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Cheap Honda Superhawk Build Video/Thread

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    Cheap Honda Superhawk Build Video/Thread


    Made my first YouTube video!
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    Bike is my 1998 Honda VTR1000 Superhawk, originally purchased for $250. I hope to continue building this into a track bike, right now I still need to find the oil leak(s) and patch the hole in the exhaust to keep the volume down for tracks other than loudon. I want to build a custom seat and custom fairing as well, but i'm not sure if that would be good video content.

    What do you guys think? What should I do next on the bike? What are some random, entertaining things I can do with such a cheap, ratty bike? What are some things I did horribly wrong in this video?

    The cost breakdown:

    bike: $260
    rectifier: $15
    shift lever bolt: $13
    Stator: $69
    stator gasket: $8.50
    Master Cylinder Rebuild Kit: $18
    mirrors: $13
    Fork seals: $10
    clip-ons: $25
    throttle tube: $12
    Shift lever: $18
    brake lever: $15
    grips: $15
    Dunlop Q3 takeoffs: $70
    fork springs: $25
    manual cct set: $39
    linkage: $20
    swingarm: $30
    Lowering link: -$30 (sold)

    Total Price so far: $669

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    A few at TTD have used them as a track bike. Not so sure about racing due to limited aftermarket upgrades (suspension, slipper clutch, etc.), weight and the side mount radiators (likely to take a beating when going down). It's more of the sport tour than a supersport. Still, it had a fun motor. After suspension and some fresh Q3s I'd say new front pads. Maybe front braded lines. After that I'd hold off on putting more $$ into it and just enjoy a couple track days. If you plan on the racing route it'll be better to go with something setup already. I imagine you'll exceed the capability of a SH in short order.

    Have fun.

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    Re: Cheap Honda Superhawk Build Video/Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by 02redhawk View Post
    A few at TTD have used them as a track bike. Not so sure about racing due to limited aftermarket upgrades (suspension, slipper clutch, etc.), weight and the side mount radiators (likely to take a beating when going down). It's more of the sport tour than a supersport. Still, it had a fun motor. After suspension and some fresh Q3s I'd say new front pads. Maybe front braded lines. After that I'd hold off on putting more $$ into it and just enjoy a couple track days. If you plan on the racing route it'll be better to go with something setup already. I imagine you'll exceed the capability of a SH in short order.

    Have fun.
    Thanks! I already have galfer lines on it, it had them when i bought it so I warranteed them for a new set, which is why they're not on the list. I have a remote reservoir cbr600 f4i shock that can be made to fit and is apparently a big upgrade from the stock shock, just haven't gotten around to fitting it yet...

    Regarding "exceeding the capability of a SH" that's something I've read a fair amount about on the SH forums. What exactly is meant by that? I've actually never ridden a 600 supersport or an sv so I don't know what I'm missing out on , but I understand bikes have come a long way in the last 20 years.

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    Re: Cheap Honda Superhawk Build Video/Thread

    I don't see the vidya.

    How much of a toilet is it to have been $250? Need pics. Sounds like a fun project

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    Re: Cheap Honda Superhawk Build Video/Thread

    Click here for video

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    It's the roughest motorcycle I have ever seen. Pretty much everything non-essential had been removed, plastics, fenders, turn signals, etc. Only stuff left was rear subframe, seat, wheels, tires, brakes, motor, chain, gauge cluster, rear brakelight (ziptied) and aftermarket LED lightbar. Brake lever was broken, clip-ons bent, dented tank, shifter was off the wrong bike and held together with zipties, clutch lever bent, seat ripped, in general super dirty, leaking fork seals, etc.

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    Re: Cheap Honda Superhawk Build Video/Thread

    Where did you find it?

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    Re: Cheap Honda Superhawk Build Video/Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
    Where did you find it?
    Part of the story is in the video, was on facebook marketplace along with a 98 gsxr750 that was in pieces. Non-running because of a bad, shorted out stator, dead battery, along with all the other issues I stated. Guy had both listed for $1200 and I offered him $100 for the VTR. Made a deal at $250 and took it away!

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    Re: Cheap Honda Superhawk Build Video/Thread

    How bad was the GSXR?

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    Re: Cheap Honda Superhawk Build Video/Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
    How bad was the GSXR?
    The engine was out and it was in his bulkhead style basement surrounded by 40's and natty ice. When he took me down there I couldn't even understand how the bike even got there! In general I like to buy motorcycles that are together so I don't lose the parts, but I guess that probably would have made a better track bike than the superhawk.

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    Re: Cheap Honda Superhawk Build Video/Thread

    Watching the vidya now. Love it.

    I'm encouraged to update the silly blog in my signature tonight

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    Re: Cheap Honda Superhawk Build Video/Thread

    Nice!

    I'm totally judging for the Crocs.

    And that strand of hair in my face would drive me nuts.

    Drills look fun though! Totally sucks you had to reassemble everything when he needed the ladder back.

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    Wow I thought I was the only superhawk guy on here. There was a guy who raced the VTR with a honda racing kit off an RC51 which included a front radiator & he filled the frame rails with weld to stiffen it. He had a braced swingarm etc.

    I put CBR front ends on my 2 superhawks. (600 & 1000). They add adjustability and stiffness.

    I have a gold valve kit for the hawk if you want to buy it. Its a huge improvement over stock handling wise.

    I think you mentioned it but CBR600F4i brakes will mount right up and add power & feel.

    I have vtr front ends and rims if you need.
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    Re: Cheap Honda Superhawk Build Video/Thread

    Thanks, PM sent. I'm trying to keep the all-in budget under $1000 so I'm not sure if aftermarket front-ends are in the cards. I keep reading about that sort of frame reinforcement etc on the SH forums. I'm only a beginner rider, but I have to wonder how big of a difference those sorts of mods actually make, whether it's all in your head or what. I thought chassis flex was something the design engineers designed into the bike, but I also don't exactly understand the physics of how chassis flex/swingarm flex can effect stability, unless there's a resonance in the frame that causes instability.

    Anyone else here listen to the Ken Hill Podcast? Been listening to that for awhile and now anytime I feel something strange with my bike I basically assume it's something I'm doing wrong and has nothing to do with the equipment.

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    Re: Cheap Honda Superhawk Build Video/Thread

    Okay so I took the Superhawk to the TTD event at Palmer this Monday, after one more mod which was to "reupholster" the seat with some blue and green floormats. Cheap Honda Superhawk Build Video/Thread-img_20190718_161752-jpg

    Thanks to everyone I met there and Tony for putting on such a great event. It was a blast, and the superhawk performed pretty well (didn't breakdown, leak fluids, or crash), especially considering I was operating on very little sleep that day. However, the "seat" was super slippery, I could have benefited from tank grips, the throttle is too slow, and the gear shift lever drags on the ground (which is pretty scary).
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    As far as my suspension setup and tires, I was honestly too tired (and unskilled) to notice anything that seemed out of the ordinary. The bike felt really stable on the brakes and through the corners, only real thing i noticed was windblast/aerodynamics on the straights was really bad, so I might be looking into making a top fairing of some sort.

    Looking forward to my next track day (7/26 Penguin) I'll be doing the following:
    -HRC quick turn throttle
    -tank pads??
    -some sort of front fairing/windscreen
    -machine new shift lever/buy the correct lever (current one is from a cbr600 f4i, it fits and works great except when i'm leaned over)
    -dial in my suspension settings
    -safety wire my gopro mounts so I can actually use them

    Look for a video on all this stuff on my channel next week! Also a long shot, but does anyone who was there on Monday, riding in the Red group, have any video of me? Or if you were there and recognize the bike, do you have any feedback?

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