How does riding it compare with other nakeds or standards you've ridden, and perhaps sportbikes you've ridden?I have a 599, and the 919 is just a bit bigger and with more torque. What do you want to know about it?
Sportbike enthusiasts would complain if they were hung with new ropes.How does riding it compare with other nakeds or standards you've ridden, and perhaps sportbikes you've ridden?
I want something thats fun for cruising but sporty, etc, and I am looking at the 919 because they are going for cheap these days, but I've read the suspension is so so, mainly from sportbike enthusiasts, so its hard to get good read on the bike.
I don't know where you are but that's on the high end of the scale. I think they're excellent bikes but they were not as big a seller as the 599 and don't appear to have the cult following of the FZ1-Bandit-ZRX-Monster-S3 crowd.Thanks. I'm looking at an 04 with almost 15k miles on it for $4,000. Is there anything I should look out for besides the general inspections?
Thanks. As far as the 04 goes, I'd have a hard time going over $3,500 anyway as the owner states the bike fell over and there's some scratches on the frame and muffler, with the engine cover and gas tank being repainted already.I don't know where you are but that's on the high end of the scale. I think they're excellent bikes but they were not as big a seller as the 599 and don't appear to have the cult following of the FZ1-Bandit-ZRX-Monster-S3 crowd.
It's a bike that does everything well but with a smaller engine and the above mentioned non-adjustable suspension and flat black paint it just doesn't sell that well. I wouldn't go higher than $3500 for it and try for around $3300.
Early 919's had a "flat silver" colour and a "flat charcoal" that was nearly black. Wasn't 'til the 2nd-year of 599 production that the 919 got gloss paint, IIRC. Very bland-looking bike, almost-certainly the reason it didn't sell well. That, and the fact that the motor was the poster-child of the "tuned-for-torque" derision by most of the magazines - even though most-every owner I've talked-to about it sez it's not really all that bad.The 599 is the one with the flat black. I don't think the 919 ever had it (could be wrong here though.) I've only seen 19s with glass black (plus some other colors.)
They're certainly not very popular, I looked at a spanking-new 06 today, and the dealer wa still trying to sell it for invoice ($7,200). Still, I think its the bike I want, I just need to find a good one. The don't seem to sell well new, but they're not easy to find used either. I guess thats just the thing about naked - there's not many of them in general.Cool. I've seen very few 19s and most have been gloss black or deep red.
Mouse nests in the airbox (or even crankcase - saw pics of that once!), mouse-chewed wiring, corrosion in wire-harness connectors (depends on condition of bike before storing, and how it's stored), modifications half-completed (or half-assed completed) and then forgotten before storage, drying hoses, drying seals, antifreeze turning acidic and then to goop as the engine disintegrates from the inside-out, water in the cylinders (from weather), rust on the cylinder-walls from condensation and then the engine "suddenly" needs rings (usually only with iron liners, Nikasil-coated aluminium or iron cylinders probably won't be as susceptible to this), clogged carb passages (especially on the idle-circuit).Kind of OT, but is there anything I need to wary of with a "new" bike that has been sitting for 2 years? I'd imagine if it ever had gas in it that could be bad, tires could start dry rotting, oil probably has become acidic, etc - aything else?