Forgotten Middleweight: 1988-1991 Honda NT650 Hawk GT

Best bets on tomorrow’s classics: 1988-1991 Honda NT650 Hawk GT.

By 1985, Cagiva’s canny Castiglioni brothers had bought Ducati’s engine division and designed a range of motorcycles around a 650cc version of Taglioni’s Pantah V-twin: the dual-sport Elefant, custom Indiana and street bike Alazzurra. The engine, forerunner of all 2-valve belt-drive Ducatis, was an air-cooled 90-degree V-twin with single overhead cams and desmodromic valve operation, fed by dual 36mm Dell’Orto carbs and fired by Bosch electronic ignition. Helical primary gears drove a wet multiplate clutch and 5-speed transmission with chain final drive.
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