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So I have a dilemma here. I have a 929RR That I love with 32.5k miles on it and I got some recently acquired graduation money and reimbursement money. I figure I have about 2.5k to blow right now and could maybe get another 2.5k for the 929 if I wanted. The thing is, I was talking to my mom's BF who has done track days and rides hard on the street and he said to just upgrade the hell out of the 929 because if I bought a new bike I'd pretty much be riding close to the same thing with a few tweaks and a newer engine.

I trust Honda's motors to last a while and I've heard bikes being able to reach 80k+ miles. I figure this thing can last a very long time if I want it to. My question to you all is:

Do I save and get a new bike or do I upgrade this 929 with some new suspension, brakes, levers, aesthetics, chain, sprockets, and whatever else? It has a power commander on it now and I feel like I should get it retuned once I get some new parts on the bike. I'm also considering changing the exhaust to an undertail system rather than the current Micron I have now that extends to the side.
 

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I'd go with a customised 929 over a stock 1000. Ohlins front and back, decent exhaust etc etc ...... You'll also never have someone telling you "hey buddy - your headlight is out" either :rotfl:
 

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Haha alright I'll look into those. I'm tryin to figure out the best way to go about customizing the aesthetics of the bike as well. I'm considering a new fairing and possibly a new headlight. I've seen some easy to install kits.
 

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If your current bike runs good I would keep it. But if you want something newer with lower miles, I'm sure the 1krr would not dissappoint you.
 

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Get Ohlins rebuild kit for stock forks, front springs and valve kit for the front. Ohlins rear shock, GPR, michelin pp 2ct's 190,55-17 rear, a 55 rear tire makes one hell of a great modd. Paint your rims or get some aftermarket rims that you like, it handles 100X better. Get a brembo master 19x20, steal-braided lines and some waved rotors, a supersprox chain kit 1down in the front and stock in the rear with a 530 kit, then call it a day. That is what I do to every bike I own... that's like right in your price range minus the aftermarket wheels
 

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get the newer bike.....you will do all those upgrades and it still won't be as good as a new stock 1krr.
thats what i was gonna say but 2500 isn't anything for a 929 he should just keep it for that price!

and 4 grand what can you really buy with that??? i hate monthly payments between my car, matco tools, car/bike insurance and my crf450r payments its like holy crap.. but if he said he had like 8grand i would say buy a new bike..

for me tho the only bike I'm gonna buy next is a BMW s1000rr and keep my one of my 954s
 

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Thank you everybody for the replies. I finally had time to come back and check this.

There's a few items I'm looking to change up:

  1. Forks
  2. Chain
  3. Sproket
  4. I was told to do 525 conversion
  5. Steering Damper
  6. Stainless Steel brakes

Aesthetics would come second. I don't have money nor do I want to do monthly payments on a bike right now.

Does anybody have some suggestions for all those parts within my price range?

I like the suggestions you gave upon1 and I'll check those out this week and see what prices look like.
 

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For the chain, ALWAYS go for DID. After using a few other brands (and being not that happy with em), I throw a gold DID x-ring on my gixxer thousand, and after the first adjustment at around 500k, I went another 8000k (IIIRC) without needing to adjust it once. That includes clutch-up wheelies etc. Awesome kit.

The the brakes, a good set of braided lines and new pads would likely be more than enough.

Steering damper ... anything is better than nothing :D
 

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I dont see what is so bad about monthly payments..

Even with only 20% down, I do not notice my payments at all.

In the end, Unless you have lots of money... upon1 has some good ideas, stay away from aftermarket wheels.. Because unless you go for top of the line, then they arent worth spending the money on.
 

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.....or do what i did when i had £2,500 tax rebate last year..Leave the bike as it is, and go on holiday with some mates, get absolutely hammered everynight for 2 weeks, have a great time, and spend the following 2 weeks recovering!..Makes sense to me!


On a serious note, anyone can go and buy a new bike, personally i have alot more time for people that love what they have and spend cash making it better and personalising it to suit them..Do up the 929 make it special and unique.
 

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Thank you everybody for the replies. I finally had time to come back and check this.

There's a few items I'm looking to change up:

  1. Forks
  2. Chain
  3. Sproket
  4. I was told to do 525 conversion
  5. Steering Damper
  6. Stainless Steel brakes

Aesthetics would come second. I don't have money nor do I want to do monthly payments on a bike right now.

Does anybody have some suggestions for all those parts within my price range?

I like the suggestions you gave upon1 and I'll check those out this week and see what prices look like.

Here's a great buy on a damper...
http://www.fireblades.org/forums/for-sale/99106-erion-929-parts-ohlins-steering-damper.html
 

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i've read tranny in 929 are weak spot, could need rebuild at 30k.
Cam chain tensioner? Fuel pressure regulator? Headshake on hard riding? All neagtives of the 929.

Gearbox? Not on the list.
 

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There were three articles in british bike rags: In '00/'01 statement was something like racers were having more tranny breakage than other bikes. Years later there were a couple articles like "buying a used blade". Both cited weak tranny. If you can't rely on some english poofer to sniff out poop, who can you trust?

Just saying it could be a factor in deciding to keep or sell. Of course, also depends on how hard you use/abuse the tranny.

http://www.fireblades.org/forums/honda-fireblade/98053-2nd-gear-tranny-issue.html: 2002 cbr954rr 21k miles

http://www.fireblades.org/forums/general-discussion/94931-tranny-issue.html 23,000 miles

http://www.fireblades.org/forums/honda-fireblade/73884-954-tranny-probss-help.html 25k mi

http://www.fireblades.org/forums/honda-fireblade/26598-start-tranny-problem.html

http://www.fireblades.org/forums/honda-fireblade/24336-954-tranny-problems.html 10k mi

http://www.fireblades.org/forums/honda-fireblade/11881-tranny-pooped-out.html 30k mi

http://www.fireblades.org/forums/honda-fireblade/83509-transmission-problems.html 6k mi

http://www.fireblades.org/forums/honda-fireblade/3812-transmission-problems-help.html 2000 km?
 
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