Re: Got the bug
I've owned a 954 and an RC.
The 954 is workable for the track, but for a relative (track) noob it can be a handful.
The RC-51 stock suspension sucks and it's HEAVY. The torque curve is flat, but there is a lot of torque down low and the bike will likely spit you out if you try to push it on the track before you know what you're doing.
I am heading to the track soon for the first time. I've been on liter-bikes all my life. I sold the 954 b/c I didn't think it would be much fun at the track for me. I sold the RC to buy a BMW and b/c it was too nice to put on the track. I would have felt terrible wadding it.
I wanted another Honda, and the new 600rr was in contention, but I've never ridden a 600 and wasn't sure I'd be happy with it on the street. They seem to be awesome machines. I don't think you can go wrong with an older F4i either. There's a video called "One Man's Island" where a guy rented one and rode the IOM TT.....certainly much faster than you or I.
Both the RC and 954 were FUN streetbikes and if I could have built a collection, they'd still be here. The RC sucked comfort-wise, but the sound was incredible and I actually liked the heavier bike better on the street.
In the end I went with the Gixxer b/c of parts availability due to it being popular with the stunt/squid crowd, the decent deal I got, and the fact that it's a 750. Abrupt throttle inputs don't launch the front wheel or upset the chassis like a bigger bike, but it still has tons of power for the street and I imagine more than enough for the track. I haven't looked back since.
Last edited by DUX; 07-17-2008 at 7:23 AM.