Hi all! I just bought a new 919 yesterday and was looking for some information and stumbled across this forum. It's going to be great to get to know you all and be able to pick your minds about my new ride. First, allow me to introduce myself and my deal
I'm near 40 years old and have been riding motorcycles since I was 13. Most of my riding was in my teenage years and my early 20's, so I still have a LOT to learn. In addition, most of my riding is limited to dual-purpose bikes ridden in a "somewhat" tame fashion. I have a little (very little) experience on a '82 Honda 750 Custom that my dad used to have but that's been years ago.
Anyway, several years and a couple of kids later, I got the urge to ride again. I have an '89 Yamaha XT 350 that hasn't been ridden in years, because it's a pain to crank and the wife and I cannot both fit on it very well. This got me to thinking about a new dual-purpose bike.
Saturday, I went to look at a new KLR 650, but they didn't have one of the showroom floor. Then, I saw a Suzuki V-Strom and fell in love with how the bike felt (I'm no all that tall 5'10", but have very long legs for my height). Anyway, I went yesterday to test drive one and quickly decided that I didn't like it as well as I thought.
A stop by the Honda shop revealed a number of '07 Honda 919's. At first, I dismissed them (okay, don't flame me...but I thought the front-end was a little hideous at first), but then I sat down on one and it felt good. Took a used one on a test drive and came back grinning ear to ear! Long story short, after some quick reevaluation of my actual driving habits, I signed on the dotted line and now she's mine!
Got the bike for $6,579 new and bought helmets, jackets, ext. warranties, maintenance contracts, etc. (wow...that's adds up quick doesn't it
Anyway, here I am. I'm sure I'll be asking the same tired old questions that everybody has asked before, but I'm really looking forward to learn from you all. I've already noticed some of the same problems that plague others...handlebar vibration and a hard seat. That said, any advice for somewhat of a newb?
BTW, the bike seems to hop some even on good roads...is this normal? Could it be tires that have been sitting for a couple of years? Will it go away?