Honda CB550SC Nighthawk Review from United States of America

1983 Honda CB550SC Nighthawk

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired19800 miles
Most recent distance20250 miles


Crotch rocket cruiser


I have a small oil leak at the head gasket seal.

Fuse box connection where the horn is, is broken, so the horn isn't working.

Just lost the OD gear (6th), and the fifth gear is feeling funny, so it's probably going too.

Other than that, there is nothing wrong with the motorcycle.

General Comments:

For a cruiser with an inline four cylinder with the displacement of 550 (572cc), this bike is amazing! It feels like a sport bike when I am merging onto freeway traffic or when I need to maneuver quickly.

It still maintains the cruiser like comfort that one would expect.

I like the fact that it's a shaft drive bike, and it makes the rear tire easy to replace and the maintenance very low.

Fuel mileage is about 42-44 MPG overall, so you'll get about 134-140 miles to the 3.2 gallon fuel tank.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2013

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review