Me and My 919 - Wrist Twisters
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 18 Old 01-15-2009, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
Tirone
 
Whiterabbit1980's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, Co
Posts: 77
Rep Power: 1
 
Me and My 919

Hi everyone, I joined about a month ago and I’m hooked. I love this forum!!! I jump on almost daily just to see what the conversations are for the day, and sometimes just to get a laugh (thanks Barton). I’ve already posted a few times, but I thought I would formally introduce myself and how I became a 919 owner.

First of all my name is Ben, I work as a machinist and general fabricator for the engineering department of the United States Air Force Academy. Before you ask…no I have never served in the Air Force or any other branch of the military, I just fell into a job in which I work for the government. One of these days I will put my skills as a machinist to good use by making one of kind mods to the 9er. I’ll be sure to post plenty of pics.

I also am an engineering student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

On to the bike(s)…It all started about a year ago when I got a raise at work. I had(have) a car with over 200k miles on it and started looking to replace it. One day while searching craigslist at work, a co-worker (who rides) pointed out that my car still ran. He was right! I abandoned the car search and started looking at motorcycles. I have been around motorcycles my whole life, but never owned one. My dad has owned a Harley since I was a kid, and I have never past on an opportunity to ride a dirt bike. But, since I had no experience riding street, I enrolled in the MSF safety course I could get into.

I passed the course with flying colors, and proceeded with the bike hunt. I knew I wanted a naked bike from day one. The first bike that caught my eye was the Ducati Monster, but quickly realized that it was way out of my price range. The next bike…you guessed it…919. By the end of March the weather was getting warmer and I was looking all over the country for a 9er. Then a craigslist add caught my attention; 2002 Honda 919 only 3000 miles. The bike was in Brighton, about 100 miles away. Went up one weekend to look… then went back four days later to buy. Enjoyed the 100 mile ride home in 30F weather.

Everything was great, I finally had my own bike, and I couldn’t stay off it. In two months I put 5k on it. Then on June 27, 2008, a friend of mine and I went out to dinner on the bike. On the way home, as I was approaching a major intersection in Colorado Springs…I saw reverse lights, and a late model Chevy Suburban hulling @$$ toward me. It had rained earlier in the evening and the road coming up to the intersection curved to left just before light, so when I went for the brakes before I could get it completely upright (rookie mistake I know, and I have worked on this since)…BAM…low sided it…I was on the ground before I knew I was falling. The bike slid up next to the Suburban, if the road had been strait it would have gone under it. My friend and I where both able to walk away for the accident. My left foot had got caught under the bike and dragged a ways. I had a sprained ankle and some wicked road rash (chicks dig scars). My friend had landed almost completely on her left knee and had to have arthroscopic knee surgery (she is recovering well, she even went skiing last weekend). The cage rider suffered no injuries.

He said he forgot something, and that he was just trying to turn around. I’ll never forget what he said to me “I looked and no one was coming, you came out of nowhere”, as if that made it ok to reverse Dukes of Hazard style up a major thoroughfare.

The bike was totaled, the water pump had been forced into the crank and the repair estimate was over $6000. The other guys insurance took liability and covered everything. I got the full value that I had paid for the bike, my gear replaced, and all of mine and the girls medical bills covered with pain and suffering.

I wanted my bike back the moment it went down. I started searching the day after I found out the old one was totaled. Fast forward 6 weeks from the accident…Thank you craigslist again!!! 2002 Honda 919 in Durango, about 350 miles away. It had 15k on it which was more than the old one, but it also had some mods that I had wanted anyway; Chopped rear fender, LED turn signals, and the smoke wind screen just to name a few. Also the guy was pretty desperate to get rid of it, so I easily talked him down to $3500. I had a friend (who threaten to pick me up on his FZ6, thank you Justin for showing up in a cage) drive me the 350 miles to get the bike, and I rode her back. It rained the whole f-in way, which unfortunately has become the mantra of the bike…every time I take it out for a long ride, I get at least a little bit of rain. Oh well, I got my bike back, and I have never been happier.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCN2052.JPG (1.46 MB, 59 views)
File Type: jpg DSCN2290_2.jpg (584.0 KB, 53 views)

2002 Honda 919
Whiterabbit1980 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 18 Old 01-15-2009, 08:23 PM
Chuck Norris has lost in battle with this Member
 
Pacojerte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: ft lauderdale fl
Posts: 12,874
Blog Entries: 1
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Donation Donation 
Total Awards: 2

mary said you shouldnt encourage my humor...

glad you and your lady friend made it through the accident.. amazing some of the people they let have licenses aint it..

if your ever in miami or south florida for that matter let me know there are several of us in the area and we can be worse roll models in person..lol.. specially me....



Pacojerte is offline  
post #3 of 18 Old 01-15-2009, 09:40 PM
MAM Customs
 
majorrager's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Atlanta, Ga
Posts: 736
Rep Power: 1
 
Hello and welcome. Glad to hear you walked/limped away from your accident and you were able to replace the 9'er with relative ease. Enjoy the ride.

I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day. -Frank Sinatra
majorrager is offline  
 
post #4 of 18 Old 01-15-2009, 09:58 PM
Ben
 
HondaStreetfigh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,392
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Veteran 
Total Awards: 1

Welcome to the hive, and glad to hear you're alright.

