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post #1 of 59 Old 08-28-2017, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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god this bike is perfect

I just felt the need to reiterate this. Been riding my DR650 a lot to/from university, taking it offroad, and just beating it around. Got on my 919 this weekend for the first time in a week and it just re-amazed me with how smooth and comfortable it is

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Yea, the 919 definitely has the niche for jack of all trades, master of none. Still the best all around streetbike I have ever ridden

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Same here... The 919 is my 25th street bike I have owned. I have ridden countless more and I agree 100%- the best all around, do all bike.
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As much as it pains me to admit it...... I do mis the old 919 from time to time.

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As much as it pains me to admit it...... I do mis the old 919 from time to time.
I had mine up for sale last year near this time. I got 1 real human hit and a few bots trying to scam me.

I'm pretty amazed that people really like this bike, it wasn't expensive. I was in the $3K range and I've seen so many other bike in the $5K range that it really doesn't make sense.

I really didn't want to sell it, so I'm glad I didn't take the one, heavy beat down offer.

You really should grab one while you can, they really aren't expensive.

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Agreed, someone offered me 2500 for my stock '02 and i was sorely tempted to take it (want a Versys 650) but glad I didn't

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also just sent my seat off to Spencers so i'll update everyone on how that feels!
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also just sent my seat off to Spencers so i'll update everyone on how that feels!
How much was that? I'm getting tired of being pulled back so much, I'd like to have one of those "ridges at the rear" that hold you in a bit better.

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How much was that? I'm getting tired of being pulled back so much, I'd like to have one of those "ridges at the rear" that hold you in a bit better.
That's interesting, i have the exact opposite problem. I feel the stock seat is slanted such that it thrusts me (and my nethers) into the tank. I suppose this is why he asks for a photo of you in riding position/detials of how you ride.

It will cost me $75 for the upgrade in which he uses Supracor foam. Shipping will funnily enough run me probably around 80/90 total (roundtrip) so actually more than the upgrade itself.

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That's interesting, i have the exact opposite problem. I feel the stock seat is slanted such that it thrusts me (and my nethers) into the tank. I suppose this is why he asks for a photo of you in riding position/detials of how you ride.

It will cost me $75 for the upgrade in which he uses Supracor foam. Shipping will funnily enough run me probably around 80/90 total (roundtrip) so actually more than the upgrade itself.

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For some reason, I find myself up towards the tank more. I guess if the seat was designed different, I'd be back a bit more, but it seems to give me pretty good control up front.

It's too bad the shipping is so extreme. I worked as a programmer in a 3rd party logistic company and they really screw people on shipping. We used to use the corp account for shipping to get the discount. We could overnight things cheaper than ground in most cases.

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Started a new job near my house so i used my grom for commuting. Just took out the 919 and omg it feels like rocket.
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For some reason, I find myself up towards the tank more. I guess if the seat was designed different, I'd be back a bit more, but it seems to give me pretty good control up front.

It's too bad the shipping is so extreme. I worked as a programmer in a 3rd party logistic company and they really screw people on shipping. We used to use the corp account for shipping to get the discount. We could overnight things cheaper than ground in most cases.
Ah I misread - yes we have the same issue then. I spoke to Frank (Spencer) about it, he said that's the common complaint with the 919 seat. I do agree with you, in some respects I feel in more control; the ideal combination of aggressive and comfortable. But long distances are a nightmare with that setup. So hoping his foam work changes it.

Agreed, shipping is frustrating. And doubly frustrating because I used to live in FL not far from where he is haha. Alls well though, I'll keep my second seat and sell that one with the bike and sell this Spencer's one separately if/when I sell

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Ah I misread - yes we have the same issue then. I spoke to Frank (Spencer) about it, he said that's the common complaint with the 919 seat. I do agree with you, in some respects I feel in more control; the ideal combination of aggressive and comfortable. But long distances are a nightmare with that setup. So hoping his foam work changes it.

Agreed, shipping is frustrating. And doubly frustrating because I used to live in FL not far from where he is haha. Alls well though, I'll keep my second seat and sell that one with the bike and sell this Spencer's one separately if/when I sell
I don't have a 2nd seat, so that won't work for me, thankfully I don't really have a comfort problem with the 919 seat.

As far as shipping goes, I'm waiting for someone to do a "less than last mile" startup. I worked in the industry before, developing the software for shipping companies and there is a huge disrupt business to be had by shipping many things together, then doing a break down for the last mile.

This is what Amazon is working on. Basically, you'd either pickup your package for 1/2 the shipping price at a central location, or an Uber driver would drop it by as a 'side gig'.

