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    Straying a bit from the CX - The Honda Hawk GT647

    I recently purchased a "flock" of 4 Honda Hawks (believe me, it's a long story). So I sold one as a parts bike, stripped a track bike of all it's tasty bits, sold the only runner in the bunch (to a friend) and threw all my marbles at a blue, 1988 Hawk. It didn't run but had the lowest mileage (23K miles), was mechanically and cosmetically sound and appeared to have been fairly well maintained over the years. Had some light rash on the left side but the tank (you think the CX Deluxe/Standard tanks are rare! One in good conditions goes for $500+) was in excellent condition.

    Here she is as posted in the Craigslist ad:



    10 months and a lot of sweat and bloody knuckles later, here she is today:









    They are a really cool, lightweight bike, very under appreciated by the public when they were brought to the US market (1988 - 1990). Hell, you could buy one new off the showroom floor in 1995. Then the naked Suzuki SV650 was released, soon to be followed by the Ducati Monster and suddenly naked canyon carvers were all the rage. These bikes were just ahead of their time. If interested, go here for a great article on one of the best kept motorcycle secrets of all time...
    CX#3 - 1979 CX500 Custom - Backroads Carver, completed spring, 2015, SOLD to fellow employee, Fall, 2016
    CX#2 - 1978 CX500 Standard - Restoration - Frame 210, Engine 202 - SOLD to neighbor
    CX#1 - 1980 CX500 Custom - WM styled customization - SOLD to forum member Whirledthump
    1988 Honda GT 647 Hawk
    1986 Honda VF500F Interceptor
    Hope to build another CX, one day...
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    Thats a great little scoot you got there.....and nice job on it
    They have a popularity and following
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    infidel.... just kidding. always wanted to take a spin on those. Very cool bike!
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    Nice score Elvis! Almost reminds me of another non cx bike I'm hovering to find-the Honda 919 Hornet.
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    This was always a second choice bike on my list....along with the suzuki vx800. It seems I remember that there was a problem with the bikes similarin idea to the cam chain in the early cx's. It was not so long ago; (before the cafe racer cx/craze that deluxe tanks were a dime a dozen.

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    I'd pee in that tailpipe.

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    Tom,

    Congrats, Beautiful bike!!!!!

    Like the color, pipes, headlamp, forks, everything about it.

    I've been traveling again, so will finish the CX engine project so we can ride!!!!!!!!!
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    So, I decided to make this Hawk build a bit more unique, more my own. I had a spare tank off a tired track bike and purchased a new fiberglass rear cowl, had them painted root beer brown...









    As I am always needing a winter project, I picked this baby up, an '86 VF500F Interceptor. I'll probably add new springs, emulators and oil in the forks, maybe add a Hagon rear shock (it uses the same Showa air can that the GL uses), stainless brake and clutch lines (hydraulic clutch). A little powder coating here and there to freshen her up a bit. The Mini-Ceptor has a free spinning V-Four, power comes on around 7K and redlines at 12.5K. Zippy for sure.



    CX#3 - 1979 CX500 Custom - Backroads Carver, completed spring, 2015, SOLD to fellow employee, Fall, 2016
    CX#2 - 1978 CX500 Standard - Restoration - Frame 210, Engine 202 - SOLD to neighbor
    CX#1 - 1980 CX500 Custom - WM styled customization - SOLD to forum member Whirledthump
    1988 Honda GT 647 Hawk
    1986 Honda VF500F Interceptor
    Hope to build another CX, one day...
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    Follow me on Instagram at: @flyinelvis

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    Both look great and worth the investment! Really like what you've done to the Hawk specifically.
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