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!
Welcome man, you're gonna love the 9er. All those problems sound like easy fixes, you can find all the answers here.
"A motorcycle is not just a two-wheeled car; the difference between driving a car and climbing onto a motorcycle is the difference between watching TV and actually living your life."
-2005 CBR 600 F4i
-2001 RC51 ** SOLD
-2002 VFR 800**SOLD
-2002 919 **SOLD
-2006 599 ** WRECKED
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.