1999 CB500F to 07 919 - Wrist Twisters
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post #1 of 6 Old 07-07-2017, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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1999 CB500F to 07 919

I plan on purchasing an 07 919.
I have previously owned a 99 CB500F

Will the weight difference/power ratio be too much to handle, or is this considered a moderate upgrade/transition?
I know that the weight for the 919 is more.
Does anyone have any advice, thanks!
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-07-2017, 05:17 PM
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That's a nice clean lookin bike. You'll be fine. The 919 is a safe, stable bike. Wide handlebars, upright riding position, low height etc etc. At a little over a 100hp it's not crazy. Load of torque so you don't need to rev the piss out of it, but you can if you want to. Bullet proof motor.
The 919 is a jack of all. Take it to the track, go touring and it's the best way to get to the shops for some milk. It's an easy bike to ride. Excellent on gravel roads, I feel safe and confident riding on poor roads. Easy bike to personalize and mod too. Plenty of help and advice here.
500 to 900 is a good, safe step up. You'll love the 919. Buy it already.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-07-2017, 05:34 PM
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Further to Islandboy's spot on comments.
Don't be spooked off by the power and weight difference.
Your 500 is a 27 degree steering angle bike with 113 mm of Trail.
These are REALLY "slow" numbers compared to the nimble yet rock steady 25/98 of the 919.
Both bikes are on 17 inch wheels, so that aspect will be a wash - aside from the 919 having bigger tires with more carcass compliant taller sidewalls.
The 919 is nominally 80 pounds heavier.
I'll bet you will be shocked at how easy the transition will be, wish you'd done it years ago, and actually find the 919 to turn tightly, such as intersection rights from a dead stop.
You'll notice a huge increase in torque down at low revs, but your right hand controls that totally.
Said torque will also be very smooth, due to the fuel injection as compared to the carbs of your 500.

A CAUTION though re tires.
If it is a low mileage bike they may still be original if which case I would suggest them as being aged out and up for replacement, no matter how much tread they have.
Regardless, don't run them as the Honda suggested pressures which are nothing more than liability based numbers based on theoretical maximum tire loads and max allowable GVW.
32/33 front and 35/36 rear cold settings is what I would suggest as your starting point.

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-10-2017, 11:55 AM
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When I bought my 919, it was 7 years from the last time rode with a motorcycle and that was 125cc Yamaha DT

It's an easy bike to handle
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-28-2017, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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got a 599 instead, thank though!

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-29-2017, 09:33 AM
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I prefer the 599 to the 919. Altho, l am in the minority, in that regard. Cool little bikes, arent they.

If it has not been done, the 599 really needs to be rejetted. It doesnt cost much. $125, for the DynoJet kit. I went slow, took me about 4 hours. Nothing really difficult. It's just piddley work. The pay off is huge.

Can you post pictures?

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