I have been researching what my next motorcycle will be for over a year now and I have decided on a Honda 919. It seems to fit my needs perfectly, and it is a Honda. I have been sneaking around these forums for a while, learning a great deal from the wealth of 919 info here but I have a few questions.
Firstly, I have narrowed my 919 search down to these 2:
Which one should I get? I assume I could talk either one down a few hundred.
Nextly, I hear complaints about vibration on the 919. I am currently riding a 1982 Honda 250c and at highway speeds my whole body basically vibrates, my hands and feet go numb after a few hours but I still take it on long roadtrips. Is the Honda 919 vibration really that bad? Or is it a nitpicking matter?
Nextly, same question about the "stink": really an issue or just nitpicking?
Lastly, would either 919 choice still have to be broken in?
The '06 is a better value, IMO. But if you wanted pristine and basically NEW to make it your own, then try talking down the owner of the '07. Show him the ad for the '06 and tell him to get as close to price matching or you'll walk ..
2009 Aprilia Tuono - Ginger
2001 XR650R BRP (Big Red Pig)
2006 Honda 599 - Ex wrecked it :-D
2007 Honda CB900F (sold)
2006 Honda VTX 1300C (sold) YouTube Channel
Not much to add... I would go with the 06. As far as vibrations and the stink... I notice the vibrations, but it's never bothered me. It's something I typically don't even think twice about. If figure it's a motorcycle. The stink can be a little more bothersome. Some riders see it, others do not. On my stock 03, I had little/no stink. I threw on some debaffled exhausts and it smelled a lot (to the point where my riding jacket would smell up the office). Upgraded to a single sided exhaust and it's barely noticeable.
I live in the SW suburbs. If you pick up a 9er we should go for a ride sometime.
I read about the vibrations and think, "what vibrations?" If I think of it, I can feel some vibes in the grips if I just touch them, but otherwise I never notice it. Compared to my old one-cylinder dirt bikes of yesteryear, of course, it's nothing at all.
'06 all day. I don't notice vibes, but the only thing I have to compare to is a 2000 Ninja 250. The stink is there, but I think it depends on the riders opinion about how bad the stink is. I didn't mind it all. Kinda liked it (aww I used the past tense). "You smell like man" my GF would always say. I say you'll be happy either way, but the '06 is a way better deal.
Check out both and crouch behind them when running for 1 minute each. Decide if the stink is something that's going to bother you. If it is, buy the one that smells less! If it isn't buy the one that says, "I'm your bike". Your gut knows.
Me? I kinda miss the smell. My wife and coworkers don't.
Thanks for the input! I also have another question: the heck is an ASV lever and why is it better than stock, or is it?
its just a name brand aftermarket lever(s) that are VERY pricy! more bling than anything else. the same goes for crv mirrors. not necessarily better: all depends on why someone bought them in the first place, the result is subjective