My wife and I recently had triplets so I’m officially on hiatus from repairing and servicing mopeds, I was doing it mainly out of the pure enjoyment I get from wrenching on them, but now with the kids I need to adjust my priorities.
I won’t leave you hanging though. My friend Tyler and fellow Casseroller would be happy to help you out, he’s very knowledgable in the moped realm and is more then capable to help you out with whatever problem you may be having. Filling out a submission on my contact form will send him an email and he’ll get in touch with you from there.
After getting a feel for motorcycles last year I decided what I really like them for is touring. Around town and shorter distance trips I’m more apt to go with the moped, it’s just a more engaging ride.
The Nighthawk while being a great starter bike, isn’t the greatest touring machine. At 55-65mph the RPMs are sitting around 5,500, there’s a fair amount of buzz through the handlebars and foot-pegs in that range.
So I decided to go with more of a touring bike, something I could use for my daily commute and take on some longer rides. Plus being able to cruise comfortably with a passenger now and then would be nice too. I had it narrowed down to either an older kawasaki concours or the honda st1100. I basically ended up going with the st1100 mainly just on looks and from looking at dyno charts it appears to be a bit more torquey.
At first I thought I my hang onto the Nighthawk just for fun, but after riding the ST1100 I can say there’s no way I’m going back, it’s just a better bike all around. Rides better, quieter, more power, no buzz, built in luggage, the list goes on..
The one I went with had some scrapes and scratches so the first thing I did was fix all the damage and repainted it. Instead of the stock red color I went with Jeep’s Recue Green that you see on some of the later model wranglers.