Been lurking for a few months and recently joined, so thought I would introduce myself.
Recently purchased an 07 919 to get back into riding.
I had a 1979 Suzuki GS 1000 in college that I bought from a co-worker. Gave it to my dad when I got married and moved across the country since he helped with/did much of the maintenance on it.
No bikes since then so I am really still a beginner to riding and motorcycle ownership.
My 919 is 3 owner bike, first owner had it most of its life, 2nd owner was a close friend to 1st owner (he owned it about a year), and I bought it from the 2nd owner.
Had just over 18k miles when I bought it and is now pushing 21k. Will continue to rise quickly as I have started commuting with it most days as I now have it running properly.
First owner did the pair valve removal, flapper mod, debaffled the exhausts and went to 17/44 sprockets. Also added Renthal bars, Pro Grips, CRG bar end mirrors, LED turn signals and raised license plate mount.
The 2nd owner, I assume because of fueling issues installed the Power Commander serial version, but I don't think it was ever mapped properly.
I was going to attempt to map the serial PCIII but for various reasons ended up purchasing a PCIII-USB and had a map/accelerator pump settings created.
It runs great now and the throttle response is great on both acceleration and deceleration.
Since owning the bike I have done:
-PCIII-USB install and map
-Oil change (Mobil 1 synthetic motorcycle oil, OEM filter)
-Spark plug change (NGK iridium)
-Chain and sprocket change (DID chain and 15/43 sprockets)
-K&N air filter
-RAM mount and phone charger.
-The process has been a great learning experience with much more to learn in the years to come.
My wife also enjoys riding with me. Bought an Air Hawk cushion and the GIVI mounting frame and Monolock case that also acts as a seat back. Makes the ride much more comfortable and enjoyable for her. And the storage space is nice.
Also got Sena's which make communication easier and they work great with Pinlock earplugs, as well as pairing with phone/GPS.
Next up is tires. Probably going to go with Pirelli Angel GT.