Selling toys

So I have made the decision to sell my beloved Nighthawk S. A bike that I have had for 10 or 12 years. I don’t even remember how long it has been! She has made the trip to Davenport, IA at least 4 times and I used to put at least 10k a year on her just commuting back and forth to work. Hit a deer with her back in ’04 and had to completely remodel the front end. It took me a month to find parts on Ebay and was not covered by insurance. Had her repainted to look like a newer ’86 version at that point. Had to rebuild the top end once when she started burning a little oil and a couple of exhaust valves were leaking. Other than little things she had been fairly trouble free for all those years. A great commuter bike but the gas mileage has never been spectacular, only 42-45mpg. It might be that way because the engineers at Honda wanted to build a shaft drive sport bike and they had to make the engine spin backwards so cams had to be designed to work that way. They didn’t get the mileage bugs worked out or they were more concerned with performance. The thing will scoot right along and has that wonderful 6th gear overdrive. In any event, it will be a sad day to see her go but I am looking for something more dual sport-ish, like an XR650L or something like that. Over the years I have bought and sold many bikes and I always have hated the selling part. If I had the storage space and the money I would have kept them all. Each one served a purpose at the time and each one brings back fond memories. But like a lot of things, you just gotta let them go.

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