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I bought my first street bike last week. It is a 2002 CBR 954RR that I purchased with 0 miles off the showroom floor.

Ride Motorsports had them on sale for $7699. My OTD price with freight, setup,tax and license was $9000.

MSF classes scheduled in 2 weeks.

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Doh.......

congrats on your bike, looks good! :cheers:
 

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Thats a pretty bike, I hope you can keep it that way. A 954 might be a LITTLE much for a first street bike, and no, the dirt is not the same. Just take it easy for the first couple of months and you will be fine. I normally recommend a 600 as a first bike. Plenty of power and the handling is very forgiving. Good luck and welcome to the org. :welcome:
 

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Congrads, that's a sweet ride. I know because I've got about 54,000 miles on my 02 954.
 

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I fully understand that a street bike is much more of an animal than a dirt bike. A friend of mine put it best when he said that I just bought a rattlesnake.

At 6 feet tall and 235 I thought the 600 would be too small in about 6 months.

At 38 years old, I am the last person that wants to get hurt. Pain sucks.

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Congrats! :cheers: That is exactly what I have, 'cept for the serial #. DO be careful, and ease into the new found power. And welcome to the .org!!
 

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I feel the pain of tight ergo's as well

Sweet ride, I see that you also knew to buy the faster Red and Black! :D

As far as ergo's, being over 6'3" and right at 200lbs, I too feel the pain of the sport bike positions. The 600's were more than a little too tight. The 929 is marginal at best and that is why I was about 24hrs away from purchasing a ZX12R when I saw the 929 with 360mi in the paper locally and decided to go with the better deal. I get plenty of looks and questions about the bike being too small but when I point to the 929 on the rear, they seem to understand.

Be mindful of the crazy, no attention paying, cell phone talking, etc, etc, etc, cagers and enjoy the ride. :cycle:
 

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Welcome to the Org!!!

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Welcome, and congratulations on your purchase.

I'm curious to hear how you will experience it as your first streetbike, being a machine that I would recommend as an 'expert class' ride. You're never more than 10 seconds from triple digit speeds, so self control is a must.

Please review your safety gear and upgrade as necessary, and wear it all the time ! I'm sure you can get lots of insight from those on this board.

Be careful, smooth, and check in often !
 

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Congratulations Blaine :cheers:

You picked a great bike...and in the faster, Red/Black combination too. ;)
 

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congrats and welcome my brother!
 

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:D Congrats on the new bike! You have to break it in anyway, so learn the bike, alternate the rpms, run it up some (you shouldn't baby it too much) on clear, cop-free straights, but mostly short-shift thru corners until you get comfortable. You've got plenty of time! I had to ride mine 300 highway miles after I bought it. The Cage people thought I was crazy. Race ahead, fall behind, repeat. :cycle:
 

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Welcome! Pretty ambitious first street bike, but if you play it smart you will love it like no other. It is an incredible machine, and although far faster than anything I've ever ridden before, I actually feel safer on it because of the great brakes, riding position and tight steering that give me a greater feeling of control than anything else I've tried. As a friend of mine says "Make sure your wrist doesn't write a check that your a$$ can't cash! (and watch out for idiot cagers! )
 

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Nice looking & bike I would choose over my '00 929. Have my fingers crossed that you will get the hang of the gal for me 929 is a real honker, but then have over 50 yrs of riding experience including 42 yrs of dirt along with street/hwy riding plus road racing.
 

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:welcome: to the org and congratulations.
just be carefull of that rattle snake and treat it with the respect it deserves and you'll be fine.
 

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Are there any recalls on the 2002's? I thought that I read about a headset bearing issue and an exhaust problem.

Also, new helmet- Shoei X-Eleven Daijiro

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I'll concur with others that the 954 is a sub-optimal beginner bike (by any stretch of the imagination). However, as others have pointed out, if you give the bike due respect and are lucky enough to survive BDCers that are out to kill you, then it's all good.

I recommend a good set of frame sliders as your first mod. Hopefully you won't exercise them at speed, but your chances of an accidental parking lot/driveway drop during your first year of motorcycling are, statistically speaking, very good,
 

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Thanks for the replies.

I have already ordered the carbon fiber frame and swingarm sliders for that very reason. I did take the bike through the neighborhood today and it was very comfy. Power was smooth, brakes were more touchy than I thought, and the balance was perfect.

I felt as though I had been riding for years.

As far as respect, I most definately get what you are saying. I built a Shelby 427SC Cobra with a big block 460 running about 500hp. If you dis-respect it will bite- I don't want to find out.

Blaine
 
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