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post #1 of 45 Old 10-17-2013, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Looking to buy a VFR or 919 near Pittsburgh Pa

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Looking to buy a honda VFR or 919 near Pittsburgh - my range is about 100 miles. Looking for an everyday rider and looking to spend $4000 max. you can reply here or PM me if you have something or know of something.

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hmmm....Saw something in Cincinatti the other day in a VFR on CL

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Maybe this is what I saw....its interesting anyways - Columbus is closer though....

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Mine is for sale in Cumberland, MD. 07 919, 8k miles. I'm out of town until mid Nov though... Should see it on Craigslist
http://westmd.craigslist.org/mcy/4108163766.html

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Mine is for sale in Cumberland, MD. 07 919, 8k miles. I'm out of town until mid Nov though... Should see it on Craigslist
2007 Honda 919 (CB900F) - 7500mi
Nice bike! I have a few local options to try out first. There's one just like yours at my local Harley/Honda dealership, have to see how much they will budge on price. I'm not in a hurry (riding season is pretty much over here) so if I haven't found anything by mid-november I'd be interested in checking it out. I will have cash on hand as long you have title on hand LOL

One thing has me a little hesitant on the 919 - it's power. I hear it uses a de-tuned cb1000rr engine, clocked down from 15,000 rpm to 10,000 rpm - is that true? I used to ride a 1980 cb750f, and it ran really crappy. It was actually the bike I learned to ride on, its a wonder I didn't get hurt on that thing. It stalled alot (carbs were crap) but man once opened up that thing just took off. I was thinking with the 919, since it is an inline 4, and most of the power is in the top RPM range, as long as I kept it under 5000RPM it shouldn't take off on me and I can put-put around town until I get more comfortable with it. I don't have a lot of riding experience (about 2 years, 1000 miles or so, and I took a safety course) which is why I was leaning more towards the slightly smaller VFR's

I would like a nice powerful bike, but not a racing bike. Is the 919 and easy/forgiving ride at lower RPMs? I'm looking for something that can cruise comfortabley at low speeds and doesn't really take off until you hit over 1/3 to 1/2 throttle.

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The 919 has a very wide power "band", it has usable power from 1500 to 10k rpm. It will go like hell if you want it to but is very manageable under 5k for around town. This is one of my favorite characteristics of the 919.

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Do yourself a big favor and ride that VFR first. Then ride the 919.

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I've had both. Depends on what you are looking for. The VFR is better for touring, the V4 sounds good with exhausts. I would say the VFR suspension is a BIT better, both of them are really soft though. My 919 would get a little tail wonky in hard corners sometimes( 02 non adjustable suspension) the VFR would stay fairly planted. Wind protection on the VFR is nice, maintenance is not fun taking it all off though.

If you are not planning to take long trips I would stick with the 919. The 919 can be modified to be a decent tourer or course though.

The VFR's in that range are the early 6th gen's that had some electrical issues. If you look at these ask if the Honda recalls have been done (brakes, and wiring harness). Speaking of brakes the linked brakes on the VFR got on my nerves during spirited rides (and on the track). When you brake hard the tail will squirm around.

Also, If you ride in traffic I would not get the VFR.....get's hot as sin.

Power on both is pretty damn similar, BUT the VFR is a heavy girl. I found the VFR to have plenty of get up.

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Thanks for all the advice guys. I'm going to test ride the 919 at the harley/honda dealer and see how it feels. then its on to private-party sale hunting. I would still love the chance to test ride a VFR though.

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I may have made it sound like I didn't like my VFR that much. It was an awesome bike, best bike to commute on I've ever owned, but the 919 just has something about it. The 919 is more raw, the VFR more civilized, maybe

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I absolutely HATED my VFR! Never got comfortable on it, didn't have a lot of power/torque (nor was it lacking), & the "whine" from the gear-driven camshafts drove me crazy. However, IMO it was/is one of the BEST looking bikes ever.

I'm on my 3rd 919, can't seem to get enough of them. The bike just works.

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If it helps I actually picked up an 02 919 as my first street bike and I've been just fine on it so far.

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Is this per chance a members bike on here? I heard the 05 and under models don't have adjustable forks - is that really that big of a deal?

2002 Honda 919 CB900f Model

Also looking into this one:
http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/mcy/4088887124.html

newer and has more mods - seller has all the stock parts to go with it.

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Nice bikes, both too priced too high in my opinion, its coming up on winter and these things aren't exactly super popular.

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I've also got a lead on a 95 VFR with 9,000 miles on it for $3,000 which I'm leaning more towards - was that the generation that was prone to reg/rect failures?

It has a left exit exhaust I'm not too crazy about but comes with the stock pipes - have to see how it sounds and runs.

Anything else to look out for on the 98 model?

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I've also got a lead on a 95 VFR with 9,000 miles on it for $3,000 which I'm leaning more towards - was that the generation that was prone to reg/rect failures?

