Honda Nighthawk 700S
1984- The 700S was unveiled with two color schemes, a black & red model, and a black & blue model. The colors extended to the tank, side covers, rear fender, and an all new bikini fairing. both models had black front fenders, and all colored areas had matching pinstripes. The left side fork leg was black, with a white "TRAC" logo. Available options included engine guards, passenger floorboards, color-matched detachable sport saddlebags, luggage rack, body cover, and soft saddlebags.
1985-Surprisingly, there were no major color changes! The pinstripes were changed to white. The left side fork leg was changed to solid black. The speedometer was changed to increments of 10, ending in 5's.
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Honda Nighthawk 750S (Not sold in the USA)
The 84-86 750 Nighthawk S was sold in Canada, (and perhaps other locations), but was kept out of the U.S. due to a high tariff imposed by the U.S. government on all foreign manufactured motorcycles exceeding 700cc's. Honda made a wise marketing move (they're good at that) to drop the engine size to 700cc (essentially a 750 engine with a slightly shorter stroke), rather than attempt to sell a standard UJM bike with an artificially high price. It turned out to be a wise move, and the 750S sold well. It's essentially a 700S with a 7% increase in engine size.
The Bike pictured at right is owned by Criag from Australia who emailed me with this photo and said: "I bought a '85 750S Nighthawk that was originally brought to Australia to evaluate for release. The project was dropped and rather than destroying the bike honda donated it to a local tafe College. However on the occasion that they did this they stamped never to be registered on the headstock. So I have a bike that is complete except that all 4 indicator stalks were cracked. Only done 13,000 kms. Local registration branch wont register it with that stamp on it and also have no import papers because it was brought directly into country by Honda Australia." (March 2007)
Michele in B.C., Canada provided the above information on the 750S
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