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post #1 of 22 Old 03-15-2009, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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questions from a newbie

hi,
new here and have been lurking and reading all i can at this great place.
i'm selling 2 honda v4's so i can buy a 919 .
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-i've seen quite a few 919's for sale all over with widely ranging milage, so how many miles on a 919 should be the cutoff or dealbraker?
-what is the first scheduled valve adjustment? is it 16000 mi.?or is the first earlier?
-is there a year you would shy away from? i have'nt seen anything on here so i'm just asking the 'spurts.

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post #2 of 22 Old 03-15-2009, 08:40 AM
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There doesn't seem to be any reliablility issues with these bikes. if i remember right, there is a guy i LA with over 80k on his, and i don't think he's had the motor opened. More important is the care that has been taken in maintaining it. look for the obvious tell tale signs, such as brake pads, chain and sprockets, and cleanliness of the whole unit, not just the shiny parts!
Valves are called for at 16k. many of us, upon hitting that mark, simply checked them, found them within specs, and put it back together These things are bulletproof!
The 919 was relatively unchanged through it's lifespan, the most noticeable change i can think of besides color being the addition of adjustable compression dampening in the forks for 2004 (it may have been 03, i can't remember off hand).
we're looking forward to having another niner on the roads, and in the forum! hope you have fun, and don't be a stranger around here!
(what kind of bikes are you selling? i kinda want an older interceptor...)

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scrat summed it up perfectly... the 919 is like a hammer... you might break the handle ... but the head is forever...



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If you find a 02 matte black in good shape, jump on it. Even though in doesn't have adjustible forks it is the best color. IMO.

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scrat was right on. The bikes fundamentally have not changed between 2002 and 2007 with the exception of the upgraded suspension for 2004 and newer.

I payed $4099 out the door (tax, title, license) for my '03 Asphalt 919 with a small ding on the left side of the tank, slight scuff on the alt. cover, and 15,xxx miles. Picked it up near the end of the riding season last year.

Like stated before...just look for wear on the chain, sprockets, pads, or signs of general neglect or care.

If the tires are worn badly, I'd try to get a couple hundred off for a new set. (depending on how badly worn)

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I paid $5,700 for my '07 with just over 2,500 miles on it.

The first valve service is called for at 600 miles (along with the 1st oil & filter change), then 16,000 mile intervals after that. I have heard that the valves are typically still within spec at 16K and often 32K miles.

The last bike I had with bucket/shim valve adjustments was an '81 CB750-F, and things have improved quite a bit since!

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some dealers have leftover models(really)i bought my 07 in november so just an idea check your local dealer you might be able to buy new for just a bit more

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some dealers have leftover models(really)i bought my 07 in november so just an idea check your local dealer you might be able to buy new for just a bit more
i did thanks 2 local dealers each have 1 can't get'em below 7200 otd(tax((7%) tags stealer prep doc blah blah)
budget is more like $4500 or less

new is nice but used is just great

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04-07 has the upgraded suspension front and rear that is adjustable.

engines are bullet proof. I bought mine with 14k miles and it is nearly at 30k now and still no valve adjustment. I need to get in and look into it very soon however.

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ratdog's 919 is for sale. He live in southern NJ.

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I paid $5,700 for my '07 with just over 2,500 miles on it.

The first valve service is called for at 600 miles (along with the 1st oil & filter change), then 16,000 mile intervals after that. I have heard that the valves are typically still within spec at 16K and often 32K miles.

The last bike I had with bucket/shim valve adjustments was an '81 CB750-F, and things have improved quite a bit since!

not suppose to look at them until 16k miles

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Welcome Drew
Ratdog has an excellent example for sale (a very nice color) just make sure you get all the aftermarket parts you can afford.

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forgot to mention the most important thing to tell you about the 919... the more you ride them, the more fun you have! woot woot!

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There are brand new ones on Sleazebay from dealers for 6500 range. I have seen lower also!

Just look around, and if I could get a brand new one for that kinda dough, I would spring the extra dough.......JMO....

Good luck and welcome!

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here's another one for sale by a WristTwister. https://www.wristtwisters.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=17385

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thanks so much guys for all your help. i saw rats bike for sale(still an option) i'm going to look at a '04 silver with 7800 miles tomorrow.

i sold the magna 2day, and already have a bite on the 85 ceptor.

i'm so close to being a proud 919 owner i can taste it

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Welcome and good luck with the bike hunt.

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i got one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i'm a new 919 owner guys

i found a silver 04 with 7800 miles for $4000.
d&d pipes
new (in the bag) honda seat
oil filter
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it's raining so the pic is kinda f'ed up i'll post better pics soon

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Nice! Congrats Drew

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post #20 of 22 Old 03-19-2009, 02:52 PM
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Congratulations Drew! My first 919 was a silver 2004. You're gonna love it!

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I just bought an '03 919 last August. These bikes are pretty much the same through the years, but besides the upgraded front suspension in '04, one thing I noticed is '04s and newer have a built in digital clock with a 2nd trip meter. I wish my '03 had that. I thought about swapping out the gauge cluster if anybody had one for sale?!

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post #22 of 22 Old 04-06-2009, 10:24 AM
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i am still curious...

whats so special about a clock in the instrument cluster??

i have one on my left wrist...



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