Honda Hawk GT: Beginning a new build…

The Honda Hawk GT starts to lose its outer shell...

The Honda Hawk GT starts to lose its outer shell…

There is often a moment with a new build, when you realize that you have gotten yourself into a heap of trouble.  Removing the top layer of the Honda Hawk GT provided just such a moment, revealing the neglect that lies beneath…

The Honda Hawk GT gets torn down…

The Honda Hawk GT has a strange looking set of carbs...

The Honda Hawk GT has a strange looking set of carbs…

The excitement of a new build is always heightened by the limited possibilities, appearing before you, while you stare at the blank canvas.  But then you remove a part or two, and the panic kicks in.  Lofty goals are dampened by the reality that you will need to source parts for a bike manufactured for only 4 years, over 20 years ago.  Visions of a good looking, solid runner are replaced by focus on the missing air box!

That’s how it went for this Honda Hawk GT, as the tank and side covers were removed, exposing the inadequacies, debris in the carbs, and the general neglect that had befallen this bike.  First steps; get the whole thing torn down, so that assessment can be made, and parts can be researched and ordered.

The Honda Hawk GT has some unique lines...

The Honda Hawk GT has some unique lines…

This 1990 Honda Hawk GT (NT650) is going to need some serious care.  There are plenty of popular improvements made to these bikes, with a cult-like following, and a decent aftermarket for a bike this rare.

Time to get the zip lock baggies and Sharpie out, and begin the full tear-down.  Parts will be removed, placed into bags, labeled, and stored before cleaning begins.  Once the bike begins to come apart, the most pressing issues should present themselves, and the research can begin for acquiring replacement parts.  At this point, it looks like we will attempt to transform this bike into something between a dual-sport and a supermoto.  A lofty goal perhaps, but of course all that might change, as the build progresses.

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