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Old 06-10-2013, 07:19 AM
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'03 Hawk Build - The Tangelo Edition

So I just posted how I got the bike in my intro thread. Below is pics of the bike that I have. They are a repeat of the intro pics but I want to keep all my progression pics together.

As it sits as of 6/9/13


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When I googled the 2003 hawk I noticed a bit of differences between fairing styles within what was marked as 2003. Here are some examples :

This blue is my favorite color so I think I will be doing something like this
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Red also looks really great :
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However I really want to get away from a single color scheme. I want something like this :
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But I am not sure why this one has two headlights...

I have already purchased a new Integrated LED Tail Light and a new windscreen.

Ill make more posts as I have more progression. I am going to start tearing this bike down to clean it first.

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Old 06-10-2013, 07:25 AM
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But I am not sure why this one has two headlights...
Cos its a different bike RC51 (SP2) to the Superhawk > Honda RC51 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:27 AM
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That has 2 headlights because it is a European RC51 not a "VTR" as we know them!

Oops 2 min too late!
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Will the RC51 fairings fit if I bought them for replacements?
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:55 AM
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Anything will fit with the right hammer :-)

Search as a few VTRs have had RC51 fairings fitted.




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Will the RC51 fairings fit if I bought them for replacements?

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Old 06-10-2013, 08:22 AM
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The RC51 (VTR1000-SP1, SP2) is a completely different, but similar 90 degree V-twin, built for The purpose of winning World Superbike, when Ducati had a clear advantage over 750cc 4 cyl superbikes. The VTR1000F was a test platform for the prototype engine.

Installing RC51 fairings makes the Super Hawk look like a wannabe RC51, instead of the beautiful, proud street bike that it is.

But that's just my opinion...
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:06 AM
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I love the look of the Hawk. Hence why I traded away my beloved fireblade. I am going to see what I can do with fixing my current fairings but idk if I have the patience to do that much body work. I think ill pay a shop to paint it so that I get a good shine on this beast
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FYI all stock superhawks were sold with the same bodywork. Only the paint changed (and the tank on some euro models). They have a chin fairing (no full lower) and all the same tail.

That blue one you pictured has a tail from a different bike and full lower fairing. Both added on later. The red one also has a full lower, braced swingarm, USD forks, and 5 spoke rims (among other things) which all greatly contribute to the look.

Just letting you know so you don't go searching...
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The blue one's tail section is from a company called Metisse, it's their Predator tail...
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Originally Posted by RCVTR View Post
The RC51 (VTR1000-SP1, SP2) is a completely different, but similar 90 degree V-twin, built for The purpose of winning World Superbike, when Ducati had a clear advantage over 750cc 4 cyl superbikes. The VTR1000F was a test platform for the prototype engine.

Installing RC51 fairings makes the Super Hawk look like a wannabe RC51, instead of the beautiful, proud street bike that it is.

But that's just my opinion...
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Originally Posted by twist View Post
+1... People always talking bout the Hawk is ugly... I think it's so futuristically, classically beautiful that they just can't wrap their psyche around it. I don't think there's been too many swaps that don't look like a swap. Going naked is one thing. But force fitting a set of fairings from a different bike is another and they always just look like the other bike with a superhawk tail. If anything, I like the biposto tail swaps
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Well here is my plan...

Just got a new front tire today because I have this disease that you can only get relief from everyday life by putting a solid 2-3 hours of ride time per day. It is my medication. Plus the old tire was janky.

Now I am looking for a windscreen, integrated LED tail light and sone other odds and ends. there is always little parts that are picked up here and there but I don't know what they are yet


Then after weeks of saving and doing odd jobs ill have enough scratch to buy some ebay fairings
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Here is some updated pics I cleaned it up today. Installed a 6000K HID and a matching 6000K LED position light. New levers. Rear seat cowl I hammered out the right can strap so that it was not so crushed in to the muffler. It really helps dtaw attenetion away from the smash

DAYOMN what a bit of spit and polish can do
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