Honda Hawk GT: teardown begins…

The Honda Hawk GT finally gets torn down...

The Honda Hawk GT finally gets torn down…

A while back we got a hold of a version 1 Honda Hawk GT from our good friend Fletcher.  With so many other projects running simultaneously, we have not had a chance to get around to starting this build.  But finally, after a couple months of staring at the bike, wondering what we would do to it, we jumped in and began the tear down process…

The Honda Hawk GT gets stripped…

The Honda Hawk GT next to Jarred's CB750.  Old and "new..."

The Honda Hawk GT next to Jarred’s CB750. Old and “new…”

With a manufacture run of only 4 years, this bike has obtained cult status, due to some its innovative (for the time) features including single-sided swingarm, rear caliper inside the wheel diameter, and one of the earliest naked stylings available.  There are many enthusiasts who turn the Honda Hawk GT into race bikes, which obviously achieves a more modern sportbike look, with current rear cowls and fairings.  But we have decided to head in a different direction.  We are looking to create an aggressive city bike from this donor, and complete the bike with some upgrades that will make it safer, and handle much better.  On the agenda will be: Upgraded suspension, rebuilt brakes, custom seat and rear end, as well as a digital dash.

One of the interesting characteristics of this bike are its odd wheel design, with ‘wave’ type spokes.  So, despite there being plenty of info for modifying the bike to take more modern front ends, complete with newer wheels, we will embrace the unique look of the bike and keep the stock rims.

The first step was to remove all the parts that will not be needed, and get down to cleaning.  The grime that has built up over years of sitting, will be washed away and then the real fun begins.

The Honda Hawk GT has a stand-out look for sure, and although we will be changing it slightly, we hope to accentuate the parts that made this bike turn heads when introduced in 1988.

Stay tuned for more updates…

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