It's sad when when the shipping costs more than the product/service.

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I feel the stock seat is slanted such that it thrusts me (and my nethers) into the tank.
I had the same experience with my stock seat.
It was terrible for it.
45 minutes or so was OK, but longer than that was awful and needing repeated "up, back, and unbunch the pants".
I ended up getting a Corbin, and that solved the problem plus it provided a much nicer passenger seating for my dear sweet wife of many years.
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If you shim the front of the stock seat it helps a fair amount... you can fit quite a bit under it which lifts the front of the seat and helps keep you off the tank.
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I had the same experience with my stock seat.
It was terrible for it.
45 minutes or so was OK, but longer than that was awful and needing repeated "up, back, and unbunch the pants".
I ended up getting a Corbin, and that solved the problem plus it provided a much nicer passenger seating for my dear sweet wife of many years.
I hooked a friend of a friend up with a good deal on another friend of a friends' 02 919. The Corbin seat was my finder's fee from that 919, it was all agreed upon. The kid took it on a 1k mile road trip and I never heard from him again. So must be an amazing seat haha

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If you shim the front of the stock seat it helps a fair amount... you can fit quite a bit under it which lifts the front of the seat and helps keep you off the tank.
Good call - will have to try this if my Spencer's seat doesn't do the trick either

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I love my honda hornet too. The 900 and its little brother the 600 are very popular street bikes here in Australia. There is no better way to get milk from the shop than on a honda motorcycle.

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I love my honda hornet too. The 900 and its little brother the 600 are very popular street bikes here in Australia. There is no better way to get milk from the shop than on a honda motorcycle.
It's kinda odd to see anyone say the 919 is popular anywhere. I had to look a long time to find one, I don't think they were ever popular in the US because of the price when they were new.

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I'm also enjoying my 919 very much, although I have nothing to compare it to. Just amazing how hopping on for a quick ride can wash away a shit day at work.

I'm spending more and more time on the highway though, and realize that:
a. I need earplugs, and
b. I don't want but I think I need some sort of windscreen.

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I'm also enjoying my 919 very much, although I have nothing to compare it to. Just amazing how hopping on for a quick ride can wash away a shit day at work.

I'm spending more and more time on the highway though, and realize that:
a. I need earplugs, and
b. I don't want but I think I need some sort of windscreen.
I never used earplugs, but my new helmet is letting more wind pass into the ears now. I was thinking about adding some padding to the front to block the wind. I use speakers in the helmet, so I don't want to wear earplugs.

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I never used earplugs, but my new helmet is letting more wind pass into the ears now. I was thinking about adding some padding to the front to block the wind. I use speakers in the helmet, so I don't want to wear earplugs.
I'm fairly new to wearing earplugs on my bike, but noticed I can actually hear the speakers better with them in since all of the extra noise is removed.

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I'm also enjoying my 919 very much, although I have nothing to compare it to. Just amazing how hopping on for a quick ride can wash away a shit day at work.

I'm spending more and more time on the highway though, and realize that:
a. I need earplugs, and
b. I don't want but I think I need some sort of windscreen.
Agreed. I wear earplugs only on long trips. It makes it far more enjoyable, I can hear the engine still but less so the wind. Thinking of getting those foam earbuds so I can hear music and also block off the wind.

I got the Givi windscreen from one of the members here on WT and it definitely helps. plus now i think the bike looks far better B-)

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I never used earplugs, but my new helmet is letting more wind pass into the ears now. I was thinking about adding some padding to the front to block the wind. I use speakers in the helmet, so I don't want to wear earplugs.
Please wear earplugs. If nothing else, to block the high frequency sound of wind noise. This causes permanent damage to the high frequency hearing range where speech is picked up. In my profession, I have seen a lot of people with high frequency hearing loss that struggled more than people with hearing loss across the frequrncy range.
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also just sent my seat off to Spencers so i'll update everyone on how that feels!
You won't be sorry. I have over 50K on the Spenser Seat and can ride all day. It is the best upgrade you can do. Unfortunately, the shipping is more than the cost of the mod.
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Yea, the 919 definitely has the niche for jack of all trades, master of none. Still the best all around streetbike I have ever ridden
Then that makes if the Master of Jack of all trades bikes

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Then that makes if the Master of Jack of all trades bikes
It was the definitive bonafide UJM of its design era.
A bit excessively frugal on some of the bits and pieces though.
The overall concept is still valid today, and should be forever.
On the basis of being an UJM, that is.
It'd be nice to see a new iteration, with better bits attached, but the concept left uncorrupted.
And no insect front end view or bolted on blocks of ugly plastic.
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I agree whole hearted with that statement.
Everything you just said Mcromo44. Well put. I have replaced all the cheap ass bits. It's now an awesome do it all bike. Engine is tough as nails. I'm sure honda has another litre naked bike coming out soon. The cb1000 just didn't do it for me. I'd want the modern performance, retro look and a bulletproof engine.

