Long time lurker. My 919. Western Australia - Wrist Twisters
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post #1 of 11 Old 01-31-2019, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
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Long time lurker. My 919. Western Australia

Heyo everyone. Brett from Perth, Australia.

Long time lurker, I bought my first "big boys" bike about 6 months ago and thought I'd share it. A lot of the mods I've completed so far is using resourced from this forum! Is a bit dirty in the photos, sorry. The bike may even have been on here with a previous owner, not sure.

2005 Hornet 919, 50k kms.

Bought it with the dipped tank design and wider bars. Since then I have done the following:

- Front forks fully reconditioned with new springs, oil etc
- New rubber, Michelin Pilot Power 3
- Random Chinese-spec mirrors that vibrate as all hell but are cheap
- De-baffled exhaust
- Rear shock from an 600cc F3, a very inexpensive and excellent mod!
- MT03 style headlight
- Power commander 3
- Gold levers
- Cheap LED blinkers
- DIY fender eliminator (i.e. dremel it in half)
- LED brake lights

Upcoming mods

- Digital display and remove the bulky shit at the front
- Some sort of universal shield, got one that's a bit big so will dremel it down to size








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post #2 of 11 Old 01-31-2019, 12:34 PM
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Welcome Brett. Good to see a few Aussie members joining up of late.
Been hot in Perth?
Like the stripe on the tank.

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post #4 of 11 Old 01-31-2019, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks man. Yeah f**king hot. 40 degrees C the last few days. Cooling down this week so will be out on the bike for sure.

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post #5 of 11 Old 01-31-2019, 10:19 PM
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Nice looking bike!

Was the F3 rear shock a straight bolt on swap or did you have to modify it? I remember some were a tad bit lower than stock. Also, did you have it rebuilt / re valved?

What fork springs did you go with and are they progressive or straight rate?

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post #6 of 11 Old 01-31-2019, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Hey mate!

The F3 shock needed a new spring + rebuild, if I recall the stock F3 shock was actually too long for the 919. But bang for your back still an excellent improvement, as the next cheapest option was forking out for Ohlins, Nitron or Wilbers starting at $800+. I think I paid $150 for the F3 + $300 for the spring and rebuild. It now sits higher than what it was, but I believe my stock setup was buggered anyway and sat lower than usual.

Front has stiffer springs fitted & service & seals with a straight rate.

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post #7 of 11 Old 01-31-2019, 10:57 PM
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Hey mate!

The F3 shock needed a new spring + rebuild, if I recall the stock F3 shock was actually too long for the 919. But bang for your back still an excellent improvement, as the next cheapest option was forking out for Ohlins, Nitron or Wilbers starting at $800+. I think I paid $150 for the F3 + $300 for the spring and rebuild. It now sits higher than what it was, but I believe my stock setup was buggered anyway and sat lower than usual.

Front has stiffer springs fitted & service & seals with a straight rate.
That sounds like a great setup. I'm hoping this will be the year I'll be able to rework mine. Mine's a bone stock 06 919 and I really want to fell the ride with a fully reworked suspension without having to shell out too much cash.

I know what it's like to ride in the heat. I'm in the Central Valley of California and we get to 110+ in the summer. I have a CamelBac 2L water pack and chill some water for the hot days. Even on the hottest of days, I still wear full gear, but the jacket is mesh.

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post #8 of 11 Old 01-31-2019, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah mate, we use C not F but it gets to 113F here at the moment some days. I have a Dainese Super Speed Tex jacket for this season which is a good trade off between air flow and protection.

The water pack is a good idea too.

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post #9 of 11 Old 01-31-2019, 11:11 PM
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I just ordered two of those under the helmet things that protect the face and neck from too much sun. Did a bit of posting about my latest change. I was running headphone speakers mounted in my helmet, converted over to BlueTooth earbuds and found a $10 set from Walmart that last 6 hours and work with your phone. Modified them with those expanding foam "shooters ear plugs" and they really work well.

Then I ordered one of those head covers that help to protect the neck and part of the fact from too much UV damage. Gotta say, the BT earbuds with expanding foam really made things nice and cut down on the wind noise.

I bet you really have some great places to ride down there. We have quite a bit of mountains here in California and it's a real blast to make a run thru the twisties.

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post #10 of 11 Old 02-01-2019, 04:00 PM
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Nice Bike!

I especially like:

The stripe down the tank and front fender
The headlight
The black handle bar
The mirrors
The levers
The black grab handle

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post #11 of 11 Old 02-03-2019, 03:58 PM
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Another Anzac rider - excellent!

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