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post #1 of 30 Old 04-19-2015, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys. First of all, let me apologize ahead of time for my long winded speech. I haven't been around here for a while, but I just wanted to stop in and remind everyone to appreciate the bike they already have. Lately I've been considering getting something a little bit newer and bigger to replace my niner. Today though I decided to spend some time giving it a nice spring cleaning, followed by a quick ride through a local park. That was all I needed to fall in love with her all over again. Sometimes we get so caught up with what we don't have that we forget to appreciate what we do have. I've owned my 919 for about 5 years now, and I've spent a lot of time and effort making it mine. I'm now looking forward to enjoying it for at least another 5 years to come.

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aint that the damn truth!!!

i drool over an FZ-09 ... but every time i pay the 9er some love i got... nope, the fz-09 just couldnt do what the 9er does for me.

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She looks great! Congrats on renewing your vows.

I have been on few test rides over the past few years. There are some nice bikes out there now, but nothing that really makes me want to change.

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post #4 of 30 Old 04-19-2015, 03:48 PM
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I had to wipe off a little drool before I could type
The best reminder of how darn good these things are is to just take a cruise... They are just GOOD at most everything! Have fun and take a longer cruise next time!

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Oh, I won't think of getting rid of mine until I have at least 100,000 mile son her... so yeah.. like three or four years...lol.

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Oh, I won't think of getting rid of mine until I have at least 100,000 mile son her... so yeah.. like three or four years...lol.
This is what I like to hear I've done more strip-trips than road trips with mine for the last 3-4 years, and when I pulled it apart, there was absolutely nothing wrong with it beyond what I had broken. (I rounded off a few gears and bent a shift fork) do your maintenance and ride it like a rental!

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Thanks for the compliments guys. I'm also glad I'm not alone in wanting to run my bike until it quits. I may still add another motorcycle to the garage in the next year or two, but I don't think I'll be replacing this one.

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Thanks for the compliments guys. I'm also glad I'm not alone in wanting to run my bike until it quits. I may still add another motorcycle to the garage in the next year or two, but I don't think I'll be replacing this one.
I've had many come and go... This one hangs around!

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Great looking ride and very true words. I have only owned my 919 for a few months. However I have had several different motorcycles for many years. I then took a 12 year absence. I chose this bike when I returned. I have not been disappointed. It is easy for me to see the qualities of this bike, even before I bought it, the specs speak for themselves. It is just such an average bike on first sight, but when you get into it, you realize how unique it is. If Honda built a K0-750 in 2007 it would be a 919.

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Oh, I won't think of getting rid of mine until I have at least 100,000 mile son her... so yeah.. like three or four years...lol.
It took me 7 years to do my first 100k on a 600 Bandit. The 919 is so much more motorcycle - so much more motorcycle than anything else I could remotely afford. It may take me a little longer this time with work and such getting in the way but I will see her odometer reach the 100k mark.
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To the OP, great advice man. Glad you still have that beatiful bike.

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On the way back from my adventure through central america I had planned to sell the 919 and get a better bike for track. After this, it was clear I'd be keeping her long after she doesn't run anymore.


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I've been toying with the same thoughts looking at the CB1000Rs (I hate those bumblebee headlights though), but when I look at my bike, odometer, luggage rack, think about my road trips, and throw a leg over her..........I just can't part with her. I own her and she owns me. I will say I owe here some really good TLC. I will post some pics when I get home.

ActAppalled, what brand is the engine guard and how do you like it?

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I just test rode an Aprilia v4r yesterday. It's the only bike that has ever come close to make me think about getting rid of the 919, but I still can't do it.

I'm here for a good time, not a long time
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[QUOTE=Wolf;1050049]On the way back from my adventure through central america I had planned to sell the 919 and get a better bike for track. After this, it was clear I'd be keeping her long after she doesn't run anymore.


Did this happen to you? That is crazy.

I sometimes want more power but then I remember why I sold the 954. The CB is just a really great street bike and has enough zip to still be interesting. Great thought from the OP.

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Here's mine about to turn over 68k on the odometer.
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ActAppalled, what brand is the engine guard and how do you like it?
The engine guard is made by Givi. I'm very happy with it. It fastens securely at three separate points, doesn't get in the way, and in my personal opinion it looks great on the bike. Unfortunately, I don't think Givi is making them anymore.

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Did this happen to you? That is crazy.
Yeah, I rode the western coast down to live in Nicaragua and volunteered at a medical clinic. Some of my favorite experiences.
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Yeah, I rode the western coast down to live in Nicaragua and volunteered at a medical clinic. Some of my favorite experiences.
Sounds like you probably have quite a few interesting stories.

There are some places I have been to in the world where I would not want to ride or drive (Central Asia for instance) - I don't know if Central America qualifies but after reading that story I conclude that I would want to ensure the vehicle I would have could get away in a hurry... Some racetrack skills might also be useful.

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I have huge problems with this. But I cant help but want to experience as many bikes as possible in this life.

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Welcome aboard! The 919 is an awesome bike!

