New member from SC
My name is Matthew and I am a new owner of a 2006 Honda 919. It has been a few years since I have ridden regularly, and Iím glad to be able to ride again. You guys have an awesome forum with tons of useful information, and it seemed right to introduce myself as I plan on utilizing said information regularly.
This bike only had about 6800 miles on it when I bought it about a month ago. The first owner put some time and money into the bike with ProTaper handlebars, Pazzo brake and clutch adjustable levers, Rizoma mirrors, Rizoma turn signals, fender eliminator, and stainless steel brake lines. I searched for a 919 in this condition at the right price off and on for about a year before I found it. A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to ride a friendís 919 and said that if I ever rode again, this would be the bike I would look for.
The previous owners took really good care of the machine. The first owner kept it in a garage and changed the oil with full synthetic every 2000 miles. The second owner always kept it covered as it was kept outside (he only had the bike for a few months). Since I bought it, I replaced the handlebar grips to black grips to match the bike, and have plans to add the Motovation frame sliders to the frame (will require drilling) tomorrow or Saturday. Since everything else is in such good shape, the only other thing I have done is to work the paint over well with several coats of waxÖ until yesterday.
An uncle of mine gave some advice about how to properly clean, polish, and wax paint and yesterday I did the following to the painted surfaces of the bike:
1. Cleaned with Meguiarís Ultimate Quick Detail to start
2. Worked over all the painted surfaces with a clay bar using Quick Detail as lubrication
3. Used Meguiarís Ultimate Compound
4. Used Meguiarís Ultimate Polish (Pre-Wax)
5. Put on a layer of NXT 2.0 wax
6. Used Metal Polish to clean the right side exhaust while the wax dried
7. Wiped off the wax
8. Put on a second layer of NXT 2.0 wax
9. Used Metal Polish to clean the left side exhaust while the wax dried
10. Wiped off the wax
11. Wiped it down with Ultimate Quick Detail again
12. Quickly wiped down with a dry microfiber towel
13. Cleaned the vinyl seat with some dedicated vinyl cleaner
The bike is now super shiny with a smooth and nearly scratch free surface. The first picture below is of the bike before it was polished yesterday (it was pretty clean before). The last two are pictures I took on my phone after the polish/wax. Now the weather just needs to cooperate so that I can go out and ride more! Thanks for taking the time to read a long introduction post and thanks for sharing your knowledge on the forums.