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Old 09-24-2012, 07:28 AM   #1
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Honda Nighthawk 750, Opinion Required
Before I bought my GS500 last month, I had my eyes on an 80s model Nighthawk 750, the bike needed a full restoration so I talked to a mechanic about the bike who advised me not to buy the NH750. The weather over here in summers is extremely hot and the mechanic had to say that despite the oil cooled engine the Nighthawk 750 can be a nuisance while riding in traffic whereas GS500 despite having an air-cooled engine is very reliable and no heating issues. Long story short, I didn't buy the NH750 and got my GS500, loving it and yes it doesn't heat up too.

The question is, is it true about overheating of Nighthawk 750 as my mechanic told me? A friend wants to buy one and asked for information on the overheating issue..


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Old 09-24-2012, 07:39 AM   #2
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It's just an old school CB750. I could not tell you if it does heat up and run rough in a very hot climate since I don't live in one, but a CB750 is an iconic motorcycle that I personally don't think you can go wrong with.

If you can find a 90's NH750, they have about 10 horsepower and about 5 ft. lbs of torque more while weighing about 100 lbs less.

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Old 09-24-2012, 07:49 AM   #3
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I had the Sabre 700 back in the late 80's. Basically the same bike. Never had a problem with overheating. Was a great bike through my high school years and beyond.

Now I didn't really have "traffic issues" when I was riding. The town I grew up in has a population of 350.

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Old 09-24-2012, 07:50 AM   #4
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I know plenty of people in AZ that had, and some still do, their NH750s from that era. I'm not aware of any particular issue with overheating. Hell my CBR gets hot in stop and go traffic, even with the weather around here.

If you're moving, it'll be fine.

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Old 09-24-2012, 08:10 PM   #5
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Stop off in a tea shop when it gets hot.
It will use more gas, but other than that, not so much drama.
Solid bikes overall.

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Old 09-24-2012, 09:54 PM   #6
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I Ride: 99 kawasaki zrx1100, 07 cb250 nighthawk, 84 cb650sc nighthawk
nighthawks are amazing bikes for what they are. You cant go wrong.

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Old 09-25-2012, 07:41 AM   #7
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I have a 1999 CB750 Nighthawk, the bike has over 82,000 miles on it. Tires, Oil, Chain and Brakes are about all I ever replaced on the bike. The bike itself has an external oil cooler which is stock. I rode that from Portland to La in Mid-summer non stop no issues. Was living in Mississippi for two years high humidity and heat never had an issue with overheating. I rode from Portland to Vegas through the desert heat on HWY 50 at speeds of 105mph in 110 degree heat and not one issue. I had a 1982 CB750SC that never skipped a beat either. Whoever told you those bikes overheat never rode one and if they did it may have had issues with oild cooler.

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Old 09-26-2012, 08:09 AM   #8
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Nope. They work great. At least in the TriCities where it reaches 100's for a couple of weeks at a time. No troubles.

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Old 09-26-2012, 10:04 AM   #9
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Thanks guys. Sounds like I missed the bike for myself and shouldn't let my friend miss it.

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Old 09-26-2012, 10:05 AM   #10
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Another quick question?

What's the difference between the NH750 and the CBX750? They look just alike..

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Old 09-26-2012, 10:14 AM   #11
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[QUOTE=Helinut;2855601]I had the Sabre 700 back in the late 80's. Basically the same bike. [QUOTE]

Not even close...Sabre is a water cooled V-4,the Nighthawk is an air-cooled inline 4...

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Old 09-26-2012, 10:25 AM   #12
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Another quick question?

What's the difference between the NH750 and the CBX750? They look just alike..
The engines are similair but body style completly different as well as a few performance differences. Keep in mind the 90 and later models of the nighthawks are comepletly a different animal than the 80's model. However both are IMHO dependable machines have owned a 82 first year and now a 99

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