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post #1 of 11 Old 07-15-2008, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Suggestions? (price, alternatives)

I would love to have a street triple but can't afford it. After looking around I settled on 599, but have not yet found one at the right price. A guy at work has a mint 2004 919 w/4500 miles on it; and he wants $5500 for the bike. I think that is high, but what do you think is a reasonable offer? (A dealer 150 miles away has a new 2007 he will sell for $6900)

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I am 48, and I rode dirt and street bikes during the 70's and early 80's. My last bike was a '73 cb350. I also have bad wrists from working with computers for 25 yrs, but so far have avoided surgery. I expect to ride mainly on back roads and to and from work. A friend of mine motivated me to start looking at bikes when he got a sv650. I rode his and liked it, but didn't care so much for the looks. My daily driver is a red 91 mr2 turbo -- so I would like my bike to look a little more "mature" . I sat on a cruiser a the local bike shop and found I didn't care for the riding position.
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-15-2008, 05:31 PM
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919 no question

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919 no question
+1 Welcome Razzoo...I hadn't ridden a bike in a long time, I got my 919 about a year ago (at age 45) and love it. I ride mostly to work on nice days and the local backroads on the weekends. Its perfect for my purpose and you don't see hardly any others on the road.

That said, theres a lot of great bikes out there, find one ya like and get it . I started out looking at cruisers but wanted something a lil different. I had narrowed it down to the Suzuki Bandit or the 919...just kinda fell in love with the 919 looks.

The 04 sounds a lil high, but 4500 miles is just barely broken in. May depend on if it has any mods.

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Welcome!

What kind of riding will you do?

That truly will help in making a decision on the right bike. What kind of suspension do you want? Do you care if you stink after you ride? Do you want tcarry luggage, do day trips, etc...

Will adventure lead you to want to explore off road?

Anyhow, before you commit to a purchase, these are important questions to be answered.

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What kind of riding will you do?

>That truly will help in making a decision on the right bike. What kind of >suspension do you want?
I will not be taking it to the track, but adjustable is good.

>Do you care if you stink after you ride?
I figured if exhaust smell became an issue w/919 I would replace with single, lower exhaust

>Do you want tcarry luggage, do day trips, etc...
My wife will not ride so I expect little interstate and short trips if any.

>Will adventure lead you to want to explore off road?
Yes, but I figured the 599 or 919 would be fine for dirt roads.
If I wanted to get back into trails, I I would pick up a used a 125cc dirt bike for that for that. (I saw a V-Strom in the showroom, I would not feel comfortable off road with that!)

>Anyhow, before you commit to a purchase, these are important questions to be answered.

btw: I am 5'7 & 165lb so I am trying to stay with lighter, smaller bikes, the 919 would be the largest I would consider.

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Im 5'11", 165 #s, my 919 is a perfect fit, my '07 was 6700 usd brand spanking new





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Options...

The v-strom is an option and super cheap used incredible interstate ride, leave a bit to be desired on a back road, but still fun.
The Bandit 600 is another option that is a great bike (similar to the utility features of the 599 and 919)
The Triumph Speed four (used) you can get you around well.
FZ6/FZ1 is another consideration - truly the sportier of the mentioned bikes.

Problem with Bidget bikes, budget suspension

Just trying to help you rather than just suggest what i own.

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$5500 seems a tad high. $5K probly wouldn't be bad. That would be a solid $2K less then new.

Start here, it will at least give you a ball park.
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Dallas TX Honda dealer has a new one for $6500.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Honda...3286.m14.l1318

2004 for only $1000 less isn't that good of a deal.

Be sure that you can ride a std/naked bike comfortably if you have bad wrists. If you were OK on the sv650, you're prob OK with the 919.

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What kind of money do you want to spend ?

Best thing to do is visit lots of shops and sit on everything - You may find that even though the Triumph is a bit more, it may suit you better -

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post #11 of 11 Old 07-16-2008, 05:41 AM
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Welcome aboard Razzoo!

On a 2004 Honda 919, NADA puts the low retail price at $3,690 and the average retail at $4,850. So he is a bit high on asking price but it's just a starting point for the seller.

Given its age and mileage, you should also inspect the tires for wear and condition. Depending on how it's been stored and ridden, it could need new tires. That's a few hundred dollars of negotiating leverage. Also, if it has the original battery, its life expectancy (5 years) is almost up and that's another $100.

If it's in excellent condition (no drops, spills, damage) and has not been heavily modified, you should be able to get this machine for $5K minus any out of pocket expenses for tires and battery.

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