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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by speedisgood, Nov 17, 2012.
That's good to see, thankyou!
So I had a bit of shock,
The battery was starting feel a little weak on my 919, so I finally broke down and replaced it, bummed that it only last a couple of year.
I mark my batteries when I put a new one in,
The dead battery was from September of 2008, Not a bad lifespan out of that battery for bike that sat much of last year.
But while swapping the batteries, I found that my bike had been infested with ANTS!
That took some cleaning,
Weird. Where were they? Did they do damage?
That's a clear sign you need to ride it more...
Right, I work from home these days and my riding went from about 18,000 miles a year to about none.
The ants looked like they were either living under the main computer module under the passenger seat area,
or in the open end of the backbone frame that terminates just forward of the tail light assembly. No real damage,
It's been crazy wet here and they set up shop where it was dry.
WD40 was remarkable at wiping out the most of them and getting rid of their pheromone trails, at least it looked that way
Lately I noticed that I have been leaving a pheromone Trail whenever I view Toxic Britney.
WD40 is nothing short of magic in a can.
I forget where I read but the 919 chassis was sized from the 599, which is one of the reasons it feel so small.
Took advantage of record breaking temps to ride up to Cape Ann yesterday:
Charlie Bravo checking out the Charlie Bravo
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new to me 2002 model with 30,000 miles. still in great shape for its age and mileage
In an effort to keep this thread going...
What kind of milage do people have? What major servicing have you required? Any serious fails? How long did valves go before needing adjustment?
I've got 46K on my 2004. I checked valves last year and (if memory serves) exhaust valve on cylinder 3 was on the tight side of spec. Otherwise all were in range.
Let me put it this way, if ever there was a bike where maintenance is optional, the 919 is it. Not kidding.
Seems like it. When I had one of these, I paid attention and reports were vast that valves were in spec - from guys who actually did the job - not just the shop saying they were ok. (Unlike my C14 were they get out almost always the first time, then hold well - again, from guys digging in themselves).
My 03 919 handled dirt roads just fine; the top case? Not so much...
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My '03 has 75K on the clock. Other than wheel bearings, pads, chains & sprockets, tires, oil & filter, plugs, & bulbs; it has been an absolute pleasure to own. The valve cover has never been off for inspection of clearances, but then again, I don't flog the snot out of it. The only issue is a broken exhaust bracket which seems to be a common problem as my '06 with 28K is also broken just in a different location.
My '03 in touring trim:
So I'm dredging up this old topic again because I've always liked this bike. I love naked/standard bikes in general and there's something about the 919 that I always really liked. I think it's the fact that it has a conventional big, round headlight while most other modern bikes - even "naked" bikes - have gone to the "insect/transformers" looking goofy shaped headlights. I also like the "muscular" contours of the tank - very sexy IMO.
Currently I'm riding a 2002 R1150R but getting a bit bored and would like something newer. I see a lot of 919's on the used market for very reasonable prices.
Any taller riders (6'1", 34" inseam) riding one of these? My R1150R leaves me feeling a little cramped in the knees. Nothing terrible but I wouldn't mind something with a bit more legroom.
I actually fell in love with the CB1100 but it seems like they're as rare as hen's teeth on the used market, while 919's appear to be quite common. Honda reliability is obviously a big plus, too.
What you have is pretty much the setup I'd envision: Add some hard bags, a center stand and a small windshield. How does it do as a touring rig?
I thought mine was a great touring machine. I put on a Givi rack, the OEM centre stand and fly screen as well as a Corbin seat and used it to go on several trips from BC throughout the western US, including your neck of the woods. I am shorter than you at 6'0" and only a 31" inseam and I was very comfortable on it, especially with the Corbin seat which added an inch or so of legroom.
I would definitely recommend trying one.