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01 929 vs 954 quick thoughts

I am checking out a 929 for sale locally today or tomorrow. I know I could scan back over the last thousand posts and probably get all this info but I don't have time...so be patient with me please.


I have been shopping strictly 954's in the Honda line up. How does the 01 929 compare? Anything to look out for in particular? This bike has 10k on it and is selling for about $5000 usd.

Oooh, reading that over now looks pretty squidly but...what the heck!


I appreciate any help!
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Re: 01 929 vs 954 quick thoughts

try 4k
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Re: 01 929 vs 954 quick thoughts

the 954 has a slightly smaller trunk (but still big), its slightly faster and people say it handles a touch better.

I still love my 929.

if you can't convince them, confuse them.
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Re: 01 929 vs 954 quick thoughts

From what I remember when the '54 came out, it's not worth trading your 929 for a 954. Both bikes are really fantastic bikes. I really like mine.

Like any other motorcycle purchase, check the maintenance records. 10k is before the first major service (16k), so you'll be OK there. Just be sure the oil's been changed and there isn't any damage. Try to look under the case cover on the left side. The case can crack under there if the bike gets dropped on the left side.

Good luck.
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Re: 01 929 vs 954 quick thoughts

Good info all. I am going to check it out tonight. It was supposedly down at a low speed once so I am going to be eyeballing it for damage. He says he has a performance sprocket of some kind so I expect he dropped a tooth or two. He says the battery is bad. Hasn't ridden it since spring time when he picked up a gixxer 1000.
I will probably be deciding in the next couple days.

Thanks for any additional info.
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Re: 01 929 vs 954 quick thoughts

I have one of each and I definately say to go with the 929. Although my 954 dyno'd 10.5 HP higher than my 929, I would take the 929 over it any day of the week!
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Re: 01 929 vs 954 quick thoughts

Well, went and test-rode it. It felt very good except for (what seemed to me ) slight wobble when cornerning at low speed. I only rode at speeds under 50 mph so I only had low speed turns. It seemed to turn in very quick and then kind of bobble. (I can't explain it very well) It was pretty subtle. When I had the bike leaned over it felt good.

I offered him $4300 and he countered with $5k.

I will let him stew and see where it goes.

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Re: 01 929 vs 954 quick thoughts

It might just be the current suspension set-up ... or if he hasn't ridden it in a while; the tire pressures. Or you're just not used to the FI jerkiness.
My 929 makes me very aware of my tires when they're not at the "right" pressures.

And a new battery isn't cheap... stupid things cost too much.

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Re: 01 929 vs 954 quick thoughts

I thought the 954 was a touch more flighty than the 929.........but both are fine.
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It might just be the current suspension set-up ... or if he hasn't ridden it in a while; the tire pressures. Or you're just not used to the FI jerkiness.
My 929 makes me very aware of my tires when they're not at the "right" pressures.

And a new battery isn't cheap... stupid things cost too much.
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Re: 01 929 vs 954 quick thoughts

The wobble wasn't FI quirks because it provided this with steady throttle or no throttle input.
The front tire looked good, maybe a little over-filled for my usual tastes, but I forgot my gauge to check it.
Bike had been over on its left side but not hard apparently because clutch handle had a little rash as did rear peg, but not much.
Pipe looked like poo. Had a plumbing quality I didn't care for, kind of looked discolored and maybe and attempt to polish (?).

I must say the brief ride I had was very...um...enticing? addictive?

Power rolled on really smooth, I felt less vibration from the engine than I have ever experience with any of my other bikes.
I've been sitting here since my test ride wondering if I should have tried some other ploy to pick the bike up...


Oh well, don't mean to bore...

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Re: 01 929 vs 954 quick thoughts

Hot for the liter bike huh???

Ever ride one before today ?

Adjust the suspension and tire pressures then take it for another ride. You don't want to buy a problem. Consult the owners manual for adjustment instructions.
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Re: 01 929 vs 954 quick thoughts

The 929 is a great bike! Mine does everything from Sunday rides to trackdays to touring. Just be careful that nothing's wrong with it. If you get it, there's a ton of info here on how to set it up. Man, I need to go for a ride!!!
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Man, I need to go for a ride!!!
AMEN to that. My poor bike is collecting dust right now till we finish building the room off the garage. I hope we finish soon cause I want at least 1 more good ride before it gets any worse out
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AMEN to that. My poor bike is collecting dust right now till we finish building the room off the garage. I hope we finish soon cause I want at least 1 more good ride before it gets any worse out
Haha, we're building a room off the garage for bikes, too, and it's been the addition from hell!
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