1999 Honda Nighthawk 750
I bought the Nighthawk (new) from Montgomeryville Cycle Center. A friend recommended it to me with the phrase It’s the bike you want. and he was absolutely right. (Thanks Nathan!) The Nighthawk was my daily ride until 2007 when I purchased my first Kingpin. The Nighthawk was a so perfect at being an all around bike, that I’ve made only added a few upgrades. The only real changes are the seat and the backrest.
For the seat, I’ve switched to a Corbin seat which is great for long rides. I originally ordered a Corbin passenger backrest also, but I have since replaced with a Honda passenger backrest because it includes a cargo rack. In addition the chrome arms coming over the sides of the seat give the Nighthawk a bit of classic look which I like.
Other than the seat, I keep the Nighthawk in near mint condition; people still ask me if it’s brand new, despite being more than 10 years old and traveling more than 34,000 miles. When I purchased the Kingpin, people asked me if I was going to sell and there was no doubt about my answer: No!
There’s two reasons why I will never sell the Nighthawk. First, considering it’s original price of approximately $6,000, and it’s age & milage, it has reached the minimum value for a good condition motorcycle. In other words: it’s worth more to me than I will ever get for it. The second reason harkens back to when I first started riding the Nighthawk: wherever I go, other riders, regardless of what they are riding today, tell me how much they miss their Nighthawk.
Although I only ride it occasionally, the Nighthawk will always have special place in my heart: two weeks after I picked up the Victory, I took the Nighthawk to be professionally detail and have the paint touched up. And as a second / backup bike, you can’t do much better than a Honda.
Nighthawk 750, a set on Flickr.