I sold my 954rr couple of weeks ago. Last weeks tuesday i bought 2005 model 1050 speed triple. The thing is a blast. There is so much torque that it will pull from 1500 with high gears. the suspension is great, little softer then 954rr, but still enough sporty to the twisty stuff.
seat is comfy, the engine houls in a way that leaves any four cylinders to shame, the sound is very different and people notice it mails away that something special is coming. Also it's a real head turner.
The high bars give super comfy ride and very easy to control at any speed. I have the small bug screen and it's providing so much wind protection that it's amazing. first of all it takes the wind pressure off the chest. but still leaves the helmet to complete turbulance free air. That why it's more silent for wind sound then 954rr.! you only notice the lack of fairing at 80 or so, if you have leather jacket.
the best bit is the sound and the very linear pull. it pulls almoust completely linear from the zero to the limiter. all the time with great force. Of course the top power is not 954level, but it's enough to keep things interesting.
around town it's blessing, no sore hands, no achy ass, just drive and have fun.
Brakes are radials, but the master is only 14mm, so it gives pretty long stroke to the lever. could be better with 16 or 19 master.
rear brake is excelent with two cylinders.
what I like is also the startup. When you start the bike doesn't start to houl like 954rr at high revs. It just starts to 1000, then raises up momentarily to 1500 but soon levels to little over 1000rpm's. It's much nicer setup then blades high idle.
engine is making little gear whining type sound pretty much always.
you need to test it, it's a fun bike. check out The Speed Triple
I haven't looked back to 954, 954 is great, but this is so much more street bike, and much more usable. everybody has 954.