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post #1 of 13 Old 09-07-2017, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
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Picking up a used 03 919

Hello all. New to the forums. I'm looking at picking up an 03 919 next week. 17K miles, looks like its been laid down at least once (not crashed, few minor scratches on engine cover). Bone stock, aside for a center stand. Seller states they bought the bike from a local dealer and are the second owners. Bike was not ridden for 3 years. I was just wondering what you all think about it? I'm most concerned about the bike sitting around for 3 years, the bike was in a tent like shelter the whole time. Seller sent me a lot of pics, looks ok to me. A few superficial scratches on tank (likely from a zipper) that a tiny amount of rust set in. Some rust by the passenger pegs. He said he's been starting the bike regularly and just installed a new battery a few weeks ago. Says it runs and starts no problem. Seller willing to let it go for $2,000. What are your thoughts?

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If functioning as it should, and the damage is as minor as it sounds, 2k is a bargain.

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My bike had sat around for a long time, maybe with only a little fuel in the tank. Perhaps condensation was the cause, bUT the inside of the fuel tank was rusted. There was crap all the way through the fuel line. The bike still started and ran OK. I replaced tank, pump, filter, fuel line etc.
So if the bikes been sitting for a while would pay to have a look inside fuel tank, use a torch.

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My bike had sat around for a long time, maybe with only a little fuel in the tank. Perhaps condensation was the cause, bUT the inside of the fuel tank was rusted. There was crap all the way through the fuel line. The bike still started and ran OK. I replaced tank, pump, filter, fuel line etc.
So if the bikes been sitting for a while would pay to have a look inside fuel tank, use a torch.


Torch = flashlight.

In the US, torch has a different meaning which includes flame. Although, lighting the tank on fire would make it brighter inside....


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Torch = flashlight.

In the US, torch has a different meaning which includes flame. Although, lighting the tank on fire would make it brighter inside....


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I had the same thought....

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Whoops, my bad. Here in Australia a flashlight is called a torch.
Please don't use a torch to look in fuel tank.
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Whoops, my bad. Here in Australia a flashlight is called a torch.
Please don't use a torch to look in fuel tank.


Pretty much every other English speaking nation uses "torch" for flashlight. The queen and her English...... ugh.


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Pretty much every other English speaking nation uses "torch" for flashlight. The queen and her English...... ugh.


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Kinda makes you wonder why they'd call it a flashlight.

I heard a reason years ago, it came from police that would carry them and would only flash them on then off to save the batteries. So the term "flash light" stuck.

Anyways, OP: $2K is a bargain, grab it and laugh about it. Go thru the fuel and brake systems, tires, etc... If your in for an additional $500 or so, it's still a bargain.

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Also, donít use a fleshlight to look in your tank either...


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Also, donít use a fleshlight to look in your tank either...


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Right... that is meant to examine the integrity of the dipstick.


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I just bought a 2003 919 with 30 k to replace my aging 1990 ZX-10. Really loved that ZX, got it in 2002 with 3k on it. Put almost 200k on it. I have had Hondas, both new and used and do like the quality. The 919 had some damage to it in the past but had been fixed back to stock. I could not make out any major damage to it when I first looked at it. Now that I have changed the chain/sprockets and tires I can see where its been down. Who ever did the work did it well. I paid 2 grand for it and put 700 miles on it through the area around Deals Gap this past week and loved every second of it. Just remember that the bike is 14 years old and will require wrench turning on it. I trust no one with a wrench on any of my bikes but myself.

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I just bought a 2003 919 with 30 k to replace my aging 1990 ZX-10. Really loved that ZX, got it in 2002 with 3k on it. Put almost 200k on it. I have had Hondas, both new and used and do like the quality. The 919 had some damage to it in the past but had been fixed back to stock. I could not make out any major damage to it when I first looked at it. Now that I have changed the chain/sprockets and tires I can see where its been down. Who ever did the work did it well. I paid 2 grand for it and put 700 miles on it through the area around Deals Gap this past week and loved every second of it. Just remember that the bike is 14 years old and will require wrench turning on it. I trust no one with a wrench on any of my bikes but myself.
Welcome to the forum! You made a great choice in getting a 919.

Might try the intro section so you can tell us all about yourself.


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