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post #1 of 19 Old 04-03-2012, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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NOOB on a 919 - SC

Thank you for what has been an incredible resource to this clueless...but attentive new rider. Picked up a 2003 919 from a buddy of mine in the Army, it has seen better days and I'm brainstorming where to start. I knew this would be a bit of a fixer upper from the start. What I don't know is a lot - but I love the way this bike looks and rides. I also recognize that I probably sound like a total dumbass, however we'll be giving this the college try.

It has a few half assed hack-job mods but nothing mechanical or that difficult to fix, at least it seems that way right now. It is mostly stock and methinks that will be the way to go for now. I'm in the process of figuring out what makes sense in terms of where to look and what to start on (turn signals, the rear fender area was cut out, there has to be something better than the two itty bitty amber bulbs caulked into holes in the plastic). First stop when I get to the new town is a trip to the local Honda shop to have them look it over. I was relieved to read that the kinda rich exhaust smell is normal and will be studying up on how to get the vibrations in the bars reduced. This one has dirt bike bars on it with grips that have a weird way of sliding right off the bar. These will be fixed before it is ridden again.

If anyone is in the Southeast or SC in particular I pay for advice with the beer of your choice. Thanks!

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post #2 of 19 Old 04-03-2012, 07:04 PM
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Welcome. Plenty of info here. I tell you what, make a list of shit you'd like to do, and im sure plenty of guys will put their input on it.

As for the fender and turn signals, depending on your budget, i'd go with a competition werkes stainless fender, and Rizoma led blinkers( dont forget a $15 custom plug and play relay)

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OR a CUSTOMLED unit if you wanna splurge a bit. the grips can be fixed easily with hairspray, the cheaper the better!

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To fix your grip problem, try spraying hairspray in the grips and putting them back on the bars. Then Leave them alone overnight. There's a good chance it might fix your issue.


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Welcome, from one n00b to another!

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Thank you for the advice, going to pick up some hairspray today

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Thank you for the advice, going to pick up some hairspray today

hairspray is garbage, use gorilla glue. You well be able to remove it later if needed. at the mean time you will never ever have to worry about them moving.

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Welcome Will. Fix the stuff that NEEDS to be fixed. Those grips sliding sounds dangerous. I used hairspray too with good results.

After that just ride it, the mods will come to you.

Good luck and congrats.

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but don't try gorilla glue on your hair!

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Welcome man, you're gonna love the 9er. All those problems sound like easy fixes, you can find all the answers here.

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I have a dirt bike bar with a bar snake in it. Bar snake helped a lot with vibration. You'll never totally eliminate it, but the snake made it tolerable for me. Just google it if you're interested.

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Plus, I've used hairspray on grips forever and it works great


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Welcome! I'm in Athens, but I have a close friend at USC that I visit relatively often, so get that bike fixed up soon and you'll have a weekend riding buddy.

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Thank you for the encouragement and advice everybody! I'm in the process of moving back to SC tomorrow and will get right to work on the bike in the coming week. I'm grateful to know where to go for good information.

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I have OEM bars on my 919, and nearly all the vibrations went away when I pulled the weights out of the bars and put bar-end mirrors on.

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