From reading around I know youre the cbr guru! I havent done any of those tests but I am just speculating that it is more than likely the engine could use some freshening up....I have read the pistons scar the cylinder walls often....but you are the guru so if you had to guess what parts would need replacing on a 954 with at least 100K miles, what would they be? FYI im trying to get more info on the bike from my friends dad, as of now im just speculating because i dont know if things have been having issues or been replaced
I actually want a drz 400sm! And i mean i wooulllddd ride the 954 if i got it running well, just to cruise around the neighborhood on, here and there locally not a bike id ride all the time like a drz. Also, I searched several cities for as cheap of a drz as i could find, and I think i could get this 954 cheaper.... he wanted a grand like 4 years ago when it had 80k, first owner, always garaged, and never dropped. Thats why im wondering what you guys think it is worth NOW after all its been through as I described in my original post and been dropped ect. ??
Again, you would have to run some tests on the engine to determine what needs replacing. Since it's still being ridden it's probably just fine. The mileage is irrelevant, what matters is how the engine has been maintained.
Yes, the 929/954 does tend to tear the bores up, but they may still be just fine - you won't know until you do some tests or pull the head. Assuming the engine is in good condition but you wanted to bring it back to new, you would need rings, gaskets and perhaps valve guide seals. If the camchain is original then I would replace that as well. You might need to repair and plate the bores and maybe replace the pistons. In that case you could also bore it out and throw in a piston kit out to 980cc - that costs around $1400 including the piston kit. Contact US Chrome for repairing damaged bores and or for boring and plating.
If any of the main or rod shells are worn then you'd want to replace those.
If the valve seats are hammered or burnt, or the buckets are worn, your cheapest option would be to simply throw a secondhand head on the engine. If the cams are worn swap in another set.
CRANKSHAFT - PISTON
Rings are around $120.
Pistons are around $350.
Bearings are around $130 for the whole set.
Camchain is around $65.
If the fork tubes or shock are damaged it'd be cheaper to simply swap in secondhand items.
Fork tubes are around $300 each, and Racetech do new aftermarket ones for around $200 from memory.
If brake caliper seals, steering head bearings, and fuel filter are original you might want to replace them.
Seals are around $65. If you need new pistons as well, it'd be cheaper to put secondhand calipers on.
FRONT BRAKE CALIPER
Filter is around $45.
FUEL PUMP 2
Steering head bearings are around $50.
As for the value of the bike, it depends on its condition much more than what the odometer says.
And, what it was worth four years ago might be more or less than what it might be worth now - it depends on what the market is willing to pay for it. Are other 954's on the market in your area currently?