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Take the 919, give it a much more rigid chassis, high quality suspension components, and a modern hypernaked class honda v4 motor would be awesome.

or, if they make this and give it the same 140 wheel horse all the other hyper nakeds have

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Please wear earplugs. If nothing else, to block the high frequency sound of wind noise. This causes permanent damage to the high frequency hearing range where speech is picked up. In my profession, I have seen a lot of people with high frequency hearing loss that struggled more than people with hearing loss across the frequrncy range.
I agree, a lot of a person's hearing comes from the area of the head/skull around your ears not just the ear canal. Plugs cancel out the wind noise but the rest of your noggin still picks up sounds around you.

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I agree, a lot of a person's hearing comes from the area of the head/skull around your ears not just the ear canal. Plugs cancel out the wind noise but the rest of your noggin still picks up sounds around you.
When I switched helmets, I noticed the new one had more wind noise. I "adjusted" the side foam by removing about 1/4"... I think I'll add some back in at front of the face.

I'm kinda surprised that helmets don't have an air bag to adjust pressure around the face.

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When I switched helmets, I noticed the new one had more wind noise. I "adjusted" the side foam by removing about 1/4"... I think I'll add some back in at front of the face.

I'm kinda surprised that helmets don't have an air bag to adjust pressure around the face.
I think there are some that you can pump up the pads. Scorpion EXO 1000 was one. Never tried one though.

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I think there are some that you can pump up the pads. Scorpion EXO 1000 was one. Never tried one though.
I run a Scorpion R2000 for racing and you just reminded me that it had this... used it the first time I took it out of the box and totally forgot about it until just now...
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When are you expecting the seat back? I'd love to see how it looks and find out your thoughts on how it feels...

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When are you expecting the seat back? I'd love to see how it looks and find out your thoughts on how it feels...
The Spencer's? They should be coming in the mail today actually! Frank said they need a short break in period but i'm excited. The old Corbin I've been using in the mean time is not my cup of tea at all

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I run a Scorpion R2000 for racing and you just reminded me that it had this... used it the first time I took it out of the box and totally forgot about it until just now...
I wonder how well it works. I have a Scorpion too, but it's an older one. The cheek pads come out, that's how I removed about 1/4". I wonder how hard it would be to find some rubber bladder and little pump. Even a hose and a check valve would do the trick.

It's kinda a piss of that all these helmets don't have more standard things. I'd like built in sunglasses with adjustable sun blocker on the top and universal screens so that they'd be cheaper to replace, built in BT speakers and mic, ...

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1. Totally love my '07 919 and yes it will do it all. See #2. Yet, in about 30,000 miles of riding I have only seen a couple of them on the road and only had two people recognize mine. They just never caught on, for whatever reason.
2. After a 14-day, 6063 mile ride I can confidently say that the Spencer seat can handle the hours. Before, my butt was on fire a few hours into a ride on the stock seat. After the mod, 10-11 hours a day for 14 days and I did not want to get off when it was over. My hands... another story.
3. +1 to whoever said wear the earplugs, even with the speakers. You can still hear the music, your ears won't be ringing after a ride, and it's SOOO much more relaxing on longer rides.

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1. Totally love my '07 919 and yes it will do it all. See #2. Yet, in about 30,000 miles of riding I have only seen a couple of them on the road and only had two people recognize mine. They just never caught on, for whatever reason.
2. After a 14-day, 6063 mile ride I can confidently say that the Spencer seat can handle the hours. Before, my butt was on fire a few hours into a ride on the stock seat. After the mod, 10-11 hours a day for 14 days and I did not want to get off when it was over. My hands... another story.
3. +1 to whoever said wear the earplugs, even with the speakers. You can still hear the music, your ears won't be ringing after a ride, and it's SOOO much more relaxing on longer rides.

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I heard the reason they didn't catch on was because of the costs, they was related in part to exchange rates at that time. It wasn't until they were used, that the price came down.

It's sad because we don't have a flood of used bike and parts, but the upside is that you're riding a rare bird.

My other bike is the CB700S, it too is a rare bird. Kinda nice to be a rare bird.

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If Honda makes a 1000 like the one above, with 140 HP, I will buy the first one.

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