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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.