Nighthawk defined: A bird to steal in the dead of the night.
Once upon a time, a committee at Honda had a pretty intriguing idea. Looking
around at gruisers on the one hand and sport bikes on the other, the think-tank
members wondered whether they could blend elements of cruiser styling with those
trom functional sport bikes. The Nighthawk became a bird apart—a functional
motorcycle with an arresting appearance. In 1982, the Nighthawk, priced at
$2748, was a bargain. Still, the motorcycle looked unusual.
Nineteen-eighty-three stretched the boundaries of taste. Once enthusiasts
decided motorcycles didn't have to have a particular look, tastes proved
downright eclectic: Shadows, Interceptors, Gold Wings, Magnas, etc.
Beneath the Nighthawk trappings lies Honda's basic eight-valve,
single-overhead-cam, four-cylinder 650; this engine has roots in the original
500/550 series which is to say, Honda has more than a decade of experience
building these motorcycles. The 650s are as reliable as stones and may last
Think of the 650 Nighthawk as a motorcycle for worriers who hate to worry.
Worriers-gather themselves up to full fret at the thought of sixteen-valve
engines, secondary radiators, and the possibility that they'll arrive at the
parts counter an hour after the last part was sold. Six-fifty Nighthawk owners
rest assured that every mechanic who can pronounce the word "Honda" knows
something about the CB650.
Although the new-generation 1983 Nighthawk has superseded the eight-valve
Nighthawk series, Honda engineers kept the 1982 650 current to the end. The
leading-axle front fork carries Syntallic bushings for stiction-free action, and
Honda's latest front disc brakes with twin-piston calipers are first rate. The
front suspension is t able: air-adjustable fork. The twin i shocks have
two-stage rear damp and five spring-preload positions. 1 handlebar adjusts some
too, abc 30mm vertically and 25 degrees b zontally. Nice.
Six-fifties are easily strong enough split cross country on a moment's r tice.
They offer a kind of forty-cub I inch guarantee of freedom. Undf most
circumstances, however, peop! who get these 650s for $2161 are pr( sumed to have
visited their dealers i the witching hour. And to have a pu suit party on their