SF Moto Show
Wow-whata year for sportbikes!! The show was hot (even though the vendors sucked). First off- R1 v. 954. The silver R1 is absolutely gorgeous, but a little too reserved for me. I ordered mine in blue and I'm sticking with that color. But that's not my dilemma... It's-do I stick with Honda and get a 954? If they made one in yellow&black to match my leathers/boots, I'd get a 954. It is TINY. Noticeably more than the R1, especially nose-to-tail. It has a slightly more raised tail section than the R1. You sit more ON the 954, whereas you are more IN the R1. Fit and finish are comparable. The R1 has a funky bare metal fastener connecting the front of the tank to the frame which I will paint flat black. The 954 feels a little lighter. After sitting on each about 10x, I'm sticking with the R1. Here's why: I feel that the 954 is a stop-gap bike for Honda. In 2 or 3 years we'll see the real RR with more ccs and looking more like the 4-stroke GP bike.