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post #1 of 54 Old 02-07-2016, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Your favorite 919 mods

I'm ready to give up looking for a do-it-all bike that I can ride all day and still rip through a canyon. I keep coming back to the 9er and being the cheap bastard I am it's still the perfect bike for me.

I've built up a 919 before and plan on doing some things differently, that bike will remain my commuter with stock suspension and exhaust. The new one will be my travel bike with good suspension and lighter exhaust.

The KOSO I put on my other one was great but I am thinking of doing an F4i or I bet a 1st Gen CBR1000RR would look great. Problem is, Rob isn't making the reserve led light anymore so I'm considering keeping the stock guages.

What kind of cost-effective stuff have you put on your 919 that has made it an even better bike that it already was?

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After having mine for a while now, I've recently got around to making it more of...mine.

I recently installed some shorty levers, CBR1000 clear styled indicators and new mirrors and they make a huge difference. I never quite liked the chrome lollipop style mirrors.

Apart from that, I've had a Danmoto dual exhausts for a year or soand love the sounds. Nice and loud for commuting and I can honestly tell you they made a huge difference in being more noticeable on the road.

Stompgrip pads on the tank add a nice touch too.

Got a PC3 coming soon too, should be here any day now

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Having only owned mine for 2 months now, I'm still getting started, but so far I've :
- added Renthal Ultra Low bars
- new levers (eBay cheapies)
- integrated tail light
- new front indicators
- Painted the side fairing covers, side swingarm brackets and reassert assemblies, painted over the chrome gauge backing, and the top triple clamp.

To go, I've got a belly pan, and braided brake lines in the mail, swingarm, fork bottoms, headers and lower triple clamp to paint, before doing the tank, tail and belly pan.

Also managed to pull out a shipload of dodgy wiring the previous owner had doing god knows what (faulty hot grips, power adapters etc).

Only thing that sucks is I want to do it all now, and not wait until winter. It's prime riding season (if a little too hot).

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For my 2004 niner I have:

- black shorty levers
- Aprilla Shiver mirrors
- clear lens signal lights with amber bulbs
- Renthal Ultra Low bars
- center stand
- engine cage
- Jardine exhaust (which sounds VERY nice)

Plans for this summer:

- beefing up forks with RaceTech springs to handle my 220lb ass....
- ....or start eating more salads.





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What kind of cost-effective stuff have you put on your 919 that has made it an even better bike that it already was?
Not in any order of ranking, is my following list in terms of your question in terms of riding the bike:
PC3 and use of a good map
Front and rear suspension components upgrade and setup of same
Corbin seat
520 drive kit
adjustable levers
Renthal ULs


I did not list the TRS cans or the CRG mirrors, my seeing those as being more of the like/love category as compared to "making it better".

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Let's see...

According to my checking account, I have a CBR900RR low exhaust conversion with a Yoshi pipe, Renthal Mediums, OEM Honda fly screen, Givi A240 screen, Spencer seat mod, Custom LED integrated taillight, LED front signals, Silverstar Ultra headlight, rear fender delete with a custom made license plate mount, LED license plate lights, K&N air filter, PAIRS delete, flapper mod, Racetech fork springs with 10w Maxima oil, new Michelin Pilot Road 3s, and finally shorty and regular levers (depending how I am feeling that week).

According to my wife, just an oil change.

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Center stand even though the Honda one is a PITA to install.

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I'm really keen on both a Screen and a Seat Cowl.

Seat Cowl's seem to be like Hen's Teeth. The PowerBronze is the only one that seems readily available, and still horrifically expensive. I'd love to get my hands on a Hesa Cowl though, but they seem even rarer.

Problem with the Screen is that I'm running Dominator twin headlights, so the standard screen for single headlight would look a bit odd. Thinking of picking up one of these and playing around with it though...

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post #9 of 54 Old 02-09-2016, 07:34 AM
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900rr header swap and 6 spoke wheel conversion for sure.

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Let's see...

According to my checking account, I have a CBR900RR low exhaust conversion with a Yoshi pipe, Renthal Mediums, OEM Honda fly screen, Givi A240 screen, Spencer seat mod, Custom LED integrated taillight, LED front signals, Silverstar Ultra headlight, rear fender delete with a custom made license plate mount, LED license plate lights, K&N air filter, PAIRS delete, flapper mod, Racetech fork springs with 10w Maxima oil, new Michelin Pilot Road 3s, and finally shorty and regular levers (depending how I am feeling that week).

According to my wife, just an oil change.
And did she say, "Wow, $1859 for an oil change???"

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Center stand even though the Honda one is a PITA to install.
re CENTRE STAND
Good one and I forgot to put it on my list.
It was one of my reasons for getting the 919, the fact a factory centre stand existed and could be put on, that is.
Yes, it's (a bit of) a PITA to put on, but not too bad a job as long as you don't want to be able to easily remove, such as for a track day, in which case it is a MEGA PITA to contend with.
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There is an easy solution, just do the centre cut out trick of the top tube where the pin goes through, then the stand becomes a very easy on/off proposition.
I've done mine that way, but with a tweak.
Do nice square cuts, or as close as you can, then file to carefully square up and dress, find suitable washers that allow for pin passage but still face up on the tube surfaces, then fit the cut out centre piece along with as many washers as you can fit in.
That way the pin is not so exposed to the elements and stays much cleaner for easiest in/outs.
Voila !

