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I bought my 2004 919 with 11k a little over a week ago. 100% stock. Thank Jeffie7 for sending me over your way.

I decided to start riding motorcycles about a year ago this time. I went out and got myself an old XR200, and some cheap gear off the bargain rack at Iron Pony. I made a 1/4 mile track in my back yard and tried to learn the basics. It wasn't long before I outgrew my 2 acre yard and started bombing around the back roads (illegally of course ).

While on one of my rides a deer decided to jump right over a guard rail, taking my XR200 to the gut. I flew off and got banged up pretty good (no ER visit req. thank God). The bike suffered a broken clutch lever. The deer survived.

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Following the deer hit at 45mph. Not bad for helmet, jeans, sweat shirt, and mountain biking gloves.


That spooked me for a week or so. I then decided that I couldn't give up the rush of air and the leaning in turns. Time to get a street bike. Last August I traded a broken Kuboda tractor for this 1988 Honda NX 650 and a riding mower. The NX felt like a rocket ship to me. We had some good adventures all around Ohio.





The NX has been good to me. I can't complain about the price, the rock solid reliability, or the 50+ mpg. A few weeks back my coworker let me ride his 08 Truimph Street Triple. Immediately, my NX went from AWESOME, to a total POS with the refinement of a farm implement. Time for a new bike. It's on craigslist btw. 1988 Honda NX 650

I decided to go with the 919 because of it's reliability, it's one of the cheapest large displacement & fuel injected bikes I could find, the styling, the riding position, and the power.

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I am REALLY happy with this thing. I think the styling will age well with time. The engine is very smooth, and it pulls really hard (noticably more than my buddies Street Triple!) without ever feeling uncontrollable. I have 2 complaints. The gas mileage, at 41mpg average, kinda sucks. The bike has more vibes through the handle bars and pegs at 70mph than my old 650cc single cylinder. I'm wondering if different bar weights will help.

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Welcome! You'll find a ton of info here on your 'new' bike. Hide your wallet.


The vibes are noticeable on this bike - the best thing you can do for the hands is new bars. There are a lot of options in that arena, you can search the site. Renthal Ultra-lows seem to be the most popular, but Rizoma, TharBars (made by Rob Tharlson, on this site) and some other brands are popular as well.

Hope you enjoy your stay! Keep the pics coming!

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I forgot to mention, glad you had an XR200, that was my third bike, after 'upgrading' from a Trail 90. Although lacking in power to me now, back then with a stick figure 15 year old riding it, it seemed like it had way too much!

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Welcome 99! Congrats on the 9'er.


Jeffie, that looks a lot like your bike, did you sell?

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Nope his is glossy. Plus I don't have those stupid looking Mickey mouse mirrors.
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Welcome man, congrats on the new ride. I think about the deer thing a lot while riding to work, I'm always watching the edges of the road. Must been scary as sh*t!

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Hitting the deer was definitelty scary. It was a small deer, but it still stopped me and my bike in its tracks. I think having an incident early has made me much more aware of my surroundings.

Last sunday I went on a 350 mile ride through SE Ohio. Went with my boss and his VFR. We rode on Ohio's Tail of the Dragon. Rt 555 aka the Triple Nickel.
The Triple Nickle - Route 555 | Ohio Motorcycle Roads and Rides | MotorcycleRoads.com

It was a good 70 miles of freeway each way. I decided to invest in the Honda Accessory wind screen. With my work discount it's $56. Not bad.


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Hitting the deer was definitelty scary. It was a small deer, but it still stopped me and my bike in its tracks. I think having an incident early has made me much more aware of my surroundings.

Last sunday I went on a 350 mile ride through SE Ohio. Went with my boss and his VFR. We rode on Ohio's Tail of the Dragon. Rt 555 aka the Triple Nickel.
The Triple Nickle - Route 555 | Ohio Motorcycle Roads and Rides | MotorcycleRoads.com

It was a good 70 miles of freeway each way. I decided to invest in the Honda Accessory wind screen. With my work discount it's $56. Not bad.

One of my co-workers had an encounter with a deer and was killed. Glad you were more fortunate. Be carefull out there!

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41mpg?!?! That's killer!

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post #14 of 14 Old 06-10-2012, 10:26 AM
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Wish mine got 41mpg, guess I should do more than commute on it. Welcome to the sight, enjoy your stay


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