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post #1 of 14 Old 04-23-2017, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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I can remember back in 2002 when the 919 was just a dream of mine. I had recently moved in with my girlfriend and had just turned 21. Unfortunately she was not enthused by my idea of motorcycling. I rode mini bikes as a kid and always wanted a big boy bike. As the years went on I longed for an asphalt black 919, even had a picture collage of them as my desktop wallpaper. Fast forward to 2011 and my dad surprises me with his 1968 CB450K0(the black bomber). The only downside is that he had previously completely disassembled it down to the frame and the parts were in boxes. We brought everything out of storage and began sorting and polishing with the hopes of restoring it to its former glory. Sometime in the late 70's or early 80's, about the time I was born, my dad had chopped the fenders and modified the bike to the current trend. Progress was slow on the restoration and I quickly came to realize that this particular bike is difficult to get parts for and the prices are out of sight due to rarity. I had pretty much given up on the idea of bringing the 450 back to life at that point. Then out of nowhere in 2012 my dad tells me about a friend of a friend who has a 1982 CB750K for sale. So we go and check it out but it doesn't run at all and the current owner says that the carbs had already been worked on. I took a chance based on my dads notion that we could repair the bike and I bought it. We pulled the carbs and found that someone had snapped and idle jet in the carb body. After soaking the carb parts in cleaner and polishing the tops to a mirror finish we put it all back together. I had never done so much work to one machine with just the hope of hearing it fire up for the first time. The 750 has treated me good ever since, took me on epic journeys to the great smokey mountains and fueled my desire to one day own a 919. After spending 5 years riding the 750 I finally found the deal of a lifetime on a mint 919. The owner was meticulous about maintenance and even added a full set of hard luggage. On 4/21/17 I'm now one of the proudest owners of a 2007 CB919 and I can't wait to have stories to tell about our adventures together. Big thanks and love to my Dad and my Jen
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post #2 of 14 Old 04-24-2017, 02:22 AM
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Is that 750 also called a Nighthawk? I didn't see the nighthawk badges, but the frame and engine and style looks like a Nighthawk.

Seems like a number of the CB/Nighthawk people went to the 919. I came from the 85 CB700S Nighthawk to the 06 919.

That's a great looking 919, looks like you got it pretty much fully loaded. What's the luggage look like? The luggage alone can be a $300+ investment.

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Welcome to the pack! That's a nice clean 919 you've got there. Have fun modifying her. Still got pair valves I see, flapper as well?

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Is that 750 also called a Nighthawk? I didn't see the nighthawk badges, but the frame and engine and style looks like a Nighthawk.

Seems like a number of the CB/Nighthawk people went to the 919. I came from the 85 CB700S Nighthawk to the 06 919.

That's a great looking 919, looks like you got it pretty much fully loaded. What's the luggage look like? The luggage alone can be a $300+ investment.
Do you still have the 700?

Mine is the K model. Honda made them in several trims in 82, after 82 I believe only the Knigthawks lived on
750C for the custom, cruiser style
750F for the sporty model
750K was the standard model
And I think the Knigthawks in 82 were CB750SC
Honda started using the DOHC 750 motors in 1979 but they had a poor charging system and aren't known to be the most reliable. My motor has held up ok but I've had issues with the charging rotor overheating. I think they updated the charging systems between 83 and 84, they also went to hydraulic​ valve lifters for less engine maintenance.

I'll snap some pics of the 919 luggage soon. It's a Givi E46 trunk, with lights and 2 Givi 33 liter Trekker saddles. All the luggage brackets have quarter turn quick release screws for the mounting plates and bars. I priced out the luggage and brackets and the previous owner spent around a grand from what I'm seeing. I like that it came with a center stand as I do my own maintenance, but I'm probably going to reinstall the original turn signals and foot pegs. I'm digging the renthal high road bars since I'm used to an upright position. As much as I thought I'd switch back to the stock exhaust he included I'm kinda liking the look and even quiet sounds of the carbon fiber Leo Vince's

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Welcome to the pack! That's a nice clean 919 you've got there. Have fun modifying her. Still got pair valves I see, flapper as well?
Thank you, the previous owner didn't mention anything about removing the flapper. From what I understand the pair valves recirculate the gases in the case back into the intake and remove harmful emissions. If removing gives for a horse power gain I'll probably just leave them, I'm satisfied for now. What is the flapper, what are the benefits and side effects of removing?