2 > 4
HondaStreetfigh is offline  
post #5 of 18 Old 01-15-2009, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
Tirone
 
Whiterabbit1980's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, Co
Posts: 77
Rep Power: 1
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by barton664 View Post
if your ever in miami or south florida for that matter let me know there are several of us in the area and we can be worse roll models in person..lol.. specially me....
Done!!! Dido if you ever find yourself in the rockies, there are some really great roads out there, and the cops are few and far between!

2002 Honda 919
Whiterabbit1980 is offline  
post #6 of 18 Old 01-15-2009, 10:34 PM
Chuck Norris has lost in battle with this Member
 
Pacojerte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: ft lauderdale fl
Posts: 12,874
Blog Entries: 1
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Donation Donation 
Total Awards: 2

Quote:
Originally Posted by Whiterabbit1980 View Post
and the cops are few and far between!
lol ... like i would stop for one....



Pacojerte is offline  
post #7 of 18 Old 01-16-2009, 07:15 AM
I am BATMAN!!!
 
justintyme73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ft. Collins CO
Posts: 4,660
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Outstanding Restoration Donation Donation 
Total Awards: 3

Welcome, sorry to hear about your wrecksident, but glad you came through OK to ride again. Just up the road from you a couple hours, and i have a Brother in Law and family down in the springs so I get down there occasionally.

"He was a wise man who invented Beer"--Plato
justintyme73 is offline  
post #8 of 18 Old 01-16-2009, 07:22 AM
Official thread derailer
 
dadogs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Pocono Mts PA
Posts: 11,015
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Donation BOTM Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Wrist Twisters Event Attendance 
Total Awards: 7

Welcome aboard and glad you're ok!

Side note, in that first pic you look suspiciously like Tony Stewart




Proud member of Wristtwisters, where we drill things the right way.
dadogs is offline  
post #9 of 18 Old 01-16-2009, 08:28 AM
Chuck Norris has lost in battle with this Member
 
Pacojerte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: ft lauderdale fl
Posts: 12,874
Blog Entries: 1
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Donation Donation 
Total Awards: 2

Quote:
Originally Posted by dadogs View Post
Welcome aboard and glad you're ok!

Side note, in that first pic you look suspiciously like Tony Stewart
who's tony stewart??



Pacojerte is offline  
post #10 of 18 Old 01-16-2009, 11:20 AM
(Quintus) Pilus Prior
 
zookmor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Columbus, Ga.
Posts: 2,760
Rep Power: 1
 
welcome and glad to have you.

'04 919---40k----6/18/10 SOLD

http://s603.photobucket.com/home/ZookMor/index
zookmor is offline  
post #11 of 18 Old 01-16-2009, 11:57 AM
Mc 9er
 
mcdonald919's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: New Jersey,USA
Posts: 1,268
Rep Power: 1
 
glad to have you aboard, good to hear both of you got away without any major injuries.

c 9er
silver,the fasted colour
mcdonald919 is offline  
post #12 of 18 Old 01-17-2009, 06:29 AM
Ken
Community Admin
 
Ken's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: New York
Posts: 4,396
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Extraordinary Ride Donation Extraordinary Ride Donation 
Total Awards: 4

Welcome aboard, Ben!

2009 Honda Goldwing
Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.
Ken is offline  
post #13 of 18 Old 01-17-2009, 08:05 AM
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 2,563
Rep Power: 0
 

Awards Showcase
Trackday Recognition Veteran 
Total Awards: 2

Welcome Ben.

Stay away from Barton, he's bad influence...

Sokali is offline  
post #14 of 18 Old 01-17-2009, 08:47 AM
Fool in the Rain
 
HondaJim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Posts: 10,284
Rep Power: 1
 
Garage

Awards Showcase
Donation Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Extraordinary Ride Wrist Twisters Event Attendance 
Total Awards: 4

Howdy Ben.

"Towards the end of the vid, it looks like she may have had a bafflectomy." - MarylandMike
HondaJim is offline  
post #15 of 18 Old 01-17-2009, 08:58 AM
LIVE FOR THE PROCESS
 
Nesty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: CBus!
Posts: 653
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Donation 
Total Awards: 1

Welcome aboard, glad to hear you are ok, and great job getting right back in the saddle!

Nice career choice...hope you're enjoying engineering math!

Nesty is offline  
post #16 of 18 Old 01-17-2009, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
Tirone
 
Whiterabbit1980's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, Co
Posts: 77
Rep Power: 1
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nesty View Post
Nice career choice...hope you're enjoying engineering math!
My favorite part!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sokali View Post
Stay away from Barton, he's bad influence...
He seems ok to me Time will tell I guess.

2002 Honda 919
Whiterabbit1980 is offline  
post #17 of 18 Old 01-17-2009, 09:15 AM
Isn't That Somethin'
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Bradford PA
Posts: 1,028
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Donation 
Total Awards: 1

Welcome and enjoy the madness!!!

UT VIVANT ALII...SO OTHERS MAY LIVE
jd31goalie is offline  
post #18 of 18 Old 01-17-2009, 08:44 PM
919lover
 
Wolverine's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Hampton, Ga 30228
Posts: 76
Rep Power: 1
 
Wink

Welcome to OUR world!!!!!!!!!!!

Wolverine is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Wrist Twisters forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










« FNG | new guy »
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome