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Old 12-27-2008, 09:31 AM
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Cool superhawk - wake me up

ok I have a 2003 blue beast that was all factory when I picked it up in August. Only has 3000 miles and needs to be dressed up. Since I bought it I have added: Watsens, integrated rear brake/signal, T-Rex sliders, new front pegs, smoke double-bubble, trimed down the plate/fender and drilled out baffle with (8) 3/4" holes and custom superchicken decals. Now it is in the shop being rejetted with a Dynokit and BMC filter being added. I am not handy at all so I have to dump $$ at the shop. Besides all the cosmedic additions and the recent flow help anyother suggestions? Down the road when I look at pipe/slip-ons what is the way to go? Ofcourse I picked up this bike to justify having one with a low purchase $$ well that budget is blowout - it is just fun to have the look and power.... you know just incase. Any other cool cosmetic add-ons or performance suggestions? I am 35 fit 215 so I am not ripping it up plus I only put 3,000/yr on a bike on curvy backside roads and hwy (not racing). Please send pics of your bike -- i want ideas. Thanks guys

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Old 12-27-2008, 10:10 AM
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Official Honda shop manual. Secrets abound, a 'must read' before each shop visit, keeps more money in your pocket, gets better service because you no longer sound like a mark when you present yourself at the service desk.

Cosmetics? Clear coat and buff the body work.
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Old 12-27-2008, 03:29 PM
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Thanks for the heads up. Now I've had 72 viewings and no other direction? Come on guys little help?
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Old 12-27-2008, 03:34 PM
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Get a new seat so you can ride more than two hours, sargent/corbin. Get some shaved/brighter front turn signals...people on here like the Watsens and Protons. I have yet too, because they are so expensive. Set up the suspension for your weight. Make the bike work good for you first, then spend the money on the looks. IMO.

Oh, and SEARCH these forums!! theres great info already in here!
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Originally Posted by Blueracer View Post
Thanks for the heads up. Now I've had 72 viewings and no other direction? Come on guys little help?
Hey Blueracer - I am much in the same boat you are. Got my Superhawk in September mostly stock. READ the forums! Tons of information and you will learn important stuff - RR and CCT for instance.
Lots of other info too - I am still scraping the surface. No one will be able to suggest everything you may want to do in in one post. So spend the time looking.
One hint - check out Hawkrider. He is the administrator and has his own site.
Good luck
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:07 PM
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For anyone who weighs more than about 115 lbs., the best mod is about $100 for proper weight fork springs.
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Blueracer View Post
ok I have a 2003 blue beast that was all factory when I picked it up in August. Only has 3000 miles and needs to be dressed up. Since I bought it I have added: T-Rex sliders, new front pegs, smoke double-bubble, trimed down the plate/fender and drilled out baffle with (8) 3/4" holes. Now it is in the shop being rejetted with a Dynokit and BMC filter being added. I am not handy at all so I have to dump $$ at the shop. Besides all the cosmedic additions and the recent flow help anyother suggestions? Down the road when I look at pipe/slip-ons what is the way to go? Ofcourse I picked up this bike to justify having one with a low purchase $$ well that budget is blowout - it is just fun to have the look and power.... you know just incase. Any other cool cosmedic add-ons or performance suggestions? I am 35 fit 215 so I am not ripping it up plus I only put 3,000/yr on a bike on curvy backside roads and hwy (not racing). Please send pics of your bike -- i want ideas. Thanks guys

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put on a new shock, get the forks reworked ,premium tires and that would be all you really need.

other things such as for comfort your on your own.
mine is going to be anything other than comfortable.
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Old 12-28-2008, 07:37 AM
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Get hawkrider to modify your forks
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I got lucky when I got my Hawk as it already had all the performance bolt-ons I had planned on doing when I got it Now it's all about the cosmetics since I want a Sharkskinz lower and need to repaint the whole bike since the guy I got it from laid it down on both sides pulling out of his driveway. If I was starting from stock I would definately go with the performance stuff first then cosmetic.
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:28 AM
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WWW.STREETFIGHTERSBYDESIGN.COM WAS AN AWESOME BOTTOM FAIRING FOR ONE, CLICK ON "NEW PRYAMID PLASTICS" ON HOME PAGE, HIGH MOUNT EXHAUST LOOKS THE BEST, DONT GET D&D ANYTHING, I HAVE EM AND THEY SUCK, CAME ON BIKE THO, UNIVERSAL FLUSH MOUNT BLINKERS ONLY LIKE 15$
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:30 AM
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I 200 LBS. NEARLY AND DONT HAVE NE TROUBLE WITH FORKS IN TOWN OR WHEN TAKE TRIPS TO MOUNTAINS, ITS NOT A RACE BIKE
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:35 AM
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If your not handy.... a seat and a set of Helibars will make alot of sense.... you can swap the seat with no tools at all, and the bars you'll need very basic tools.... both will make the bike much more enjoyable to ride, and you shoudlnt' have to pay anyone to install them... plus, if you decide to sell, you can take them off easily and get back most of your money.

