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post #1 of 14 Old 10-22-2014, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Things to Look for in Used 919?

Hello all,

I'm looking to move up from a Nighthawk to a 919.

I'll be checking out a used 2002 model this weekend.

On top of the regular stuff (oil, tire tread, basic maintenance), is there anything specific to this bike that I should look out for?

Thanks!

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post #2 of 14 Old 10-22-2014, 03:04 PM
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Hello and welcome! Not much to look out for except for making sure it looks like the routine maintenance has been done.

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Hello and welcome! Not much to look out for except for making sure it looks like the routine maintenance has been done.
^^ this. Good indicator of how the owner treated the bike.

Chain lubrication is probably the easiest to look for, as it's very easily neglected and easily detectable.

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No mods make for a good buy!

Stock stock stock, the vast majority of mods are done with incompetence, look for a all stock bike!

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Look at wear items as to maintenance and replacement such as fork seals, brakes, tires, chain and sprockets. If these items are not up to snuff you could easily be looking at 500-1000.00 plus the cost of bike registration and taxes. When these items need replacement on a bike I'm looking at, I deduct the mechanical costs for repair and replacement, like tires, from the sellers asking price as I will have to shoulder that cost immediately after purchase. This gives me my offer price. Makes for a good negotiating position. That is unless the bike is being sold as is.

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No mods make for a good buy!

Stock stock stock, the vast majority of mods are done with incompetence, look for a all stock bike!
I agree. Start with something that someone hasn't messed with yet.

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The starter button has some problems which could lead to sticking and failing headlights. Make sure it functions smoothly and returns to the open position. Other than that, it's a Honda. It will keep running like a champ as long as regular maintenance is performed.

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Chain and sprocket condition is usually a good indicator of how people treat their bikes, look at the swingarm in front of the rear tire for rubber dingle berries to see if they have been doing burnouts before they put their brand new rear tire on and always observe the handlebar grips. If the bar end weights are rashed or missing or the grips are tatty and worn so are the parts you cannot see as the owner too cheap or incompetent to replace his $8 grips is too cheap or incompetent to properly maintain the rest of the bike too.

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Have him start it and listen for any odd noises. Also, have him blip the throttle and check for a black sooty smoke. If so it probably needs a FPR. $60 so not a deal breaker.

Check the pegs and shifter for any slop. It's not hard too spot a turd.

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Check the seat for stains....

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Here is a prime example of when to just walk away.....

2002 919 $1200!

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Here is a prime example of when to just walk away.....

2002 919 $1200!
That'll buff right out.

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Here is a prime example of when to just walk away..... 2002 919 $1200!
Admit it. Someone here has contacted the guy and "called dibs" on the windscreen and cans.

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post #14 of 14 Old 10-24-2014, 07:26 AM
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The first 919 I looked at was advertised as in perfect condition with low miles (12,000). When I got there the tires were bald, rear was through to the cords. Bike had 21K on it I guess the guy messed up The guy gave me the keys and I started it, tried to shift into first and it killed (clutch). The guy turned it off and took the keys. I said I wanted to let it warm up. He was reluctant to give me the keys (Big Red Flag). I finally got it warmed up and could hear the cam chain slapping and the engine started misfiring when I cracked the throttle...who knows probably burnt valves because the guy had a ton of mods and when I asked him if the FI was remapped he looked at me strangely.

The second one was a 2007 with 6000 miles and bone stock. Ran smooth and looked perfect. Rear tire was a little worn so I talked the seller down a bit on the price to cover the cost of a tire...and I bought it. The price difference between the 2 bikes was about $500.

Take your time...be careful because there are not a lot of these bikes out there for sale and like any bike there can be some real dogs.

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