So it's finally all together (05 converted to red, triumph s3 bars, rashed/broken parts fixed). I've been riding it more lately and am beginning to appreciate it more for what it is.
Sure it's not brutally fast like like my other bike but at over a hundred lbs lighter, it feels weightless in comparison and can be thrown around much
easier. Zips through traffic wonderfully and feels great over bumps too (nj roads suck).
The mirrors took some tinkering but I can see great out of them now. My bro-in-law called them Mickey Mouse ears but I'm getting used it. The biggest issue is their location as my other bike has them up on the fairing where they're more at eye level. But the mirrors and gauges are both round so they're symetrical imo and will stay.
I like the quiet pipes. I feel stealthy compared to my turbo bike which is quiet around town but screams above 4k. On the 919, by the time you realize I'm there, I'm already gone!
I've heard some folks call it twitchy down low but that was overcome with just a little concentration in throttle control. If you want twitchy, take a ride on a 748!
If I was going to change anything cosmetic, I'd probably powdercoat some of those dull grey parts - top triple clamp, airbox covers, grab rail. Other than that, I like the classic styling. Smaller turnsignals would be nice (or integrated), but around here you want those soccer moms to see as much flashing orange as you can. Call me old fashioned - I've been called worse!
One last thing: what the heck is up with the seat pushing you forward all the time?! What were they thinking? Have you guys with tons of miles on the stock seat gotten used to it, or do you just constantly adjust your shorts?