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post #1 of 31 Old 07-13-2010, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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How Much My Friends, for this 919?

Hey Guys! I'm new here!

My name is Andrew, and I found this 919 on Craigslist and I am thinking of buying it, I am going to check it out in a few days.

2002 Honda 919

The bike came from Cali and has 30,000 miles on it. It's a 2002, and when I called the guy he said it isn't perfect (rust around headlight, paint isn't perfect, and it has a new tank because it was dropped at one point)

He put it up for 3,000 in the add. I told him about NADA's listing for 2,500, due to not perfect condition, he seemed chill and not really worried about the 3,000 price. He admitted to not knowing how much it was worth, it is his first motorcycle. He added he needed to buy a car now that he is on the East Coast.

Used 2002 HONDA CB900F2 919 prices, values, specs and options at NADAguides

The kid seems pretty relaxed and willing to take what the bike is worth.

My Questions are:

What do you think its worth based on info so far?
What things should I look for on a 2002, 30,000 mile bike from Cali?
Are there any problems with that year bike?
How different will this bike be to the CB1300 I got to ride around Bosnia? (I know it's not the same, but the closest thing I can get here in the states.)



And my Current bike, just for fun (My Sunday Rider ):

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I am assuming the CB1300 is in the first pic, if so I LOVE IT!!! $2500 sounds good but offer him $2200 and meet in the middle.

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Yeah the 1300 is by far the most amazing thing I have had the pleasure to ride, blew my mind. It's a shame they don't send it here to the US!

Yeah I figured I'd offer him 2,000 and then shoot for 2,200 as the magic number. I might take the cash with me to better entice him.

Thanks for the input, that is exactly what I need! (Harley guy new to dem fancy Honda bikes.)

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I think you will like the 919. The 'weeee' factor is definitely up there! But here's what I'd do for that '02. Look around on craigslist at different cities and states. I'm sure you'll be able to find an 04 (or newer) for around $3300 with half the mileage and minus the rust. Print those ads out or just send him the links, then give him an offer of $2,000. $2200 would be the most I'd pay for it. It's a buyers market right now.

Oh, and the difference in the 04+ is a better suspension (more adjustability).

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2200 would be a smokin deal for a 9er in decent shape IMO

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That is a good idea, and the guy is willing to work with me. A laid back Cali dude for sure.

I have heard that about the 04+ models, how easy is it to swap out that? And I am not sure it will even make a huge difference for me. I am used to riding old AMF built Harleys from the 70ies.

Buying this bike would be like bringing home a gay lover in my dad's eyes. I am still wondering how he'll take the news his boy is riding a Honda.... ha.

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I tried selling my bike with roughly the same miles, albeit a year newer, and the offers I had come in were in the 2500 range. His price seems pretty fair, to be honest.

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Look at my list of bikes, I bought the 9er, and the other bikes rarely get ridden.

You will deffinatly love the 9er, and the 2200 is a good price, look around Sleazebay and Craigslist, you will find what the prices are.

As for the handling, you will think you are on rails after getting off of that AMF Harley.....

Welcome to the site, this place is very informative!

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Thanks for the welcome! This place seems very info full. That is a big list of bikes! The 53 cart sounds awesome.

Thanks for the info, I'll keep you guys posted as things go along. I do have to ask if there are any trouble areas on the 2002 919s that I should be sure to check for?

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Thanks for the welcome! This place seems very info full. That is a big list of bikes! The 53 cart sounds awesome.

Thanks for the info, I'll keep you guys posted as things go along. I do have to ask if there are any trouble areas on the 2002 919s that I should be sure to check for?

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A lot of people grade the suspension on the older bikes to '04 or newer to get adjustable rebound front and rear and a rear spring that's not horribly too stiff if your under 225 or so.

If $2200 or so is your absolute max, this bike might be a good option. If you could go to maybe $3500, you might find something newer in better condition that might "need" fewer upgrades.

Just something to think about. Good luck either way.

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Welcome Andyman, sounds like a pretty good deal, but as others have said it's a buyers market and you may be able to find an '04+ for a good price. There have been a few on here recently that seem like great deals if the location in near enough. 919's are great bikes. Good luck in finding the right one.

