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All,

Had my bike for nearly two years now and use it daily for my commute into work. The old girl is 9 years old now and going to have a need for a bike easily for the foreseeable future...

I can trade her in and get a 2010 model interest free. My primary concern is about the age and trying to get parts is increasingly difficult.

For those who went from a 954 to a 1000RR what were the reasons you had for the upgrade?
 

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All,

Had my bike for nearly two years now and use it daily for my commute into work. The old girl is 9 years old now and going to have a need for a bike easily for the foreseeable future...

I can trade her in and get a 2010 model interest free. My primary concern is about the age and trying to get parts is increasingly difficult.

For those who went from a 954 to a 1000RR what were the reasons you had for the upgrade?
I bought my 954 new in 02, had it until sping of 2010, I got an 06 gsxr 1000 felt it was time to move on and get something newer, like you said more parts and extras available, more power, just more everything in general...I had 2 gsxr's before and loved my 01 750 so I figured why not?...here is the story.:thumb:

http://www.fireblades.org/forums/review-my-ride/82687-my-new-gsxr-1000-pics.html
 

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Most people, if in the financial position, upgrade to a newer model just because it is the latest and greatest.

A 2010 blade will be vastly different to your current bike, although there is nothing wrong with your current Honda at all.

A lot smaller and more nimble, a lot more power.

As you say, current model with plenty of support and parts.

The interest free option is a big incentive.

Why not treat yourself ? :D
 

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Thanks both.

If the 954 was 5 years old I would keep it, however it is closer to 10. Nothing wrong with it at all, but not something I can hold on for another five years.

A newer blade I can spend time developing it, making it my own. But it means getting a can, rearsets, etc, all things I have on the existing blade...
 

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Thanks both.

If the 954 was 5 years old I would keep it, however it is closer to 10. Nothing wrong with it at all, but not something I can hold on for another five years.

A newer blade I can spend time developing it, making it my own. But it means getting a can, rearsets, etc, all things I have on the existing blade...
I went through the same thing 8 years of riding, crashing, and making it better with all sorts of goodies, it was still an awsome bike after 8 years, but even though my gsxr is an 06 the difference is astonishing compared to the 954, I mean everything about it is better, even the stock suspension feels better then my race tech 954 suspension, plus I can still get anything I want for it, I will probably have this bike for another 4-5 years, before I move on to the next......maybe a s1000rr.:idunno:
 

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LOL, sounds like someone is convincing themselves to buy a new bike!

I am a fan of depreciation-free motoring. But of course, I need people to buy new bikes so I can take them off of their hands later for next to nothing - so if a new bike is what you want and can afford it, then why not?

On the other hand, I assume that there is nothing wrong with the 954. What parts do you need exactly? I have an RRW and have no issues in getting anything I want for it.

Age is largely irrelevant, that bike should easily get well over 100,000 miles out of it without any major issues. I have a 23-year-old VFR for commuting which does the job fine, mind you it should do with only 51,000 miles showing.

IMHO it's about want, not need.
 

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:plus1: Des, I never need a new bike, I just really want one :O
 

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If you're set on getting a new bike, sell the 954 first and then get your new one. Trade-in is rarely close to what you could get selling yourself
 

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I went from a 954 to the new Blade, but my upgrade was forced... Someone in Detroit thought that they should have my 954 more than I should have it, so they stole it while I was at work one night... I swore I'd never own another motorcycle in an apartment unless I had a garage... Fast forward to Spring of 2008 when I moved to Kansas City and finally got a place with a garage... the first thing I did after I unpacked was trot down to my local Honda stealership and pick up an '08 limited edition. No regrets! Best improvement I have noticed, besides the huge increase in power, was the electronic steering damper is WAY better than the Scotts rotary damper I had installed on my 954. I'm sure that there are quite a few more differences, but my memory isn't what it used to be and the last time I rode the old bike was back in 2005 I believe. Good Luck!
 

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DD,

Parts as in performance parts. To pick up rear-sets, etc, Ebay is the answer most times. For maintenance, I agree very easy.

Having seen the cycle that Honda goes in, 2012 should be the new blade and maybe I'll wait for that. But like you said, I'd lose money just driving it out of the showroom...
 

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DD,

Parts as in performance parts. To pick up rear-sets, etc, Ebay is the answer most times.
Really? The 954 was/is a popular bike, I found rearsets with 1 google search!

Gilles Rear Sets - Honda - FREE UK DELIVERY

They have some for my bike too, which is older still!

