Re: 2002 vs 2003 954rr
Although they may not have been "made" any different, there is no telling what someone could have done to the bike. I would do just as you said and start taking some measurements. Fork height, rear sag, rebound, shock settings etc and compare the two. For example, my 954 is not like either one of yours at all. Mine is set up completely for rider/passenger comfort. I have lowering peg brackets for myself and my wife. My clip ons are above the triple tree. And I have custom built grab rails for my wife. Should be the most comfortable 954 out there!