It has a left exit exhaust I'm not too crazy about but comes with the stock pipes - have to see how it sounds and runs.

Anything else to look out for on the 98 model?
That's a 5th gen. I believe. Gear driven cams which sound pretty cool. I don't know if they are as prone to those failures as the 6th gen. though. Very low miles on a bike that old. You should be able to find a 6th gen. for under $4k I would think with the upgrades to the charging system it should be rock solid.

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Is this per chance a members bike on here? I heard the 05 and under models don't have adjustable forks - is that really that big of a deal?

2002 Honda 919 CB900f Model

Also looking into this one:
2007 Honda 919 Naked Sportbike *RARE*

newer and has more mods - seller has all the stock parts to go with it.
That 2007 looks like a good deal. Talk him down to like $3800. You'd have stole it in my opinion. I'd go for that one. Adjustable suspension, low miles, and the 9er is a tank

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Nice bikes, both too priced too high in my opinion, its coming up on winter and these things aren't exactly super popular.


The 02 sure, but $4000 for a 07 with those miles, add-ons and new tires is a great deal.

Take it from someone that has bought three 919's and sold two. I believe I know the market pretty well.

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Going to look at this one tommorow - wish me luck!

Question: Do they make any kind of frame sliders or side guards for these? I have a bad habit of tipping my bikes over, and I'd HATE to scratch up that plastic...






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Going to look at this one tommorow - wish me luck!

Question: Do they make any kind of frame sliders or side guards for these? I have a bad habit of tipping my bikes over, and I'd HATE to scratch up that plastic...




I'm sure someone does. Fyi those fairings are nearly impossible to find and replace. My buddy has the same bike. It's very wide but handles well. It has about 50k on it and still running well. Sounds awesome

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Another thing is you lean forward a lot and the 919 will flat out rape it. It's a carb bike also. The 919 is fuel injected and easy to get parts for. That bike in the picture looks like either someone took off all of the decals or it has been repainted. Just saying be careful people can be shady.

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Another thing is you lean forward a lot and the 919 will flat out rape it. It's a carb bike also. The 919 is fuel injected and easy to get parts for. That bike in the picture looks like either someone took off all of the decals or it has been repainted. Just saying be careful people can be shady.

Something doesn't look right, I think the sideways "V" are supposed to be black. It's also missing the grab handles.


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Going to look at this one tommorow - wish me luck!

Question: Do they make any kind of frame sliders or side guards for these? I have a bad habit of tipping my bikes over, and I'd HATE to scratch up that plastic...






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I absolutely HATED my VFR! Never got comfortable on it, didn't have a lot of power/torque (nor was it lacking), & the "whine" from the gear-driven camshafts drove me crazy. However, IMO it was/is one of the BEST looking bikes ever.

I'm on my 3rd 919, can't seem to get enough of them. The bike just works.
IMO spend the extra $1000 on the 919. Less miles, FI, more power, 12 years newer, new tires etc.

The ONLY thing it has over the 919 is the SS swingarm.

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Something doesn't look right, I think the sideways "V" are supposed to be black. It's also missing the grab handles.





That's the year I had...........see below.



IMO spend the extra $1000 on the 919. Less miles, FI, more power, 12 years newer, new tires etc.

The ONLY thing it has over the 919 is the SS swingarm.

This.


I've heard frame sliders for the 6th gen. are really hard to find. not sure about the 5th. But if you have the grand to spend get the 919. If you don't God knows I understand, you'll still have fun on the viffer I'm sure

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I would recommend the 919. I've ridden a 1999 VFR800FI and 2004 VFR800 Vtec, and the 919 is hands down my favorite. Cheap thrills, more raw oomph, lots of character, and I find cruising down the interstate was more comfortable on the 9er. I will admit the '99 VFR with a Yoshi exhaust was nothing short of awesome and hydraulic clutches are amazing.

I would not recommend the '90s VFR750. My 9er ate one for breakfast not too long ago

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Well, i saw the bike today - just as nice as in the photos. The guy didn't know too much about it. Said he bought it from a dealer on I-70 (didn't say which one, I didn't ask) and it was being sold on consignment for a guy deployed in the army. He said he never did anything to it except change the sparkplugs. Think I am going to pass on this one. It sounded great, but all that plastic has me a little leary.

I also stopped at the local honda shop on the way home and that guy wanted to sell me a 1008 Suzy GSX650F (not sure if I got the letters right) It's a fairing bike with a 650 in-line four - has a hydraulic clutch, but that's about it. I think I'm going to go test ride the 919 at our other local harley/honda dealer and see how I like it. Then if they come down in price I'll buy it, if not I'll move on to local CL ads. They want 4899 (marked down from 5699 over the phone) so If I can squeeze him down to 4000 I'll buy it. I know the CL one has more stuff to it for the same price, but its an hour and a half away on the other side of Pittsburgh, and I like to have somebody to bitch to if I don't like something about it.