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Do you still have the 700?

Mine is the K model. Honda made them in several trims in 82, after 82 I believe only the Knigthawks lived on
750C for the custom, cruiser style
750F for the sporty model
750K was the standard model
And I think the Knigthawks in 82 were CB750SC
Honda started using the DOHC 750 motors in 1979 but they had a poor charging system and aren't known to be the most reliable. My motor has held up ok but I've had issues with the charging rotor overheating. I think they updated the charging systems between 83 and 84, they also went to hydraulic​ valve lifters for less engine maintenance.

I'll snap some pics of the 919 luggage soon. It's a Givi E46 trunk, with lights and 2 Givi 33 liter Trekker saddles. All the luggage brackets have quarter turn quick release screws for the mounting plates and bars. I priced out the luggage and brackets and the previous owner spent around a grand from what I'm seeing. I like that it came with a center stand as I do my own maintenance, but I'm probably going to reinstall the original turn signals and foot pegs. I'm digging the renthal high road bars since I'm used to an upright position. As much as I thought I'd switch back to the stock exhaust he included I'm kinda liking the look and even quiet sounds of the carbon fiber Leo Vince's
I still have the Nighthawk 700S, it has an oil leak in the head that indicates a crack in the head and the carbs started screwing with me so I just let it sit. She's got the corbin seat, crash bars and new paint. I miss ridding that thing, but the parts are dam hard to get and finding the time for another teardown to replace the head doesn't appeal to me much. It's sad because I put quite a bit of work into getting her setup right, then noticed oil leaking from the head where it wouldn't be a gasket, so I just parked it.

There should be some fix for that charging rotor, those 750's were pretty popular, people really love those.

I'd love a set of that luggage, but it's not in the budget, so I use some soft saddle bags.

The flapper mod. Honda put a flapper to stop backfire when you decelerate, I forget what the gain is, but I haven't bothered. I'd love to do the suspension upgrade, but those aren't cheap.

One thing I hate about the 919 is lack of storage, I like to keep a jacket liner on the bike at all times and I can't.

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The flapper mod. Honda put a flapper to stop backfire when you decelerate, I forget what the gain is, but I haven't bothered. I'd love to do the suspension upgrade, but those aren't cheap.
You're mixing up a few things here. The flapper is to stifle intake noise. Many people have blocked it off with negligible differences other than louder intake noise and maybe a slight performance change.

The pair valves inject air after the combustion chamber to ignite unburned fuel. This causes backfiring. Removing the pairs system will stop backfiring, with no real negatives. It also allows you to measure a correct A/F ratio if you're having the bike tuned or have an autotuner, otherwise the system will need to be blocked off to take those measurements.

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You're mixing up a few things here. The flapper is to stifle intake noise. Many people have blocked it off with negligible differences other than louder intake noise and maybe a slight performance change.

The pair valves inject air after the combustion chamber to ignite unburned fuel. This causes backfiring. Removing the pairs system will stop backfiring, with no real negatives. It also allows you to measure a correct A/F ratio if you're having the bike tuned or have an autotuner, otherwise the system will need to be blocked off to take those measurements.
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That is a sharp 919!

Which Columbus? Indiana?

I envy you, for the dad you have.

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That is a sharp 919!

Which Columbus? Indiana?

I envy you, for the dad you have.

Thanks Sniper, my girlfriend refers to my bike as the red headed slut.

I live near Columbus OH, we're going on a riding trip out and back to California in​ September. I wouldn't have considered going cross country on my 82 750. But the 9 is so smooth on the highway, just hope the red shine doesn't catch any attention from enforcement.
My dad is definitely a great guy and a caring father. My girlfriend is also the best for putting up with my shenanigans. Plus she likes to have a 3 way with my new red headed slut, I've never named a vehicle before but I think I'll just call her 9.

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Congrats on the bike. Try to make room for the Trail Ridge Road on your trip. It's in Colorado and it's a must.

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Here's a couple of quick shots of the saddle bags. Wanted to try riding with them empty for the first time out with them on. I'll snap some of the trunk once I repair the wiring for it.
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