View Full Version : This NAKED BEAUTY followed me home

Ken Phenix
09-13-2011, 06:54 AM
. . . . I just had to say yes. :trust:

AAaand here she is!! ;-)




I'm quite sure I don't like the looks of the aftermarket pipe BUT it sounds sooo sweet. I made sure the oem exhaust came with the deal so I can try them both.

Anyway, it's a 2006 model with 8100 on the clock and what seems to be a repetitive theme, was owned by a young man who is giving up riding for now to start a family.


As I mentioned . . . . .

(Ken's gone. We think he's in the garage.)

Ken Phenix
09-13-2011, 07:13 AM
Uh, sorry, uh, I . . . . ehem . . . . had to go . . . . er . . . . . get gas - yeah that's it - get gas. ;-)


Oh yeah, where was I? Oh yeah. Not thinking I'd be in the market so soon, I had test ridden several bikes, mentally recording their respective handling characteristics until one bike which was waaay out of the budget, up and pegged my fun meter. The 1050 Tiger has torque by the ton and totally nimble road manners. But it wasn't until I rode that first 919 that this balance of power and handling had a snowball's chance of converging with my squeaky tight budget.

Enter SearchTempest.com whereby I started watching listings and subsequent sales of dozens of 919's nationwide. While waiting for the old Bandit to sell, I documented a number of these Nipponese Rockets going for half the price of a comparable Tiger. So armed to the teeth with said data, I waited patiently - then the moment I found the Bandit a home and went immediately into a full fanatic all fired rush. I made contact with the seller and due to the distance involved engaged in some pre-haggling over the phone. I left Sunday morning at 4am and made the almost 5 hour trek to northern Louisiana. We jump started the bike (battery dead from sitting) I did the test ride, made my decision and then said, "Ok, on the phone you said you wanted $XXXX and I said I wanted to pay $XXXX so why don't we meet in the middle?" He said,"I was hoping you'd say that." And we shook hands.

I just had my new baby on the highway for the first time and I gotta say it is even more awesome (he means it's insanely FAST) than I could have imagined. :rider:

09-13-2011, 07:32 AM
Uh, sorry, uh, I . . . . ehem . . . . had to go . . . . er . . . . . get gas - yeah that's it - get gas...

Of course you did! :clap:

Congrats on your new beauty!

09-13-2011, 07:33 AM
Very nice ride!:rider: Congratulations on getting a great bike at a fair price.

09-13-2011, 07:58 AM
Nice score, and I'm kind of digging the exhaust myself. I like that protector on there too.

09-13-2011, 08:33 AM
Awesome......not even broke in yet.

09-13-2011, 08:58 AM
Congrats on the new toy. Now keep it shiny side up :lol2:


09-13-2011, 09:05 AM
Schweeet!! :mrgreen:

09-13-2011, 01:31 PM
Naked performance bikes are the best. Congrats on an excellent find. You are the proud owner of a proper motorcycle. Put some bar-end mirrors on that thing and it'll be perfect.


09-13-2011, 02:39 PM
Love it! Congrats!

09-24-2011, 01:34 AM
Good looking bike, sounds like you got a great price.


09-24-2011, 05:34 AM
Very nice. :thumb: ........... a little jealous here. ;-)

09-24-2011, 06:07 AM
Nice! What a trailer. And the bike too. I'd love to have a hack on that bike.

Ken Phenix
09-24-2011, 08:26 AM
Thanks guys, I put about 300 miles on her so far, mostly commuting, and my little fun meter is still pegged. :rider:

I'll have the initial farkle report up soon.

hardybaker, yeah I built that trailer a decade ago to haul my mini sand rail (http://kphenix.smugmug.com/Hobbies/Ah-yes-how-I-remember-the-sand/7059719_Bct69n#1392082620_T4XT27b) which I sacrificed (sold to a good home) to get my new baby. The old buggy hauler ain't much to look at now but makes a great bike trailer. ;-)


09-24-2011, 09:14 AM
I had to bring my naked Asian home in the van. I keep her in the garage.

After racking up a couple thousand miles, the 919 is a fine commuter and with a power bronze windscreen on it, handles the superslab with no complaints. Prior owner also added a belly ban, pazzo knockoff levers,and renthal bar. I kept wondering why Honda never added a half fairing and bags and it would be a terrific ST. The seat is the most comfy my **** has ever sat on in all the cycles I've owned.

The only complaint I've found is FI is a bit abrupt in 1st and you have to get accustomed to it. It almost seems like my Sprint ST FI is delayed but roll on is better in my opinion.

Have fun with it. We are taking the 919 out tonight.

09-24-2011, 09:40 AM
Any pictures from the left side? Congrats on the new bike by the way.

Ken Phenix
09-24-2011, 11:26 AM
Any pictures from the left side? Congrats on the new bike by the way.

Yep. The PO had done the old "rear fender eliminator with a tree saw trick" and the single pipe made the left side look a bit empty.


It was hard to part with the sweet tone of that Two Brothers pipe but I enjoy the look of the factory exhaust even more.


A factory tail piece in on its way too.

09-24-2011, 01:29 PM
Heat shield is nice to have if you ever use soft luggage.

Not Dave
11-06-2011, 01:08 PM
Very nice. I like the looks of the factory exhaust too. Just seems balanced.

11-06-2011, 08:18 PM
What a great bike. Congrats. :chug:

Ken Phenix
11-06-2011, 09:47 PM
Thanks guys. Could I leave well enough alone? Heck no! :rofl: