From Spain and in Love with my 919!
Great Forum! nothing similar here in SPAin. Congrats
I’m an old biker (57), but still a very active one; and a bit of a hoarder. I’ve always had BMW (more than a dozen). Now only 2 and still thinking of getting rid of them. Living between Madrid and Paris, I have a R1150GS in Paris and a R100CS (an old classic) in madrid. Also have a Guzzi 1000 and a Yamaha 600....but my mechanic, after hearing me bickering about BMW prices, forced me to buy a 2003 919 Hornet...and it was love at first sight.
Not only spares a cheap but the bike does everything fine. It may not be as much fun as de R1150GS in mountain roads, It may not be as classy as the R100CS but it’s definitely the best bike I’ve ever had (for me).
The only thing is that I would like to improve it. The front forks are “cheap”, and it’s breaking power isn’t great. I’ve heard that the are easy to do alternatives to swap the fork. It would have to be an easy swap, but I’m sure some of you have done it,
Any alternatives for the rear end?
I’m a passionate biker and I love mountain roads...and you can’t imagine the feeling when you take of your helmet in the summit of a nearby mountain here in MAdrid (the green cross / la cruz verde) after having previously passed a group of rich kids with their shinny ducatis and last model Yamaha’s or Hondas and they realize that an old bald man in an old Honda has passed them...showing them how to take a curve!
The problem is that the forks & brakes aren’t the best and I’ve had a couple of close ones...so I need an urgent upgrade. It’s not that I go too fast, as the mountain is very twisty, but the fork and brake package can’t handle the motor... I suppose once I have dealt with front problems then I will hace to deal with the rear...but thats no as urgent. Also, I have the impression that the chasis can handle much more. I haven’t had any shimmies at 220 km/hour...and don’t intend to go faster...to many radars in Europe!
As a non expert mechanic, I would need as much details as possible. If there is a complete package that could be swaped (forks, yokes, wheel and calipers) it would be great...
Thanking you guys in advance,
From Spain, federico