A little help from the gurus, magi, and historians. I'm weighing the options. Had the itch to get something "clad" lately and been going back and forth between used CBR1000's and 600's. Then the 954 option appeared. If I wasn't soo cheap I'd buy the 08 1K, but I can't stomach the depreciation.
Previous owners, friends of..., and general Honda enthusiasts... Will the 02/03 CBR 954RR go down in history as a good bike, a Great Bike, whatever... Any known issues, etc. Any help appreciated- Appologies to any/ all whose time I have wasted.
In Service, TD
Consider the mileage and overall shape. Any abused bike is a pass no matter it's "Historical" value. The 929/954 series is a very good package worth considering. You are right about the depreciation. My suggestion is to take your time looking, because you can truly afford to find the one that tickles your innards. I would go the 954 route, just because you stand a better chance picking up the newer itteration with less miles and wear. They are very good bikes with plenty of punch.
“I said I never had much use for one.
Never said I didn't know how to use it."
Someone I grew up and ride with most sundays is quite well off, has property near Deals Gap and goes there often. His favorite bike is the 929. He leaves that at his home up there.
Bought a 954 when they first came out, traded for the first 1000RR, took them both to the Gap several times and prefers the 929 over both of them. He sold the 1000 and found another incredible low miles stock 929 for 3 grand several months back and loves it for riding here.
Now he has 2 929's, one here and one at the gap, yellow black combo's. He's about 5'10 220 or so lbs and wears Honda Racing Leathers to match. If someone ever runs into him there he knows all those roads like the back of his hand.
The 929 has a beautiful factory ti exhaust. Back then the 600s were considered a lesser bike quality wise. Not so today. The 929 really was a nicer bike than any 600 of the day. Mine weighs 440lbs full of fuel.