Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Little Rock, AR
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Oh, and talk you into a 919 - just go test ride one if you can, you'll see!
It's a jack of all trades and a master of none (except the fun factor!)
- Time proven motor from the 900RRs
- The fit and finish Honda is known for
- The reliability/longevity Honda is known for
- It isn't crazy explosive power-wise like a lot of the current sportbikes out there. But it's got enought to make you wake up and say "holy sh!t" when you nail it.
- Being a naked, the wind can be a b!tch from 75mph on up.
- The suspension (widely considered the weakest link). Given your weight, you'd probably end up putting some heavier springs in the forks. I weigh 225 and was experiencing too much front end dive when braking and the front tire wanting to skip out somewhen going into less than smooth turns at speed. Granted, mine is an '03 which doesn't have adjusters on the forks so the newer ones might be a little better. I ended up putting 1kg Racetech springs and 15w fork oil in mine and it improved quite a bit.
- The famous exhaust stink. Because of the cool looking dual, undertail exhaust it makes the back of your jacket smell like exhaust. Theories for this seem to settle on the dead air space right behind the rider and the exhaust swirling in it. Most everyone has it, some don't. The only true fix for it is to put a 900rr header on it and a single can down low on the right side. In my opinion, it doesn't loomk as good as the duals, but it fixes the stink issue once and for all. And the guys running it report a performance gain over the duals.
- Can be somewhat "buzzy" at certain sustained RPMs while cruising. When stock this can result in your hands getting numb from the bar vibes. This can be easily fixed by switching to more solid, aftermarket bars like Renthals. I did and it was a huge improvement. Some guys report vibes thru the footpegs but I think that has more to do with improper chain adjustment.
That's all I can think of right now. Hope it helps in your decision. Trust us, you won't be sorry if you buy a 919. And you have a virtual database of mechanical info and help right here!
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