Hey Gutter, the Tasmanian here. My bike came stock with the Pirelli Angel's. Great tires. Lasted very well, never slipped. The Bridgestone Battlax tires I tried once where terrible. I didn't feel confident with them and they slipped a couple of times.
The chain is easy to get off intact but you need to reverse your swing arm bolt. See first pic. Now you can drop the side plate and slip the chain off, see second pic. Leave your swing arm bolt permanently reversed for future chain removal. You could use a ratchet strap to lift the back end while you reversed swing arm bolt.
Mods and maintenance I will suggest.
Definitely the flapper one. What a stupid piece of crap. WTF.
Pair valves. Just removes so much useless clutter.
Power commander, just cause it's awesome.
Font springs. The hornet 900 front end is like a pogo stick. Fork springs are fairly cheap, and you'll get some to suit your weight. You'll replace your seals and fluid at the same time so it's all good.
Steel braided brake lines. Bit more of an initial bite than stock lines. Probably should think about it since your rubber ones are getting on. Main reason why I did mine. Age. I'd hate to have a line fail. Yikes!
Seat cover, stock is old, hard, slippery and sucky.
Sato rearsets cause they are sweet and it's Christmas.
Filter in the fuel tank. Maybe even the fuel pressure regulator. Must be more stuff but it's late and I'm knackered. I'll think up some more and get back.
Many thanks, comrade!
The chain routine - sorry to appear rather half asleep - is as simple as removing that nut and loosening the bolt? The chain will then give enough slack to remove once the cover is off? Or do I need to also adjust anything near the rear wheel?
If I can manage this herculean task(!) I can soak the chain in some kerosene, scrub it clean, then spray with degreaser, hose off, allow to dry, then apply motul lube top and bottom and before reapplying, also scrub the sprockets with kero, degreaser, then hose down, dry, lube - finally put the chain back on, the nut back on and tighten up and...all done?
Probably give the PCIII a miss as I am yet to be convinced that it will offer major change. The PC V I installed on my FZ1 did little until I had the ECU flashed (and Ivan's map). Then the bike changed completely. Which leads me to believe any changes with the PC III on the 919 will be minimal. As it was the flash that transformed that bike, not the PC V.
The fork oil and seals change seems for the best, makes sense to put in springs. Just had a peek and the ohlins are around AU$220 from Europe. Is it really worth the extra $ to change the springs with the oil and seals? Might well have to get my trust grease merchant to do the deed for me.
Fuel filter might be something I can do myself? And the braided brake lines would be good, can loosely justify as leaning towards added safety (for the fiance to swallow without more than a brief scowl at the cost) also could be fitted myself (perhaps). Just need to feel more certain they will make any real difference.
Seating is fine for now.
Pair valves I have seen elsewhere on here and will peek when I have more time.
Gearing did interest me...changing the front sprocket on the FZ made a lightning bolt of a difference, but then required the speedo healer to adjust the speedo. Assume the same applies with dropping the hornet front fangs down by -1 or rear by+something? Might get costly as probably best to replace sprockets and chain at the same time! Last done at 40k I believe...
very much appreciate the advice.