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Old 08-22-2008, 04:22 AM   #16
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Congrats. I think you are going to enjoy that bike.
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Old 08-22-2008, 05:54 AM   #17
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They are fun bikes, I'm sure you'll love it. I did a 9k mile trip on a 919 this summer, check out the link in my sig
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:17 AM   #18
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congrats! the 04 and up would have been a better choice but the 02 and 03 are cheaper =]




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Old 08-22-2008, 10:12 PM   #19
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Looked at (and wanted) an 04, but the guy didn't have the title in hand and that was a deal breaker.

BikePilot, don't worry, I've read that thread and was very impressed with it. Would like to have a summer like that myself (minus the lawyer part, not my cup o' tea).
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Old 08-23-2008, 07:11 PM   #20
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We have an '03 with 35K on the clock. It does everything well, but nothing spectacular. Very linear power curve and decent handling in stock form. We are on the third chain with the original spockets.

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Old 08-25-2008, 08:24 PM   #21
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Well, figured I'd show off the new toy a little. Excuse my messy garage, it actually gets used for numerous things, so cleanliness almost never happens in there.




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Old 08-26-2008, 09:28 AM   #22
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I considered the 919 before purchasing my FZ1.

The Yamaha just destroyed the 919 in any sort of objective review.
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:38 AM   #23
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I considered the 919 before purchasing my FZ1.

The Yamaha just destroyed the 919 in any sort of objective review.
I looked at and considered the FZ1 and FZ6 and I just couldn't get past the plastics on them. I like the general design of the bike, but I'm just a naked kind of guy. In fact, the windscreen on my 919 actually kind of bothers me, but I'm giving it a chance to see if it does anything for me.
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Old 08-26-2008, 02:02 PM   #24
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I considered the 919 before purchasing my FZ1.

The Yamaha just destroyed the 919 in any sort of objective review.
I don't buy my bike based on someone else review in a magazine.
Never have prolly never will.

I buy a bike for me. (and my wife who also rides but that's another thing)

I didn't even consider the fazer. From a looks stand point it's typically yamahaly overstyled and gimmicky and loaded with plastic.

It's also heavier then the 919.

When looking for a naked bike I want just that a bike that doesn't have a fairing. Not a small fairing, no faring the FZ1 didn't have that.

I was looking for a motorcycle. The kind a kid would draw if he was asked 20 years ago to draw a motorcycle. Two wheels, gas tank, seat, fenders and an engine.

But the 919 for me isn't my main ride it's my fun bike. and for that I really like it.

If it was my main bike I might look at things a little differently.
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Old 08-29-2008, 12:34 AM   #25
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I considered the 919 before purchasing my FZ1.

The Yamaha just destroyed the 919 in any sort of objective review.
From what reviews? Magazines gave the FZ1 a poor result. Not that the 919 is a superior machine but was not "destroyed" by the Fazer as mentioned. The 919 is soft with it's suspension and chasis but the FZ1 felt unsorted. The 919 has power down low and peaks out on top whereas the FZ1 was the opposite with FI issues. The brakes are simple on the 919 but works with good feed back while the Yamaha feels like wood. Styling goes to the Fazer for it's contemporory approach but some like the classic simplicity of the 919
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Old 09-10-2008, 07:05 PM   #26
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I recently bought a 919

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Well, figured I'd show off the new toy a little. Excuse my messy garage, it actually gets used for numerous things, so cleanliness almost never happens in there.
You call that MESSY? HA, I could show you messy.

I'm happy to find this thread. Like others I was stymied by the search when looking for "919."

My only complaint about the bike so far is the seat. It's good for about an hour then I need a break. Anyone recommendations on aftermarket fixes? I had a KLR with a Sargent seat and it was great for all day.
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:02 PM   #27
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You call that MESSY? HA, I could show you messy.

I'm happy to find this thread. Like others I was stymied by the search when looking for "919."

My only complaint about the bike so far is the seat. It's good for about an hour then I need a break. Anyone recommendations on aftermarket fixes? I had a KLR with a Sargent seat and it was great for all day.
You are only seeing 1 small portion of my very small garage. Although, I have to say, since I got my buddies NX650 back together and outta there, it's a little less messy. Of course, once I start on my woodworking project this weekend, that'll all change.
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Old 09-12-2008, 02:01 AM   #28
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Wow, great info guys!

What kind of mileage do you guys tend to get on your 919s?
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Old 09-12-2008, 11:10 AM   #29
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I get around 40 mpg riding mostly in town.
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Old 09-12-2008, 04:57 PM   #30
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MPG and valve adjust

I've been getting 40mpg on the first few tanks since I bought my 2003. I'm sure that'll go down as I get used to the bike.

On another note, I took the bike in for the 16k mile valve check/adjust, the mechanic said he checked and all the valves were within spec. Is that common? When should I plan on having them checked/adjusted again?

I'm amazed at how smooth the power delivery is on this bike. It does slow down abrubtly if you let off but when you're on the gas it's smoooooooth.

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