I have a 954 now, and I have riden RC's. I would say that neither of them are made for street riding. There are not many streets that can handle either of them. But there shure as hell fun. I love the sh*t out of my 954... Best move I have ever made. I am going to ride it till the wheels fall off. From what people I know say about the RC, and I can understand this. It is more sensitive to suspension adjustments, but it has the capability of handeling better. Not going to help alot for street though huh. The power is completely different. Vtwin vs. I4 for starters other than that there is about 25-30 hp difference stock, 954 being the better. In the liter bikes I dont think they handle any better than the 954. Ride one of each, that will tell you everything.