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Honda 919 ADV-Lite

OBS460

Active member
I gotta say, although I don’t own a motorcycle something keeps drawing me here to look and read. The lower cost of it all, easier maintenance and cheaper running cost is a huge appea. The bike looks nice, and you did a lot of good work on ‘er.

happy trails
Thanks!

As an owner of several bikes, ill tell you that it's not really that much cheaper than driving a car. Maintenance intervals are a bit more frequent than cars/trucks, and tire changes do get spendy when you're replacing them every 7500-10k miles.

But, to me there's not many better ways to explore. On a motorcycle you engage more of your senses and feel like you're "in the scene" versus viewing it out a window.

I highly recommend giving it a try!
 

OBS460

Active member
Yesterday, I was able to finally find some time to ride up a OHV trail outside of Central City, Colorado. The trail is called Yankee Hill, and is comprised of mainly sandy dirt along with several rock gardens.

To reach the summit, I had to navigate washed out sections of trail and also find good lines through the rock gardens. The last big climb was a real challenge without knobbies, but with some clutch finesse (and a smoking back tire at one point) I was able to find my line. I had the drone follow me through a portion of it in this video.


I'm quite pleased with the bikes performance to and from the trail, as well as how it handled the trail itself. I was able to run street tire pressure the entire time, and I did not change suspension settings at all!

To be able to go from carving corners on mountain passes, to climbing up a moderate Jeep trail, and back really attests to the capabilities of the bike. Here is a video showcasing what I am talking about!


The skid plate held its own against countless rock strikes as well!
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Martinjmpr

Wiffleball Batter
Oh, Man, how did I miss this thread???? o_O

I picked up a 919 in March. Mine is also a black '05.

Seems odd you would go to a lower exhaust vs. the factory under-seat exhaust if you want to take it off road though?

I'm not an off-road rider (though I will occasionally take a few miles of well-graded dirt if I have to) so my mods have been pretty much for turning it into a mild sport/touring bike.

First "mod" was a windshield. I had bought this Puig shield for my 2002 Triumph Bonneville but I didn't like the way it looked on the Bonnie and it didn't seem to be very well mounted. Swapped it to the 919 and it both looks and works much better:

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Ordered a Center Stand from Twisted Throttle and it was super easy to install. I love center stands and try to have them on all my bikes.

After that, I wanted to do something about carrying cargo. Here in CO it's not unusual to start riding in cooler temps, all bundled up, and to progressively shed gear as it gets hotter and I like to have a place to put the gear I take off. I've had a top case on a bike long enough that I've gotten spoiled and wanted one on the Hornet. Found a company called RECRAFT in Ukraine (of all places!) that makes accessories for the Hornet/919/CB900F and ordered one. It took almost 2 months to get to me, but it's rugged and well made. Bolts right underneath the passenger grab handles:

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After that my old JC Whitney (Givi knock-off) top case (that I bought a dozen years ago and has been on at least 4 other bikes) bolted right on:

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Except for a gel seat pad, that's where she sits now. I'm considering handgaurds/bark busters so I'd be interested in knowing what will bolt to the factory bars. The seat could definitely use a bit more padding.

At 6' 1" I find the seating position a bit cramped and hard on my knees. I'm hoping a seat pad (or better yet, a custom seat) might alleviate some of that.

Overall, though, I'm having a great time with the Hornet! It's an awesome bike, pretty much everything I need and nothing I don't.

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