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954 known issues?

Hello gang, just sold my VFR and have decided to get a 2002 954 unless a r1 or gixxer comes up with a price I can't refuse. Having said that the seating position of the 954 is supposed to be the most comfortable of the 3.
Let me expand the list to included the Honda Blackbird.

Anyways as it stands now its the 954. I would like to know if there are any known issues regarding the bike, for example week rec/regulators like on the early viffers. Any input would be appreciated.
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Re: 954 known issues?

I am new to them myself, so I am by no means an expert, but from the research that I did the only issue that I could find was the suspension settings. You will need to get them set for your weight.

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a major issue is there's never enough time to ride (especially up there in Canada).

now go spend the money and come back with pics

if you can't convince them, confuse them.
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Re: 954 known issues?

i have owned a few bikes and rode alot of different bikes and of all the bikes the 954 is by far the best but that is me now go get it and we want to see pics.

when you are on a honda you are on the best
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Hello gang, just sold my VFR and have decided to get a 2002 954 unless a r1 or gixxer comes up with a price I can't refuse. Having said that the seating position of the 954 is supposed to be the most comfortable of the 3.
Let me expand the list to included the Honda Blackbird.

Anyways as it stands now its the 954. I would like to know if there are any known issues regarding the bike, for example week rec/regulators like on the early viffers. Any input would be appreciated.

Nope. Best bike ever. Go buy one now.


Then get some front springs and a damper. Things you'll want to do after learning to travel Mach 5 two inches from the ground in the corners.
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Thanks for the input, now its time to make a deal.
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Re: 954 known issues?

I have been riding Hondas for 23 years and well over 150,000 miles. The worst thing ever to break was a clutch cable. Honda is primarily a small engine manufacturer and they try to stick with waht they know, which they do very, very well.
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I have been riding Hondas for 23 years and well over 150,000 miles. The worst thing ever to break was a clutch cable. Honda is primarily a small engine manufacturer and they try to stick with waht they know, which they do very, very well.
You're too right about the clutch cable... Still waiting for mine to come in. I ride a 929, and the dealer got me the 954 parts.
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Re: 954 known issues?

Just remember, buy the service manual.

When buying used, change the fuilds and be sure to give the bike a good once over.

The oil pan hold a hair under 4 quarts of oil and you can find the oil filters at NAPA.



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Just remember, buy the service manual.

When buying used, change the fuilds and be sure to give the bike a good once over.

The oil pan hold a hair under 4 quarts of oil and you can find the oil filters at NAPA.



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they sell genuine Honda motorcycle filters at Napa?

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you can find the oil filters at NAPA.
Do you have a cross refference to a Fram part# that will fit?

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Do you have a cross refference to a Fram part# that will fit?
Here is the cross refference list.

Motorcycle Oil Filter Cross Reference

I used a NAPA Gold 1365 (NAPA is close to my house) 2 1/2" long filter. It was identical to the OEM Honda filter that came off the bike.
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Re: 954 known issues?

buy the 954, i ride it every day on my work commute and is pretty much maintenence free other than the typical (oil, etc.), except for mods which i can't seem to stop doing.

couldn't agree more with changing all the fluids, which will put you on a maintenence schedule, and you know what it done. i changed everything including the brake fluid and pads, and even did the chain and sprockets so i knew what i had.

needless to say i am a bit more anal than the rest...
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Re: 954 known issues?

The steering stem bearings had a recall on the 2002's, check if yours was done. Also, get a steering damper as this bike needs one, other than that they are a little under-powered compared the other "litre" bikes but they are definitely fun. i would also recommend getting the front forks resprung & revalved as the springs are way too soft at .70 kg. and the stiction on mine was close to 14mm I have a full erion exhaust (erion map), PCIIIr, flapper pinned, and it only dynoed at 138 rwhp, now albeit with some custom mapping and other fine tunings i should be closer to 145hp.

If you are willing to dump some money $$$ into upgrades you can make it track competitive so long as the other guy isnt doing the same thing to theirs, plus the new technology on the current models really puts this bike at a disadvantage when it comes to overall geometry, mass centalization, etc.

will definitely need:

* steering damper
* new suspension
* 520 conversion plus -1/+2
* full exhaust w/ PCIII & good map
* Forged Alum or Mag rims to reduce rotating mass

03' Blk/Tit CBR 954rr, Erion full system, PCIIIr, Scott's Damper, Vortex Frame Sliders, Galfer SS Lines, Rear Seat Cowl, flapper pinned.
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Do you have a cross refference to a Fram part# that will fit?

Don't even think about using a Fram filter on your bike. The only non-oem filters that have proven to work well (and be short enough to fit if you have an aftermarket exhaust system) are the Purolator and Wix cross referenced models. The 929/954/1000rr require high pressure filters (even the standard Honda spin-on that is used on the pre '2K 900s and 600s aren't correct).

Fram filters have been known to blow off even when safety wired.
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