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post #1 of 46 Old 11-18-2006, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Picked up my 919 yesterday

For those of you who don't know, I'm new here, and I finally was able to pick up my 2002 919 from the dealer last night. It was tough watching them wheel away my M50 Boulevard that I traded in, but as soon as I left I knew I'd done the right thing. The 919 ROCKS! Now I see what you all are talking about.

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Congrats! Black is the fastest color, ya know.

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Hey congrats on the new ride! It's always tough to trade in a bike and watch it get taken away. But that first ride home on the new bike kills any regret. And the 9'er is so much more fun than a cruiser! You got miles of smiles ahead!

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Hey congrats on the new ride! It's always tough to trade in a bike and watch it get taken away. But that first ride home on the new bike kills any regret. And the 9'er is so much more fun than a cruiser! You got miles of smiles ahead!
I rode it about 60 miles today and you couldn't slap the grin off my face. If it were warmer than 40 degrees here I'd be riding it now!

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Now first things first get that snowshovel of a plate holder off of that beautiful bike.

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Now first things first get that snowshovel of a plate holder off of that beautiful bike.
I'm gonna tend to that tomorrow when I'm doing the bafflectomy. How did you guys go about getting the stickers off the gas tank? (not the emblems, but the warning stickers) The previous owner never took them off.

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I'm gonna tend to that tomorrow when I'm doing the bafflectomy. How did you guys go about getting the stickers off the gas tank? (not the emblems, but the warning stickers) The previous owner never took them off.
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I'm gonna tend to that tomorrow when I'm doing the bafflectomy. How did you guys go about getting the stickers off the gas tank? (not the emblems, but the warning stickers) The previous owner never took them off.
A hair dryer and a spray of WD40 and they'll be off in no time. The ones on the chainguard are little more stubborn but they'll peel off too.

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For those of you who don't know, I'm new here, and I finally was able to pick up my 2002 919 from the dealer last night. It was tough watching them wheel away my M50 Boulevard that I traded in, but as soon as I left I knew I'd done the right thing. The 919 ROCKS! Now I see what you all are talking about.
So how in the heck did your bike make it four years without the fender getting chopped, new pipes, or the stickers getting taken off? That must be some kind of record.
How many miles does she have on her?

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A hair dryer and a spray of WD40 and they'll be off in no time. The ones on the chainguard are little more stubborn but they'll peel off too.
Thanks! I'll give it the old college try tomorrow.

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So how in the heck did your bike make it four years without the fender getting chopped, new pipes, or the stickers getting taken off? That must be some kind of record.
How many miles does she have on her?
I couldn't believe it either. It's all completely intact, except I think it's missing some of the decals since it doesn't say 919 on it anywhere. It's got 8400 miles, and I'm guessing that the previous owner had never had a bike before this one, as in the owners manual he (or she) had underlined a lot of stuff that is just basic common sense to most riders, like shifting before redline, and pulling in the clutch to start the bike. I almost feel bad modifying it seems how it's so original. (Almost being the key word here!)

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A hair dryer and a spray of WD40 and they'll be off in no time. The ones on the chainguard are little more stubborn but they'll peel off too.
I was afraid that something like wd40 would stain the finish. Is this how you did it to yours? If so, did you just wash it afterward?

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I was afraid that something like wd40 would stain the finish. Is this how you did it to yours? If so, did you just wash it afterward?
yes washes off with a little gasoline kidding of course. Soap and water will get it off. WD40 is good for cleaning lots of places on the bike (swing arm, chain & sprockets, etc.)

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Ok, so the bafflectomy is done! It was easier then I thought it would be. It sounds great! Also, I went ahead and got rid of the bicycle reflectors and clutter. It'll do until I make a fender eliminator. So, is it my imagination, or is it a tad faster after the bafflectomy? I swear that the front wheel lifts easier now, especially in first gear. Did any of you notice this?
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I'm used to old turbo bikes when after making them breathe easier (open exhaust w/k&n) it's crucial to richen the mixture to keep it from leaning out. When, if at all, does that become an issue with the 919? Mine's still got oem cans too which will eventually get changed.

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The 919 comes fairly rich from the factory. With a bafflectomy, you're probably okay with the stock map, but you'll most likely want to get a PC3 in the long run. The power will be smoother and you'll probably get better mpg, too.

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I'm used to old turbo bikes when after making them breathe easier (open exhaust w/k&n) it's crucial to richen the mixture to keep it from leaning out. When, if at all, does that become an issue with the 919? Mine's still got oem cans too which will eventually get changed.
I'm no expert on the 919 yet, but from what others have been saying the bike runs a little rich to begin with, so you can get by with modifying the exhaust without problems. I just rode about 80 miles with my newly debaffled cans and I have to say, I can't imagine it sounding or performing much different with aftermarkets. Personally, I don't think you can beat the stockers in terms of style, so I am thrilled with the results. It's almost as if Honda knew people would do this, so they just designed the mufflers to sound good and the air mixture to work right with the baffles removed. It's the first time I've ever modified the factory mufflers and not had to re-jet, or reprogram in this case. And I thought I'd have to spend $500 on a set of cans! I already love this bike....

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I just rode about 80 miles with my newly debaffled cans and I have to say, I can't imagine it sounding or performing much different with aftermarkets. Personally, I don't think you can beat the stockers in terms of style, so I am thrilled with the results. It's almost as if Honda knew people would do this, so they just designed the mufflers to sound good and the air mixture to work right with the baffles removed. It's the first time I've ever modified the factory mufflers and not had to re-jet, or reprogram in this case. And I thought I'd have to spend $500 on a set of cans! I already love this bike....
+1 on all that, I am also very satisfied with the bafflectomy.

