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I have been riding my buddy's 08 cbr1000rr literally all summer and finally picked up a bike of my own. I purchased a 2002 954rr with 16k miles the day before Thanksgiving. I do have some questions about the bike and need some parts so I'll either ask in this thread (if I'm allowed) or begin digging through the rest of the forum for answers. Thanks. Also I assume I need a certain amount of posts before I can post an avatar, because I couldn't find where to put one up.
 

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Welcome. How do you like the 954 compared to the 1k?

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Well after riding it for a week I've realized how much 6 years of Honda R&D made a drastic difference (02-08). The 08 1k is a freakin missile. It outperforms my 02 954 in every way by far (braking, acceleration, handling, top speed, ergonomics) except wheelies. My 954 begs to wheelie. I don't like the exhaust note of the 1k at all, it sounds like a lame @$$ moped, whereas my Micron exhaust sounds pretty throaty. It's pretty much what I expected considering the 08 1k costs double what I paid for my 02 954. Hope these pics work
 

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Looks like a nice clean bike, keep her rubber side down:thumb:
Oh and:welcome:to the .Org:D
 

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keep her rubber side down:thumb:
Yeah I was opening her up today with my 08 1k buddy and had two tank slappers that made me mess my pants. Seriously, it was scary. I was not familiar with the term tank slapper until today, and never felt ANYTHING like that on his bike. He said I need a stabilizer, but I can't imagine it came from the factory doing that...do I need maintenance or a stabilizer or both?
 

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Get the suspension set up for your weight!!

Alot of people say that the 929 & 954 are shakey bikes, but if the suspension is proper, you'll be fine.
 

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How do I do that? I plan to dump some money and time and money into her over the winter. I will happily take all recommendations, but I want to do mostly alot of maintenance and performance upgrades first.
 

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I would let a shop set it up for you, pretty cheap and worth it.

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Brakes - EBC HH pads, SS lines, front. Rear is kind of useless
Power Commander for your micron pipe
 

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Get a damper and learn some throttle control ;) The 1KR has an electronic damper while the 954 has nothing. Also if you roll the throttle rather than wack it you can get better acceleration while having more control (and it is easier on tires) I seldom get my front up more than an inch even at the track since it is just power wheelies. Oh and a wheelie is far more likely to grab you a ticket than simple speed I bet :fart:

Have fun and be sure to get safety gear to go with the new bike (I mean to wear not that you need to be color coordinated and that nonsense :rant: )
 

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Get a damper and learn some throttle control ;) The 1KR has an electronic damper while the 954 has nothing. Also if you roll the throttle rather than wack it you can get better acceleration while having more control (and it is easier on tires) I seldom get my front up more than an inch even at the track since it is just power wheelies. Oh and a wheelie is far more likely to grab you a ticket than simple speed I bet :fart:

Have fun and be sure to get safety gear to go with the new bike (I mean to wear not that you need to be color coordinated and that nonsense :rant: )
:plus1: once you get a hang of your throttle control you might not even care about getting a dampner.
oh and welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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G'day & :welcome: . A steering dampner would be first on my list of additions.
 

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I love my 954 and if you set the bike up correctly and do some mods you will find that you will have no problem staying with the newer bikes especialy in the twisties. first mod i would recomend is getting a full set of gear then a damper. you can get the front forks resprung and revalved which makes a big differance in how it handles, get a power commander and custome map will help smooth out the throttle, a double bubble shield helps with the wind and get some frame sliders and hope you never need them. for tires i would recommend metzler M3 great tire and my 954 love them. as for the avatar you need to become a supporting member to have one costs about 15 dollars a year.
 

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:plus1: once you get a hang of your throttle control you might not even care about getting a dampner.
oh and welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I run one on the RC which is known and an incredibly stable bike. Cheap insurance in my mind.
 

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Thanks everyone. Took some time today cleaning the garage and then cleaned up the bike for the winter tear down and build up. Not sure how far I'm going to go, wallet will be my guide.
 
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