Phobman stand and new shock
Got a phobstand two weeks ago. I highly recommend this super easy to use, secure, well made and reasonably priced bike stand. It lifts easier, has better over-centering and lets down easier than any original equipment center stand I've ever used. Phobman, a member here, makes them.
This stand came in handy last week when my new penske shock came in. I think there is an old post here somewhere about changing a shock on a 919 without removing the rear wheel. Well, I think the answer is no way. just take off the hugger and rear wheel, then changing the shock is really simple. Had to grind two small notches in the upper mount to clear the fatter new shock. I got the basic penske 8900 sport shock from traxion dynamics. Ride height is easily adjustable as is preload and rebound. Ride and handling are much better,as it should be for the $588 it cost. Still playing with the adjustments, lots of fun and yes, they make a big difference good and bad.
Got a factory service manual yesterday. Reading it re-enforces one of my main reasons for buying this 07 919, simplicity and serviceability. I am looking forward to doing routine service on it including the valve check. I've had some complicated bikes over the years. How about a valve check on a VTEC honda VFR? Thermostat on an ST1100? I really enjoy working on bikes but most newer ones can be a hammer-and -tongs deal for much more than an oil change.