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post #1 of 7 Old 10-18-2015, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-18-2015, 11:12 AM
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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.
That's awesome! I'm glad to hear you found your mate. Enjoy the new toy

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-18-2015, 01:42 PM
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Congrats on the new ride! I bought my 04' 5 weeks ago and love it. Just did a handlebar swap this week and like it even more now. Such a fun bike. I was debating going with a cruiser but after trying the 919 it was no contest. Happy riding!

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Nice setup Lou! Glad the forum helped you in your decision...

Did you have to get extended cables for those bars? Your wires and clutch cable look REALLY stretched - I'd be a bit worried about that.

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-18-2015, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. Throttle and clutch had to be re routed but work fine through entire range. I would not want to go any tighter but no problems. The brake line was a bit tight so I relaxed it by removing the screw that holds the bracket to the lower triple tree where the brake line splits. I'm planning to install SS lines soon.

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I'd get a longer stainless brake hose and clutch cable. Other than that, looks great.

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If it's just the wires, try re-routing them.

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