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I bought a 02 954RR in july of last year, having never ridden a sportbike before I was a little nervous. It's approaching 15k miles, I know it needs a pretty good amount of maintenance before I break it back out in the spring. It doesn't the break neck power that everyone talks about and was wondering what issues may lie ahead. The previous owner had a PC3 put in and am thinking maybe that has something to do with it. What other problems could make it lag in the power department?
 

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If it doesnt feel fast, see what kind of gearing you have. 16/43 is stock and a 954 should have more than enough power to break your neck :)
 

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Do you know anyone else with one to compare it to? Does it run rough? If you can afford a dyno run that would tell you if it's up to power and get a map done at the same time. I've got a 954 and it doesn't feel as fast as lots of other yams and kwaks with the same quoated power because the power delivery is so linear, but if you haven't riden many then you've nothing to compare it to. I am a little surprised if you don't feel it's fast if it's your first litre bike though, I was blown away on my first ride. Good luck
 

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Do you know anyone else with one to compare it to? Does it run rough? If you can afford a dyno run that would tell you if it's up to power and get a map done at the same time. I've got a 954 and it doesn't feel as fast as lots of other yams and kwaks with the same quoated power because the power delivery is so linear, but if you haven't riden many then you've nothing to compare it to. I am a little surprised if you don't feel it's fast if it's your first litre bike though, I was blown away on my first ride. Good luck
No, I don't have anyone to compare to really. I have a buddy with a R6, but that's not really a comparison, haha. When I start it and let it idle i guess it does run a lil rough. As far as a dyno and stuff I don't know where I would go to find one in Anchorage, AK haha.
 

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Do you know anyone else with one to compare it to? Does it run rough? If you can afford a dyno run that would tell you if it's up to power and get a map done at the same time. I've got a 954 and it doesn't feel as fast as lots of other yams and kwaks with the same quoated power because the power delivery is so linear, but if you haven't riden many then you've nothing to compare it to. I am a little surprised if you don't feel it's fast if it's your first litre bike though, I was blown away on my first ride. Good luck
Do you mean the HTEV in the exhaust?
No lights or anything flashing at all.
 

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I bought a 02 954RR in july of last year, having never ridden a sportbike before I was a little nervous. It's approaching 15k miles, I know it needs a pretty good amount of maintenance before I break it back out in the spring. It doesn't the break neck power that everyone talks about and was wondering what issues may lie ahead. The previous owner had a PC3 put in and am thinking maybe that has something to do with it. What other problems could make it lag in the power department?
Maybe there is nothing wrong with it at all. Compared to most other litre bikes the 954 Blade is a real pussycat. Its smooth, easy to ride & deceptively quick. It doesnt have breakneck power (they put out about 130 at the rear as standard). I tried one in 2002 & bought a GSXR1000 instead as the Blade was a little dull. My wife bought one though in 2003 & kept it till 2008. Did 30k miles with no issues & she wishes she still had it. She sold it to a friend who was a new rider & he loves it. Its a great bike & doesnt look dated either. A friend bought an RR2 recently & he had a faulty fuel pressure regulator which is quite common. It was down on power, ran very rough & drank fuel. Might be worth bearing in mind
Nick
 
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