1994 Suzuki RF900R from United States of America

Summary:

The RF900R Suzuki was one of the most fun bikes I have ever ridden

Faults:

Nothing went wrong with the motorcycle.

General Comments:

The 900 cc engine in this bike was built on the GSX750 cases, and the styling was a cross between the Katana chick-magnet concept and the "GSXer" It had a five speed transmission and the red-line was over 11,500. It was a bit of a challenge to keep the front wheel on the ground, either from a standing start, or even a roll-on over sixty. I rode this bike for four years and I might have had it in fifth gear maybe twice. I saw 140 on this bike (in an isolated safe place) and that was in fourth at 9500 RPM. This bike was powerful.

I traded it in for a BMW long-distance bike as the one short-coming of a pseudo-road racer is comfort on long trips and limited room for camping gear etc. Even now I wish I had that bike back. I used to love to hear it when it fired up - it would just "hum" sitting there in the garage. Mine was pearl black with slight flakes of blue with violet-purple rims and matching thin streaks up the sides of the tail section. Wherever we went - at Daytona, at Springfield or Du Quoin - people would come up to me and admire it. I might go find a good used one.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2015

1997 Suzuki RF900R from Australia

Summary:

Best value for money ever

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

This motorcycle, apart from being a pleasure to ride, has to be the most reliable machines ever built. I purchased it from someone that rarely rode it, with a little over 6,000kms on the clock, and it is about to roll over 110,000kms. Apart from basic maintenance (changing fluids, filters, chain, sprockets, etc), it has required no work. Admittedly, it gets ridden almost every day of the week - commuting to work, joy rides and quick trips to the shop. Whatever the secret, congratulations must go to those boffins at Suzuki.

On an interesting side note, I am not a huge fan of the look of the earlier RF900s, but the Manta Ray is very easy on the eye and random strangers often compliment the bike - hurray for British racing green!

Overall, it is the perfect race/tourer cross.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2010

1997 Suzuki RF900R from United States of America

Summary:

Great fun for short money

Faults:

Blown brake light bulb, and blown blinker bulb.

General Comments:

I really like these bikes. I test rode a 95 RF600R a while back, trying to trade it for my 86 Trans Am. Ever since, I've wanted one. I was searching craigslist and found the one... a 1997 RF900R with just under 18k for $2200, I scooped it up for $1800.

The bike looks amazing! It's clean as a whistle, and runs great. It was repainted, but they did a great job. It's a 97, with the slightly different paint scheme of the 98. It has a full 2.5" D&D pipe going to a D&D can. Sounds great, comfy as hell, and damn fun. It's not the fastest on the road, but it will get up and go when needed. One big turn on for me was that it won't lift the front wheel by just rolling on the throttle... unless you regear it.

Being my "first" bike, since I rode my Harley all of 4 times in the 3 months I owned it due to it not running right, I was very excited to get it. I've been riding several times a week and the bike just loves it.

I would highly recommend these bikes to anyone. They are comfortable, handle well, quick, and fun.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2009

1994 Suzuki RF900R from United States of America

Summary:

Suzuki RF900R... Everything a great all around sport bike should be

Faults:

So far it's been a great bike, the only problem has been a broken choke cable.

General Comments:

This bike is fast. I don't want to be thought of as one of those kind of sport bike riders that is dangerous on public streets, but the bike will pull the front tire off the road easy with no clutch. At speed in 4th gear, the bike will squeal the rear tire with ease.

The bike is well balanced and feels good under the rider, however the seat is a little slippery. I do my own work on my bikes so I made it a point to learn how to take off all the plastic for this reason. The good news is I don't have to do this a lot, but it can seem to take a bit of time.

I love this bike, and you will to if you get one.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2009