2002 Honda 919 (CB900F)
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.
- A muscular 919cc open-class engine--inspired by the CBR 900RR--pounds out torque and surprising top-end horsepower.
- A feathery, 427-pound dry weight makes the 919 the lightest bike in its class.
- Comfortable, upright seating position.
- Honda's latest programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) and electronic digital ignition maximize power output and offer immediate throttle response.
- Stylish, dual center-up exhausts exit below the rear cowl.
- Massive square-tube mono-backbone frame and a large aluminum swingarm combine to provide an ideal balance of rigidity and flexibility for superb road feel.
- 43mm cartridge front fork, single-shock rear suspension and lightweight cast aluminum three-spoke wheels.
- Matte black paint finish creates the distinctive 919 look.
- Compact 919cc DOHC liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine is tuned for low-end and mid-range power for spirited acceleration.
- One-piece upper crankcase/cylinder assembly, right-side cam-drive design and a narrow, 32 degree included valve angle help make the 919 engine the lightest, most compact powerplant in its class.
- Sixteen-valve cylinder head with a 10.8:1 compression ratio promotes efficient combustion and horsepower production.
- Direct shim-under-bucket valve actuation system is compact, ensures high-rpm durability and allows 16,000-mile valve maintenance intervals.
- High-pressure programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) delivers fuel at 50 psi to four injectors, each mounted in a 36mm throttle body.
- Fuel is delivered through four laser-drilled nozzle holes in each injector, producing a highly atomized air/fuel charge for maximum combustion efficiency and power.
- Advanced programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) features a sophisticated throttle sensor and advanced fuel-injection mapping to produce smooth and linear throttle response, responding precisely to fine throttle adjustments.
- 16-bit electronic control unit (ECU) provides two digital 3-D fuel injection maps for each cylinder and one digital 3-D ignition map for cylinder pairs, creating ideal fuel mixture and spark advance settings for superb rideability.
- Liquid-cooled oil cooler and a lightweight aluminum radiator keep engine temperatures in check for consistent performance and long engine life.
- Spring-loaded scissors-type gear on the drive side of the crankshaft and a rubber-mounted, floating clutch-cover help reduce noise.
- Weight-saving features include a compact, lightweight one-piece alternator.
- Unique four-into-two-into-one-into-two exhaust design features expanding-diameter tubing leading into the two center-up mufflers, contributing to strong mid-range torque and an exhilarating exhaust note.
- Stainless steel exhaust header and main pipe are attractive and corrosion-resistant.
- High-capacity, 320-watt AC generator.
- Maintenance-free automatic cam-chain tensioner.
- Smooth-shifting six-speed transmission with gear ratios.
- #530 O-ring-sealed drive chain.
- Massive square-tube mono-backbone steel frame utilizes the engine as a stressed frame member.
- Together with the reinforced steering head, the chassis provides an optimal balance of rigidity and tuned flex for superb handling.
- A single box-section downtube reaches down to a unique front engine-mount that incorporates a cross-member to link the frame to the engine's solid front mounts.
- Lightweight aluminum swingarm features a large one-piece cast pivot block and extruded triple-box-section spars.
- 43mm cartridge front fork with 4.7 inches of travel offers unparalleled rigidity for precise action and excellent handling on a variety of road surfaces.
- Lightweight aluminum upper triple-clamp adds rigidity for even better steering control.
- Single-shock rear suspension features a high-quality damper with seven-position-adjustable spring preload, 5.0 inches of plush wheel travel and a remote fluid-reservoir for added suspension control in all riding conditions.
- Braking system features two huge, 296mm front discs with four-piston calipers and a 240mm rear disc with a single-piston caliper for exceptional stopping power.
- Aluminum-alloy super-light, hollow three-spoke wheels with 3.5 x 17-inch front and 5.5 x 17-inch rear dimensions.
- Wide, durable vinyl-covered seat with thick foam padding provides plush comfort for commuting and two-up day trips.
- A stylish hugger-type rear fender closely follows the curve of the rear tire.
- Instrumentation includes black-face analog speedometer; tachometer and water temperature with white numerals; digital odometer/tripmeter; indicator lights for neutral, FI (fuel injection), oil pressure, low fuel and high beam.
- 5-gallon fuel tank is hinged for servicing ease. Aviation-style fuel cap.
- Engine-mounted manual fuel enricher provides smooth idling speed for cold engine starts.
- A bank-angle sensor shuts off fuel supply to the PGM-FI system if the motorcycle tips over and is unaffected by bumps and vibration during normal operation.
- A large multi-reflector headlight with a twin-filament H4 low/high beam provides superb roadway illumination.
- Maintenance-free battery is lightweight with sufficient starting capacity for all riding seasons.
- Rugged plastic chip guards on top of the fork sliders protect the front suspension from flying debris.
- Aluminum passenger grabrail.
- Transferable one-year unlimited-mileage limited warranty.
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
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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