A few impressions on the new to me 919
My new to me 919 has been sitting in the garage for a few weeks.
How can this be?
Piss-poor weather ( in california no less ) and waiting on a front fender ( I'm being a bit Nancy about looks ).
OK. Quick recap- Bought a 2002 919 with 4700 miles on it, completely stock. (Except missing a fender.)
So this wasn't exactly a trip thru the twisties, rather a ride into work.
a) The bike feels small. Tiny. I'm not used to bikes with no front fairing, and I think that's whats making me feel like the bike is small.
b) Is this bike for short people? Perhaps it's the slope of the seat, but coming to a stop, it seems like the ground is right there. (I'm 5'11, sorta average legs.)
c) The motor has a nice sound.... surprising really.
d) The low end of the motor coming outta stop lights is nice.
e) The low end of the motor coming outta stop lights... and sitting in the throttle for just a minute seems to lift the front wheel.
f) Repeat e
I enjoy a nice little wheely now and then on previous bikes, but the 919.... uh... this is silly. I'm not talking 11 o'clock high wheelies, I'm just riding a few 2-3 footers into the rev-limiter.
g) When accelerating hard (and not wheelying), the bars feel a bit like they're flapping. Perhaps I'm holding on too tight. Are tank slappers a concern here?