Re: new to the fireblade
well at least your not 5'10" n 220lbs like me!! lol bike looks nice man, im not a big fan of the color red, probably from my many years of being a kentucky basketball fan(go big blue) and pretty much hating the louisville cardinals(red n black) with as much passion! id ride a red honda dont get me wrong just because its a honda id make that exception just like id make the exception for a ferrari but i think thats about it! so im much more into the black n silver or black n titanium colors, the blue n white were ok. not to piss anyone off with a red honda like i said i would own one. ive been watching flea bay for a decent used pipe thats not the standard readily available pipes which there are only a few of really because the stock pipe is just too quiet. im not super worried about the little bit of hp id gain but the sound of a bike is a big part of the experience for me. nothing sounds like a wide open jap bike! ive had heavily moded mustangs with super charger to built all the way to the fuel management system v-dub jetta n they both sounded awesome but nothing like this old 79 kawasaki kz1000 i had with the vance n hines megaphone pipe n i dont expect my honda to sound like that but the stock pipe kills it. it runs great but needs to be louder!! n yeah its short wheel base attributes to its awesome handling. i had an 06 gsxr 600 n i think it weighed like 5lbs heavier if that gives you an idea. yeah its less bhp than the 04 gsxr liter bike or the r1 less even than the zx9r but its basically a liter bike in a 600 frame n the honda has pretty good mid range punch man. its dyno chart is awesome because the torque curve is right there with the hp n no real craters thru the powerband. ive ridden an 01 gsxr 1000 n i think i can accelerate at least as fast on this honda. i mean you can only use so much of the power on either bike n keep the wheel down n they both have enough power you cant just crank the throttle wide open like a 600. im just saying i dont think any bike would just leave this bike behind n it for real handles like a 600 in the curves. it feels bigger than my 06 gsxr 600 but not heavier n its been a little while since i had the gixxer but it feels like it handles as good or better. turn in seems like just a little more work but the 954 feels quite a bit more stable to me. just my opinion i guess. i looked at an 03 gsxr 1000 before i bought the 954 n it was nice but a lot different. i guess why i ended up with the honda was largely the reliability factor.
Last edited by 954Kevin; 06-06-2014 at 12:39 PM.