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post #1 of 19 Old 07-08-2004, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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New 954RR owner

New 954 owner here. What a difference from the '87 FZR1000 I had for 10 years and 35k miles! I've got a few questions if someone has the time to answer:

1) Now that I've already bought it I shouldn't ask this question, but I walked out the door with a brand-new '03 red and black 954RR for $8,300. Good/great/bad deal?

2) What are you using to get rid of the HUGE black plastic rear fender?

3) What seems to be the best steering damper specifically for the 954, if it's even really needed? Do you have to drill or is it bolt on?

4) What frame sliders are you using, and do you have to cut any plastic to install them?

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Re: New 954RR owner

1). Not sure, I think that's not too bad.

2). The mudflap in the rear actually will just unbolt, unlike the 929 where you had to cut it off. There area few options for a license plate hanger, Harris being one of them. A seach will yield what others have used. Several good options.

3). Most folks here prefer the Scotts Rotary Damper. I personally like the piston style and I have a HyperPro. Were I to do it again, I'd probably go with the piston-style Ohlins. There's other good ones too: Matris, Storz, to name a couple. The general consensus is that the 954 needs a damper. They are very light steering and have a lot of horsepower, so headshake isn't uncommon. If you search, you'll see differing opinions. It's probably one of the most argued about points on the forum, next to what oil to use. Personally, I think it's good insurance, especially if you ride somewhat hard or plan to do trackdays. Most of the ones I mentioned are bolt ons. No drilling needed, I'm not sure about the Matris or Storz, but the others are bolt on.

4). I have Intuitive frame sliders. No cutting needed. Whatever ones you get, read the directions carefully. There is one side with a longer bolt, and you can't mix them up or you'll screw right into the engine. Other than that, it's a simple install.

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Edit: bwhip is selling a Scotts damper for the 954 at a good price, look for his thread...

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Re: New 954RR owner

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I've got a few questions if someone has the time to answer:
1) Now that I've already bought it I shouldn't ask this question, but I walked out the door with a brand-new '03 red and black 954RR for $8,300. Good/great/bad deal? Good price

2) What are you using to get rid of the HUGE black plastic rear fender? An 8mm socket...it unbolts from inside the tail section

3) What seems to be the best steering damper specifically for the 954, if it's even really needed? Do you have to drill or is it bolt on? No drilling but you'll find many folks have their preferences. The search feature would be a good start for you as there are tons of threads on this topic.

4) What frame sliders are you using, and do you have to cut any plastic to install them? No cutting is necessary. Again, many preferences here but don't get the ones that are metal or have metal caps. I use Intuitive sliders.
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Re: New 954RR owner

Great deal I bought a Brand NEW 02 this past May off Ebay from a DEALER for 7500.00 Had it shipped from ILL to Pa, NO PROBLEMS WHAT SO EVER. The next week he had a new one that was 61 S/N's older then mine for 8395.00 It lasted less then 2 days. I stopped by local shop yesterday to get Zero Gravity Double Bubble Windshield (you'll want if you over 6' like me) They had titanium 03 listed for 8995.00 Go to RonAyers.com Down load & print whatever IPC page from they're fiche to see what's involed W/taking off the lower rear fender if you want to go that rte. Or can do what I did & got Hotbodies under tail which then you have to cut away ALOT of The OEM Undertail. But it looks SOOO SWWEEET. Also Get OEM rear seat Cowl Replacement from Ron Ayers good price 149.oo I believe + shipping if you're not gonna have passengers. I'm look'in @ Pro-Tek Sliders NO CUTTING on 954 to install them.
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Welcome! I do believe that there are a couple of Scotts dampers in our classified section for sale.
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Re: New 954RR owner

Thanks for the help. I'll check out the back posts for more options. I was interested in the Scotts damper, but was also wondering why people are getting rid of thiers. Sport Rider has a review of 15 or so dampers this month, but I can't find an issue anywhere!

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Thanks for the help. I'll check out the back posts for more options. I was interested in the Scotts damper, but was also wondering why people are getting rid of thiers. Sport Rider has a review of 15 or so dampers this month, but I can't find an issue anywhere!
I think they're only getting rid of them because they're selling/have sold their bikes. I don't think they're selling them because they were dissatisfied with them.
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New 954 owner here. What a difference from the '87 FZR1000 I had for 10 years and 35k miles! I've got a few questions if someone has the time to answer

1) Can't comment. In OZ it would be a great price

2) Unbolt it. There was a thread active today with someone selling a nice solution to how to mount your tag and signals. No place for the plate light though so you'd need illuminated bolt heads.

3) Mine's a Scotts. Easy fit, easy to use and very well made. Gives the handling a much more controlled feel and if you ever experience a tankslapper you'll wish you'd fitted one. And unless you ride very gently you'll get one sooner or later. Besides the TS issue, the difference in stability in bumpy corners is night and day.

4) Oggi Knobs. No cutting required. As someone else said make sure you use the correct side mounting bolt. The long one will screw through your engine wall if you put it in the short hole. Expensive to fix

HTH and to the .org. Good choice of bike. Shame about the colour.

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Welcome DUX! And, one word: Ohlins! Actually, it probably depends on whether you like the rotary or linear style damper. I happen to like the linear, and my Ohlins has been perfect!
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1) Good deal.

2) Harris bracket... Got mine here--> EMA

3) Scott's... Bolt on.

4) Intuitive... No.

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I think they're only getting rid of them because they're selling/have sold their bikes. I don't think they're selling them because they were dissatisfied with them.

Exactly.
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