Honda Hawk GT: degreasing…

The Honda Hawk GT engine gets scrubbed...

The Honda Hawk GT engine gets scrubbed…

There are plenty of tedious, unsexy things that need to be done for a bike rebuild, but one of the things I was dreading most for the Honda Hawk GT, was getting the years of grease and grime off this motorcycle…

The Honda Hawk GT gets a scrubbing…

After repeated sprays of degreaser, the Honda Hawk GT finally started to come clean...

After repeated sprays of degreaser, the Honda Hawk GT finally started to come clean…

This Honda Hawk GT had been sitting in an uninsulated garage for a few years before we got a hold of it, and years of allowing the grease and road grime to solidify made getting it clean a much harder task.  Everyone seems to have a ‘magic spray’ for getting grease off of engines and the chain area.  In my experience, none of them work as well as you hope when you buy them, but all the common auto-store versions do a decent job of loosening the muck.  After repeated sprays of some Gunk Foamy formula degreaser, and getting at it with various nylon and brass brushes, the years of filth began to let loose.

The Honda Hawk GT outside after a water bath...

The Honda Hawk GT outside after a water bath…

We did all the scrubbing inside while the bike was on the lift (to save the back!), and then rolled her outside for the rinse.  Always a treat to roll a bike down the sloped garage door entrance with all the brakes removed from the bike!  We were lucky not to crash the thing!  After a quick rinse to make sure all the degreaser was removed, back up on the lift for some more scrubbing.

The Honda Hawk GT is looking pretty slick right now – clean enough to allow us to move on to the design stage, and of course, the ordering of all the replacement parts we will need.  At this point, it looks like the biggest challenge will be to figure out the look of the rear of the bike.  Danny and I seem to have formulated a plan for the seat and rear cowl, and now it’s just the challenge of seeing it through.  Originally we had settled on getting the Hipeform subframe, a popular mod for the Honda Hawk GT, but instead opted to chop the stock subframe and customize it from there.

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