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Blade noob seeks advice - 900 or 954?

A friend said he prefers the '98-99 900 as a better all around street bike. I can't find any reviews that compare the 900 to the 954 (just 954 to the 929). Other than fuel injection how do they compare in the real world?


Thanks for any advice, greatly appreciated
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Re: Blade noob seeks advice - 900 or 954?

When I was looking to buy a Blade, I rode a '99 918 (CBR900RR) before buying a '00 929. The 918 went very well and seemed to handle fine - but when I jumped on the 929 it just felt right straight away...

As for road bikes, well I reckon having fuel injection makes a big difference in terms of performance and maintenance - the 929 being the first fuel injected Blade is a bit abrupt in an on/off/on throttle situation, but that's nothing that a Powercommander can't put right.

I'm riding a 954 now, and I'd have to say I like it the best out of all three Blades I've ridden - very similar to the 929 but with less weight and more power, slightly better forks, and in my opinion sharper handling - plus, I like the more aggressive looks of the 954.

I do a fair few miles at the track on my bikes which probably explains my preferences, but if I was doing road trips only I don't think you could go past a 929 or 954 - unless you could afford to buy an '04 or '05 CBR1000RR which, (based on the few short rides I've had on one), I think is probably a better road bike all round.

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Re: Blade noob seeks advice - 900 or 954?

Gas mileage?

I've gotten 220 miles out of my tank 130-150 at track days.

I hear some of the newer blades have a crappy tank range.


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Re: Blade noob seeks advice - 900 or 954?

Hmmmm....I haven't really done a lot of highway running to be able to give you top-end figures, but I do know that on a fast road ride I will get around 220Kms before the warning light comes on, and at the track that's somewhere around 160Kms - not too far short of your trackday figure (which equates to around 180-190 ?).
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Re: Blade noob seeks advice - 900 or 954?

Nothing could get worse mileage than my current Firestorm.

Which of the series has the most comfortable riding position?

A friend of mine sold his 1000RR cause the power scared the poop out of him - a pretty experienced rider too.
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Re: Blade noob seeks advice - 900 or 954?

Thanks

If only it was easier to take bikes for a test ride. I bet 80% of riders would be on a different bike than they are.
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If only it was easier to take bikes for a test ride. I bet 80% of riders would be on a different bike than they are.

There's always the Americade Rally in Lake George, NY

As for ergos... I would definetely say that the older 900 has a more comfortable position.

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Re: Blade noob seeks advice - 900 or 954?

i ride a 02 954 and out of all the bikes i have owned and rode ( best friend owns a bike shop) so i have had a chance to ride alot of different bikes, and i would have to say the 954 is the best bike of them all for comfort, ride quality and power and performance and yes i do like a hard saddle hehehe. but if you dont you can replace the seat with a aftermarket. but best of all you cant beat hondas quality they seam to put out the best of all bikes and look at how many old 1970's hondas are still on the road.

when you are on a honda you are on the best
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Re: Blade noob seeks advice - 900 or 954?

HAve you ridden a TLR or an RC51? The reason I ask is I'm wondering how the torque compares. Be neat if there was a dyno graph to look at.
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Re: Blade noob seeks advice - 900 or 954?

You have to think about what you want. A TLR or RC51 make power in a whole different way than a 954. The inline four gives you must of your hp and torque at the top end of the rev range, whereas the TLR and RC51, being twins, offer a lot more torque downlow, and probably a little less power up top.
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Re: Blade noob seeks advice - 900 or 954?

I thought the big liter bikes were supposed to be making more torque? I guess your saying they make it later on.
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Re: Blade noob seeks advice - 900 or 954?

Although I've never ridden a 900, I think you'll find there are vast differences between a 900 and a 954. The fuel injection, frame and suspension design, not to mention the difference in power, will be quite obvious. The 929/954 was a pretty big leap in design from the 900 series.

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Although I've never ridden a 900, I think you'll find there are vast differences between a 900 and a 954. The fuel injection, frame and suspension design, not to mention the difference in power, will be quite obvious.
True... but he excluded the fuel injection and mentioned all around "street" bike.

I've never ridden a 929, only the 954... for "all around" street (tank range/ergos/street power delivery)... if everything was stock... IMO... I'd go for the 900 but i commute through the city with my bike so my needs may be slightly different than the rest

Anything else... especially track.... I'd go (and plan to go)with any of the other blades in a heartbeat

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Re: Blade noob seeks advice - 900 or 954?

In my biased opinion, you should go for the 954. Newer = better.
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