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Old 01-19-2009, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by COLE View Post
WWW.STREETFIGHTERSBYDESIGN.COM WAS AN AWESOME BOTTOM FAIRING FOR ONE, CLICK ON "NEW PRYAMID PLASTICS" ON HOME PAGE, HIGH MOUNT EXHAUST LOOKS THE BEST, DONT GET D&D ANYTHING, I HAVE EM AND THEY SUCK, CAME ON BIKE THO, UNIVERSAL FLUSH MOUNT BLINKERS ONLY LIKE 15$
Great looking belly pan so I went to the site - $453 !!!!! Too rich for my blood
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Old 01-19-2009, 01:28 PM
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My project

I have VTR project going as well. I've attached a word doc with all the details. Hope this gives you some ideas.

I recently purchased front brakes from a 2001 Suzuki GSX-R1000 and the Watsen turn signals. But like you said, I'm going to pay a ton at the shop.

Good luck.

Can't load the attachment. Too big I think. Can't load it compressed either. PM me and I'll try and send it to you.

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Old 01-19-2009, 02:06 PM
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Great looking belly pan so I went to the site - $453 !!!!! Too rich for my blood
Plus, then you look like any other crotch rocket too.
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Old 01-19-2009, 03:10 PM
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slip ons for sure. the sound is amazing. i like leo vince, arrow. i have yosh which are ok. there are many others that are great.
buell foot peg mod is cheap and really adds to comfort.
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At a minimum set up your suspension for you.

Read Total Control by Lee Parks. Borders and Barnes & Noble have it. Changed my entire riding experience by reading this. Also explains how to set up your suspension. Who cares about the power if you can't put it on the ground.
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Plus, then you look like any other crotch rocket too.
Nope, note even close
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Some are in to the unfinished look.. If that works for you the Stock chinfairing is great... Many like the bike to look like something was not left off at the factory.

And the SH, no matter what you do to it, does not look like your run of the mill I4 running around.
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by TXSuperChicken View Post
Nope, note even close

Some are in to the unfinished look.. If that works for you the Stock chinfairing is great... Many like the bike to look like something was not left off at the factory.

And the SH, no matter what you do to it, does not look like your run of the mill I4 running around.
Your perfect gas tank and side covers make me drool. This is expensive equipment new so I respect what it is when it's well taken care of rather than the previous owners of my bike.
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:34 PM
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That's the infectious part of the addiction. There is no perfect Superhawk week after week. It's great. Everybody gets their turn.
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:41 PM
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The closest I've seen to looking like the SH would probly be the mid 90's 600 I4's. The Superhawk is a unique lookin bike. My gsxr buddies call it the inbread hawk. But they still follow me through the twisties.
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by pigwings View Post
Get hawkrider to modify your forks
He did mine. Great stuff - stupid **** in an Izuzu Trooper and a 188 miles later we got to do it again.

Greg's got the good stuff.
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:07 PM
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I have a sharkskinz lower & love it. Looks good & is durable. Just add heat blocking pads & wrap your pipes. Just installed a Rumble concepts undertail & polised the lips of my rims. Made a world of difference in the looks.
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:05 PM
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:35 AM
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Cosmetic, I like the look of rim stripes. I also went with a single muffler. I need to adjust the carbs, no big deal. I like the look, it cleaned up the tail a lot.

I don't know if I'd call it a "performance" mod, but the headlight wiring upgrade. I got my harness from www.easternbeaver.com and the higher wattage bulb from www.rallylights.com There are multiple threads on the forum about this, some guys go with HID lights. https://www.superhawkforum.com/forum...ad.php?t=15617

Jamie Daugherty is making billet shift levers to improve feel/shorten shift throw/lengthen lever. https://www.superhawkforum.com/forum...ad.php?t=17082

This is a $20 upgrade, putting LED in your taillight. https://www.superhawkforum.com/forum...ad.php?t=15217

Truckinduc is considering making adjustable rearsets. https://www.superhawkforum.com/forum...ad.php?t=16962

Sprockets are a cheap upgrade.

Finally, if you want a long discussion, ask some of these guys what type of oil they use in their Hawks.


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how much higher wattage did you go with?

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the higher wattage bulb
any heat issues?
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Old 02-18-2009, 01:38 AM
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Originally Posted by LineArrayNut View Post
any heat issues?
If you keep it at 80W or so there is no issue with heat...

But if you aren't running a relay harness, any bulb more powerful than stock is a risk of a melted wire harness or handlebar switch...

The wire's are ridiculously thin and all power is routed through the switch...

it drops from ~14V to below 12V at the bulb on the way with stock wiring...

Start with a relay and wiring... Then a new bulb...
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Old 02-18-2009, 06:02 AM
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yep, I would only do it with a relay. I've got a 80/85 and a 90/100 but I just want to do it... once.
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Originally Posted by PUSHrod View Post
Official Honda shop manual. Secrets abound, a 'must read' before each shop visit, keeps more money in your pocket, gets better service because you no longer sound like a mark when you present yourself at the service desk.

Cosmetics? Clear coat and buff the body work.

I just bought a 2003 Superhawk with 3700 miles on it. I am importing it to Canada and want to keep it looking as good (or better) than it does right now. Can I apply clearcoat or is this something a bodyshop should do to get the best results?

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clear coat it yourself

Don't be afraid to do the clear coat yourself. Follow the steps outlined in this forum.
http://www.zx-10r.net/forum/showthread.php?t=54874
You'll be amazed by the results. I'm about 75% done with mine and the results are mind blowing. Of course pics will be posted soon.
When this guy says to keep sanding after you think you've sanded enough, he's not kidding. I sanded my seat cowl for about an hour, and the tail section for about two.

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