Aside from it being a track bike before coming into my possession, I suspect the engine had been worked for racing, The bike had 33,000 miles, and the engine had been replaced once before.
What say ye Fireblades.org? Would you consider another 954 after an experience such as this?
No, never buy an abortion again, avoid "race" bikes entirely unless you like to rebuild engines for a hobby. 954 is a very solid bike. Track bikes as you now know, aren't. Same goes for stunt bikes, and severely neglected "only transportation" bikes and the guy is wearing sneakers for riding shoes, with broken laces. He never did a thing but use up the bike. You don't want that kind of an abortion either.
Buy ANYTHING you feel comfortable on that lived on the street, not the track, sans BRJ (bullshit racing junk) all over it. Stock is a good sign and expect double or triple the life span. Anything with a replaced engine, who knows what it had on it or where it came from? You should have ran. Red flag. Like a date that takes a lot of bathroom trips and keeps scratching her crotch. You can eat with her but don't take her home.
Suzuki GSXR is a mechanic's friend, easiest bike to do anything on, save labor, or the amount on invoice.
I'm 6' 3" tall, ride a FZ1 (Yamaha) so I can go twice the distance as R1 riders. If you want anything metric you can be assured if it was taken care of, you'll have success. Track bikes? It's like used toilet paper. They had no further use for it. (Thank god you're from NY, and not from CA, none of this offends you but sends the message home, right?)