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post #1 of 23 Old 06-27-2009, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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I came here to introduce my self too. But after the harassment Gnigma got, I'm not sure if I should tell you all how old I am. I also had a Cushman when I was a teen. Mine was a 1954 Cushman Eagle. I have had a few different bikes over the years, but at the present time I have only two bikes…..1994 Honda Shadow 1100, and a 2000 Kawasaki ZR-7. I eventually plan to sell the Honda because the cruiser riding position hurts my lower back. My ZR-7 is the naked version and has a riding position similar to the 919. I have no back problems when riding it. Because the 919 is on my short list to replace the Shadow, I am here to learn what I can about the 919. One thing I read so far that has me concerned is changing the spark plugs. It sounds like people should bring there little kids in the house if I have to change the #3 spark in the 919. The mothers may not appreciate the new words their kids might learn. At a forum for the Kawasaki Z750S I find they have a problem with the #3 spark plug too……maybe even worse than the 919, because they have to drain down some coolant from the radiator so they can remove an upper coolant hose to gain access to that spark plug…..a real pain in the butt. I know all I need to about the performance of the 919. Now I want to get a handle of how difficult it is to maintain the 919.

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post #2 of 23 Old 06-27-2009, 07:18 PM
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welcome.... really glad your here and i am proud that i was able to welcome you before ripper got the chance....



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post #3 of 23 Old 06-27-2009, 07:37 PM
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Welcome ....from another "seasoned" rider!!

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Welcome, it's good to see the more mature group join up! By the way, changing the plugs is no real issue. It just takes a patience and a good variety of tools to try. The plug wrench that came in the tool kit worked great in that hole.

The group of folks in this group are quick to help with any and all issues. Difficulty with maintainace should be considered an non-issue with our 919s.

And it's especially good to see another Michiganian or Michigander, whatever we call ourselves.

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post #5 of 23 Old 06-27-2009, 07:43 PM
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welcome.... really glad your here and i am proud that i was able to welcome you before ripper got the chance....

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Now for my welcome... Where in Michigan you located?

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post #7 of 23 Old 06-27-2009, 08:06 PM
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welcome to the board and hope to hear some good stories, as for maintaining the 919, it not hard but there are definatly some bike related issues that have to be addresed, such as loc titing certain bolts and the fact that the starter switch will break the solder on the headlight concetion in it. Nothing major at all though, simple tools can fix most issues. everything you really need to know is in the helpful topics in the naked forum

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post #8 of 23 Old 06-27-2009, 08:32 PM
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Welcome from another seasoned rider... I am too young for a cruiser - of course the vintage bikes are good - I am up to three or four or five... .

I enjoy the riding position of the 919 also. The advice to check the 919 help forum has solid advice - locktite the shifter bolt - I didn't - duh!

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post #9 of 23 Old 06-27-2009, 08:40 PM
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The advice to check the 919 help forum has solid advice - locktite the shifter bolt - I didn't - duh!
yeah, kinda sucked for me when I came out of the corner and went to shit and was like where the hell is my shifter, look down... christ, its just dangling on the pavment! But the 9'er got me to Loews in 2nd gear, linkages tied up with zip ties to get a new bolt till I could get to honda. Thank fully she has enough torque with enough clutch slipage!, and in town 45-50 was good, with out running her to to red line the whole way

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Welcome! Spark plugs are a piece of cake. Just don't rush it.

Sounds like Mistermike might have a playmate.

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Welcome WMUBRONCO from another 'ol boy riding a near new 919. Being used to 1970s Triumphs , I too was initially concerned about various anticipated maintenance procedures - but not now. I don't think these new fangled machines need the same degree of maintenance as the old ones but of course they need to be checked just the same.

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post #13 of 23 Old 06-28-2009, 02:48 AM
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Welcome. Maintaining your 919 should be easy. Put gas in the tank and air in the tires. Done!

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Now for my welcome... Where in Michigan you located?
Kalamazoo, Michigan

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post #18 of 23 Old 06-28-2009, 06:19 AM
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GEE I'm betwixt South Haven and Kalamazoo, go to on Target almost every weekend to check out the used racks. Paw Paw cycles has tires at about the same price as the cheapest mail order places. Maybe we'll run into each other some weekend.

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post #19 of 23 Old 06-28-2009, 06:44 AM
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I just threw there on Thursday, made it over to jackson () and stopped at Rudy's for a good ol Kraut Dog! MMMMmmm, Kraut Dogs.............

Rudy's is about the only thing I miss from Toledo when I lived there.

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Man... not to mention you have one of the most kickass drag strips right up the road from you! You lucky old geezer you!

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Man... not to mention you have one of the most kickass drag strips right up the road from you! You lucky old geezer you!
I guess you are talking about Martin Dragway. About twice a year they have an event called "Battle Of The Bikes". I usually go to at least one of those events each year with some of my friends that ride.

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GEE I'm betwixt South Haven and Kalamazoo, go to on Target almost every weekend to check out the used racks. Paw Paw cycles has tires at about the same price as the cheapest mail order places. Maybe we'll run into each other some weekend.

Rich
I live on the east side of Kalamazoo County. So the West Main Mall would probably be about half way between my house and yours. It might be nice to meet there sometime to compare the seating ergonomics of the 919 to my ZR-7. I think they would be pretty close for the rider, but more leg room for the passenger on your 919. PM me if you want to meet there some time.

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