EDIT: Sorry Mods, please move this to the New Member Intro section if that is more appropriate. Didn't realize this entire site seems to be basically dedicated to the 919, thought it was just this sub-forum.
Technically, I am the owner of this 2004 but its not actually in my possession yet (it is being delivered next week). So I'll have to settle for dealer photos for now.
In hindsight, I'm very surprised I ended up going with the 919 since my search for my very first motorcycle began with CBR500R's and SV650's. But that search started over 2 years ago, during which time I did quite a bit of research, took a local MSF course and at least sat on a few different motorcycles. Long story short - the right SV never materialized, the CBR500R's value proposition never won me over (and neither did the pre-2016 looks), and all examples of the 300cc option I wanted were out of my price range (KTM RC 390/Duke).
So here I am, a new rider with no riding experience under my belt except for an MSF course and a 919 on the way. Lucky for me, the local economy is still in the dumps and there are plenty of big, empty parking lots near me for practicing until next Spring. And during the winter downtime, I'll likely do a flush and fill of the brakes, maybe clean up some of the dirtier bits.
For what its worth, this is what I got for gear (with no plans to ride in the rain or snow intentionally). Overall, it seems to fit well with the style of the 919.
Helmet: Shark Skwal
Jacket: This was a highly personal decision for me, but I decided a long time ago that the only time I would ever buy a leather moto jacket would be if I actually rode a motorcycle. So I splurged on a Schott 641 Steerhide. No armor but...
Shirt: Knox Venture Armored Shirt. Fits under the Schott perfectly, and while I wish the back protector was CE-2 rated, its better than nothing.
Pants: Dainese Evo 1 w/ Kit J knee/shin armor and hip armor
Boots: TCX X-Square Plus
Gloves: Rev'It Striker 2 Gloves
Only thing left are frame sliders for the moment, but I'm hesitant to drill into the frame. So I've been scouring the forums for a no-drill frame mount option, haven't seen one yet though.
One funny sidenote: The previous owner of this 919 lives a 5 minute walk from my house.