Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Little Rock, AR
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Have to quote an old friend and hunting buddy on this one -
"It is what it is"
That saying apllies to the 919 on so many levels. I think because the motor originated in the 900rr, folks automatically want to try and wring 900rr level performance out of it. The Honda techs intentionally detuned it to fit the profile of the naked loving riders. If you want to throw thousands of $ at it to squeeze out more ponies, there's certainly a lot to learned. One name comes to mind that I think most of the WT old timers would agree on: JinMTVT. Cool guy and he certainly dissected his 9er and provided us all with a lot of good R & D. But I think it would be fair to say that in the end (has the experiment actually ended yet?), it was a disaster. There was another guy - Piston Guy I think? - some here know him personally. He went the better route of a full blown Wiseco big bore kit which resulted in 970cc. That one appearantly ran/runs better than Jin's.
All in all, IMHO, I'd say just make the mods that improve it a little then ride and enjoy it!
It's a fool who looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart.