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Question: What are your thoughts on a middle weight ST or ADV machine with hydraulic valve adjustment and shaft drive?
Love to see it - 29 (72.5%)
Don't care - 9 (22.5%)
Hate it - 0 (0%)
But hydraulic vales won't spin to 15K rpm!!!!! - 0 (0%)
I like cleaning and lubing chains. : P - 2 (5%)
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« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2015, 10:29:11 pm »

The Honda Nighthawk S has a 10,750 rpm redline with hydraulics. The system they used is not rpm limited:

http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/u580/Bergmen/Motorcycling/Honda%201985%20CB700SC%20Nighthawk%20S/Nighthawk-S-Lifters-Redline_zps0e92e33d.jpg

I just wish my 2014 FJR1300 had the same system.

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« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2015, 08:28:39 am »

The Nighthawk S is a great bike. Pretty much zero maintenance. A modern version with a bit more torque would be great, but until then, I'll stick with mine:


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e94/SCbassboy/P1010416_zpsbdc77f15.jpg
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« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2015, 10:20:58 am »

Eliminating valve adjustments is bad for the dealerships - they live on the service revenue...
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« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2015, 10:39:42 am »


The Nighthawk S is a great bike. Pretty much zero maintenance. A modern version with a bit more torque would be great, but until then, I'll stick with mine:


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e94/SCbassboy/P1010416_zpsbdc77f15.jpg


That is a nice bike. I always liked them. Best color too!!!!!!
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« Reply #24 on: April 24, 2015, 10:42:57 am »


Eliminating valve adjustments is bad for the dealerships - they live on the service revenue...

That is something to be considered. Sort of a "balance". The manufacturers have the technology to make incredible bikes but then they are hitting their dealerships in the knee when they develop maintenance friendly bikes for the buyers.
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« Reply #25 on: April 24, 2015, 10:57:24 am »

Definitely one of Honda's best efforts. I lusted after one of them and a CB1100f Super Sport back in the 80's
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That is a nice bike. I always liked them. Best color too!!!!!!


I had the red one. Can't seem to find a pic though.

I thought I had a blue one bought (this was about ten or twelve years ago.) A buddy who worked in the warehouse of a local shop knew I was looking. He called me and said they just got one in on trade and you could get it for $xxxx. I drove up there the next day and the price had somehow jumped a thousand dollars. I walked out. He was pissed too that they tried to jack me around.

The poll needed an option, "I always ask for certain bikes to be built but when they finally do, I don't buy them."
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« Reply #27 on: April 24, 2015, 02:37:56 pm »


Eliminating valve adjustments is bad for the dealerships - they live on the service revenue...


Still BS though. Hopefully they will learn from the car industry which is finally going back to timing chains that do not have to be changed very 100K miles. Something that is BS too. No way should you have a "scheduled" maintenance item that costly. Especially when modern cars can easily go a couple 100K miles.
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« Reply #28 on: May 02, 2018, 02:53:54 pm »

Old thread, but I don't care, I'm bringing it back from the dead.

I too wonder what happened to midsize bikes (other than cruisers) with shaft drive and what happened to hydraulic valve lifters.

I think sport-touring is a rare niche of motorcycling, these days. It seems to be mostly down to:

a) Harley pirates, drinking and bar-hopping
b) Squids, breaking other laws

I just sold my Silver Wing scooter, which is possibly the most practical bike ever made, mostly because of the cruiser-esque seating position. It kills the back on long rides. Kind of broke my heart. Now, I've got the CBR and I'm addressing the other things: wind protection, seat comfort, luggage...  

You've got (had) your Nighthawk S, which has a low maintenance engine, but is 30 years old now and falling behind in other areas.

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« Reply #29 on: May 04, 2018, 07:42:48 am »

I have a buddy who just purchased a Motus! He is waiting for delivery. It is on the truck. It has hydraulic, roller lifters!! No maintenance from that monster motor. We figure it will be like a car. Oil and gas and go.
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« Reply #30 on: May 04, 2018, 09:59:24 am »


I have a buddy who just purchased a Motus! He is waiting for delivery. It is on the truck. It has hydraulic, roller lifters!! No maintenance from that monster motor. We figure it will be like a car. Oil and gas and go.


If it had a shaft and a naked version (streetfighter) I think it would be boss.  If I only I could one for under $20,000!
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