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post #1 of 11 Old 11-30-2011, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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2002 Honda 919

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I got my first bike (2002 Honda 919 in case you missed it in the title) a few months ago after getting my license in early May. I'm a student at University of Georgia and I'm the first of my friends to get a bike, so if there are any other dawgs out there that need a buddy to ride with hit me up. I'll get some pictures up of my bike after finals are over and I have some time to breathe again. Looking forward to being a part of the community. Cheers.

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-30-2011, 10:23 AM
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Welcome!

I'm a student myself, just in the opposite region. Must be nice to be able to ride all year down there. Is the 919 your first bike?

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The weather this year is extremely nice in my opinion considering I'm not a big fan of being cold. I can't see myself making it someplace like Minnesota.
Yeah it is. I learned on a 230 when I took the MSF class and decided that an engine 4x as large was a good starter bike. Haha. Haven't had too many problems getting used to it though, even though I'm a small guy (5'7" and 125 lbs).

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The weather this year is extremely nice in my opinion considering I'm not a big fan of being cold. I can't see myself making it someplace like Minnesota.
Yeah it is. I learned on a 230 when I took the MSF class and decided that an engine 4x as large was a good starter bike. Haha. Haven't had too many problems getting used to it though, even though I'm a small guy (5'7" and 125 lbs).
Hahaha good call dude. I don't think the 9er is as scary as people make it out to seem. Controllable and predictable power as long as you aren't a jackass with the throttle. Just takes getting used to the arms-ripping-out-of-socket feeling. I rode mine like a princess the first month I got it, but now I love to flog the hell out of it. So much more fun to ride it that way. Gas mileage went down but who cares right? Still gets better mpgs then my car.

I agree with you on the cold. The two things that make winters bearable here are hockey, and the huge horsepower jump in my bike when the temp drops to 40. Worth it.

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Welcome! I have some family up in Lavonia. I think it is a good choice for a first bike too.

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Hahaha good call dude. I don't think the 9er is as scary as people make it out to seem. Controllable and predictable power as long as you aren't a jackass with the throttle. Just takes getting used to the arms-ripping-out-of-socket feeling. I rode mine like a princess the first month I got it, but now I love to flog the hell out of it. So much more fun to ride it that way. Gas mileage went down but who cares right? Still gets better mpgs then my car.

I agree with you on the cold. The two things that make winters bearable here are hockey, and the huge horsepower jump in my bike when the temp drops to 40. Worth it.

What are you going to school for?
My front tire has gotten a bit light a few time when I was figuring out the torque on it, but when I was reading about it online before I actually drove one I was expecting to be doing wheelies every time I started up at a light. lol. I'm still babying it right now, partially out of a healthy respect and partially out of the fear of getting pulled over (I drive a bus on campus, so getting pulled over = possibly losing my job), but I'm looking forward for a real good opportunity to let loose and see what it can really do.

I'm a fisheries major, but I'm just getting a 4 year degree because I'm planning on going into the police academy after I graduate. Yourself?

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My front tire has gotten a bit light a few time when I was figuring out the torque on it, but when I was reading about it online before I actually drove one I was expecting to be doing wheelies every time I started up at a light. lol. I'm still babying it right now, partially out of a healthy respect and partially out of the fear of getting pulled over (I drive a bus on campus, so getting pulled over = possibly losing my job), but I'm looking forward for a real good opportunity to let loose and see what it can really do.

I'm a fisheries major, but I'm just getting a 4 year degree because I'm planning on going into the police academy after I graduate. Yourself?
Yeah you gotta respect that engine, because it can wheelie stoplight to stoplight if you want it too. It's like Chuck Norris in a ninja suit. Doesn't look like much, but it will kick ass. Love that about the bike. Rockets will pull up to me at stoplights and rev the hell out of their bikes, and then they see my taillight when the light goes green. Love it.

I'm going to school for Non-Destructive Testing. Basically just checking welds and beams, kinda like a building doctor. 2 years left. Can't come quick enough.

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congrats on the new bike!

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Congrats man! I started on the 599, then moved to the 919 and I was the same way. From the shit you read I thought I wouldn't be able to control it. Babied it the first few weeks and got a feel for it. First time I really put the hammer down I thought I was gonna get pulled right off lol. Have fun with her.

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bwbkicks, make sure you have a very healthy respect for that bike! Starting off with 900+cc's is not a great or wise choice for a first bike. Remember that throttle input is all mental. Practice swerving, hard braking, etc because your learning curve will be steep for the next 6+ months or so if not longer.

the quickest way to get in trouble is with the throttle and you don't have the benefit of time on your side yet to help you get out of a bad situation. The 919 may not be a supersport, but it'll get up and go quicker than you can blink and get you killed.

I suggest you pick up a ninja 250 or even a 500 to help practice slow maneuvers, cornering, etc for a couple months. They handle great and are very novice friendly. You could easily resell for the price you got it at so it'd be a great investment towards you learning experiences and the learning curve won't be anywhere as steep.

other than that, welcome! You came to the right place. College student here as well, got one more term after this and I'm done, thank god. Although not much good it does since I'm considering grad school.

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Hello and welcome! Nice choice for your first bike (as long as you respect her...)

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