Hearkening to the nameplate that Japanese automaker Honda produced, and helping to set the template for the modern motorcycle, the Honda Super Hawk came as a lone model in 2005. Honda set the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the 2005 Super Hawk at $9,299.
The 2005 Honda Super Hawk is powered by a four-stroke liquid-cooled V twin engine, which has four intake valves on each of its two cylinders. It displaces at 996 cubic centimeters, and it has a bore and stroke of 98 x 66 millimeters (3.86 x 2.6 inches) and a compression ratio of 9.4 to 1. Two 48-mm carburetors fuel the engine, which is linked to a six-speed manual transmission. An electric starter is included for the engine’s ignition. A chain drive completes the bike's powertrain. Installed on each 2005 Super Hawk is a 4.2-gallon (15.9-liter) gas tank with a 0.7-gallon (2.6-liter) reserve.
For its stopping power, the 2005 Honda Super Hawk has an all-wheel disc brake system. It consists of an 11.7-inch (296-mm) dual disc at the front; and a smaller, 8.7-inch (220-mm) disc at the back. A telescopic fork and a twin-sided aluminum swing arm with shock absorber comprise the bike’s suspension system, which ensure a smooth ride on any terrain. Each 2005 Super Hawk rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in tubeless tires.
Each 2005 Honda Super Hawk uses an aluminum frame, which is covered with a plastic frame, pair of fenders and fork guards with a Titanium color scheme. On the bike is a two-piece vinyl seat: set at a height of 31.9 inches (810.3 mm) and providing space for up to two people. A kick stand below the bike provides parking ability.
The digital dashboard on each 2005 Honda Super Hawk provides a clock, tachometer, trip odometer, speedometer, and temperature and fuel level warning gauges. There is storage underneath the seat, and a low windshield is in place for preventing wind from disturbing the driver. For enhanced visibility on the road, Honda included a halogen headlight and a pair of rearview mirrors. Altogether the 2005 Super Hawk weighs 426 lbs. (193.2 kilograms), with a wheelbase of 56.3 inches (1,430 mm).
Designed as a sport bike, the 2005 Honda Super Hawk delivers accordingly. With a large and powerful engine, superior braking and handling, relatively lightweight yet solid build, and fully furnished fit and finish, the Super Hawk was one of the better entries in the sport bike market during the 2005 model year.