I thought I would update my introduction thread with some awesome news.
I bought a 919! My v-strom finally sold and I went and looked at it earlier today (about 2 1/2 hours away from me), and after test riding I just had to have it.
It's a 2004 and there are some scratches here and there, but overall it is very solid. When I took it for a test ride the guy actually went out with me on a different bike of his, which was nice because I wasn't sure of a decent road I could test it on in the area. After riding it I was so impressed I decided to not even try to talk him down on price; it was well maintained, had low miles, and came with a bunch of extras.
Had 8850 miles on it (9k by the time I got home)
Renthal wide bar
bar end mirrors
Polished swingarm and wheels (he stripped the black around the rim so it was only black on the spokes, see first picture)
Really nice fender eliminator w/ indicators
K&N air filter
And Honda oil and filter for the next oil change
I thought it was worth what he was asking. He also installed some blue underglow led strips and some strobe lights in the headlights, and while I will never use them he actually put them on quite well with securely mounted (and hidden) switches.
I just need to get some seat time in so I'm more confident in everyday riding. Right now it kind of feels like I'm fighting it in the turns, but hopefully I'll be able to make some progress once I get used to it and set the sag correctly. Poorboy was awesome enough to provide me with a link to some levers that I could buy, as the end of the brake lever is snapped and I think I'd like shorty ones better.
After opening it up a few times I realized that my old habit of using all four fingers for the clutch just wasn't going to happen, as I really needed to hold on! So I started using 2 fingers but then I ended up smashing my other fingers between the bars and lever.
I actually have some questions if anyone wants to chime in.
I think the Dominator headlights look really cool, but I might look into getting some brighter bulbs as they're certainly not the most luminous lights I've ever had. What sort of bulbs should I be looking at?
Next question concerns the frame sliders; they seem to mount directly to the engine... This doesn't seem like an ideal place. I was going to buy some of those crash bars but they arn't really in the cards right now due to how much cost. Can I relocate the sliders easily to the front frame struts?
Third question is, where can I buy a second set of the rear turn signals. I think they're aluminum. I just want to replace the giant airstrip landing lights on the front and would like the front to match the rear. (they're best seen in the 2nd picture)
Anyone, I know this is all basically worthless without pictures. I was able to snap a few before the sun set.