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post #1 of 7 Old 03-26-2012, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Hey from Los Angeles/South Bay.

Quick Intro:
I've ridden liter bikes for the last 15 years, but I started looking for a more upright bike about 3 months ago. My initial plan was an SV650 with a bunch of upgrades, but I'm a Honda rider at heart and after some consideration (and hours of reading here) I realized that the 919 that I had been really interested in 5 years ago was the ideal solution.

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So, I grabbed a 2002 919 in Asphalt with just over 9k miles on it and the 04 F4i front forks already swapped. It's been a little rainy here in LA, so it gave me time to swap out the handbars to something slightly lower and little more forward, add bar end mirrors (since with the stock ones all I saw was elbow), new grips and integrate the rear turn signals into the brake lights. Next up on the list is doing something about the giant light stalks up front, hacking out the underseat exhaust for a shorty GP of some kind, PAIR blockoff and maybe an M2 flyscreen.

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Just mainly wanted to say hi, thanks for all the great info and then ask if any forum members had preferred bike nights/meetups in the Los Angeles/South Bay area?

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-26-2012, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Here's what it looked like when I brought it home:



I'll put up new pictures in the next couple days.

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post #3 of 7 Old 03-26-2012, 11:48 AM
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After owning many SV650's you made the right choice.

The 919 feels a lot like a SV650 with 100-110 horse and a ton more torque.

I had them side by side in the garage and finally sold the SV because I never rode it.

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After owning many SV650's you made the right choice.

The 919 feels a lot like a SV650 with 100-110 horse and a ton more torque.

I had them side by side in the garage and finally sold the SV because I never rode it.
Perfect!

Plus, I'm 6'5" and 220lbs and the SV650s that I test rode just felt really small. The 919 fits me really solid, plus the seat on the back seemed better for the girl.

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post #7 of 7 Old 03-27-2012, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Quick update from today with the new bars, mirrors, grips. Instagrammed for effect.



I also picked up my poor man's PAIR removal kit.



Looks like a cap for each stock cover (reuse the spring clips that are already on it, or some zip ties) one for the air box and one for the flapper mod with some extra's left over.

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