1992 Honda CB750 Nighthawk Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1992 Honda CB750 Nighthawk from United States of America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance13500 miles

Summary:

I really enjoy my 92 Nighthawk

Faults:

Flat rear tire due to puncture.

General Comments:

I enjoy how light the Nighthawk is. This adds to the performance of the motorcycle, and the way it turns.

I like the size of the 750 engine. Good on gas, and it has enough power to be fun too.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2012

1992 Honda CB750 Nighthawk from United States of America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda Aero 50

Summary:

Reliable, comfortable, sporty motorcycle. I love it!

Faults:

When I bought the bike, I knew it would need new tires. Got a Dunlop front on sale for $45 and the rear for $120, 30 a side to install, pretty reasonable for tires.

Speedometer and odometer quit because front wheel bearing went bad and shredded the plastic gear; $25 part with $30 more labor to replace.

Missing one reflector and chrome swingarm bolt covers (extremely minor and hard to notice these things).

General Comments:

This is a great motorcycle, very comfortable and easy to ride, but with plenty of power for just about any situation. The engine is very tractable and hard to stall and has nice progressive clutch feel. If you should end up in the wrong gear for the situation, it usually doesn't matter because the engine is so torquey. The transmission is also easy to find each gear and neutral with, if a bit clunky overall.

It's also an extremely reliable bike; it starts perfectly every time, even when sitting out overnight in the near freezing temperatures. The materials used are all extremely high quality and easy to care for, making for a bike that's 18 years old, but looks and rides like a 2 year old.

At nearly 500lbs with a full tank, it's not the lightest bike in the world, but very easy to balance at low speeds and roomy enough for a 6' rider like me to fit comfortably. It also handles better than you'd expect from its specifications, and will let you have some fun in the twisties. The previous owner added a Spitfire windshield and custom highway pegs, which also make it nice for long trips too.

The only real quibbles I have with it are general stock/naked bike concerns. The suspension is pretty soft and not the most responsive, though comfortable for cruising. The stock seat could also have a little more padding, but it's not a crotch mangler or anything like that. Finally, it would probably handle better with a fatter set of tires, the stock ones are fairly narrow, but the low cost of replacing the stockers is pretty nice. Even with the windshield the wind does make it's presence known at higher speeds, just hang on tighter and remember how much it costs to replace plastics!

Overall, I don't think you could really go wrong with a Nighthawk 750. I picked mine up for $2000, and it's been a complete joy and very adaptable to many situations.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2010

23rd Oct 2010, 01:46

Bike is still running great. Managed to foul the spark plugs once after running hard and fast, and then having to idle for like 4-5 minutes at a light. The plugs were super old though, and after replacing them, the bike ran perfectly, even better than before. That said, even with fouled plugs, it still got me 10+ miles home to fix it. The plugs were only $2.50 each too, so pretty reasonable cost and easy to change.

18th Dec 2012, 00:33

OP again. Now over 50k miles on the same bike. Still no problems, have replaced the air filter with a reusable UNI, and the chain and sprockets. Finally replaced the Dunlop front that I got 20k miles out of and rear with radials (were bias plys), and the handling and stopping have been transformed, much better stability and especially low speed grip. So far (2k miles) they show no wear, so anticipating a long life.

The engine still purrs, but I will replace the valve cover gasket soon as it lets out just a touch of oil vapors at the corners. No appreciable oil use, but replacing it will be a snap anyway, so why not? Using it everyday (barring rain) for a 50 mile round trip commute at highway speeds frequently above 75mph, then followed by moderately twisty roads. The bike handles the mix perfectly, and being nice and warmed up (tires & engine) for the twisties, it always brings a smile before I arrive at work.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 6 reviews