. . .to a clean high mileage 2002 919. And of course, personal minor mods are constantly on my mind. . .but no where near to the extent to what I did to my 600RR.
Like most of you 9ers say, the 919 is great all around bike. My RR was fantastic on track days. But for long distance, forget it. She was beauty. But you can't beat the 919 as a do-it-all road bike. I'll be touring her as well an occasional track day.
Are you saying you got rid of the 600RR? Why?
Your garage should have:
1) 600RR track bike
2) 919 All around, every day bike.
Your allowed to have two.
Yes the RR is gone.
More than two?? Explain that to my wife (I have ONE of those!!)!
I do have two bikes. . .the other being a CR250. I grew up racing motocross so the smoker is a keeper. Then again, I did have a deposit on one of the first Ducati 1098s 'til my wife slapped me upside my head (just kidding). LOL! She's actually really great. . .she also supports my four-wheeled habit as well.
Here's a supermoto (based on a CRF250X) I built up between my 600RR and 919. . .now this was an urban assault weapon. This bike is now gone. Both buyers of my 600RR and my CRF250Xsm left my driveway with huge grins on their faces:
The 919 is great, but what on earth possesed you to sell those machines?
Well as you can see I like building up my machines, dumping loads of $$$ into them, and then enjoy riding them a for little while. Then I get bored and seek other projects (or investments). I sell the toys to finance my next endeavour. It drives my wife nuts. I almost sold my '65 Shelby GT350 (see photo). . .that would've been a BIG mistake. These cars and vintage Mustang Fastbacks' prices are sky rocketing!! I'm trying to restrain myself from the mods for the 919. The mods I did within the week of my ownership has been limited to basically cleaning up the aesthetics (my personal taste): front smoke flushmounts, clear alternatives integrated smoke tail light, fender eliminator, Rizoma grab handle covers, MBD belly pan, Renthal ultra low, Renthal sprockets, DID Gold chain, and trimming off the rear hugger. I almost considered the Sato exhaust, but I plan on some touring with the 919. So quiet is just fine. And, the stock performance is just fine. ---If I got crazy, I'd do a USD fork conversion and installing the 5-Y spoke wheels (like on my 600RR). Installing lightweight wheels is one of the most effective ways in better overall performance. It's amazing what less rotational mass can do for any wheeled vehicle. . .quicker accelleration and decelleration. But I'm restraining myself. . .
I do have a question though...can you really see with those mirrors?
Believe it or not. . .yes you can! Good enough to be legal in California. The line of sight is between the rider's hip and elbow to be able to see directly behind. The quick turn of the head is used to view the sides.
May I suggest you forget about the Rizoma grab handle covers, and all that other worthless crap you rattled off, and spend some money on having the thing sprung for your weight.
Thanks for your suggestion. . .but, the worthless crap will suffice. I did the full performance track mods and then some with my seriously trick RR and my street CRF250X supermoto. MY 919 is basically a fine bike as is for MY needs. . . a grocery getter, a tourer, and MAYBE an occassional track day bike. The suspension works fine for my use and my weight. As you know, it's NOT a thoroughbred like the RR. The Renthal/DID drivetrain are maintenance items. And the rest, well, are personalization tid bits. ---Like I said in my earlier post: "If I got crazy, I'd do a USD fork conversion (really a full front and rear suspension work over) and installing the PVM 5-Y spoke wheels (like on my 600RR)." Now that would be crazy money.