After lurking for a couple of months I decided it was finally time to make my efforts on a 919 public, partly to gather advice and encouragement, partly to push myself to get things done.
I've always had an interest in the 919. It seemed to me that Honda got so close to perfecting the classic UJM style with modern amenities but missed by just a little. Then pictures of Honda's 'neo cafe racer' hit the internet and my jaw hit the floor.
I needed it, but I can't afford the probable $13,000+ price tag so I decided to build my own. I'm sure with enough work the 919 bones can get me there. Bought this 2002 919 about a month ago.
Engine seemed great, but the rest of the bike was in bad shape. Felt wonky on the test drive so attributed it to twisted forks (which was true), but that wasn't all that was wrong with it. Bought it for next to nothing, took it home, stripped it down, and this is what I found.
Damn it. Oh well, I've always wanted to build a motorcycle literally from a frame up. Ebay to the rescue!
This is her as she sits now. Ebay frame, cb1000r single sided swingarm and shock, VFR800 rear wheel. I'm doing my research on a front end as I want USD forks, and I have some crazy ideas about a new gas tank. With the SSSA I should be able to keep a low mount exhaust nice and tucked in, so I'm weighing a 900rr system against modifying the stock. Pretty sure at this point all that will remain of the 919 I purchased will be the engine itself and the electronics, might as well call it the 919 of Theseus.