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I am looking for a new leftover or a low mile used 954. I have found a used 02 with just a few hundred miles and have a few questions for you. I think this bike has not been ridden for maybe a year or so. What happens to a fuel injection system when it’s been parked with out stabilized fuel? I know what can happen with carburetors. The bike is about 300 miles from me so I would like to know what I am in for before I take a look at it. If this is the case are there any guesses what it might cost to clean everything out. Thanks again for this great forum.
 

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I just bought a fuel injected bike that sat for about 7 months. It ran fine right from the start. I put in fresh fuel but I didn't drain the old stuff.

I also changed the oil right away. Especially true if it only has a few hundred miles on it. I would want to change the oil before riding it anywhere.
 

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Should be fine. You can always drain the tank and add fresh fuel. Some fuel injector cleaner wouldn’t hurt either.
 

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You can bet it will need a new battery.
 

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I bought my 01 929 leftover new last year at a dealer. I doubt if they did anything to it except replacing the battery.. It has been running GREAT ever since.. :) Buy the bike, change oil, filter and the battery and ENJOY!! :D
 

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I agree with the others. I doubt a year will do much harm at all.

I've bought bikes that haven't been driven for years and it doesn't take much to get them running again. We pulled an old Yamaha 650 out of a shed and took it home one time. It didn't want to start at first, but when it finally turned over a dust and straw cloud filled the garage. A mouse had made a nest in the pipes. :D

Just give it a good check for loose bolts, tire rot, brake lines, etc......
If you've got a good mechanic that you trust, it probably wouldn't cost much to have him give it a look and make sure everything is safe.
 

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Thanks for all the fast and friendly advice, you guys are making me feel better about taking a look at it. Yes it will need a new battery. I found out it only has 40 miles, it is totally stock and claims it is in showroom condition, he wants $7000 for it. How does this deal sound?
 

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Please let me know if you don't buy it. I'm looking for a leftover 02...but all I have been able to find at dealerships are the black/silver..and I want the red/black...and not an 03...because honda reversed the colors in 03 and to me the 02 is much better.
Thanks.
 

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I guessed I should have asked you waht color it is. duh...

If it's not black over red, I won't be interested.

BTW..if you are looking for a black/silver one....theres one at a Honda dealership in MS for 7995..with the full honda warrantee etc.

There's also a red over black 03 model at the Honda dealer in Beaverton OR.
 

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Just add about 1/2 bottle of Lucas fuel system cleaner.
 

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Well I am now the proud owner of a 02 954 black and silver. The bike had about 80 miles on the clock. Other than needing a new battery and the fact the original owner started and didn’t finish removing some of the decals and replacing them with chrome ones, because he didn’t like the quality of the chrome ones, this bike is like show room. I picked it up for $6700. Does anyone have a good source on decals so I can get my new baby looking good?

Thanks to everyone on this board that helped answer my questions while I was going through the learning process.
 

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my friend's father had an old 79 Honda CM400T that belonged to her father. He didn't live with them anymore and the bike sat for 8 years. Me and her boyfriend took the carbs off brought them to a mechanic andhad them serviced then put them back on and pulled the ignition (no keys) and fired that bitch up with the kick start. Rode it around the backyard quite a bit, its actually harder to ride than my old ZX6R and my 929, can just ride the clutch you gotta give it some good gas to get that thing moving.

tapeworks or planetsuperbike have the stickers. have fun on that thing sounds like you got a good deal. woulda been nice had the guy finished the decal job rather than leaving it half done.
 
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