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post #1 of 19 Old 07-21-2017, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of buying a 2003 Honda 919, need advice

Hi Everyone,

I came across a Silver 2003 Honda 919 at a local dealership and was wondering if that is a good year and if there are any problems or issues to look out for.

The bike looks to be in pretty good shape except for the right rear turn signal that looks just a little bent. It only has about 6246 miles on the Odometer which
seems like not very many miles for a bike that is almost 15 years old. The tires were in bad shape so the dealership did put a brand new set on the bike.

Everything works on it and it starts right up but has a bit of a fluctuating idle and the needle moves back and forth from 900-1100 rpms. It may have been because
it hasn't fully warmed up yet. The bikes doesn't have any extras and is all stock. They are asking $2400 for it but I know a guy there and he said they will let me have it
for $2100. I may even get them down to 2k before everything is said and done. Question to you guys, is there anything I should look out for? Are there any
problems with these bikes? Is the maintenance easy to do (Spark plugs, oil changes, etc? )

Thanks for any input and advice you can give me.

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post #2 of 19 Old 07-21-2017, 07:30 PM
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Hi Everyone,

I came across a Silver 2003 Honda 919 at a local dealership and was wondering if that is a good year and if there are any problems or issues to look out for.

The bike looks to be in pretty good shape except for the right rear turn signal that looks just a little bent. It only has about 6246 miles on the Odometer which
seems like not very many miles for a bike that is almost 15 years old. The tires were in bad shape so the dealership did put a brand new set on the bike.

Everything works on it and it starts right up but has a bit of a fluctuating idle and the needle moves back and forth from 900-1100 rpms. It may have been because
it hasn't fully warmed up yet. The bikes doesn't have any extras and is all stock. They are asking $2400 for it but I know a guy there and he said they will let me have it
for $2100. I may even get them down to 2k before everything is said and done. Question to you guys, is there anything I should look out for? Are there any
problems with these bikes? Is the maintenance easy to do (Spark plugs, oil changes, etc? )

Thanks for any input and advice you can give me.
$2000 for a 2003 with less than 7K miles! Absolutely yes. FYI, I bought a 2007 919 last year (2016 July) with 30K miles for $2200 and its awesome. :-) Just get it serviced after you buy it and it will be great for years to come. Since the dealership is selling it, there will not be anything wrong obviously. :-) Its a steal in my mind for such low miles.
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$2000 for a 2003 with less than 7K miles! Absolutely yes. FYI, I bought a 2007 919 last year (2016 July) with 30K miles for $2200 and its awesome. :-) Just get it serviced after you buy it and it will be great for years to come. Since the dealership is selling it, there will not be anything wrong obviously. :-) Its a steal in my mind for such low miles.
I wish this would be at least a 2004 model since they upgraded the suspension in 2004 with some adjustment possible. WOW, $2200 for a 2007 model is a steal. Maybe I should wait and look around some more to see if any good deals pop up. Thanks for your input!

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Sounds like a deal to me. Idle is normal.
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I wish this would be at least a 2004 model since they upgraded the suspension in 2004 with some adjustment possible. WOW, $2200 for a 2007 model is a steal. Maybe I should wait and look around some more to see if any good deals pop up. Thanks for your input!
Dont worry about all that! At that price, you are getting a lot of bike. I am trying to buy a second bike now. However due to the addiction to the 919, the process is proving difficult. :-)
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That is a good price! I would snag it in a heartbeat. As with any 14 year old piece of machinery, there will be stuff that needs to be done, BUT this forum is a great place for DIYs and you will find that you can take the bike down to the frame with the knowledge here. Good new is that all the "hardware" is bulletproof. The regular wear items may need attention. You may need to change the fork seals, wheel bearings, or chain (depending on condition) but those are small items.
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Like everyone else said go for it. I got my bike dirt cheap at a repo auction. 2002 very low milage. Some bugger stole it on honda finance. Never paided a cent. Repo order went out. Bike sat in said bugger's shed hidden for about 12yrs. Rotten tank (condensation in empty tank) and dirty fuel system and years of neglect. Bike still ran. Spent a year reading this forum and cleaning bike up. Thing now goes like a shower of shit. Bullet proof. Wicked project bike that puts a smile on my face every time I ride it.
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I'm blown away that this is even a question. That kinda deal usually involves a gun and a call to 911.

