making my 919 mine
Joined WT a few months ago after deciding to buy a 919. At 54 some old injuries started to make riding my CBR600RR too painful. AFter doing a lot of research, much of it on this site, I started looking, and found, a stock 07 919 with 3K original miles. Although I loved the bike from day 1 I was used to the handling of a sport bike so I made some changes that really improved the bike. I quickly added a OEM shield that I bought on this site and installed T-Rex frame sliders (through the frame thanks to advice on this site) as well as decent rubber (Bridgestone S-20 Evos) and a rear carrier to get my lap top to and from work. I was happy with the bike except for the spongy suspension and handlebars that still aggravated my neck and back. I took the rear shock and forks to KB5, a local and respected suspension guru and asked him to re-valve and re-spring the bike to get it as close to my CBR600RR as possible. He got it right the first time and with a few minor adjustments the bike behaves really well on the twisties. My last issue was coming up with handlebars. I read lots of good reviews on the Renthals but really like the classic look of the 919 with chrome handlebars as it reminds me of a mix or retro and modern. I did some looking and found that the handlebars for the 2014 Honda CB1100 looked like they would fit and increase both rise and width. I ordered some and they fit perfectly. Even the pre-drilled holes for the instruments were spot on. Since putting them on it improved my riding position 100%. I took a 300 mile ride last weekend with no pain which is really unusual. I've included a couple of photos. Thanks all for helping me find a bike that really works for me.