Thought I'd do an introduction here, can't remember if I did a mini before. I jumped on here to get some help with a couple of issues/questions I had about parts I had ordered while some work was being done on my bike, and I just wanted to say thanks, a bunch.
Quick back story, been riding for about 5 years, about 3 years total commuting. I was salivating over the idea of getting a 919 back when I got my first bike, a Honda Nighthawk CB750. Rode that for a year and a half, then sold it and went back to a car. Then I left the country for a spell, when I came back, I got an SV650, had that for a couple months, then I got sideswiped,
stupidly, and had to recover a spell from a separated shoulder,
but got some good compensation for that bit, then got my 03 919
It needed some TLC, but I wasn't bothered since I really just needed a burro to get away from the sluggishness of traffic, the tedium of parking, the gouging of gas, the hell that is driving a car (I bought a $500 honda prelude with no A/C) in LA after the accident/recovery.
So...after paying off some substantial debts, I still had a good chunk of change burning to be spent, but I didn't want that # in my checking to go down....so I got another job in the summer, worked and worked like a fiend, and watched that number go up. I had been riding around on my 2003 for a while, then decided to replace/upgrade the suspension, and since I had a loaner car for the interim, I decided to just go ahead and extend the wait, and cherry the bike out, still killing it at work to make the extra scratch.
Originally Posted by Ferris Bueller
i say cherry it if you have the cash. renthals ultra lows are what i run now. those clip ons were way low and forward for me.
@Ferris Bueller - After reading that comment; 4 months, and some hard earned/spent $$$ later, here's where I'm at...
One botched paint job, then a good rebound, and:
Aztec8 dual headlights & Flyscreen
(after everything was thrown at the bike, mechanic/I realized that the instrument cluster needs those two brackets for support, which they did paint...so that is being either chopped to fit, or something is getting fabbed manyana.) Also, the wiring in the front...Aztec supplies you with this little tube to stick everything into, but it really doesn't cut it, I gotta brainstorm on something to make to have it looking better.
GSG Brake and Clutch Levers (titanium, long) from SreetfightersINC
. (Really nice people.) As well as screw set.
Penske 8983 Series rear shock, and front springs via Traxxion Dynamics.
Motovation Frame Sliders
Sargent seat upgrade
(solo style, carbon fx, no trim) already scuffed it
Oberon adjustable bar-end mirrors (black)
DRIVEN DIAMOND MOTORCYCLE GEL GRIPS ($10 on ebay)
Renthal Streetfighter bars (gold)
Rizoma Zero 11
Black Turn signals in the front
Custom LED Intergrated tail
(I really love this)
Spiegler Brake lines in black (gold banjo fittings)
Techspech tank pads, snake skin, haven't put em on yet.
Powdercoated almost everything I could a nice matte black, they forgot the gas cap, and a couple of covers to come from them later. Wheels i did a nice gloss black. Decided to go another route with the calipers, to be decided at a later date.
What I'd like to do soon:
Buell foot-peg conversion for comfort.
New exhaust, either ceramic coating in black, or a nice chrome (I really like the colorful heat exposure patina,) with some different cans, I have some ideas, but need to draw a picture of what I'd like and ask for feedback on here.
And more I'm sure
I never thought I'd have a bike that I'd love as much as this one. All in all the transformation performance-wise as far as the suspension, to borrow from another member, is night and day. I still have to experiment and adjust the rear to get it where I think it needs to be, but the bike feels incredible now. Cosmetically, I was shocked at how good it looks. Some biker dude i was chatting with on a r6 over the weekend said it looked brand new, and eye-popped when i said it was an 03. Everyday I've gotten some new interaction with strangers centered on the bike. I really love the bike
I really like the feel of the streetfigher bars, my arm angle now, prolly a result of seat/rear shock/bars is much better and my turning feels way more precise, I can really feel the rear wheel angle and movement now. Only drawback I've experienced is more caution and body positioning/maneuvering fun while splitting lanes.
My buddy saw it, and after appraising it a bit, he said, "Dude, it looks like Johhny 5!" It made me crack up, then after we doltishly both said, "Is alive!" the name kinda stuck with me.
I'm thinking of doing some sort of homage to that namesake, maybe with some eyebrows, or the angry angle rather
Anyways, I'm writing a novela again. Lots of inspiration for the bike's metamorphosis stemmed from daydreaming after looking at various examples of what others on this forum have done with their 919s.
Again, thanks for all the help. This is yet another great forum in which I've had a chance to visit/participate, and I look forward to staying here!