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Hooligan, I ran baffleectomised cans for a long time. Aint nithin wrong `em.

In the meantime, stick your lower licence plate holes in the licence plate bracket. This will get your plate just under the licence plate light. Actually you'll have to bend your plate a little to make it fit. Now get out a carpenters knife with a new blade and a straight edge and nip the fender. A corse file to round things off and your in business. Some people do the eliminator, but my reasoning is: it's a street bike, so where's the shame in it looking like one?

Congrats on the fine choice of bikes, be safe. Sniper

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Hooligan, I ran baffleectomised cans for a long time. Aint nithin wrong `em.

In the meantime, stick your lower licence plate holes in the licence plate bracket. This will get your plate just under the licence plate light. Actually you'll have to bend your plate a little to make it fit. Now get out a carpenters knife with a new blade and a straight edge and nip the fender. A corse file to round things off and your in business. Some people do the eliminator, but my reasoning is: it's a street bike, so where's the shame in it looking like one?

Congrats on the fine choice of bikes, be safe. Sniper
Thanks for the advice! I've been trying to figure out how I can clean it up without losing the blinkers, so I'll mock it up that way and see what I think. I already flipped the plate bracket over, which raised it a bit and angled it out some, but I didn't think about moving it up to the bottom holes. Now I just need to find some smaller but just as bright turn signals...

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Congrats on the DIY exhaust upgrade. I'd advise keeping the stock blinkers. Those large lensed incadecents are bright "from the side" to assist lane changes in tight traffic. From your thoughts I am inspired to trim the shovel! My best value upgrades were windscreen, fork springs, flapper, plasma bulb, airhorn, braided lines, synthetic oil, renthals, and tires. It's a great reward to go for a ride and benchmark the improvement.

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This fender eliminator will allow you to keep old lights and have a clean "no shovel" look. I have it on my bike and I'm very happy. :santa:

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This fender eliminator will allow you to keep old lights and have a clean "no shovel" look. I have it on my bike and I'm very happy. :santa:

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Congrats on the DIY exhaust upgrade. I'd advise keeping the stock blinkers. Those large lensed incadecents are bright "from the side" to assist lane changes in tight traffic. From your thoughts I am inspired to trim the shovel! My best value upgrades were windscreen, fork springs, flapper, plasma bulb, airhorn, braided lines, synthetic oil, renthals, and tires. It's a great reward to go for a ride and benchmark the improvement.
I'm pretty handy with a dremel, so tonight I drilled some new mounting holes, raising the liscense plate but keeping the angle I got by flipping the bracket, and whacked off the shovel, but in a way that looks like it could be stock in my opinion. I couldn't get a good pic of it tonight, but I'll take one tomorrow in the daylight to show you. If you ruin it, It probably wouldn't be too hard to find another around here!
What windscreen do you have?

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whacked off the shovel, but in a way that looks like it could be stock in my opinion. I couldn't get a good pic of it tonight, but I'll take one tomorrow in the daylight to show you.
What windscreen do you have?
Great description, I look forward to the dremel inspiring pix! I've got the windchill certified national cycle touring huge GT screen. It has a four point quick mount to remove in 5minutes when the temp hits 50o.

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Here's some pics of the whacked fender. It's still kinda hard to tell, but I followed the factory lines for the most part and made it look as if the plastic that comes down where the blinkers attach is a brackett just for mounting. It looks pretty good in person.
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Hooligan inspired me into action with a dry wall saw and file to remove the shovel! I bent the inverted bar in a vice more vertical. Now it looks much better than stock! No reason to spend $80 on it. I added a seal under the license plate so there's no space to squirt water into the tail electronics.

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It looks good. You could also cut half an inch off both sides of the metal bracket so it won't stick out.

Eventually you may want to look into an integrated tail light or flush mounts.

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I left about a 1/4" of plastic below my license plate but mine looks basically the same.

We share the streets with people that are not always paying a whole lot of attention. I don't like the integrated turnsignals. They're hard to see, which makes them dangerous. I went with the small aluminum "bullet" turn signals. Even at that, I use hand signals also.

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It looks good. You could also cut half an inch off both sides of the metal bracket so it won't stick out.

Eventually you may want to look into an integrated tail light or flush mounts.
Good call; next time I'm messin around in the garage I'll probably hack off some of that metal.

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I left about a 1/4" of plastic below my license plate but mine looks basically the same.

We share the streets with people that are not always paying a whole lot of attention. I don't like the integrated turnsignals. They're hard to see, which makes them dangerous. I went with the small aluminum "bullet" turn signals. Even at that, I use hand signals also.
I agree with you 100% on this one. I don't want to do anything that may make me less visable to all the people who are oblivious to their surroundings anyhow. Some ultra bright, more compact blinkers would be a nice touch though. Anyone have any recommendations?

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Hooligan inspired me into action with a dry wall saw and file to remove the shovel! I bent the inverted bar in a vice more vertical. Now it looks much better than stock! No reason to spend $80 on it. I added a seal under the license plate so there's no space to squirt water into the tail electronics.
You've done it now! This is how it all begins!

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You've done it now! This is how it all begins!
Thanks Hooligan for the inspiration! I've had too much fun dialing it in.

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Congrats on the new bike man.

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The Clear Alternatives integrated tail light will light up half of the tail light with yellow LED's making a greater lit surface area than any blinker. IMO it's safer and better looking.

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