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post #1 of 23 Old 11-08-2007, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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welcome to the cult...

Welcome to the Cult...the cult following of the Honda 919.

With the introduction of the 2008 Honda CB1000R there is a sound to be heard in the distance and maybe the not so far distance, it is the death knell of the Honda 919Hornet 900.

Though the still enigmatic 2008 Honda naked bike is not slated for U.S. showrooms, the writing is on the wall, where there's smoke there's fire and where there is a CB1000R, there is no need to maintain the 919 in the "Sport" lineup other than to run out production inventories. (which some maintain was the rationale behind many 919 design 'features')

It may take a year, it may take a couple years but the 919 does not have the sales numbers to warrant the investment by dealers/buyers and with a new sexy beast in the jungle, why bother trying.

Is this bad news?
Is this terrible news?

Not for anyone that cares, the 919 is what it is and will remain Honda's classic UJM offering as time moves on. The simplicity of design, bulletproof performance and sheer beauty of it's naked goodness have carved a niche that will withstand the test of time. Buoyed by an enthusiastic owner base and an unending list of possible modifications yet standing as the predominantly practical daily two-wheeled ride, the Honda 919 is assured of it's status in motorcycle cult history.

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Kinda like the Katana was for Suzuki?

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Agreed! Other bikes will find their way into the stable but the 919 will stay.




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Kinda like the Katana was for Suzuki?
Kan-o-tuna was never a cult bike. The Honda-GT 650 was/is a cult bike.

The 919 will surely follow suit.


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wish i was a better writer...

i'd take this idea, add some to it, track down 9 crazy 919's mod'd from mild to wild and feature them in an article about the beginnings of a motorcycle cult w/ the hawk being an excellent example of a mature cult status in the 2 wheeled world

the 919 will have aspire to cult status without the benefit of an amateur race series to support it's efforts...it will succeed or fail based on the street enthusiasts efforts alone

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I hate to be a bummer but I don't see the 919 really having enough "uniqueness" or "character" to make much of a cult following.
There was nothing like the hawk at the time... ultra light and trick single swingarm. It was a unique vehicle for its time. The 80's honda V-4's have a rabid following but again, they were very unique for their time. The first true power cruiser.

The 919 is a wonderful feature set and a practical motorcycle and a blast. But it is not the fastest, nor the lightest, nor the most high tech, nor the most popular. It is a gem of engineering and I am glad to own one.

I'm surprised by only a 5 year model run. Even that "modern magna" got a 11 year model run.

The best thing you can say about the 919 is it is from a noble line that dates all the way back to the CB750. It brought modern engineering to the "nighthawk" line that had been allowed to languish in old tech.

I had a close call this morning with a cager turning right from the left lane. And after I cleared the incident, I thought to myself "what would I buy if this got totalled?" Hard to say but it might just be another 919. But I'd probably look hard at that new buell too.
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Kan-o-tuna was never a cult bike. The Honda-GT 650 was/is a cult bike.

The 919 will surely follow suit.

Mike... That was a joke man! A Katana? Cmon... you had to know I was joking.


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Dont know if ya consider trail bikes to have a cult status but if they do the TT500 has to be right up there , here in NZ they are very much sort after and cost more now than they did new.... I owned 3 of em and loved every one, 2 of em were brand new and i hammered the crap out of em ....wish i still had one ....... those were the days

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I really liked my old Ascot VT500.......
Da 9er will always rock (even when lying on it's side )

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Well put Ratdog!

Certainly there are faster, tighter handling, and more stylish bikes. But I am sooo relaxed riding the 9r, even in miserable unpredictable traffic like today. It's hard to believe Honda didn't sell more of them here. The naked 9r is unusual with relaxed ergos, sporty-torquey, and decent passenger legroom. Fortunately mine will last a long time to allow me to warm up to its homely replacement.

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I hope it does achieve cult status. In my opinion it's certainly worthy. But the Superhawk was talked about in the same way and it never came to fruition. Too bad. It's an excellent bike in it's own respects also.

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I love the 919 for its purity. Simple, clean, nothing extra, nothing tacked on for the sake of style, not really modern and definitely not retro. Pure motorcycling at its Honda finest...the way it should be.

'02 Honda 919 - She's the only one for me!

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I love the 919 for its purity. Simple, clean, nothing extra, nothing tacked on for the sake of style, not really modern and definitely not retro. Pure motorcycling at its Honda finest...the way it should be.
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Well put Ratdog!

Certainly there are faster, tighter handling, and more stylish bikes. But I am sooo relaxed riding the 9r, even in miserable unpredictable traffic like today. It's hard to believe Honda didn't sell more of them here. The naked 9r is unusual with relaxed ergos, sporty-torquey, and decent passenger legroom. Fortunately mine will last a long time to allow me to warm up to its homely replacement.
Well put dream247919!

I ride mine almost daily, and it's not the best of anything but just a pleasure to ride. Great blend of attributes.

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post #15 of 23 Old 11-09-2007, 10:57 AM
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I moved from a '93 Nighthawk 750 to a 919...and it is definitely an excellent installment on the UJM lineage. Something very cool about the simplicity and friendliness/growliness of the ride. Motorcycling distilled to its essence, indeed.

I ended up getting one via word of mouth, too. I've got 2 friends that have 919s and rave about them; both ride daily, with the 919 as their sole motorized vehicle.

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Good all purpose machine!!!

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But mine does wheelies!

2 > 4
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At 26,000 posts, there's not another bike around that that comes close.

The CBX is a classic cult bike.

I'd have to say the Gen 1 FZ is going to be a cult bike. Those guys are just nuts.

Honda's first 900RR for sure.

But the 919, don't know. Time will tell.

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cbx yes

fz1 - too stinkin many of them to call it a cult...too broadbased, not enough subculture

900rr - yes, let me tell you how much i'm resisting buying this perfect 93 w/ 8500 miles a friend is selling...everytime i look at this pic my wallet moves...

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cbx yes

fz1 - too stinkin many of them to call it a cult...too broadbased, not enough subculture

900rr - yes, let me tell you how much i'm resisting buying this perfect 93 w/ 8500 miles a friend is selling...everytime i look at this pic my wallet moves...
So...What are you waiting for? Sam(you met him at the BBQ) has a 17" front wheel conversion for the 900RR.

IMO: A cult bike is one that was in production for around 3 to 6 years but never sold well for whatever reason. The bike probably had so-so reviews, but was a gem to those who were smart enough to purchase one. Year's later(after production ceased) the 'cult' bike was finally given the respect it deserved.

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cbx yes

fz1 - too stinkin many of them to call it a cult...too broadbased, not enough subculture

900rr - yes, let me tell you how much i'm resisting buying this perfect 93 w/ 8500 miles a friend is selling...everytime i look at this pic my wallet moves...
Buy it! Buy it, now !!!!

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u guys r not helping

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post #23 of 23 Old 11-15-2007, 08:23 AM
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You can talk about cult bikes without talking about the SV650. I think it could be the biggest cult bike of all time. Think of how many people learned to ride on those things. They still sell like crazy.

The 919 just never got good press. It's a bikers bike. The mainstream just can't understand it.

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