Cult Classic: 4200 Mile 1989 Honda Hawk GT 650

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This 1989 Honda Hawk GT 650 is said to be entirely stock apart from a non-standard carb jetting, the seller further claiming 4,200 miles and near-museum quality condition. Among the very first commercially available naked bikes, these neat little machines have a strong cult following, and offer a single-sided swingarm, a torquey V-twin, super-comfortable riding position, and easy, light handling up to their modest, approachable limits. This one sounds like it could be the one to have if you’ve been searching. Find it here on Craigslist near Washington DC for $4,200. Special thanks to BaT reader Bob G. for this submission.

Internally codenamed RC31, keen Honda fans will recognize that means development immediately followed that of the sublime RC30–easily one of the most exotic and desirable sportbikes ever built. Though quite a bit less expensive (and powerful), a few neat engineering details carried over, including the use of Honda’s so-called “Pro-Am” single-sided swing arm. Says the seller of this example: “This usable collector bike has been stored in a climate-controlled room, with a battery tender. It is stock with the exception of a carburetor re-jetting performed at Coleman Powersports, and new tires (as a precaution, because of age). It has only about 4,200 original miles. Slight scratch on side of muffler and small abrasion on right instrument, otherwise pristine.”

The further note a recent Honda tech servicing and cleaning of the carbs, and entry-level 80’s sportsbikes don’t come much more reliable, interesting, or fun.

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