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Hey everyone,
My name is Dylan and I think this would be a good place to start looking for help when I have questions and read different forum posts about other's customization, upgrades, and general ideas of upkeep. I am new to biking altogether as I have only one family member I haven't seen since I was a kid who rode a bike, and I never saw him ride either, just the bike sit in the garage.
Yesterday, I said yes to a 1983 Honda Nighthawk 650! I rode it home 40 mins away from where I left my car and it was beautiful. I did a basic check on it, and everything seemed fine except some minor cosmetics and minor upkeep that I will have to take care of (so far I know I will need a new front tire soon, clean out the carbs soon, and a tune up altogether to make sure it's in good condition).
Now, I know this isn't the proper place to post this, since I'm new and introducing myself and the bike, I was curious on a few questions.

1) Where is the bike supposed to idle at? My bike idles as 900-1200 rpm and I just wanna make sure that is correct, and it does move between but I wanna know if that is a good range.
2) What is the gas mileage/overall mileage on a tank for this bike?
3) Should I do anything to it before I leave for 1-2 weeks to another state for work? Or just make sure it has close to a tank of gas and it should be fine?

I appreciate everyone's help and I can't wait to learn more from everyone about this bike and hopefully I will be able to help others out soon myself.

Cheers!
 

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First of all, welcome from Seattle :)

In general, l would think that closer to the 1200 RPM level would be normal, but it has been a long time since l had a carbeurated bike.

That bike should get 40 mpg, maybe more, if it is running well.

I would consider getting a battery tender for your bike. I like to keep one on my bike. It has been said that you can get 5 years or more from a battery if it goes on a tender regularly. Your gas will be fine if it isn't run for a week or two. What you don't want to do...and someone else can chime in on why this is bad for a bike, as l can't recall...but you don't want to just start the bike once a week to keep the battery fresh without riding it.
 

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Would something like this work then for a battery tender? I won't be able to get it before I leave since I'm leaving in less than 12 hrs but I can get it when I get back for sure.

amazon.com/Battery-Tender-021-0123-Junior-Charger/dp/B000CITK8S
 

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Would something like this work then for a battery tender? I won't be able to get it before I leave since I'm leaving in less than 12 hrs but I can get it when I get back for sure.

amazon.com/Battery-Tender-021-0123-Junior-Charger/dp/B000CITK8S
Perfect. :thumbsup: and...

 

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Thank you! I am actually leaving for Midland, TX today for a week or 2 for my new job. I wish I could bring Stormbringer (my bestowed name for the ride) with me.
 

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Welcome to the Forum. Congrats on the bike. Sounds like something to learn mechanics and riding on.
 
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