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post #1 of 19 Old 11-20-2009, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, being you guys are pretty much amazingly helpful from reading posts, i need a little help. I love my 919. Don't get me wrong, but being 6'2" and weighing about 230 (down from 344, w00t w00t), I don't know about my comfort level if i struck out on the road for a week or two. I rode an ST1300 at the dealer and absolutly love it. Anyone have and insights on the ST? Great motor, good wind protection, nice bags... my only gripe was heat comin off the heads. Kinda cooked my legs. Any ideas or suggestions. Or better yet, someone gimme the money to pay off the 9er then I'll just buy the ST.... hope springs eternal. Thanks dudes.

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post #2 of 19 Old 11-20-2009, 10:39 PM
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The ST1300 is a great bike if you don't want to ride hard. Comfortable and very well made. However, there was/is a fairly large percentage of them that have a severe wobble at speed (like over 85). I think the newer FJR's (significant redesign to reduce heat) are a better way to go. They are a very good handling big bike and also very well made.

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my not-so-professional opinion, tough it out for awhile, keep paying off the 919 and wait for the new vfr.

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i am 6'3 and ~240 *(damn you mary and your awesome cooking)... and i ride a vfr *(aka interceptor)... i was on a 919 and switched... it is awesome... great engine great comfort *(you can tour on it... they offer hard bags and everything) it handles like a dream and you can get it much cheaper than a st1300... oh yeah... the sound from the v4 with the scorpion ss exhaust...... absolute porn ...



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If you're looking to switch eyeball the FJR. Less weight and more horsepower than the ST. The ST is a nice bike, but really heavy. I've been on both, I'm a big fan of Hondas, but the FJR has the ST beat IMO.

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Honda Jim, I'm 6'5" and 245, I ride a Yamaha/Star Roadliner and it's comfy as all heck. 113 Cubic Inches takes no greif from any other V-Twin. I also like the 1800 VTX's that have been discontinued by Honda. They can be found used at some very good prices. I would say get the biggest bike you can...there IS no replacement for displacement!


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post #7 of 19 Old 11-28-2009, 10:02 AM
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Mrhonda, don't overlook the ZX14Concours as an ubber jammer for a big guy like you. It really gives nothing away and perhaps comes in cheaper than the ST.

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Talk about resurrecting an old thread. So my dealer has a VTX1800N for $8495. Used, two years older than my 919, but it has all the bells and whistles (floorboards, aftermarket seat with driver backrest...) Its the same place I bought the 919 from and they'll bend over backwards to make the sale, so I'm pretty sure they'll give me a good deal on trade in and it's not too unreasonable. Numbers wise, its about as good a 9er, but not quite. Not that I ride to the full potential anyway. And with all the straight roads around here, a cruiser might be a good idea. Any input or past experiences with the 1800?

BTW, the N is the sexiest one, with that Rune-style rear fender.

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6'4" 250 here, 260-290 when I had the 919, and 700 mile jaunts were not an issue for me - I found the 919 pretty darn comfortable.

But, to each their own.

I almost bought a asphault black VFR800, but it just felt gutless down low. Sure, it was fun when the valves clicked in, and the sound and all, but it just was not there, at least for me.

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Built a VTX1800N a few years back, PCIII, pipes (3"!), intake mods, man, the torque was awesome, but that was one heavy machine, still, it was fun.



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Yawn... 6-1... I've test ridden many bikes including the 919, VTX1300, Ducati's, Magna, Rocket III, Tiger 1050, etc. I am planning a 1500 mile trip on my Speed Triple and would have no qualms doing so on a 919 or whatever. What is it about the 919 is making you uncomfortable? If the ST heats your legs why not look at its direct competition in the Triumph Sprint? I would recommend the Triumph Tiger. The sitting position is a little more stretched out than the 919 with more power and still tears up the corners.



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Heck daddy-o. Throw a leg over it and take it for a ride. It's the only way YOU are going to get real feedback. If it feels right....the price sure looks good! Hey, they don't even make the 919 anymore. Maybe time for you to move on or maybe even add another to the stable. Think about it, 900cc cylinders!

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The issue with the 9er is a cramped knee. Not the bikes fault, strictly my own. Damn amateur wrestling. I did ride it. It was nice. I think at that time though, i was still infatuated with the 9er. The allure is starting to wear off and practicality is starting to ring true. Besides, if I get the VTX, and Honda decides to bring the CB1000R here, it'll be easier to trade off the X for one. I think I'll go talk to the dealer tomorrow. Still, keep your inputs coming. And I'm not anti-Triumph, its just 2 things. 1) the closest Triumph dealer is a good distance away, and 2) I'd rather have an old Bonneville or high-pipe trophy than a new one.

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I did not like scraping hard parts which is why I finally decided against buying a cruiser. There are about a million choices out there but I would highly recommend deciding what kind of riding you enjoy the most and buy a bike that matches those desires. Heck, the old V-Max was nice because it had mid-mounted pegs but you could buy an engine guard which allowed you to move your feet forward. If cruising is what you love then buy a cruiser. But if you get your high by hitting the corners, then buy something that is not going to frustrate you every time you want to go for a ride...



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I'd love to tear up corners. There's just 1 problem. Iowa doesn't have any. Not where I live anyway. If i want to do corners, i suppose i can enjoy the growl of my old CB750. Love sport riding, but not appropriate to where I live. I'm only 23. I'm sure there'll be more sportbikes in my time.

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If cramped knees is the only issue with your 919, get yourself some nice frame mounted sliders and use them as forward pegs to stretch out a bit!

Well, fire the engines! Spur this iron space-pony on!

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A little extra foam in the seat would help - as would lowering the pegs slightly, there is a set of "rearsets" that allows for that adjustability.

For some reason, every ST1300 I rode reminded me of a motor boat - I think it was the way the engine sounded.

Rode a Valkarie with a set of 6-6 pipes and a proper tune, I do not care how heavy that bike was, it was bad to the bone! And the snarl, oh boy - take any GL1800 and add a set of $500.00 cobra mufflers and you've got a sound that ranks right next to a Porsche......

Sorry for the off topic drivel....

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If I could find a Valk... that'd be nearly ideal. I bought a set of Buell pegs. I figure I'll give that a shot first since I probably won't trade until spring if i do anyway. $30 for a set of pegs is a good bit cheaper than $8000 for a bike I might not like anyway. Thanks dudes.

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For some reason, every ST1300 I rode reminded me of a motor boat

this is what popped into my head....

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