You probably know, like I know, that fork oil comes in many different weights, just like engine oil (and others). So when I looked in the manual to see what kind of fork oil the Nighthawk was supposed to have, I was disappointed.
Recommended Fork Oil? Fork Fluid
I was confounded so I went to the local Honda bike shop and asked the person behind the counter. They said 10w is standard.
Honda brand was what was in stock, so I got that. It was only about $6, so it’s not going to drain me dry. I don’t know if there’s brand differences or if it doesn’t really matter; I’m sure folks can swear up and down either way, though. The full name is Pro Honda Suspension Fluid SS-8 10w Fork Oil. Here’s a picture:
I don’t think I had this problem when I did the forks on the Honda Rebel. I think I used 10w for the Rebel, too. I don’t remember though.
Regardless, I still have to do the fork oil and seals. That comes after the headlight. I’m on the fence about adding fork boots to the Nighthawk.
On the HondaTwins.net forum, one of the members added fork gaiters to his Nighthawk and I think it goes pretty good with the red color (according to my frame and the scratches on my bike, it was originally this red, too).
See the original post here: Fork boots
Looking over that bike, I’m further convinced of getting the crash bars for my own, as well as the centerstand.