Originally Posted by Jsboening
Nice bike! Is that original or restored?
I've got a 84' Nighthawk S. They are great old bikes.
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That's a repaint - a Christmas gift from my brother in law. The original paint had bleached a bit from 30 years of sun exposure, but the material underneath was in good shape. The seat is original - no recovering. The engine was repainted when the top end was removed to replace the rings and clean the pistons. The aluminum and chrome parts all polished up nicely with no other work needed.
The exhaust is original. I've since replaced the mirrors because, while large, they were flat and offered too little visibility. They weren't stock, anyway having been replaced by the previous owner. My brother in law also replaced the brake/clutch lines with braided ones and ran new spark plug wires since the old ones were showing signs of rot.
Not related to looks, I replaced the entire wiring harness less than a year after buying it because it developed a short in the headlight circuit. When I checked the condition of the rest of the wiring, I felt it was in my best interest to pull it all and run a fresh (though used) harness from a donor bike with far fewer miles on it. No issues since other than I had to swap a pair of coils last year.
Having said that, it wasn't in bad shape at all when I got it about 10 years ago - for the sum total of $650. Here's a shot from the day I brought it home in the rain at my old place:
In the photo below take a few days later, you can see the fading on the plastic body panels compared to the tank. The side panel on the left shown above looks better because it was usually shaded by the bike leaning on the kickstand. There was also a little dime-sized ding in the tank that was filled during the re-paint: