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post #1 of 11 Old 09-29-2009, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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honda 919 suspension

i was just wondering if anyone has upgraded their rear shock or front forks? I was just wondering what would be the best bang for my buck for a honda 919.

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what year is your bike?

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2003 with an 06 shock already on it

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front forks are the original 03's though

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I guess it depends on what/why you want to change.

Several of us have gone the route of (any combination of the following) springs/valving/oil in the forks.
If you wanna go all out & make it look cool - contact BMiller - he's got a RC51 front end he's trying to get rid of.

As far as the back end goes, all I know of is someone here bolted up a shock from an F3.
That's all I know of.

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I took Sniper's 919 for a spin. His has 04 forks and an Ohlins rear shock. There was much less jack hammer effect on his than mine, but I don't hit the roads hard enough to justify spending nearly $1,000 for a rear shock. I would like to get adjustable forks and the correct rated springs for the front.

I say I don't hit the roads that hard, but I hit them hard enough that the sides of my tires are more worn than the center. I'll most likely hit the side wear bars first.

EDIT: So to answer your question, put the proper RaceTech springs in the front and adjust the rear as close as possible. This will get you close enough unless you are pushing it really hard on the street or track. I've put 10,000 miles of twisties on my 919 with no suspension mods and it still keeps up with the sportbike crowds.

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hey lex, forgot to mention... f4i forks (or '04+ from a 919) are a direct swap if it's just the adjustability that you seek.

I'm on an '02, I added stiffer (.9kg RaceTechs) springs & changed oil.
I'm a 200+ lb rider with gear & I often ride 2-up with the wife.
Stiffer springs helped a lot - before it would feel like i was gonna pop the caps off the tops of the forks when I hit train tracks or pot holes. Much smoother now.

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thanks i appreciate the help. i was just wondering what some people who have had their 919s for a while had done suspension wise.

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thanks i appreciate the help. i was just wondering what some people who have had their 919s for a while had done suspension wise.
The best upgrade to a 919's suspension and handling is a better suspended and handling motorcycle... (there are LOTS of them)

Second best would be ohlins shock and RC51 forks i guess...

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I put a Ohlins rear shock on my '07. Got the spring for my weight and set up the sag front and rear. Made a huge difference. The bike doesn't try to launch me out of the seat when I hit a good bump. Probably going to do springs and oil to the front this winter since to get the sag right for me the adjusters on my forks are pretty much cranked right in.

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I have a "bolt-on" set of RC forks for sale, follow the link in my sig.

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