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Superhawk?

Whats the story on the superhawk? Looking for more of a sport touring bike as I dont see myself racing around much. I think the torque and comfort would be nice out on the highway and the small gas tank doesn't scare me. Please leave out the worthless posts full of smiles and give some info/opinions.
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Whats the story on the superhawk? Looking for more of a sport touring bike as I dont see myself racing around much. I think the torque and comfort would be nice out on the highway and the small gas tank doesn't scare me. Please leave out the worthless posts full of smiles and give some info/opinions.
I have done some research on the Superhawk and this is what I have found:

Good torque, pretty comfy ride... suspension best suited for sport touring, rather than killing the twisties...

CCT issues common... Generally rears it's ugly head around 10k miles. Easily fixed with an aftermarket manual one for $50 or so from eBay.

R/R issues, especially on the pre-'02 (I think that's the right year)... Another relatively easy fix, replace with one from a newer model... or put a fan on the old one (if you are a fan of redneck engineering)...

Other than that they are supposed to be fantastic bikes... never rode one, or really knew anyone that has, but I like 'em!
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Oh, and PM FD2BLK or pickle.of.doom... I think they both either had or currently have one...
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CCT would be cam chain tensioner, dont know what R/R is though (radiator?) Theres an 02 in my area. Thanks for the post.
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CCT would be cam chain tensioner, dont know what R/R is though (radiator?) Theres an 02 in my area. Thanks for the post.
R/R = regulator rectifier... They were partial to burning out in the early years due to inadequate cooling... Check out the superhawk forums for more info, I found those guys to be very helpful...
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Tyler you can't go wrong with a sport touring . I push a honda nighthawk its an older bike , and i've had very little trouble with it. I can ride a few hundred miles , and it feels if I just went up the block. No
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I had a superhawk and it is a great bike. It is a bit more sport touring then sport but it does handle quite well in the twisties. The only complaint I had was the front end was a bit soft and the front brakes needed a little help. I put the gold kit and new springs in the front and braided brake lines and it did the trick. If you are looking for a bike that runs like a twin then the 996 is it if you are just looking for a sport touring bike I would take a good look at the VFR, JMHO
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The soft front ends are a well known problem on the super chickens.




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The soft front ends are a well known problem on the super chickens.

In stock form they are quite soft but with the .90 springs and gold valve kit from Race Tech it was prety good
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I bought one when they first came out. Great power, comfortable. Strange front brake. They were suppose to be the same system as on the original 900RR's but they always had a spongy feeling, even after Kevlar front lines. I never did sort that out. I put about 30K miles on mine then sold it. It's one of the bikes I sometimes wish i still had.
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Yeah I think the Race Tech springs are a popular choice.




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