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2,200 is about what I wanted to spend, so I'll shoot for that. I'm not one to low-ball people, but I want to pay a little less then what it's worth (college isn't all that cheap).

I plan on having the bike for a while, so upgrades will come gradually. Since it will be such an improvement over the Harley it won't need much to make me happy with it as a daily rider.

Thanks for the warm welcomes!

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2,200 is about what I wanted to spend, so I'll shoot for that. I'm not one to low-ball people, but I want to pay a little less then what it's worth (college isn't all that cheap).

I plan on having the bike for a while, so upgrades will come gradually. Since it will be such an improvement over the Harley it won't need much to make me happy with it as a daily rider.

Thanks for the warm welcomes!
I've enjoyed the hell out of mine for the past two years of college. It is a great "all-arounder" and will last me for the next three semesters of grad school, as I can't afford anything else, haha.

Let us know what happens.

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It sounds like a good deal, and you'll love the bike. I have an 02 myself, and I ride it all the time, even in the winter. I'm not far from you, near Blue Bell, etc. Anyway, I'd just be careful with the rust. I don't know if anyone else has input, but, as I said, I ride even in the winter and my bike has not a hint of rust anywhere and I bought it with almost 10,000 miles on the odo. Who knows where my bike was kept before I got it, and it's only been washed a handful of times since I put her in my garage. Make sure you take a great look at the bike before you hand over the cash.

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I will keep the rust think in mind, which does seem odd because this bike came from rust free Cali. I hope to be seeing the bike tomorrow, I'll let ya know how it goes guys.

I hope all goes well!

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Thanks for the good luck wishes. I arranged to see the bike on Monday. Things keep comming up (like rain). I'll keep you guys posted.

Thanks again.

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Thanks for the good luck wishes. I arranged to see the bike on Monday. Things keep comming up (like rain). I'll keep you guys posted.

Thanks again.

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Update guys.
Went a looked at the bike today, was pretty clean. It had a small amount of rust under the head light on the welding. It has a few minor scratches in the flat black paint, which I expected because it is flat black and I know that shows a lot.

Other then that the rubber looked great, the chain was new as well. Tried for the 2,200, but ended up with 2,450 if I got the helmet and the tank bag. (and it was a pretty nice tank bag.

I do have one question though? I said, "6 speed right? And he seemed confused. Were the 2002’s a five speed trans? Am I having a brain fart? Could a bike like that loose 6th gear?

Let me know what you think, I am planning on picking it up in a few days if all goes as planed.

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It is most definately a 6 speed bike.

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Very cool, that's what I thought.

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So you went to look at it beat the guy up and say "I'll be back"? I hate that!

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just curious, if you both made a commitment to a specific amount, how could it not go "as planned"?

2450 is a great price for that bike, btw

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So I think I was a bit harsh on my pricing thoughts... that's because I just forked up about $600 on suspension parts for my 03. So if you do get it with the bag and helmet, that would be an excellent deal. Considering everything is sound on the bike. You will not regret a 919 (and one at that price), did you take it for a test ride?

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So you went to look at it beat the guy up and say "I'll be back"? I hate that!
The bike was a little more then an hour away, we meet half way (his idea). And there was no beating up, I took him to lunch.

I did take the bike for a test ride in the really big parking lot we met in. sounded fine at idle and as I rode around.

The price works great for me, I will tell him right before I hand over the cash he is welcome to back out with no harsh feelings, on the grounds that if there is anything hugely wrong with the bike that he knows about that I'll be back.

As for things not going as planned, I don't like to count my chickens if you know what I mean. I don't think he will back out, but you never know.

With the tank bag, and the helmet I think it is a sweet sweet sweet deal. I sent an email to go pick up the bike on Thursday.

Anyone know where I can get a good shop manual for the 919?

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I have one on CD; if the deal comes to pass, let me know and i'll try to burn you a copy of it, unless someone on here has got a better idea...

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I just found one online. One of those "mega-downloads." Honda did a great job with the manual. Thanks for the offer though! You guys sure are helpful!

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That is a smokin deal hope ya get it, you should get the guy a fruit basket or something.

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