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    Proof Photo Posted A Proper Four Cylinder Honda [2002 Honda 919]

    Honda 919s in matte black seem to spawning in DFW...

    Picked this up after binning the VFR and stupidly cruising CL after receiving a bonus. While I wait for plastics to come in and get painted, I bought this 2002 919 with 46k on the clock with decent looking PR2s and barely any marks on it. Came with a Corbin seat and a crap windscreen that immediately was removed. I've been looking for an upright adventure/touring bike to be more comfortable on long distances, but ended up with a naked bike

    The deal was just too good to pass up though and I will attempt to tour on it. I've got a set of SW Motech luggage racks on the way from a dude on wristtwisters (courtesy Spectre) and ordered some SW Motech crash bars off Twisted Throttle.










    This will be my new commuter at the very least if I give up on trying to tour on it since it runs about half as hot as the VFR.

    Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
    Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
    Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
    Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

    #2
    I hate you so much right now.


    Nah, I am just jealous.
    ?
    "I'm sure Burger King is doing great in Germany, but they're not exactly stopping making schnitzels."

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      #3
      Yeah, it's in really good, clean condition. The stator cover is scuffed up, so it's been dropped, but our guess is that this was long ago, when the bike was near new and the owner replaced the tank right away (back when the tank was relatively cheap).

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        #4
        Some more pictures of this from my phone.






        It's really, really hard to overstate how clean and how good a shape this bike is in until you look at the little details. No freckling of the tank's forward surfaces, all the plastics look great and there's no tarnish on the triple tree - nothing. It's lived inside its entire live.





        The worst 'problem' is the already-recovered seat has a couple of small tears in the cover. This was a really good deal on a really great bike.

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          #5
          Damn. Can't believe that's got 46k on it.
          Saying smaller engines are better is like saying you don't want huge muscles because you wouldn't fit through the door. So what? You can bench 500. Fuck doors. - MadCat360

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            #6
            Yeah, it's been properly looked after.

            The farkling has begun. I received the crash bars and the luggage racks in the mail and installed the crash bars. Too damn hot outside to do much else.







            The quality is good, but I'm not too sure about the design, i.e., don't know how it'll hold up after any sort of spills at non-parking lot speeds. At least I'll have some highway bars now
            Last edited by Der Stig; August 9th, 2015, 5:02 PM.

            Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
            Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
            Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
            Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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              #7
              So a little update.

              I managed to put 1k miles on it in a month and a day. The crap windscreen has been remounted while I wait to buy a fly screen that is less crap/dorky. I've got the SW Motech racks and probably will install those today or tomorrow, but I've enjoyed have a skinny bike for a change

              The PR2s are definitely well toast now. I can get the rear sideways under half-3/4 throttle in first, so that's next on the agenda. I'll probably be going with PR4s.

              I have, however, picked up a maintenance stand and exhaust mount repair kit off of wristtwisters, courtesy Spectre's classifieds sniping. I've never had a bike without a center stand so that's been interesting. I'll probably pick up the SW Motech one sometime next year when funds allow.

              Spectre and I did an HID conversion (nearly identical to the version he has) which has made a huge difference and not pissed off any other road users yet. We also fixed the only *knocks wood* GDPO issue of the unfused 12V plug. Ownership thus far has been drama free.
              Last edited by Der Stig; September 6th, 2015, 7:43 PM.

              Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
              Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
              Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
              Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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                #8
                I love the semi-gloss. Makes me miss my old duke.

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                  #9
                  Speaking as someone who owns the same model - it's actually a matte finish. Unlike BMW's matte finish, it doesn't require special care or that you remove bugs and such within seconds of them going splat on it.

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                    #10
                    Since I last posted, there have been a number of updates.

                    I changed the oil and discovered that the Hulk put the filter on last, so the filter change will be happening another day

                    Said Hulk also used the wrong drain plug bolt and managed to warp it...tin snips to the rescue!


                    On the plus side, I had PR4s and new wheel bearings installed and I added the SW Motech racks in time for a jaunt down to San Marcos for a wedding last weekend. The bike performed flawlessly and the buzzing didn't really get too bad. It's a better touring mount than I expected.



                    This weekend, CrazyJeeper and I headed down to Marble Falls (Austin-area) to have a short meetup with BlaRo. It was a good time and roads couldn't have been better! We stopped a restaurant with a nice view of the lake before CJ and I made the return trip.




                    Today, I changed the bulbs for LEDs in the dials.