I think the 919 will suit me better than then a VFR or a Suzy 650, hands down I love that simple single headlight look with no fairing, and I can always get a bikini fairing/windshield later. Even the wife says, that is a sexy bike!

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I know, right? I can own a RARE 5 year old bike! And I thought my 1980 CB750F was rare!!! bwahahaha

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I wouldn't let an hour and a half drive get between me and a better bike.
Agreed... I drove 2 hours for my 9er, and 6 for my current car... Lol

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Yeah, you get a deal driving is worth it. 4 hrs for my speedy

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+1, pansy.

I drove 24 hours round trip to get my second 919. Was well worth it!

I can't help but wonder if a 919 is what you should even be looking at considering you are concerned with power above 5k rpms. Perhaps you should look into a cheaper ninja 250 or 500 first if this is going to be your first bike.

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+1, pansy.

I drove 24 hours round trip to get my second 919. Was well worth it!

I can't help but wonder if a 919 is what you should even be looking at considering you are concerned with power above 5k rpms. Perhaps you should look into a cheaper ninja 250 or 500 first if this is going to be your first bike.

Have you taken an msf course yet? If not, stop right now! Go take a msf course asap!
Yup - took the MSF to get my license. I think I can handle it. It will be like basic training all over again - I need a confidence booster. I'm going to test ride one at a Harley Dealership (they sell Hondas too) and if it feels like its too much bike, I will look more closely at a GSX650R in-line 4 I found locally (fuel injected, yosi slip on, hydraulic cluch!). I don't want to go any smaller than that becuase I don't want to get bored with it, and the two-bangers don't do anything for me.

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The 919 is really easy to ride and the only time it will scare you is if you give it too much gas and/or let the revs up. There's so much low end on it that you can practically pull from a stop at idle. Just go easy on the gas and short shift around 4000 RPM until you get used to it. Good luck.

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I was a really new rider when I got my 919, and I was a little intimidated at first too. It's not a twitchy bike, and it won't just take off on you if you aren't dumb with the throttle

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It's not a twitchy bike, and it won't just take off on you if you aren't dumb with the throttle
That's exactly what I waiting for someone to say - Thanks for all the advice. Appraiser is coming for my "funding" this week, so hopefully by saturday my garage will have a sexy new bike in it!

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Just curious if you found a 919 as I am near Pittsburgh too.

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Yup - took the MSF to get my license. I think I can handle it. It will be like basic training all over again - I need a confidence booster. I'm going to test ride one at a Harley Dealership (they sell Hondas too) and if it feels like its too much bike, I will look more closely at a GSX650R in-line 4 I found locally (fuel injected, yosi slip on, hydraulic cluch!). I don't want to go any smaller than that becuase I don't want to get bored with it, and the two-bangers don't do anything for me.
A GSXr 650 is even MORE stupid than a 919 for a first bike.

Only way you'll get bored quickly with any bike is when it comes to straight line acceleration. And no, a bigger street bike is NOT like basic training all over again, its a different animal altogether! Why? Well, other than the usual elements such as more power, weight, etc., but also because of environmental factors such as traffic, other people, stupid people, road conditions, weather, etc...

A Ninja 250 is a hoot to ride, and if you're concerned about small bikes (which there's need to be, you are after all, learning), get a Ninja 500 or something similar. Stay away from the I-4s and bigger bikes until you actually know what you're doing. Otherwise you're doing yourself a disservice by making the learning curve much steeper than it needs to be.

Entirely up to you though.

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A GSXr 650 is even MORE stupid than a 919 for a first bike. Only way you'll get bored quickly with any bike is when it comes to straight line acceleration. And no, a bigger street bike is NOT like basic training all over again, its a different animal altogether! Why? Well, other than the usual elements such as more power, weight, etc., but also because of environmental factors such as traffic, other people, stupid people, road conditions, weather, etc... A Ninja 250 is a hoot to ride, and if you're concerned about small bikes (which there's need to be, you are after all, learning), get a Ninja 500 or something similar. Stay away from the I-4s and bigger bikes until you actually know what you're doing. Otherwise you're doing yourself a disservice by making the learning curve much steeper than it needs to be. Entirely up to you though.
The bike he's talking about is a tamer 650 I think it's a GSF 650 not a GSXR. Sadly his attitude towards smaller bikes is common around here, he probably bought a Sportbike and crashed it allready.

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post #40 of 45 Old 03-24-2014, 04:27 AM
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The bike he's talking about is a tamer 650 I think it's a GSF 650 not a GSXR. Sadly his attitude towards smaller bikes is common around here, he probably bought a Sportbike and crashed it allready.
Granted I rode a dirt bike as a kid, but the 919 was my first bike. I feel I learned well on it, but only because of how conservative my riding style generally is. Sometimes I wonder if I should get a smaller bike, but I really think I would miss the power and highway riding ease of extra cc's.

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