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Old 04-25-2014, 02:31 PM   #1
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my st919 project

I've decided to turn the ol' 919 into more of a sport tourer than a sportbike.
Step one... I changed the gearing (+1 in the front, -1 in the back) to lower the RPM per forward speed. (improved my fuel mileage and made my speedometer more accurate)
I couldn't be happier, on my last backroad day trip. I was averaging around 51mpg...
Step two... Power for my GPS, I found this little plug that attached to my battery tender that gave me a little "Cigarette style" plug under my seat letting me power my GPS, which I have mounted to my handlebars with a ram mount...



Step three... luggage, i started out with just the rack from Givi and a topcase from JC Whitney. The tacky orange plastic around the back was quickly removed and painted black... Some people say topcases are ugly. And well, they are, but there's no denying they are extremely useful for everyday use...

I got with a local shop called Dualsport Touring, and they hooked me up with the side racks and cases from Givi to go with the topcase rack...




the last few items to complete will be a Center stand, and a new seat...
I think this really goes to show the versatility of the honda 919/Hornet platform. Track days or long distance touring... She a lady in the street but a freak in the bed!!!
and they don't help with touring, but I mounted Yamaha Turnsignals to the bike... Love the look, I think they work with the shape of the tank.

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Old 04-25-2014, 04:04 PM   #2
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Outstanding. I really like the look of the sidebags.
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Old 04-25-2014, 07:51 PM   #3
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I didn't think I'd like the 919 with luggage on it but dang, that really works. Keep this thread updated, really interested to see how it turns out.
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Old 04-26-2014, 12:56 AM   #4
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Been debating this get up for mine...it really is the most versatile bike I've owned. Right now I'm just using a HUGE tank bag. Love the ride naked sticker on the swing arm, and lack of goofy windscreen! Have you tried riding two up with the side cases yet?
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Old 04-26-2014, 01:18 AM   #5
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Also is that the medium or large jc Whitney?
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Old 04-26-2014, 02:15 PM   #6
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Been debating this get up for mine...it really is the most versatile bike I've owned. Right now I'm just using a HUGE tank bag. Love the ride naked sticker on the swing arm, and lack of goofy windscreen! Have you tried riding two up with the side cases yet?
I had a small fly screen, but hated it. It was only good for tucking behind in the winter. I have since removed it, and it hasn't been on the bike in years...

I've carried people 2 up, it's not goldwing comfy, I carried a passenger on an all day mountain ride, and as long as we stopped every hour or so she was fine. Does kinda put them in a upright seating. The pad isn't very cushiony, I'll probably make a better one soon.

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Also is that the medium or large jc Whitney?
That is the large.
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:01 PM   #7
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Yeah brother! I'm feelin' it. For some reason I love this idea.



http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=758092

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=948518
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:12 AM   #8
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Thats awesome!
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:45 AM   #9
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Nice bike!!

Good job so far, check out the 'seat concepts' thread, from what I've read they're an affordable path to a comfy seat, not ugly, but comfy.

Givi may have a screen you can use, mine is a 720 or 770 from them. I don't have pix on of it yet, but the guy I bought it from did. It's an 06 Breva 1100, his screen name is rdbandkab, was for sale on here back in Jan/Feb of this year.
It's kind of a cross between a small batwing and sportbike fairing. Looks sharp on mine.

I never had a bike with bags before this, I don't think I'll ever have one without now, SO convenient. Good luck finishing her up! Stay safe.
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Old 05-13-2014, 12:36 AM   #10
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I've got the SWMotec with Givi monokey bags on my 919,
I also added a throttle lock and I run a fly screen.

But I can fathom 50mpg, I'm lucky to get high 30s on my mostly freeway commute or open road touring.

For speeds up to about 75mph the 919 is perfect for curvey road touring. Well, with an airhawk seat cover or a new seat.
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