Just got back. Left at 8am and got back at 9:30pm. 480 mile round trip and one 919 later, I'm exhausted, cold, and hungry. I shot for 3.1 and got 3.3k. Guy is a bike mechanic and was building a custom, kickstart bobber when I got there. That will be a beauty when it's finished.
My 919 has a larger dent in the tank than I had anticipated, but it's still not concerning. Other than that, the bike is pristine. It came with an extra set of exhaust pipes with some mods to them. I just kept the stock on them, and will probably sell the others on craigslist. It has steel brake linesand aluminum foot pegs. Other than that, it looks pretty stock.
Sounds and runs great
Shifts perfectly, although the distance to shift up is a bit long it seems.
Picks up from 70-90 with absolutely no problem for those highway, gtfo of danger situations.
Gets equal gas mileage as the 500gs with mods (around 45-55mpg)
Seat killed my ass after about 50 miles.
Clutch seems a bit tight to pull. Bumper to bump traffic in Downtown Chicago was killing my left wrist.
Pegs will have to be replaced as they offer no traction, so rain sucked (had about 20 miles of rain). The are also pretty uncomfortable because they are small and offer little support.
Tach bulb is blown.
The seating position is a ball cruncher on bumps. I had to keep adjusting to give a bit of a gap between the balls and the gas tank to avoid catastrophe.
It doesn't corner as well as the GS, but I'm not sure if that's due to the chassis or the weight difference that's throwing me off. It just seems to have to be coerced into a corner where as the GS "wants" to corner and does so with little input.
It has a little "hunt" at idle around 1-1.1k rpm. Not sure if this is normal or not.
Overall, happy with the purchase. I just need to get used to the weight and power difference, switch out the foot pegs, and possibly raise the handle bars a bit for a bit of added comfort on longer trips. Maybe a new seat. I'm not sure yet. Need to figure out what's normal on this little guy.
Input on this stuff is welcome
And thanks for the warm welcome!