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954 anyone??

Well I made a big mistake the other day. Went for a ride with my new neighbor on his 2000 Mille. On the way back down the canyon switched my 919 for his bike. Not bad but other than the v-twin sound I wasnt sold. But now we stop at a dealer and I ride and ride two 03's - 954 and a R1. What can I say, but OMG I loved the 954, both had great power but the Honda just fit me perfect, way more comfy than the R1 to me. And the salesman offered me a great trade on my 919. Ive got serious lust for the power of these liter bikes, but I walked away and said I would think about.

So does anyone have any comments experience with a 954 or other last gen liter bike versus my 9er. I know the basics, comfort vs power, but the 954 was surprisingly comfy too. I can utilize a sportier bike more now also since I moved to Ft. Collins CO from ND, I have canyon riding out my backdoor. So what do you all think?

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-29-2006, 08:29 AM
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My next choice of a bike would be the 954rr over anything else I think(MAYBE the Triumph 675). That bike is perfection.

I am like many others here too and I have a soft spot for the 929 as well. Mmmmm

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The 954 had all the best upgrades lacking in older RR versions. If it fits you in the comfort zone, I say "buy it!"

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Yeah it really seemed to hit the sweet spot, I was grinning the whole time I rode it, instantly comfortable with the handling and the Ergos.

The Mille made my 9er feel like a dirtbike, seemed heavy and I felt like the proverbial monkey humping the football.

The R1 was OK, but felt a lot more weight on my wrists, and power seemed like it was more top end biased. That Black with Flames on it was damn good looking though. It also had a slip on so it sounded it better, but they wanted almost a grand more over the 954, both had 2500-2800 miles

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I had an '01 929... https://www.wristtwisters.com/forum/showthread.php?t=774
That was a really fun bike... comfortable for long rides, plenty of power & nice handling. My brother had a 954 for about 2 mos., never got a chcne to take it for a spin.

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Yeah it really seemed to hit the sweet spot, I was grinning the whole time I rode it, instantly comfortable with the handling and the Ergos.

The Mille made my 9er feel like a dirtbike, seemed heavy and I felt like the proverbial monkey humping the football.

The R1 was OK, but felt a lot more weight on my wrists, and power seemed like it was more top end biased. That Black with Flames on it was damn good looking though. It also had a slip on so it sounded it better, but they wanted almost a grand more over the 954, both had 2500-2800 miles
Yamaha's always seem real peaky... well they ARE real peaky. That's only because they suck though. :chris:

Well you have high bars(like a dirkbike) on your 919 cruiser and the Mille is low down and v-twin, so it IS heavier and "harder" to stear in.

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I forgot to mention, my house in ND is still for sale, if that was a done deal I would have a little more cash in pocket and this would be a done deal. I will probably wait till that closes then I will be golden.

Ragdoll, your right my 9er's position is closer to my KX 125 than the Aprilia's I rode a HD dyna before my 9er so I know a little about v-twins and slow steering, LOL. The Mille was just the biggest differnce in feel from my 9er, almost as different as going from the HD to the 9er.

Truthfully these are the first Liter class sportbikes I have ever ridden, thats why the question

Thanks for the responses guys

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