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post #1 of 32 Old 04-17-2011, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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919 held her own

Went on an anniversary ride for a local club this weekend and had a blast. I'm glad to say that the 919 held her own on the twisties and a lot of the straight aways. She surprised a lot of the guys riding super sports. As speeds got a little insane the liter bikes and larger pulled away strong as did my buddy on his 954. I'd love a little more top end grunt but as my skills improve I'm starting to see that the rider determines the outcome just as much as engine size. Really starting to see why so many love this bike. I chose it because of the riding position as I have arthritis in my neck and back.


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post #2 of 32 Old 04-17-2011, 06:54 PM
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I have lived this scenario a few times. It is always fun!

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It was very fun for me. If I traded it in it would have to be for something else with a strong low end and mid range. I've ridden some super sports and they pull strong up high but almost nothing down low. Only time I wished to be on something else is when I hit red line a couple of times trying to close the gap on a ZX14 and a Busa but no one was catching them until the roads started to twist and bend.

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You know what I hate - when you are getting it on and think you are doing really well and pushing hard, then some bastard on one of those tall, ugly adventure bikes with knobby tyres passes you mid corner and waves at the same time ..........

Reality checks suck.

And yes - in the real world where every street is not a 5 mile long drag strip the 919 can do pretty well.

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You know what I hate - when you are getting it on and think you are doing really well and pushing hard, then some bastard on one of those tall, ugly adventure bikes with knobby tyres passes you mid corner and waves at the same time ..........
This is absolutely the truth.
I can feel like I'm hauling ASS, and my friend with an F800GS with knobbies pulls me.

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Twisties are good for the 919 but a lack of a fairing on the open road is my only problem, on long rides my friends take off, and i am near blowing off trying to hold on, my head bouncing all over.
it is ok for short blasts at the track but extended periods, my neck aches. So i just cruise, which is good for my license, and one of the reasons i got a 919 in the first place.
i cannot be trusted if i have a fairing to tuck behind.

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So i just cruise, which is good for my license, and one of the reasons i got a 919 in the first place.
i cannot be trusted if i have a fairing to tuck behind.
Ditto - sold my full fairing Suzuki 1200 for this reason - darn thing kept creeping up over 150 kmph (speed limit here is 100 .....)
9er has basically the same power/torque and weighs less but is happier a saner speeds. Ironically I've had the Honda up to a higher top speed then I ever did on the Suzuki.

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thing is you feel the speed on the 919. When i sold the vfr i flew past the police on the 919 and thought i was gone, i looked down and was sitting on the speed limit, i was happy.
On a test ride on a blackbird i thought i was cruising, i looked down ,and i was doing 150, best not buy a bird i decided, so quiet so smooth.

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Only 1 pic? looks good so far.

What temp is the Hood this time of year? Got a couple inches of snow this weekend. Kind of ruined an annual ride up here. All gone now but it stayed most of the weekend. Gets harder and harder every year to justify staying....

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We've already hit 90 at Hood this year but this week end was low 80s have a ton of pics will post more after work.

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the 919 will do everything you ask and then some......when you get bored of it...... strip it and mod it, and it will become a different animal.

As far as highway cruising, put whatever fairing you want on it and go........ BTW, the OEM Honda flyscreen blocks more wind than what you'd realize.

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Low 80's he says. Boy that breaks my heart. Was 28 when I got up on Saturday. To hell with this place.

Looking forward to pics though.

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FlyCatcher it was 95 today!!! I was looking for the OEM fly screen and couldn't find one. I just ordered an F16 screen. The wind was killing me on the long straights as I tried to hold on. A few more pics at the halfway point and a few at the cookout.





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LOL --- the 919 looks painfully stock next to all that paint!

Time to get modding!

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Yeah it's time to start modding, the problem is i cheat on the 919 with a G35.

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Interesting paint. Some were definitely not my scene!

Reminds me of those ricer car paint jobs in the Fast & Furious movies converted to bikes.

Is it a thing in the US?

In NZ if a sport bike is getting custom paint it is usually in a favorite riders full livery complete with sponsor logos etc.

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Oh, those poor, once proud sport bikes, all dressed up in drag. Heartbreaking.

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What a crowd! And to think I spent over $100 just to do my side panels and hugger. Scared to think what a full sport bike paint job would cost.


By the way... 37 ffing degrees this morning. Snow for dinner apparently. I finally got my penske shock mounted and I can't even get any decent weather to try it out. Looks great down there.

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We're no better down in Keno, Fly. 33 and rain all day today. Good day for testing methinks.

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The winter that just won't die

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Gotta say, I have yet to find a sport bike that my Speed Triple can't hang with. I don't go looking per say, but I've never had that moment where I'm digging my heels in wishing I had more. Now, I ride behind Earache on his ST1300 on one bit of twisted backroad thinking more than once that I shouldn't have to work so hard to keep up... But, he has been riding that road (IN 135) for 30 years and I've only ridden it about 10 times.



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There were a lot of expensive paint jobs but a lot of those guys and quite a few girls can really ride. Some of the clubs have mechanics and painters as members so they get some good deals. AllanB this is quite common in the US. Different parts of the country are into different things. Before I left the east coast they were into stretched swingarms and big 240-300 tires

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dunno what ur talkin bout.... was nice and sunny here this weekend in so cal... o wait ya we dont really get winter :-P

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i'll be going to so cal in may for about a week for my sister in laws wedding

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TharBars are great! Next time they get adjusted for the track. I think I need a radial master cylinder to replace the monstrous OEM unit, so the brake lines will clear the instrument cluster.

I'm also rolling on the wheels that I bought from FlyCatcher




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Now you need a PHOBSTAND for a paddock stand!

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Skill level vs bike will determine the outcome 90% of the time.

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.
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Nice pics TX Traffic. Where in Central Texas are you? Some guys in my club have been talking about going to the track in Dallas or College Station.

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Those pics are at TWS (Texas World Speedway) in College Station.

The same organization, RideSmart, schedules track days at:
MSR-C (MotorSports Ranch, Cresson)
MSR-H (MotorSports Ranch, Houston)
ECR (Eagle's Canyon Raceway)
TWS (Texas World Speedway)
...and once a year at Barber.

In addition to the standard Track Day school they have CMRA license classes and Adv rider classes.

Hey Smitty... you're up in Killeen. You may already know a friend of mine there. He rides a Speed Triple.
I STRONGLY recommend track days. There are things that you learn on the track that you just can't on the street.


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Now you need a PHOBSTAND for a paddock stand!
Too late!
(got one already )

There's nothing better for swingarm work.
Have you considered making them for other bikes? I do not know if sportbikes generally have the same kind of bracket that the 919 has. If they do, I bet they are crying for something like your PHobstand.

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I know him, he took me on my first Texas ride on FM 2484 works on fort hood. He has a triple and a track bike, I think it's a GSXR but am not sure.

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Went on an anniversary ride for a local club this weekend and had a blast. I'm glad to say that the 919 held her own on the twisties and a lot of the straight aways. She surprised a lot of the guys riding super sports. As speeds got a little insane the liter bikes and larger pulled away strong as did my buddy on his 954. I'd love a little more top end grunt but as my skills improve I'm starting to see that the rider determines the outcome just as much as engine size. Really starting to see why so many love this bike. I chose it because of the riding position as I have arthritis in my neck and back.

i always had bigger and faster metrics,but never as much fun......and i like not having it at the top any more,,because its the only place the larger sport bikes shine is at the higher rpm,so thats where i would want to be ..and in the street its not a good place...quick blast up to 130 is enought to make me happy

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