1982 Honda CB650SC Nighthawk


Reliable as death and taxes


Wire to the taillight was worn, and burned out a couple fuses till I found it. Fixed with a piece of electrical tape.

General Comments:

Reliable bike, easy to ride, simple/cheap to maintain, and being an older standard bike makes it kind of unique. Perfect bike for what I need and what I can afford.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2009

14th Jan 2009, 09:37

A friend had one of these new in 1982. We went on several tours (I had a big Kawasaki) and he loved it. They have a distinctive look. If I could find one here in Thailand I would buy it.

1982 Honda CB650SC Nighthawk


Research before you buy, stay away from one year models


The clutch cable froze up, requiring replacement.

The battery was naturally toast.

The fuel tank had a leak caused by hidden rust.

The exhaust pipes were starting to rust and eventually broke.

Even though the seat was perfect when I started riding it, all the seams split within a month.

The carburetors were full of crap.

The tires both needed replacing.

The O-rings on the chain had dry rotted and fallen off.

General Comments:

I did a little horse trading with a guy for this bike. He originally wanted $850 for it. It seemed like a good deal considering the positive outcome of the Internet research I did on it. At first glance it had fairly low miles and was in good condition. I have learned my lesson though about buying a one year model that old.

Once I got it running it ran good. I was reasonably impressed with its power.

It was a constant struggle to keep it road worthy. As soon as I fixed one thing something else would break.

The parts were a little hard to find. When I did find the parts they were expensive.

I rode the bike for 2 and a half seasons working on it all the way. I eventually gave it to a friend who let someone ride it and trashed the forks. Thankfully no one was hurt, but I believe this demon bike has ridden its last mile.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2008

1st May 2009, 18:30

What did you expect from a 26 year old bike?

9th Jul 2010, 15:37

Those repairs sound typical of a 20+ year old bike. I'm surprised there weren't more problems.

4th Nov 2012, 21:55

If it was a BMW, Triumph, or Harley at that age, it may not have ran again. My hobby is motorcycle restoration, and Honda's are the highest quality. Not the thickest chrome, but the most reliable and easy to work on.

1982 Honda CB650SC Nighthawk


Fun, reliable, inexpensive ride!


There is some seepage of oil, which is pretty common. Nothing of concern really.

The seat is starting to split in a couple areas, but it is approximately 25 years old.

General Comments:

The bike runs like a champ. Always starts with no problem. It doesn't really like the cold weather, but then neither do I.

The bike's pretty quick; plenty fast for me anyway.

It's my first bike, and it is ideal for what I need.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2007

1982 Honda CB650SC Nighthawk


A unique looking and practical bike that just got old


The thing leaked oil from day 1, and luckily the dealer was nice enough to repair it for free even though it was 17 years old at the time. Then the timing chain broke.

Then the fuel petcock failed and would leak on my clothes.

The piston rings wore out, and it started to blow blue smoke and run poorly.

The carbs need an overhaul.

This bike has an air-cooled engine, and as such, needs to keep moving for the engine to be happy.

General Comments:

Overall, a fun standard motorcycle. It is heavy, but it was pretty quick and fun. Not super maneuverable though.

I really miss this type of motorcycle. It seems like many times your only choice on newer motorcycles is a cruiser, or a sport-bike. This Nighthawk fit right in between. It is comfortable and sporty, and the riding position is superb, especially compared to the tankhumpers on the sport-bikes.

This is actually the CB650SC Nighthawk. It has the 4 tailpipes that when polished look amazing. It gets pretty decent mileage considering it's age, and still gets a few looks because it has such a unique look. Unfortunately the Nighthawks after this one didn't have as much personality.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th November, 2006