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.