Are you looking for a really good used motorcycle, but you’re not sure which is the best? If you haven’t considered the Honda 919, we have some really good reasons why you should. It’s been named one of the best-used bikes around by mechanics and owners who’ve kept theirs from all the way back in 2002 when they were first released.
What makes the Honda 919 so special?
This bike was sold from 2002 through 2007 and it enjoyed a good five year run before the model was retired. It wasn’t a really expensive bike, but it wasn’t cheap either. The retail price of a new 919 ran between $7,999 and $8,499 throughout the five years. Right now you can pick up a 2002 model is excellent condition for $3,100 and 2007 for about $4,800. You get what you pay for and Honda motorcycles are no exception.
The general consensus on the 919
When asked if the Honda 919 is a good bike, the answer is consistent that for a used bike, it offers a smooth ride and for its time it was a highly refined ride that is a good all-around motorcycle. It didn’t lock the rider into one specific niche.
Let’s start with the engine. It’s a fuel injected inline 4 919cc. It generates 101 horsepower with 65 lb-ft of torque. You can easily do a quarter mile is s11.14 seconds and its top speed that has been officially tested at 142 mph. While the bike isn’t a dedicated racer, it goes fast enough and it has plenty of power. The 919 hasn’t won any special awards and it hasn’t been singled to highlight any special abilities or capacities, but that’s what makes it a great used bike to tool around on. It has plenty of strengths to carry it.
The tachometer is simple and there’s an inset temp gauge inside to give you a two in one. The speedometer is a little cramped but it reads well enough so you’ll know how fast you’re going. The design of the 919 features fork tubes that are spaced closely and with no fairing, the bike looks deceptively smaller than it really is. A light clutch and smooth transmission make it easy to ride through the streets and thoroughfares of the city in comfort.
As an everyday commuter
The 919 has always been known as a dependable starter. All you need to do is push the starter button and it’s ready to take off. When it’s chilly out, the throttle body is mounted on the fast idle knob but most report that they have never had to use it. The bike is really easy to use and when it comes to traffic navigation it’s plenty nimble.
There’s no question that the 919 has plenty of power to get you to school or work and back every day, and then some. It offers a smooth ride that is comfortable to take on extended rides. While it’s not designated as a tourer, the 919 outfitted with soft saddlebags is an awfully comfortable ride.
Limitations on the freeway
When you take the 919 out on the freeway, the seat is positioned comfortably and it feels good at first, but it’ss got a forward slop and when you’re there for several hours at a time, you’ll begin to notice that it’s a little hard and there’s not really the freedom to move around a lot. Just prior to 5000 rmpm there’s a buzz in the footpegs and handlebar when you hit about 80 mph and when you factor this in with the lack of a fairing, the windblast can be exhausting. Your passenger won’t notice it though and the seat is comfortable enough for longer jaunts. If a fairing is added, and we understand that Honda is considering one, it could alter some of the limitations.
The bottom line
The Honda 919 is a stunning bike that offers sport features and performance that makes it the ideal commuter bike for a discriminating rider that has a naughty side and enjoys sexy sportiness in their machines. It’s fully capable of showing off at any stop light, but it’s not something that we would recommend. Watch out for for the bottom of the throttle through It has a decent punch that could get you into trouble or at a minimum a frown by law enforcement. If you did give in to temptation it really wouldn’t be all your fault because this bike taunt sits owners in this way. You know what it can and would do, but that doesn’t make it right.