**edit: I just saw there is a "new member" forum.... Which is probably where this should live..... Sorry for breaking decorum on my first post, that is why I am normally a reader not a poster....
So I am back in the saddle again with a new to me 2002 919, black (which I read on here is the fastest color)....
I have always loved the look of this bike, but had never ridden one until I made the plunge and picked up this girl about a month ago. So far I am loving it, good mix between power, comfort, cruising. This site has been extremely helpful in trying to get up to speed on all the ins-and-outs of this bike, so thank you all for that.
From running a vehicle history on it it looks like it has lived on the east coast its entire life starting in Connecticut, then Florida then through two (I am the third) owners here in VA. The computer says 7 owners, the way I read it it looks more like 4-5. Clock reads just over 12,000 miles, I have put on another 500 with "test rides" so far. Even so I don't have any service records on it, and although nothing looks to out of place I am working through checking everything over. It never had a Virginia state inspection during its life here, so first step was adding a PIAA horn to replace the factory horn that was missing. In doing so I found that the wiring harness was cut way up under the tank so I am now familiar with lifting the tank and what the rest of goodies look like under there. The left fork seal was also leaking, I have parts on order to completely rebuild the front forks but for the time being was able to stop the leak with my trusty seal mate. Also added mirrors as the bike was bare, and I like to be able to see behind me....Took it to the local shop and she now has her first ever current inspection.
A few things that I found along the way. The front forks are raised a good 1.5-2" Like almost touching the handle bars..... the bike seems to handle okay, but I really have no frame of reference. I was planning on trying to restore everything to as close to "stock" as possible so I have a clean slate to work from. Is it possible the rear was lowered in some way to match the forks? Anything I should look for there. I plan to lower the forks back to stock position when I have them off for the rebuild, hopefully I am not getting use to handling that will be completely altered when I go back to stock positions.
I also plan to change all the fluids (oil & filter, coolant, brake fluid) and also have new pads to install all the way around. Chain and sprockets look okay, going to try to clean and lube and then check play to see where I stand.
Cosmetically no major issues, just needs to be scrubbed and polished. The seat cover is starting to crack, I am on the lookout for a decent condition stock seat, or maybe a Corbin if the budget allows..... Anyone have luck trying to get the seat recovered at a "local" upholstery shop? Worth looking around or will it lead to disappointment?
If any 919 owners are in the central VA area, I would love to buy you lunch and have a look at your ride, there are a few parts I am not sure about in terms of stock vs aftermarket on this bike (handlebars, etc) and sleuthing around on another bike would be helpful.
Anyway, all that to say, new guy here. Loving the forum. I will try to keep my questions limited as most everything can be found with a search, but look forward to jumping into the conversation from time to time.