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I hate to sound like your stereotypical cocky first rider, but I want to tell you my story, and see what you think. I rode a buddies Katana 600 for a good 10 seat hours and started to feel confident with the bike and riding. I was also starting to feel bored and hungry for power. This leads me to buying a Honda. a 94 900rr with a 954 and 98 fairings. I just absolutely love the way the bike looks and hondas are rare up here. What can you recommend as to starting off on this bike?
 

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I recommend you have a valid Last Will and Testament.

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morganater said:
. I rode a buddies Katana 600 for a good 10 seat hours and started to feel confident with the bike and riding. I was also starting to feel bored and hungry for power.

hungry for power and u know waht they say about power that it corupts but in bikeing cases it kills u and the inosent family in teh car behind u that have to swerve to miss ur body on the ground after u come off at 70mph and hit a car. then that car that has swerved to miss u then goes onto the mediem flips over and rolls then hits a crash barrier at about 80mph killing the driver and passenger instantly then while bursting into flames the baby in the back seat then slowly burns to death


moral of the story stick with a600 for a year or so no 10 hours if gona give u tht real feeling and a 900 is a huge jump
 

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I don't think 10 hours is adequate to justify jumping to a literbike as a first. Most people wait a few seasons, and some never make the jump as they are happy with the 600 class. Is it impossible to start on a literbike? No, people have done it. It still doesn't make it a good idea. Get a 600 from one of the big four, it'll be plenty and will feel (and be) more powerful than your buddy's Katana.
 

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Sorry bro, 10 hours isnt enough time to figure out whats going on. When you get to the point that you are sliding both tires in a corner, leaned over far enough that you hardly have any tire touchign the ground. All that while being calm and smooth, then you figure out that power has little to do with it.
The idea is to get to that point in one piece, not jump on something that is going to be a handfull to reign in. After all, you want to ride the bike, not hold on for deal life to a missile you can barely control.
 

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yo morgan, i ahve to agree with the above. Two things i want to mention, first being that the 600 katana is not a real powerful bike, the new 600 R's will make the katana feel like a 250 ninja, the 954 is not even in the same category.

Second, i have a friend named Cody Hill,"he does not mind using his name" who had rode cruisers for years, i think he had 3 or 4 different bikes, he decided to get a sport bike. He found a new 954, we tried to talk him into a new 600, but he wanted the 954. Well he had rode for years, and is VERY censible on a bike. one night we were all riding together, he pulled out and got on it, the back tire spun, then caught, jerked his left hand off the bar he pinned the throttle wide open with his right hand, he ran into the back of another bike, broke his helmet, we thought it knocked out his teeth, it just pushed them into is sinus cavity, anbroke his back, he is recoverying in a wheel chair. They say he will walk again in time, it has been about a year and he can take about 10 steps with a walker. the moral of the story is, INEXPERIENCE, liter bikes to sum it up, are EVIL fast, you really need to get a year or two of sportbike experience under your belt befor stepping to a liter bike, just my :2cents:
 

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Izzy, it sounded like keeping the throttle open was a good idea to avoid highside, but may be he couldn't control the direction he was heading? What happend to the bike your friend hit?
 

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His dad has been piecing it back together, believe it or not he says he wants to get back on-er when he's able. :thumb:

I say more power to him!
 

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Like the others said bike is NOT for novices & believe me just a few hrs on another bike is NOT the answer.

Besides you cannot buy a used CBR900RR & put 929 & 954 fairing parts on it. The dramatic changes from the 900 to the 929 will tell anyone that.

I speak as an owner of a Honda 929 & a 954 so have a better idea of what I am saying.
 

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I am also looking at an 01 f41, but I just fell for the look of the 900.... damn, I don't know, hard decision.
 

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After the MSF Course you will probably obtain a different few on what you will be capable of riding for the first year & it definately will not be a hot trotting sportbike as they are very peaky engines, & most unforgiving to riders & even experienced riders for one error & you are on your ear-----they spit you off that fast.
 
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