Personally I have no worries about parts availability for my FireBlade.

I've not seen any info on the 2012 Fireblade, if you have any post it up!
 

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wait for the new model on 2012
OK here's another consideration - is it wise to buy a new-model bike?

Examples:

  • 2008 Fireblade oil burners
  • BMW S1000RR Gearbox problems
  • Kawasaki ZX10 recall (for what I cannot remember)
I'm sure there are many more!

I'm not saying it's right or wrong, just interested in some opinion. With Honda's last effort, I would personally wait until the bugs start to show.
 

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Really? The 954 was/is a popular bike, I found rearsets with 1 google search!

Gilles Rear Sets - Honda - FREE UK DELIVERY

They have some for my bike too, which is older still!

Personally I have no worries about parts availability for my FireBlade.

I've not seen any info on the 2012 Fireblade, if you have any post it up!
rearsets are easy to find, exhaust options are very limited side coversfor racing are almost impossible(places on line may say they have them and they don't when you call) I had to beg the guy at the track to let me race once because I told him how difficult it was for me to get.
 

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This is probably what some people aren't gonna wanna hear but unless your a avid track person who pushes there bike to the limits then ur not gonna notice a whole lot of difference in the 954 and the 08-11 model 1kRR, yes its has alittle more power and is more modern, abs, esd, and a few other things.. 140-150rwhp to 150-160rwhp, the weight is the same r close, the quality and paint is worse on the 08 -11 blades.. Of course the 1kRR is better im not saying its not its just not IMHO a leap forward.. The 2012 blade will be alot better.. I put well over 50k on my 954 and my 08-1kRR has 40k..
 

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This is probably what some people aren't gonna wanna hear but unless your a avid track person who pushes there bike to the limits then ur not gonna notice a whole lot of difference in the 954 and the 08-11 model 1kRR, yes its has alittle more power and is more modern, abs, esd, and a few other things.. 140-150rwhp to 150-160rwhp, the weight is the same r close, the quality and paint is worse on the 08 -11 blades.. Of course the 1kRR is better im not saying its not its just not IMHO a leap forward.. The 2012 blade will be alot better.. I put well over 50k on my 954 and my 08-1kRR has 40k..
personaly i love my 954 and have 48000 miles on the clock and still runs strong and find very few people that can keep up with me let alone outrun me in the twisties, just because the bike is newer doesn't mean you can go any faster in the twisties.
 

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Bottom line is the 954 is and always will be an awsome bike anyone who has owned one here I am sure will agree, but for me, after 8 years of the same road bike just got old, and I was made an offer I couldn't refuse, and I am very happy I did. Also you guys have no idea how many years I went getting smoked by all of my friends 1000rr's, and R1's, now all those days are over and my buddy's 09 R1 has become the slowest bike of the group....It feels absolutly wonderful.:thumb:
 

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Bottom line is the 954 is and always will be an awsome bike anyone who has owned one here I am sure will agree, but for me, after 8 years of the same road bike just got old, and I was made an offer I couldn't refuse, and I am very happy I did. Also you guys have no idea how many years I went getting smoked by all of my friends 1000rr's, and R1's, now all those days are over and my buddy's 09 R1 has become the slowest bike of the group....It feels absolutly wonderful.:thumb:
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It's all very relative so to speak, if somebody gave me a Beemer S1000 tomorrow I would snap their hand off. Would I be a lot quicker than I am on mine.............no.

I found a big difference between the 06-07 blade and the 08, but most of that was down to size and weight. Not sure on the actual differences, but the bike felt a lot lighter when riding. A lot narrower, and quite a bit smaller. The difference is probably tiny, but you could feel it. TBH I love the 06-07 in Repsol colours and would happily have one, it would have to be alongside my Penguin though :eyebrows:

Strangely enough, I am tall and would welcome a bigger sportsbike sometimes.

Back in the day when I had an FZR1000Exup and a GSXR1100 etc etc, comfort for me was much better. If the bikes get much smaller, it will be like riding a mini-moto. :rotfl:

FWIW I wait eagerly to see the 2012 blade, but I doubt I would buy a brand new model straight away again. Touch wood, mine has been fine to date, but a lot of other people's experiences with oil consumption make me hesitant. :(

Saying that I am in the fortunate position of a well paid job, company car and no mortgage. So when I see the bike in the flesh, the devil on my shoulder may well appear !!! ;)
 
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