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.
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.
The new bike
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.