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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-07-2002, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Need advice: Pro and cons 954rr and rc51

As some of you might know, I have an 02 f4i. But, I am seeling it and buying a new bike. I have completely fallen in love with the 954rr, but am pretty impressed with the rc51 as well. I completely understand what I am looking for ina bike, but am very much bias in my desicion. What do you think are pros and cons for each bike? Thanks.

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why are you selling a new bike?

if you're honda-loyal, i think the 954 is a better street bike. more power, more comfort, less weight. the rc 51 is a great bike, and you could ride it forever. but the 954 is just a great streetbike.

the biggest problem with the 954 is the gsx-r1000.

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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-08-2002, 07:40 AM
 
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Dude, go with the RC-51. That bike just ****ing kick-ass. Hayden has won 8 of his last 9 on a RC-51...you don't see him riding a 954 do you?

But, the posting before me has a good point. The 954 is a great streetbike. Weight almost equal to the 600F4i but with more ponies under the tank. Then again, the torque of that v-twin has got to get your testosterone overflowing! **** YEAH!
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Hard to recommend a new bike unless we know why your selling your "old" one. What type of riding do you want to do with your new one? (I'm also curious to know how many miles you've got under your belt).
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How could you be bored with the F4i already? If the F4i won't do it for you; you will tire of the 954 soon too I bet. Unless you can just ride the tires off your current bike; there's not a good reason I can think of to step up to a liter bike (especially at 19).
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My friend has a RC51 and the only thing he doesn't like is how low the handle bars are. You will feel uncomfortable. Other then that if your a fast rider and not a stunt ridder go with the RC51.
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Dude, go with the RC-51. That bike just ****ing kick-ass. Hayden has won 8 of his last 9 on a RC-51...you don't see him riding a 954 do you?
This one of the dumbest posts I've ever seen. Maybe he's not racing the 954 because it's got 204 more cc's than what is legal. Just a thought, though.
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I'm kinda in the same situation and I'm leaning towards the RC51. I don't know about where you live but having an RC where I am, you might as well have an Aprilia. They are just that rare a sight around here. I like being different and that's the only reason I would go with the RC. 954's are everywhere and with good reason. They are very nice. But if you are just cruising the streets with some of your boys, you'll probably turn more heads with the RC. Not to mention, everyone will here that V twin rumbling for miles. Good luck on your choice.
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I'm kinda in the same situation and I'm leaning towards the RC51. I don't know about where you live but having an RC where I am, you might as well have an Aprilia. They are just that rare a sight around here. I like being different and that's the only reason I would go with the RC. 954's are everywhere and with good reason. They are very nice. But if you are just cruising the streets with some of your boys, you'll probably turn more heads with the RC. Not to mention, everyone will here that V twin rumbling for miles. Good luck on your choice.
The RC does turn heads and sounds great but it is one of the worst commuter sportbikes on the road... very hard to ride in traffic. The race oriented transmission makes the thing a bear to ride below 20mph.

Forgot to add that it is very uncomfortable compared to the F4i and RR.
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This one of the dumbest posts I've ever seen. Maybe he's not racing the 954 because it's got 204 more cc's than what is legal. Just a thought, though.
Hey, easy on the guy.

That said, Nicky's RC51 is about as close to the 954 as it is to a stock RC51.
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