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2002 Honda 919 (CB900F)
Model Overview

Complete model details & photos below

Updated: Dec. 2002
As the release of the 2002 919 draws near (in dealers January 2002), we got a sneak peak from
Honda. As the naked sport bike segment has been the fastest growing segment in America, Honda could no longer ignore the trend. After all, their Hornet 600 was their number one seller in Europe.

Once you throw a leg over the 919, you can't help but notice how comfortable the bike feels. There's plenty of leg room, no tight knee bend, and your knees tuck in nicely against the sculpted flat black fuel tank. The bar bend is mostly upright and the seat feels quite good.

We haven't been able to ride the bike yet, though we certainly look forward to doing so. The bikes engine is based on that of the now defunct CBR900RR, though it's now tuned to produce low end and mid-range torque, rather than peak horsepower. Those who have ridden the bike describe it as fun, fun, fun. There's plenty of low end power on tap, as well as an excellent power to weight ratio.

Interesting Model Information: MSRP $7,999 US
- 43mm Cartridge type forks
- Extremely crisp and responsive fuel delivery
- Steel frame that is virtually unseen
- Manual choke
- Standard with either Michelin or Bridgestone tires
- Claimed dry weight of 427 pounds
- Carries warning not to try polishing the flat finish
- Same valve size as CBR900RR
- Shim under bucket valve adjustment (16K miles)
- Engine weight 3 pounds heavier than CBR900RR
- Same muffler volume as 900RR
- 19 Liter tank
- 49 state and CA versions
- Uses larger 530 chain

There's a lot to like about the 919, but there are a few things we're not crazy about. The forks for one, are non-adjustable. The shock is slightly better, but only offers a preload adjustment. The gauges, while comprehensive enough, are a throw back (old) design rather than something new and exciting. The lack of a small windshield or fairing is notable, as competitors in this class offer something to cheat the wind. Honda is admittedly working on a small accessory windscreen, but you'll have to pay extra for it. These things aside, we can't wait to throw a leg over a runner. MN

Honda 2002 919
Honda's new 919 defines what a comfortable street bike can be--then ups the ante with aggressive styling, open-class power, a lightweight chassis and exhilarating performance.

919 Features

Engine/Drivetrain

Chassis/Suspension

Additional Features

2002 - CB900F (919) Specifications
Model: CB900F
Engine Type: 919cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline four-cylinder
Bore and Stroke: 71mm x 58mm
Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Carburetion:
PGM-FI with manual enricher circuit
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping
Transmission: Six-speed
Final Drive: #530 O-ring-sealed chain
Suspension Front: 43mm cartridge fork; 4.7 inches travel
Suspension Rear: Single shock with seven-position spring preload adjustability; 5.0 inches travel
Brakes Front: Dual full-floating 296mm discs with four-piston calipers
Brakes Rear: Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper
Tires Front: 120/70ZR-17 radial
Tires Rear: 180/55ZR-17 radial
Wheelbase: 57.5 inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 25.0°
Trail: 98mm (3.9 inches)
Seat Height: 31.5 inches
Claimed Dry Weight: 427 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 5.0 gallons
Color: Asphalt ™
Available: January 2002
Suggested Retail Price: $7,999 (US)
* California version meets CARB 2004 emissions standards.

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