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I have huge problems with this. But I cant help but want to experience as many bikes as possible in this life.
Trust me: they are all different, but after the first 500 or so they all begin to blend together into one big motorcycling mental database, and after riding an estimated 1,200 different motorcycles a tiny minority stand out while the rest seem to have blended in to an amorphous universe of two wheels. This is the reason why in the last 20 years or so I tend to keep what I have for a long time to the exclusion of any others -- the novelty of "new", or "new to me" just isn't there any more. Riding nirvana exists solely in the mind, not necessarily in the next motorcycle.

Anyway, that's my take on it. And if it interests anyone my 919 rests right at the summit of a considerable mountain of experience for a variety of reasons, but if you were to ask me why I just couldn't walk by it when I first saw it amongst the used motorcycles at a dealership I could not begin to tell you.

Possibly my analytical mind weighed the positives and negatives and came to the "buy it" conclusion.

Nope, that's not it. Well, not all of it.

Maybe my ego, super-ego, and ID all came to the same conclusion and firmly told my analytical mind that if I did manage to pass on by I would surely regret it for the rest of my life. Yeah, that's closer.

Regardless, the first impression made me ask for a test ride, and when I lit up the rear tire exiting a corner with a huge grin on my face buying it was a fait accompli. Over 70,000 miles later the passion has not abated one bit, I still smile when I look at it in the garage, and especially when the urge hits me and I rail some tight twisties, even occasionally hazing the rear tire slightly exiting corners.

'Nuff said.

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Nice, Rob. What bikes do stand out in your mind?

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Nice, Rob. What bikes do stand out in your mind?
My 919 for abundantly obvious reasons.

1988 Blue Honda NT650 Hawk. Underpowered, weak trans, stellar chassis, and my introduction to Michelin radials. Ultra reliable and despite a small tank was a quite good touring bike. Turned 100,000 miles on Glendora Mountain Road. Appropriate, no? Put 140,000 + miles on it and retired it when the trans packed it in.

A full race prepped Yamaha TZ750 motor producing 205 RWHP mounted in a Hindle frame. Curb weight 269 pounds, with me on it a weight to HP ratio just over 2.2:1, and an absolutely terrifying ball to ride. To anyone who is a horsepower junkie it has to be the ultimate fix -- and potentially deadly if you don't know exactly what you are doing.

Probably most surprising, a 1946 Harley Davidson UL flathead hand shift suicide clutch. I know: me on a Harley? Primitive tech notwithstanding it was quite fun to ride despite abundant vibration, severely limited performance envelope (Implying it had any performance at all!), brakes that produced more noise than stop, and a maximum lean angle that was laughable. Memorable nonetheless, and the only Harley I've ever ridden.

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1976 Yamaha XT500 ridden stock for 1,000 miles, then torn down and thoroughly cafe'd. Go here for picture:https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums/...html#post72212 Post # 45. Still have it.

1976 Maico MD250 I got free from Les Shar. See my avatar. One of only two ever in the U.S. Had been abused and seized when I got it. Stripped it down and rebuilt the motor with only a new Mahle single dykes ring piston and two rings and a rod kit for the lunched crankshaft and only an exploded view of the motor as a guide. Everything else I had to make or do without. Made gaskets from old work order hard copies, and had to do a lot of guesswork to get the byzantine shift mechanism to function at all. Stripped down to the absolute minimum it weighed only 196 pounds! Tuned the motor for more power, did all the necessaries to put it on the track, and judging from top speed numbers produced about 38 HP. Ran it in the 250 prod class and despite 33mm forks, surprisingly effective double backing plate SLS front drum brake, original Girling shocks, and a willowy chassis won lots of races on it. Taught me the value of ultra smooth control inputs and maintaining as much speed in corners as possible. Surprisingly, it was completely reliable for 3 seasons of racing, needing only the occasional N2G Champion spark plug to keep it happy.

There are probably a couple more but that's all I can think of at the moment.

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Here's mine about to turn over 68k on the odometer.
I saw you on 264 the other day.

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Riding nirvana exists solely in the mind, not necessarily in the next motorcycle.

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This is exactly how I felt riding mine today. I was honestly thinking of selling it over the winter because I just didn't ride it enough last year but I took it an a 2 hour round trip today and while nakeds aren't exactly built for highway use it still managed to make me remember exactly why it's the only bike for me.

One day I might get an old Honda Magna as a cruiser for longer rides. Plus I just love that V4 sound but the 919 isn't going anywhere.

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One day I might get an old Honda Magna as a cruiser for longer rides. Plus I just love that V4 sound...
Wish you hadn't mentioned that. I had a '85 black 1100 V65 Magna that I bought brand new. Only kept it a year cause I thought it was gonna get me killed. Actually, it was me that was going to get me killed. I was doing 75mph wheelies, passing 5 cars at a time, taking it to the dragstrip. I went from a RM250 to that bike & rode like it. Not good for longevity.

The V65 Magna was so smooth. It had a high center of gravity, really felt it with a passenger. I still miss it, though.

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1976 Yamaha XT500 ridden stock for 1,000 miles, then torn down and thoroughly cafe'd. Go here for picture:https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums/...html#post72212 Post # 45. Still have it.
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My first bike was a 76 XT500. It got me hooked. I traded it for an 83 Nighthawk 550. I should have kept it.

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