Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Rep Power: 1
A great little surprise in the 919
I was without a bike for about 13 years. I decided to get back into it on a reasonably safe level bike, so I decided to try the V-Twin VTR-1000. It was supposed to have most of what I wanted in a bike,, good pulling power, the sporty feel etc etc etc,, but I even though I was reasonably happy on the VTR, I was always going to get back onto 4 cyls, sooner or later... The VTR may have somewhat disallusioned me because I found myself almost looking for a reason not to go for rides after a year or more of owning it, because it could be quite harsh on me in that seating position and to be honest, it didn't have that v-twin mystical ooomph that everyone used to rave about. As a matter of fact I was quite disappointed with this...
I test rode a 919 2 weeks ago and was so impressed with it that I sold the VTR 3 days later and bought the 919. It has more pull than the VTR at almost any revs and apart from the upright position, I feel totally at home on it. It just does everything better. I am now one very happy camper and can hardly wait for this weekend to arrive because I am off into thum ther hills...
At the time of getting back onto a bike, the three bikes on the short list were the 919 and the VTR and an SV-1000. It just took me a few years to get around to the 919. Now I am here, I will never touch another "V"... Personally, I think you made a real good choice...!!!