                    And installed the Honda screen, which looks much better and blocks about 80% as much wind as the big ugly one.


                    I've also gotten the mileage up to just under 49k, and don't worry the VFR will be cleaned up and back on the road soon
                    Last edited by Der Stig; September 27th, 2015, 9:34 PM.

                    Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
                    Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
                    Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
                    Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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                      #11
                      So the Givi bags that I thought we couldn't put on were wrestled into place



                      Now that I'm over 49k, I think it's time for the chain to get adjusted and probably replaced soon.

                      Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
                      Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
                      Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
                      Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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                        #12
                        Ticked over 50k this weekend on a nearly 500 mile Sunday through East Texas with CJ



                        And the chain is now toast, so I've ordered a new one and replacement sprockets.

                        Also, I did a little cosmetic mod identical one seen on Spectre's 919. We took a spare grab handle to the powdercoat guy and had it done in Satin black. Looks much better than the original silver




                        Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
                        Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
                        Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
                        Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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                          #13
                          Finally did the chain and sprockets. Got it all back together and when I tried to air up the tires, the valve stem gave up

                          Fixed now and the time has come to attempt to take the oil filter off again...

                          Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
                          Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
                          Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
                          Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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                            #14
                            Got the oil successfully changed and cross this barrier this week:



                            Also have a replacement rear shock as my current one is making disparaging noises. Plan is to get it rebuilt by Works or Daugherty Motorsports. Seeing as the DM job is cheaper and gives me full adjustability, I think that's the way I'm leaning.
                            Last edited by Der Stig; December 19th, 2015, 12:30 AM.

                            Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
                            Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
                            Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
                            Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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                              #15
                              And this time we were even able to change the filter!

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by Spectre View Post
                                And this time we were even able to change the filter!
                                Bonus points to Spectre for having a properly modified filter strap that isn't a twisted pile of Chinesium.

                                Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
                                Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
                                Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
                                Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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                                  #17
                                  The 919 continues to hold up well, now nearing 53,000 miles.

                                  With the VFR having sprung another coolant leak, I thought I'd check on the 919's coolant.

                                  Well, that's gross.


                                  Time to change and flush. Or have it piss about 2 feet further than expected


                                  So, after running distilled water through the system and cleaning out the reserve tank, I ran Honda/Acura Type II coolant through it. While I was at it, I also changed the spark plugs. All of them looked pretty healthy (last ride was a short one, hence the burning on the end).



                                  Also, make sure to count your spark plugs as you take them out. For some reason, the new plug in cylinder #3 wasn't seating right. I nearly BCS'd myself with the metal tip and munged the electrode since I hadn't taken that one out

                                  Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
                                  Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
                                  Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
                                  Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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                                    #18
                                    Per my update in the Gen Moto thread:

                                    Went fording through some flooded streets on the 919 on Tuesday. Roadcrafter did a decent job keeping my upper half dry, but was not so effective against the bow waves

                                    This came out of the intake:



                                    More still in there:


                                    High water mark on the radiator


                                    It only bogged for a second when water came up over the headlight and I left off the throttle for a second. Of course, the 919 soldiered on and I got home in about the same time it normally takes, courtesy of lane splitting and sidewalk usage

                                    Only casualty was the rear tire (I'll take that for all the stupid shit I did that day). Managed to pick up this nasty thing.


                                    Now at 55k with a fresh PR4 out back. Low fuel light has also given up the ghost so I have to watch the trip computer until I decide to open the instrument cluster back up.

                                    Hard to believe it's almost been a year since I bought the 919, but it's been a very reliable commuter/sort-of-tourer.
                                    Last edited by Der Stig; June 5th, 2016, 9:08 PM.

                                    Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
                                    Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
                                    Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
                                    Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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                                      #19
                                      Almost one year into owning the 919 and it's still running like clockwork. I've put over 10k on it since it arrived in my garage and it's been a great commuter and occasional tourer.

                                      Like the Duc, I also treated it to a brake fluid change after observing this nastiness.



                                      It was also slightly past due for the brake pads


                                      Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
                                      Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
                                      Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
                                      Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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                                        #20
                                        Since last year, I've replaced a battery this summer and crossed over 60k now. My commute has shrunk considerably, so the miles aren't getting piled on as quickly, but I still have some work to do. The stock suspension is absolutely wasted, but I have a set of adjustable forks off a later bike with about 10k on them and a rear shock with about 36k on it.

                                        From September:

                                        Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
                                        Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
                                        Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
                                        Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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