This is Victoria. She’s a 2007 Honda 919/Hornet/CB900 – whatever you want to call her. Most people just call her a 919. I got her for a steal back in August 2015 from a guy getting ready to have a child. She had about 6,000 miles logged. In the year-and-a-half that I’ve had her, I’ve nearly tripled that amount. We’ve ridden from Asheville, NC to Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada and back. We did the Blue Ridge Parkway in its entirety, saw Niagara Falls, encountered bears, and made our six-hour move from Richmond, VA to Asheville. She’s also a great commuter – from grocery and beer runs to “late for work” zips down the highway.
For the technical minded, continue reading. For the less inclined – you can skip this paragraph. Victoria has an in-line four, four-stroke engine – meaning, she has four cylinders laid out in a straight line (in-line four) and it takes the pistons four-strokes to complete a full rotation of the crankcase (four-stroke) (if there are people interested in a writeup about engine types, motorcycle types – essentially a motorcycle 101 – let me know and I’ll see what I can writeup). Other than that, she sits right around 430 pounds, has a single shock in the rear, disc brakes in both the fronts and back – double and single, respectively – and is “Candy Red” color. I’ve done a few modifications and changes to her composition and you can read up on the tires I run, my suggested components, fluids, etc. HERE.
What I love about Victoria and 919s in general, is that they’re barebones machines. She doesn’t have a digital speedometer or gas gauge (I’m guided by a low
fuel light instead). Hell, she doesn’t even have a choke valve – the “choke” function on the 919 simply increases the RPMs instead of restricting air flow. Victoria isn’t great at any particular style of riding; instead, she can do them all well. Sure, a BMW SR1000 will beat us flat out in a drag race and a Honda Africa Twin is better equipped to take on the Serengeti; but, Victoria is nimble and fun to ride; she’s easy to work on and modify; I don’t have to worry about ABS, traction control, or other electronic features that are destined to fail and expensive to fix; and she can take an absolute beating. She gets me as close to truly experiencing motorcycling as possible. There’s no technology guiding me, it’s just me feeling every turn, pothole, and crack in the pavement. In an ever expanding technological world, she gives me the chance to revert back to the relationship that began our existence – man and machine. That’s why I love my 919 and think she is the absolute best machine anyone can own.
If you want to hear more about my trip into Canada – including what I would do differently, tips, suggested gear, and a video of me feeding a chipmunk – you can check it out HERE