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post #1 of 24 Old 07-22-2013, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all!

I am considering to purchase a 2004 Honda 919 with roughly 16k miles.

The owner says that there is a small dent on the right side of the tank from laying it over while nearly stopped as he approached an intersection. I have attached the only photos of the bike that I have, and I can't see the dent.

So far, from what I can tell from the photos, this bike has had the following modifications:

-New Taillight
-Two brothers exhaust. It is a single exhaust, not dual

I am new to the 919, and I plan on going to look over the bike sometime in the next few days.

Is there anything in particular that I need to look out for when I check out this bike? More specifically: signs of abuse, unnecessary wear & tear, improper maintenance, improper assembly of aftermarket parts... you get the point.

If you don't mind, take a look at the photos and tell me what you think.

Thanks for your time. It is greatly appreciated (especially since I am completely new to the 919).

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post #2 of 24 Old 07-22-2013, 08:14 PM
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Where is the bike located? How much is the asking price?

In addition to the exhaust and tail light, it looks like the footpegs, handlebar, chain, and rear sprocket are also aftermarket. Hard to screw up anything when replacing those parts though.

Refer to this guide for great advice on what to look out for: Used Motorcycle Evaluation Guide

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Overall, it looks pretty clean (my rear sprocket never looks that good!) The good thing about the 919 is that it's pretty tough. I'd say if it starts right up and runs like how the bike looks in the pics you should have a nice bike. I got mine as a wrecked,abused, and stored outside kinda bike and she's never given me a hiccup in the past 9k+ miles in the past year. Needless to say I've been very happy to own my 9er.

Ask about the 16k valve check to see if the owner is up to date on his maintenance intervals. Ask what he uses and when he changes the oil, and don't be afraid to walk away if the guy acts like a greasy used car salesman.

I did notice the 2 small dents in the RH side of the gas tank, pretty minor but definitely gives some haggle room on price (depending on asking price and whatnot)

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I'm not a huge fan of Two Brothers stuff but I wouldn't let that stop me from buying that 9er if it starts well and doesn't make any funny noises when it's running and the price is right, the 9er is pretty darned bullet proof and you really have to abuse them hard to hurt anything and judging by the pictures that one looks pretty well taken care of.


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Makes sure the owner has a Power Commander on that thing. It is the tuner used to compensate the Electronic Fuel Injection for a change in exhaust and or cams and such.

You may consider asking a mechanic to look it over for you. He or she should charge a modest price. Pick your own mechanic and don't use his.


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Everyone is missing the most important... Fender eliminator... and because there is no rear turn signals, I assume it is an integrated tail light...

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post #7 of 24 Old 07-23-2013, 09:51 AM
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BTW Kitten, I have one for sale you can get . And I know my 919 has been well taken care of...
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Where is the bike located? How much is the asking price?

In addition to the exhaust and tail light, it looks like the footpegs, handlebar, chain, and rear sprocket are also aftermarket. Hard to screw up anything when replacing those parts though.

Refer to this guide for great advice on what to look out for: Used Motorcycle Evaluation Guide
Thanks for your input and link! I ended up buying the bike.
The bike was located outside of Jackson, Ms and he was asking $3250 for it, but I was able to talk him down on the price.
Thanks again for your help; that did help me out when I went to look at it.

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Thanks everyone for your help! I was able to buy the bike. It has a leak in the fork seal, and I think that the clutch sensor is messed up. I will more than likely be asking a few more questions about the bike as far as maintenance goes in the next day or two.

Thanks again for all the help!

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To fix your leaky fork seal (at least temporarily) do this:

Homemade Sealmate - fork seal repair tool - Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums


Make sure to lift up as you work around the fork so dirt doesn't fall back in.

35mm film strips work, too, but those are becoming more rare to find.

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A little under $3250 with leaky fork seal and some sort of clutch issue, or a little more for bpolunin's tricked out 9r that you KNOW is in tip top shape?
I'm not sayin you made the wrong call kitten...but...

JK, congrats and enjoy fixin her, uh, or him, up!

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I say kitten made a wrong call ... JK
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A little under $3250 with leaky fork seal and some sort of clutch issue, or a little more for bpolunin's tricked out 9r that you KNOW is in tip top shape?
I'm not sayin you made the wrong call kitten...but...

JK, congrats and enjoy fixin her, uh, or him, up!

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It should be a good bike for you... what do you mean about the clutch sensor? Fork seals are a relatively easy fix.

Happy motoring!





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g00gl3it: Thanks for the advice and link for replacing the fork seals!

bpolunin: That's a pretty 919 with a lot of cool mods. I wanted my first 919 to be stock. GLWS!

The Shadow: I thought that the clutch sensor that determines if the clutch is engaged or disengaged was fouling up (it did not allow me to start the bike while in 1st gear with the kickstand up). However, after I was able to look a little closer, I realized that the wire leading to the clutch was simply not plugged in all the way: problem solved!

Thanks everyone for the help! I just got the tag today; I already love the bike's power and handling.

Ride safe!

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Haha... or at least close to stock, so I can return it to OEM. I have already ordered stock tailpipes and the stock license plate bracket.

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Post up anything you need , I bet somebody has it sitting on a shelf in the garage.
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Yeah, I bet there are a dozen sets of OEM exhausts sitting in WT garages,

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I like my oem exhaust. Quiet, doesnt need a 175$ accessory to run right, and i wouldn't use the benefits of 7 more hp in any good shape or fashion on the street. There are plenty of riders here that will ride circles around me or track their bike and need every bit of garnered horsepower they can find. Or, they just want a better looking or performing exhaust. Or they want to get rid of the stink.

If i had to replace my exhaust, id go the low slung 900rr route mearly for the fact that its tough to run saddle bags with our exhaust without melting things. I might be in a weird crowd but i dont like loud exhausts. Just my .02.

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I went with after market cans because the stock exhaust sounded like a can of angry bee's (hornets?) and with my carbon fibre Remus cans I can ride for hours, get off the bike and the cans are cool to the touch so saddle bags aren't a problem, but everyones taste is different, thats the wonderful thing about motorcycles, you can make them uniquely "yours"


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I went with after market cans because the stock exhaust sounded like a can of angry bee's (hornets?) and with my carbon fibre Remus cans I can ride for hours, get off the bike and the cans are cool to the touch so saddle bags aren't a problem, but everyones taste is different, thats the wonderful thing about motorcycles, you can make them uniquely "yours"
Bees? Did they have a baffelectomy done?

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No, it just didn't have the deep throaty exhaust bark that a large I4 should have


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Yeah, I bet there are a dozen sets of OEM exhausts sitting in WT garages,
Nuh uh, I don't have an OEM exhaust in my garage.



... it's out in the storage shed...

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