1985 Honda CB650SC Nighthawk

Summary:

Stellar motorcycle for any rider, even super seasoned like me

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong. Normal pads, tires.

General Comments:

I have owned about 75 motorcycles.

This bike is in my top 10. It always starts in a second. I park it next to my 2001 Triumph that cost 6 times as much and starts in 11 seconds average.

This Nighthawk has a center stand, gear indicator, 6 speed with shaft drive. I get 49 miles per gallon.

Sounds like a sports car.

I replaced the stock cruiser like silly handlebars with motocross bars to make the bike sit more like a standard. This bike is a keeper.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th November, 2012

15th Jul 2014, 20:04

Hope you still monitor this site. I also have a 650 Nighthawk, and I think the stock handle bars are too low and narrow. The problem I'm having is no one around me stocks bars like the old days, so you can take them out to your bike to see how you like them. 28 inches for me is too narrow; I'd like 30 inches and maybe 2 more inches of rise.

Do you have the specs of your bars?

tractor0051@yahoo.com

Thank you.

1985 Honda CB650SC Nighthawk

Summary:

Low maintenance, reliable, and fun to ride

Faults:

The starter relay burnt out because of my own ignorance.

The lights for the speedometer burnt out and needed to be replaced.

General Comments:

This bike has been all that it was advertised to be. It is an ideal first bike or return to motorcycling bike. The seating position is very comfortable, but the seat itself does get a little uncomfortable after about 45 minutes - 1 hour. The brakes work, but are not the strongest brakes around.

It has decent power, but is very easy to control as the torque and horsepower delivery is pretty smooth. You can ride 2-up on this motorcycle, but it will require some downshifting when trying to pass or go up an extended hill.

The aftermarket for this bike is understandably small, but you can still find things if you look or are willing to do some work.

The starter relay burnt out, because I didn't give it some time to stop spinning between attempts.

You can still get most parts for this model year from multiple vendors, including Honda.

It does have what I deem to be a design flaw in that the charging system is anemic. It doesn't start to charge the battery until you reach ~2500 RPM. The easiest thing to do is just keep it on a battery tender when not riding, to ensure the battery is fully charged.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2012

1984 Honda CB650SC Nighthawk

Summary:

Classic Greatness

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with this bike. I have cruised it around Colorado and even up to Sturgis, SD with my girlfriend. This machine as been pampered and I can tell. She runs with the 750 with no problems and is smooth and nimble. I also can get almost 50 mpg!

General Comments:

A tech wonder is 83, this machine still is nice. She is powerful and smooth and needs little. The 700 Hondas of this time actually used a modified version of this engine. I hope to keep this classic bike until she becomes a collectors item. Hopefully I can stay safe.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2009

1985 Honda CB650SC Nighthawk

Summary:

I love it; Best bike I ever had

Faults:

Front fork seal at 24000 miles.

General Comments:

This motorcycle is candy scorpio red. It is very stylish.

Handling is very good.

I have owned this Honda since new. This bike is easy to maintain and extremely reliable.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2009

1985 Honda CB650SC Nighthawk

Summary:

This strong running machine would make a great starter bike

Faults:

Because of the age of the bike, I only had to replace a few things such as rubber boots around the hydraulic hoses, seat cover, and turn signal stays.

Like any other bike, things wear. A battery, new seat cover, and regular maintenance such as new fluids have been replaced. Other than those items, this bike has not given me any troubles.

General Comments:

In my opinion, this is a great starter bike. I bought this bike when I was 16, back in 2006 and I still am driving it to this day. I drive up to the lake, about an hour away, every weekend in the summer and has given me no troubles.

A few features I like about it are, it has hydraulic clutch instead of cable, shaft driven therefore less maintenance, and a 6 speed transmission.

Because I am getting older and more experienced on a bike, I would like to move up in size. This bike is not really the best thing to take on the highway, because of its size.

Another down fall about this bike is the gas tank size. I can go about 120 miles on a good day on one tank. Wish it was bigger. Also the seat is very uncomfortable. I can ride maybe 45 minutes to an hour before I need a stretch.

Other than those two down falls, this is a great bike and has given me no troubles. Great runner.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2009