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And did she say, "Wow, $1859 for an oil change???"
That was before oil prices dropped to $2/barrel. Also, the CRG bar end mirrors put that oil change up to $1860.

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Best thing I've done recently is put stock V-Strom mirrors on it. Way more visibility than any other mirrors I've tried and no vibration, unlike the Aprillias.

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I'm really keen on both a Screen and a Seat Cowl. Seat Cowl's seem to be like Hen's Teeth. The PowerBronze is the only one that seems readily available, and still horrifically expensive. I'd love to get my hands on a Hesa Cowl though, but they seem even rarer. Problem with the Screen is that I'm running Dominator twin headlights, so the standard screen for single headlight would look a bit odd. Thinking of picking up one of these and playing around with it though...
A lot of guys are doing a Buell screen for the twin setup.

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re CENTRE STAND Good one and I forgot to put it on my list. It was one of my reasons for getting the 919, the fact a factory centre stand existed and could be put on, that is. Yes, it's (a bit of) a PITA to put on, but not too bad a job as long as you don't want to be able to easily remove, such as for a track day, in which case it is a MEGA PITA to contend with. BUT There is an easy solution, just do the centre cut out trick of the top tube where the pin goes through, then the stand becomes a very easy on/off proposition. I've done mine that way, but with a tweak. Do nice square cuts, or as close as you can, then file to carefully square up and dress, find suitable washers that allow for pin passage but still face up on the tube surfaces, then fit the cut out centre piece along with as many washers as you can fit in. That way the pin is not so exposed to the elements and stays much cleaner for easiest in/outs. Voila !
Or just get the swmotech version that comes with the cutout and is reinforced for it

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Rigging a 919 for touring, eh? Hummmmm . . . . .



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That's a whole 'nother set of priorities. Definitely get a chain oiler, Loobman, Scott, etc. Work on the ergos, bars, risers and seat cushion. The Air Hawk works for me. Get a reasonable windscreen and some luggage. Killer aux lighting couldn't hurt either.
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900rr header swap and 6 spoke wheel conversion for sure.

Definitely!

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The 3 mega bomb mods are:

renthal ultra lows
16/44 chain conversion kit
Ohlins shock and fork rework

After that whatever makes the bike look good and maybe a power commander.

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Top 3 for me are:

900RR exhaust (for stink reduction and awesome sound)
Gel insert in the seat (for comfort on long rides)
Chain oiler (maintenance time reduction)

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Was there ever a final word on the 900RR head swap and it's effect on power?

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Was there ever a final word on the 900RR head swap and it's effect on power?
You actually lose some low and midrange power but gain some up high.

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I'm not a fan of the headlight and the 599 is still pretty round. Has anyone tried a cb1000f headlight? Or a nice looking on that isn't difficult to mount?

Which one is this?
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Was there ever a final word on the 900RR head swap and it's effect on power?

My butt dyno didn't notice much of a difference. I did notice the drop in weight however.

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Has anyone tried steel lines and different pads to upgrade the brakes?

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Has anyone tried steel lines and different pads to upgrade the brakes?
Yup i have SS and EBC HH pads. very nice feel brake feel and plenty of stopping power

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galfer and ebc pads are a plus if you're the kind of rider that likes to lean it and push hard....i have power bronze seat cowl but took it off because it rattled and made seat removal a pain in the ass IMO not worth the $$

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You still got the cowl? Interested in selling?

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You still got the cowl? Interested in selling?
I m not sure , if I have it it'll be VERRRRRRRY cheapLet you know this week.

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Yup i have SS and EBC HH pads. very nice feel brake feel and plenty of stopping power

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galfer and ebc pads are a plus if you're the kind of rider that likes to lean it and push hard..
You guys need to get out of the 1990's with that shit. Try something that actually works instead of what people tell you works

There are no worse pads on the market than EBC HH. If you actually like them and think they are good pads you will shit yourself when you try something current in the world of technology and manufacturing.

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You guys need to get out of the 1990's with that shit. Try something that actually works instead of what people tell you works

There are no worse pads on the market than EBC HH. If you actually like them and think they are good pads you will shit yourself when you try something current in the world of technology and manufacturing.

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You're probably right but REMEMBER I'm still 919n and NOT S1000r n so for me the EBCs are a tolerable upgrade, ceramic galfers better, Rogue etc are like commuting on a BKing 2 much for for the need

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I won't argue that logic, but then it would also be safe to say you really don't need the HH pads to begin with. You could be using any number of modern compounds that offer better traits than conventional HH pads and are easier on your rotors too.

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I won't argue that logic, but then it would also be safe to say you really don't need the HH pads to begin with. You could be using any number of modern compounds that offer better traits than conventional HH pads and are easier on your rotors too.
Mike, do you have any RC51 pads in stock in a commuter compound?


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So what's a high quality STREET pad?

I've had EBC's HH and tossed them after a week. I agree, they suck.

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So what's a high quality STREET pad?

I've had EBC's HH and tossed them after a week. I agree, they suck.

I'm putting on a near mint set of stock rotors on my 919 this summer, I'd like to know this well sinc eI'm on the lookout for decent pads.

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I always thought Honda Oem pads were good for street.

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Everything that I read points to OEM for street riding.
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