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post #1 of 8 Old 05-21-2020, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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New rider from N. Illinois,

Hi all,
Have been reading this forum for a while now, admiring the collective knowledge of all and dumbfounded by the vastness of knowledge by few individuals.
Last year I finally managed to break down my coworker and convinced him to sell me his 2002 919.
Coincidentally he was/is a member of this forum and he used to post under Semigray moniker. Some of the old timers would remember him.
The bike is unreal with all of the goodies that were bestowed upon it; Ohlins rear, adjustable front forks transplant (from I forgot what), Galfer brakes, ART cans, etc, etc.
Plus a few CF pieces on top.
I am a returning rider after 20+ years. Grew up on old communist scooters, mopeds and motorcycles. Later in life moved to South Africa, where my motorcycle life truly began. Rode anything from AR50 to ZX-11. My daily ride was a 1986 GPz750, non-turbo. I must have put on about 80K on that bike. When things changed in ole SA, i moved to US. Didn't ride anything worth mentioning. Real job, wife and kids followed. Now in my 50's I was allowed to get a motorcycle. My oldest one is in college the two younger ones are far from it yet.
Getting back on the road again, after all these years of not riding I realized a couple of things, my knees don't bend worth squat anymore, I need to loose 40 lbs, cage drivers still suck, and cell phones should be banned on the road.
I love riding this new to me bike, and look forward to being a member of this forum.

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-21-2020, 11:02 AM
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Well howdy, howdy, howdy! It is sure good to see some fresh blood around here.
I remember Semigray. Him and I are old together. You are right about the knowledge
beasts that float around here. A small cadre of braniacs that know their stuff inside
out, sideways and thoroughly. This is the place for 919.................forever.

I said I never had much use for one.
Never said I didn't know how to use it."
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-21-2020, 05:05 PM
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Welcome.
A 1985 GPZ750 was my first road bike. Many years ago. I loved it and flogged it everywhere. That bike is still running to this day.
I recently lost 35 lbs. I stopped eating crap and got busy. My riding has improved. But I need new bike pants.

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post #4 of 8 Old 05-22-2020, 05:49 AM
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Hello and welcome.
You got a sweet bike.
I am also in N. IL
I believe I bought my PAIRS system block off plates from Semigray.

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post #5 of 8 Old 05-22-2020, 04:48 PM
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Welcome! Another IL'er here. I'll be on the lookout for you!

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post #6 of 8 Old 05-22-2020, 04:51 PM
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-22-2020, 04:54 PM
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Quote:
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Getting back on the road again, after all these years of not riding I realized a couple of things, my knees don't bend worth squat anymore.
I love riding this new to me bike, and look forward to being a member of this forum.
Gotta laugh.
I have seriously bad arthritis in one knee, so can relate to the bending aspect.
Anyway, I put a Corbin seat on as the stocker was agony on the family jewels after about 45 minutes.
Voila, the touch points ended up being sooooo familiar, to my comfy 73 CB750 that is.

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-23-2020, 10:51 AM
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Hello from a neighbor to your nort. I picked up an '02 919 yesterday. Sounds like the previous owner of your bike kept it well maintained and was an enthusiast. Mine, not so much.

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