Hurry up and give them the money and enjoy the ride. Go thru the standard things, brakes, fluids, etc...
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post #9 of 19 Old 07-22-2017, 07:25 AM
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Yep vey good deal. Picked my 2003 up for $2000 a couple months ago with 21k miles.


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Does the VIN sticker say it was built in 03? There were no 03, Silver Models in the US that l am aware of. If it has adjustable front suspension, it is an 04 MODEL. I'm sure some 04s were built in 03. If no fork adjustments, then it is a Frankenstein. That's not the worst thing in the world. You should just be aware of what you're getting into. A lot could have happened to that poor thing in the last 14 years.

I tell everyone that will listen that the old Hondas are fabulous bargains now. I bought an 01 Interceptor, and a 929 last year.

I will say tho, that you will probably have to stick some money into them. The one you spoke of has new tires, that's a big plus. That bike doesn't NEED much. But those thing tend to turn into a cheap bike, that is no longer cheap.
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Does the VIN sticker say it was built in 03? There were no 03, Silver Models in the US that l am aware of. If it has adjustable front suspension, it is an 04 MODEL. I'm sure some 04s were built in 03. If no fork adjustments, then it is a Frankenstein. That's not the worst thing in the world. You should just be aware of what you're getting into. A lot could have happened to that poor thing in the last 14 years.
The color isn't really silver or gray as they describe it but the official color is a Matte Bullet Metallic and yes it's definitely a 2003. It's pretty basic without any mods. Not even a Center Stand. I hate those turn signals. If I do get the bike I will definitely have to change them. I didn't make it to the dealership on Saturday but talked to the Main person doing the deals and he said he will take 2k for the bike. New tires were put on since they were definitely crap when I first looked at the bike and now they are nice and fresh with those little nobbies still on. The only thing that is still bugging me a bit is the fluctuating idle between 900 and 1100 rpms. They are closed tomorrow so I will have to wait until Tuesday to go out there and take another test ride to see if I should go for it or not. It's either buying this CB919 which fits me actually pretty well, or putting 2k down on a left over new 2016 FZ-09 and living with payments for the next few years. Decisions, Decisions.

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I don't think the fluctuating idle is a problem. All 919's 'hunt' a little at idle. Injector clean, turning up idle, clean spark plugs, starter valve sync, pc111usb. All these will help smooth it out. Best thing about an older stock bike is fixing it up and personalizing it. Stripping and cleaning a bike up is one of the best ways to get to know your ride.

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When I was installing license plate lights today I noticed a sticker on the frame reading "Honda CB900F3" Does the 3 stand for 2003? I know it's an 03 I just haven't seen this. Easy way to know what it is if this is true.


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All 919's have a bit of fluctuation in the idle I believe it's due to the fuel injection system not having an O2 sensor so it jumps back and forth from rich to lean in till the computer sees input from the tps

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Now l remember that color! It's kind of titanium looking, isn't it? I'm sorry, but those were butt ugly. However, its nothing a can of paint wouldnt cure.

All 919s have thst lopey idle. I liked that.

If it was me, l'd be taking a road trip to Wisconsin. That candy red is Beautiful!

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That's funny. I love the silver/titanium. Can't stand the red. I'm over Honda red. I brought a red 919 and turned it gunmetal black. I've keep the red tank and have considered painting it silver/titanium. Wouldn't the world be a boring place if we were all the same ; )

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In the US it was "Smoke" or "Asphalt" in 2003.

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