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post #1 of 22 Old 04-08-2015, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question New member looking at a 919

Hi all! I am currently riding a 1971 CB750k, but I want something a little newer that I don't have to worry about carbs or whether it'll start after work. haha. I found this 919 listed and I want advice. Is this worth fixing up?

Found this listing (Auto Networks Inc. - Inventory Detail) for a Honda 919 with salvage title. It looks like it needs a new alternator cover, left peg, front fender, and turn signal to make it road worthy, then a new rear plastic, bar ends etc. for looks.
By my math, it'd be a little more than 2k to get the bike road worthy and replace the salvage title with a rebuilt title. So, is it worth it?

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post #2 of 22 Old 04-08-2015, 05:08 PM
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The way I see it that bike + repairs is going to cost about the same as a decent (non wrecked) copy that doesn't have a salvage title, so, unless you have access to lots of parts cheap I would hunt around for a good used 9er, unless you're looking for a project to keep you busy..................................
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Buy it.
Ride as is for 15,000 miles.
Sell it for $500 more than you paid for it.

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I paid $3K for mine and it _WAS_ mint. You don't have to replace everything. Clearly the cover is cracked, but do you really need to replace the rest.

For that price and the price of the alt cover, I'd buy it.

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The way I see it that bike + repairs is going to cost about the same as a decent (non wrecked) copy that doesn't have a salvage title, so, unless you have access to lots of parts cheap I would hunt around for a good used 9er, unless you're looking for a project to keep you busy..................................
That being said, Welcome to the asylum, 9er is a great bike
What he said! Unless you can bargain the price down to ~ $1300

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post #6 of 22 Old 04-09-2015, 08:14 AM
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I'd probably pay $1500 for it. I'd fix the cover, see what I can do about the front fender (possibly just drill holes and zip tie it back together), then ride it like I stole it.



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I would buy it ... but i like building bikes and have a huge parts surplus of 9'er bits already.

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post #8 of 22 Old 04-09-2015, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Cool, thanks everyone! I'm going to see about going to take a look at the bike, and if it really seems (in person) to be mostly cosmetic damage, then I might try and haggle them down a bit.

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post #9 of 22 Old 04-09-2015, 09:49 AM
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Take a really close look at the forward engine mounts and rear engine mount locations. I have seen both crack and tear on wrecked 919's.

Also check the rims for damage and the forks to see if they are tweaked or bent.

It looks really decent in the pics ... Just take your time and take a bunch more pics of stuff u think might be questionable. If u post them up here we can get u sorted out.

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Yeah, there can be bargain bins down that low, but as long as all the main components (what HeliMech listed) are fine, that one is nicer than just about any bargain you'll find. If they're willing to negotiate, I'd buy it for $1500 and follow what crackerjac said.

Edit: Just did a quick search of all CL within 1000 miles of me, and not one bike popped up for under $2500.
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Yeah, there can be bargain bins down that low, but as long as all the main components (what HeliMech listed) are fine, that one is nicer than just about any bargain you'll find. If they're willing to negotiate, I'd buy it for $1500 and follow what crackerjac said.

Edit: Just did a quick search of all CL within 1000 miles of me, and not one bike popped up for under $2500.
I will take pics as recommended and post them for anything suspect. And yes, the only 919 I could find within a 4 hour drive (each way) was going for 5k. That's why this is so tempting to me. If I'm going to pay 5k for a used bike, I'd rather pay a little more and get a new one.

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$5k for a 919 is outrageous. They are nice bikes, don't get me wrong since I do miss mine from time to time, but when it comes down to brass tacks, the LAST year of the 919 is 8 years old. New, they were only $8k or so...



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If you think $5k is crazy, there is one in Houston that has been listed for the last 6 months or more at $6500... And it is STOCK.

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If you think $5k is crazy, there is one in Houston that has been listed for the last 6 months or more at $6500... And it is STOCK.
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I've been watching that one pretty closely. I go near that area once a month at least to get to my parents house. I've been meaning to swing by and take a look at it but never seem to get my travel times to line up.

This one just popped up in the Indy area, but a quick ebay search didn't turn up a used subframe, so it may be a lost cause.
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This one just popped up in the Indy area, but a quick ebay search didn't turn up a used subframe, so it may be a lost cause.
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If I recall correctly, there are no sub frames on the 919. Overall it sounds like an easy fix. I believe Ken had a similar issue that was caused by too heavy of a load and terrible factory placement. He had it welded and no issues as far as I know.

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Whaddya know, BikeBandit confirms it, there is no subframe on the 919. You learn something new every day. Easy fix with a welder huh ... hmmm.

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I've been watching that one pretty closely. I go near that area once a month at least to get to my parents house. I've been meaning to swing by and take a look at it but never seem to get my travel times to line up.

This one just popped up in the Indy area, but a quick ebay search didn't turn up a used subframe, so it may be a lost cause.
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As much as it looks terrifying, for 500 bucks it's totally worth it I think... Just parting out engine pieces, power commander, and the forks (assuming they aren't bent) could net you that much most likely

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Ya, I think it is worth $500 if engine is in tact, no cracks, no broken motor mounts, and the frame is straight and the only damage to it is the broke grab handle plates.

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Its got F4i forks as well. I would have it home and in my shop in a heart beat.

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Yep, if it were near me I would probably have stolen it out from under the OP by now.

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Whaddya know, BikeBandit confirms it, there is no subframe on the 919. You learn something new every day. Easy fix with a welder huh ... hmmm.
Yeah if you do a search you can find Ken's post regarding the grab rail plate failure and what he did to fix it. I would search for you but I'm on my cell.

$500 for what I see is an excellent deal. Someone would buy it just for the engine alone. So get over there to make sure the cases, mounts, forks, etc are intact and buy the thing already!

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