass on the track. Now, keep in mind, D-Super Bike consisted of FZR400’s, SV650’s, Aprilia RS250 and MZ 660’s so, the little bike that could WAS and was taking names along the way.

They did it with torque, low weight and a 5 speed. Wait . . a 5 speed? Yup, a 5 speed transmission. We all love FZR400’s and we get all giddy over the last of the 2 stroke RS250’s, but the proof is in the pudding so, don’t turn your nose up at my little buddy.

Let’s check it out-

I’m pretty sure you can flip that and make it 1 up and 4 down; removing the need for trick aftermarket rear sets. #RacerBoy Anyone confirm?
 

Ducati say what? Elf says “You’re welcome!”

From the seller:
Like new 1989 Honda Hawk GT. Originally sold in upstate New York, the second owner bought it in Sept. 1993 with 1,920 miles. The second owner sold it to me in April 2018 with 2,700 miles. I haven’t ridden it much, mostly enjoy looking at it in the garage. When I do ride it, it runs as smooth as butter, hard to believe twin carburetors can have that crisp throttle response you would expect only with fuel injection. The engine itself obviously benefits from counter rotating balancers, it’s electric motor smooth. Power is strong, it loves to rev, geared to be turning 4,000 rpm at 60 mph.
Tires have a manufacture date Nov. 2013. In preparation for sale, the oil and filter were changed, new brake pads installed front and rear, and a new air filter installed.

During my ownership, the color was changed from red to blue. Blue was only offered in 1988. The fuel tank and seat cowl were replaced with factory blue tank and cowl from a donor vehicle. The front fender was painted to match. Seat cowl has all tabs and brackets intact.

Engine starts and runs easily, battery was on a tender most of its life and holds a charge. Fuel tank is clean with minimal rust, gasoline is fresh.

Now that we’re clear on what was . . . How about what could be? With a little imagination, desire and a few Benjamin Franklin’s- this is what could be!

Or maybe . . . you could slap on some soft saddle bags, a tank bag and simply enjoy the little NT647 for what it is- a well thought out Honda.

Check out this NT650 here!

Cheers!

dd

1989 Honda Hawk NT650 w/ only 3,280 miles For Sale!
Honda August 14, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1988 Honda Hawk NT650

Update 11.4.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

It’s a shame the 1988 Honda Hawk NT650 didn’t see more than a three-year production run in this country, because they’re really incredible machines. Packing just a 60-horsepower 650cc v-twin, on paper they don’t make a big impression, but lift your eyes off the spec sheet and the little ripper might draw you up short. Designated RC31 from the factory, they claim the VFR lineage of the venerated RC30, RC45 and VFR750. That means they were bedecked with top-shelf parts from Honda, including a single-sided swingarm that outclasses their humble power figures.

With a torquey power delivery and a wet weight under 420 pounds, Hawks have gained a cult following as one of Honda’s hidden gems. Think Suzuki SV650 in its Sunday best. Speaking of the SV, the Hawk beat the Zook and the Massimo Tamburini-penned Ducati Monster to the market by a few years, which may have been its downfall. Who knows what might have passed had it launched just a little later.

This example is resplendent in Navy blue, and has clearly been babied over its life. Blemishes are limited to a cracked rear fairing; the rest of the machine presents really well. It has been treated to a rare Two Brothers exhaust system, tail tidy and some bar-end mirrors, but comes with most of the stock parts except exhaust.

From the seller:

This Hawk GT is in excellent condition for its age. Starts, runs, and rides great. Paint and bodywork are very good, except for a 1″ crack on one side of the seat cowl (pictured), and a 1.5″ scuff on the other side. The bike has never been down or dropped. Still has the original owner’s manual and tool kit. Currently the bike has an aftermarket tail tidy, turn signals, and bar end mirrors (removed stock parts also included). A full Two-Brothers exhaust is installed; sounds great. I’ve read this particular exhaust is no longer made and is sought-after.

I rebuilt the forks last winter using CBR 600F2 internals – great upgrade that also adds adjustable preload and compression damping. I also replaced the air filter (OEM Honda), spark plugs (NGK Iridium), and changed the brake fluid (Honda DOT4).

The tires have plenty of tread on them, although they are getting old – the rear tire has a 2003 date code (Dunlop Sportmax D208), front is 2013 (Dunlop Sportmax D207F).

The Hawk no longer has its center stand, but I will include a Pit Bull rear stand.

Thanks for looking and please let me know if you have any questions.

The seller can be contacted through the Cycle Trader listing. At $3,900 $3,400, this little beast promises to leave a small enough dent in your bank account to leave enough to replace the aged tires. After that, you’re ready to welcome the fall riding season with open arms.

Featured Listing: 1988 Honda Hawk NT650