For a number of reasons I am in the process of selling my fairly modded missile of an FZ1 and have picked up as my new steed an 05 919 in seemingly lovely condition...
The transition from FZ1 to Hornet is moving along swiftly and well enough. After the initial excitement which comes with any new bike to play with I have been a little sad to note the obvious and to be expected differences, mainly in power delivery and smoothness. And the Remus Racing Danmoto cans sound quite loud and throaty. Are their value just saving weight and volume? Or do they actually alter the power in any noticeable way?
I like the nimble feel, it does seem lighter than the FZ, and the power is there low down and after 3k rpm it will roar and zoom enough for all my town work and probably be fine for some trips a little further afield, an hour or so, with my Lady on the back in the future, yet I will probably need to get a bigger screen.
The Bridgestone T30 Evos - installed in December - seem fine with cornering very comfortable, the bars give good range and swift flickability. Yet those mirrors...whilst reducing width (from stock mirrors I presume) also are a little annoying on my left hand, which keeps rubbing against the upwards metal arm. I am already peeking at these:>
Also not a major fan of the smaller levers, yet they will be fine...harder to be lazy with them.
And so now I am pondering maintenance. The valves I remain unsure of, other than its too much for me to do myself. I will ask a trusted mechanic for their opinion. Oil and filter were done 3 months back. I shall peek at the air filter also (perhaps replace), give the chain a nice clean and lube, perhaps bleed the brake lines (the pads all look fine and the last owner gave me a pair of new pads for the front calipers).
The RWC was done two weeks back yet I know this covers only basic safety elements. So will aim to have a proper grease merchant check the thing over.
It seems a lot better on the juice...yet perhaps this is partly due to a bigger tank, I will compare shortly, though I would assume the FZ, especially with the MODS would churn a bit more naturally as its more powerful and basically a missile on two wheels.
As for the battery...the starter seems weak, but it always starts. Could this be due to battery, or the starter? Not sure on how to check the age of the battery...will peek at the model and try get some information. Also will consider changing the plugs if not too tricky a job and probably long overdue?
Any advice is welcome!