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GSXS1000 vs 919?

Clearly the GSX engine will blow the 919's away but can anyone compare the handling? I really like how my 919 handles like it has a very low cog, something that's pretty much gone away with mass centralization. Anyone here ever have a 919 or have anything to say about how the GSXS carries it's weight?

Yon can only tell so much on a 10 min city test ride.

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The Honda CB919 Hornet ? That is a very old bike today and doesn't compare with the GSXS except both have black tyre's.
I had forgotten how old that series till I had a peek into my picture files of my old rides. Mine was 2005, with those CB919 series bikes being released several years earlier.
Here is my bike. It was the 2005 variant with fork preload adjusters with a 2004 body colour (swapped the clothes with an 2004 stock as the 2005 had pale blue flat paintwork).
That bike proved that flat gray paint makes speed much slower than red, especially red & black. Lesson learnt there.

I ran it for a year, so I can report that from new it was never ever a Fireblade. More like a dull ember nearly extinguished.
Power was very much withheld by Honda and very affected by bolt on emissions. The best engine mod was removing the action of the air box flapper valve. This is real easy, just plug the vacuum hose at the actuator and from 0 to about 3 rd gear acceleration increased by roughly a third. It feels really asthmatic as stock at least in Australian delivery.

The suspension was pretty bad. The rear end would pogo over rises in the road, as there was no rebound control in the cheap OEM shock. The best part of the bike was saying goodbye, I am sorry.
The best part is the side view of the engine casings - the stylist got that right. Also the OEM add on screen was useless too, but looked the part.

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My 2005 CB919F below:

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owned a 919....S rides and handles much better,,,something about the 919 always felt like i was sitting on my nuts...s i can ride all day long.......919 was a here to there bike...quick coffee run and go home
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Also the OEM add on screen was useless too, but looked the part.
I see another similarity to the naked GSX-S1000.

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i had 2 stock fly screens......very very hard to find they said....and again they where noisy as hxll....some reason race dcreen on the S quiet and it works
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Thanks guys. 919 comparison aside, do you feel like the GSXS has a low COG? The Speed Tripe for example has a rather high COG and I didn't like it because of that.
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in comparison to what i guess.
Just based on feel,
Its higher than the KTM Super Duke
Lower than a Black bird.
Its higher than the MT10
Higher than the NC750s
Lower than the Sportster 1200
Lower than z1000

I suffer from short leg syndrome. so a lower COG helps
It would have been nice for it to have a closer weight to the MT09/FZ09
But I guess that is part of its older school appeal.
It is acceptable to me. The rest of the bike makes up for it
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if i remember correct..the 919 oil change was every 8000 miles in manual
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I see another similarity to the naked GSX-S1000.
the MRA on the S is the only screen on every naked ive owned thats works....nice to be sitting relaxed at highway speeds.....
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