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Potential Purchase, Any Common Faults on 954 to look for?

I just fell in love with a 954.

I was looking at ZX-9's and Triumphs.

I've been a Triumph owner for a while now, and feel slightly miffed that they havent made a real superbike yet, also the triples miss the real punch of a four and the smoothness, there seems to be a lot of hype on these bikes.

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Viewed an 02' 954 today, really nice bike, paint is a little "flat" in places, but will probably polish up with some compound.

I wondered if there are any other common faults or things I shoud look for when buying one of these?

And what kind of mileage these motors are good for? Being a Honda, I would suspect its quite high?
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I just fell in love with a 954.

I was looking at ZX-9's and Triumphs.

I've been a Triumph owner for a while now, and feel slightly miffed that they havent made a real superbike yet, also the triples miss the real punch of a four and the smoothness, there seems to be a lot of hype on these bikes.

Anyway..

Viewed an 02' 954 today, really nice bike, paint is a little "flat" in places, but will probably polish up with some compound.

I wondered if there are any other common faults or things I shoud look for when buying one of these?

And what kind of mileage these motors are good for? Being a Honda, I would suspect its quite high?

Servo motor, charging system, fuel pressure regulator.
Crash damage is common for the headlight tabs, instrument cluster tabs and cracks to the left side of the crankcase behind the stator cover.
Despite being a Honda the engines are generally good for a long life if they've been properly maintained.

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Servo motor, charging system, fuel pressure regulator.
Crash damage is common for the headlight tabs, instrument cluster tabs and cracks to the left side of the crankcase behind the stator cover.
Despite being a Honda the engines are generally good for a long life if they've been properly maintained.
Despite being a Honda?

My impression was that Honda engines had good longevity?
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Despite being a Honda?

My impression was that Honda engines had good longevity?

No better than any other Jap manufacturer.

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Re: Potential Purchase, Any Common Faults on 954 to look for?

that'll do :-)

Could be my first Honda since my Yosh CB900 :-) Yipee.
Fingers crossed the process goes smoothly :-)
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that'll do :-)

Could be my first Honda since my Yosh CB900 :-) Yipee.
Fingers crossed the process goes smoothly :-)

My first Honda was a CB1100F and then the 929 :-)

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Re: Potential Purchase, Any Common Faults on 954 to look for?

There were a couple of recalls on the 954,fork bottoms and steering bearings being the ones I can remember off the top of my head so it would be worth checking they have been done,also the 2003 model has been known to develop a crack in the barrel have a look here
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Re: Potential Purchase, Any Common Faults on 954 to look for?

Looks like a good idea to check for cracks and leaks and welds in the cases...
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Looks like a good idea to check for cracks and leaks and welds in the cases...

Any leaks should be fairly obvious after the test ride when everything is hot.

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