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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-11-2003, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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CBR 954RR vs ZX-9R

This is only regards to handling and stability. Not looks, performance, or what not. Not about how quickly the bike turns. But handling and stability. Which is better?

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-11-2003, 09:15 AM
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Re: CBR 954RR vs ZX-9R

Handling and Stability can be two separate issues, so I vote:

Handling - 954RR. Lighter and more "flickable", a quality most Hondas seem to share.

Stability - 9R. Heavier and more effort required to turn, but will hold a line "better". Again, most Kawis seem to share this trait (don't know about the 03 6r/6rr).


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Re: CBR 954RR vs ZX-9R

Ditto, the 9R is stable but heavy, and the 954 is more flickable.
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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-11-2003, 10:07 AM
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Re: CBR 954RR vs ZX-9R

I don't know which is better but Sport Rider's 2002 shootout seemed to imply the ZX9R had better handling than the 954. Based on what I read and the price i Traded my 600 for a ZX9R. Have only ridden it 200 miles since picking it up Saturday due to the endless rains in Pittsburgh. It feels as light as a 600 with the power of a 900. Actually it seems light years ahead of the old 600 (great seat).
Not dishing on the Honda 954 (if only I could afford both).
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Re: CBR 954RR vs ZX-9R

The 954 handles/steers quicker but twitchy(due to lighter weight), the ZX9R is more stable and doesn't move around as much(from the extra weight). Really personal preference, I've grow to like the bike moving around under me and keep a loose grip on the bars so it works for me. I got tired of the slower steering yet stablility of my older heavier VTR1000 but I learned alot from the confidence it gave me that's lacking the the 954.

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post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-11-2003, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Re: CBR 954RR vs ZX-9R

So then the ZX-9r is the better handling bike? Still a tough call. The 954 is extremely flickable but does that make it unstable.
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Re: CBR 954RR vs ZX-9R

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The 954 is extremely flickable but does that make it unstable.


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In the wrong hands.... yes.... They start feeling it move underneath them, then they start fighting with the bike.. before long it is the sound of plastic being introduced onto pavement... (not a good thing)


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Re: CBR 954RR vs ZX-9R

I owned a 9R 2000 and now own a R1 2002. Never ridden a 954 but they are similar to an R1. The 9 is defenitly much more stable. I noticed any time my 9's front came off the ground the steering stayed straight.

The R1 once the front comes up slightly the steering can turn very quickly left or right depending on which hand is pulling more. Very sensitive.

It takes more muscle to ride the 9R. It's kinda acts like a slower computer. Then you have faster smaller computer(R1,954) but slightly less stable. But I never take my R1 out and want to come home. My nine I did, so..
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Re: CBR 954RR vs ZX-9R

I got to say it depends on the rider. But I'd say the 954rr is a better handler then the zx9r just the weight the difference.

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Re: CBR 954RR vs ZX-9R

My 1983 Honda Magan 1100 weighed 700 pounds and was VERY stable, but didn't handle as good as my VTR1000....

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