22nd May 2007, 14:32
I have owned a 1995 rf900 for 4 years now, and it keeps up and sometimes leaves my mate's CBR900, Blackbird, GXSR etc.
Iwill be going around France soon, which is ideal because of the fuel range. I can't fault it.
I will not be selling it for any reasons whatsoever.
22nd May 2007, 23:37
I just bought a 1994 RF900R 3 weeks ago, and I wholeheartedly agree that the RF900R is obviously underestimated.
My brother in law has a 2004 Hayabusa 1300, and on our first outing when we hit the highway and cracked em' open... I did quite well holding my own. Don't get me wrong, he would and DID chew me up and spit me out like a mouth full of 2 day old chewing tobacco. But as I said, I did well keeping up with him.
The bike already had a Yoshi pipe on it when I bought it, and it sounds great. I must admit I prefer the sound my 1986 GSXR 750 had with a set of Vance and Hines on it, but with that said, I am lovin the sound (and horsepower) I'm gettin" from the Yoshi pipes.
The bike has 16,000 miles on it, which is great for a 13 year old bike. And it runs as if it had only 16 miles on it.
As Warren said..."I do like the low down grunt, as it seems to pull well at low revs in any gear". I would have to agree 100%. The bike EASILY wants to lift the front wheel off the ground just cracking open the throttle in first and second gear. And you can still feel the G's in 3rd, 4th and 5th.
In reply to the guy who said "insurance is dirt cheap too for the bike", YOU DAMN SKIPPY... I pay a measly $92 a year for mine... woot!
To the guy who said "Add that to the already groovy 127BHP", correction... the stock 1994 RF900R dynos at 135 bhp @ 10,000 rpm. So when speaking up for your baby, REALLY slap em in the face with the horses!... LOL.
At 203 kg (447 lb), yeah she is a little on the heavy side, but you honestly could not tell when riding her. But then again, can you EVER tell how heavy SHE is when YOU are riding HER?... LOL... only when SHE is riding YOU :o) ~ "Sorry couldn't resist"
The moral of the story is, for the $2000 I paid for my 94 RF900R, I am MORE than happy, more like borderline orgasmic!!
Great looks, great power, cheap insurance, comfortable... What else can you ask for in a bike, other than say ummm... a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader on the back, but hey... That's up to you to accomplish. And with the looks of the RF900R... you'll have a head start with that!
For those who may wish to see my baby, head on over here and check her out.
Hope my review has been helpful, ride safe people!
28th May 2007, 03:08
I own a 1997 rf900 and live in Nigeria.
All features are standard apart from the customized can, paint job, jets and air filters. This has enabled me have serious torque, which unfortunately snaps my chains in a state of frenzy.
I keep up with Hayabusas, R1's, ZX10's and am never embarrassed, but respected.
I see 175 miles on the clock regularly, and on a freaky day with a tail wind I saw a little bit above 180 miles.
The bike is cheap to maintain, but chews REAR TIRES badly like no other, and it is quite expensive here.
29th May 2007, 08:29
Yes I'm the one who has the 94' rf900r who lives in North Carolina. I'm about to break it down now that I got the motor out, and just finished cleaning it up; man is she clean!!!
I just wanted to ask any of the other motorheads like myself, if it is at all possible to break it down at the crank case to get in the tranny, instead of a complete engine teardown? I know this is not really heard of, but looking at the engine, it looks and seems possible?
If someone would please put their input on the comment page or just email me at DREWFORSYTHMOTOSPORTS@YAHOO.COM I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
Tide hard and have a good day motorheads!!!
22nd Jun 2007, 00:30
It is quite easy to gain access to the gearbox without dismantling the whole engine.
Remove the side covers and dismantle the clutch before removing the motor from the bike, so that the main nut in the clutch can be removed using the rear brake to stop the motor from turning over.
Remove the drive sprocket using this method. Undo all the bolts on the top of the crankcase, remove the starter clutch, turn the motor over and undo all of the crankcase bolts from the bottom of the motor. Ensure that the plates that screw both crankcases together on each end of the gearbox shafts are removed, and the cases come apart, exposing the gearbox.
6th Jul 2007, 02:20
I am looking at a '96 RF900R with 55,000 miles on the clock. Anything in particular I should check in this high mileage?
13th Feb 2008, 15:48
Hi, glad so many of you are enjoying the Suzuki RF 900.
I bought mine nearly three years ago with 19000 miles on the clock. It now has just over 40000 miles on it. And it is going as strong as ever.
I use it for fun and commuting to work 40 miles a day. I love my RF; it has only let me down a couple of times, but nothing major (touch wood).
I would definitely get another one if anything happened to this one.
The only mods I have is the Art oval end can and K&N air filter.
25th Feb 2008, 06:55
I've had my 97' RF900 since August last year. I spent all summer riding like a nut job, and all winter doing more or less the same. There were only a couple of days where I really had to slow down.
I've had all sorts of bikes in pretty much every category, including a matt black chop.
But this bike is my favorite; it truly is a stunner of a motorcycle. Since I got it we have done 7536.00 miles together.
4th Mar 2008, 11:53
1995 RF900R Manta Ray Green.
I sold my cruiser for a sport bike, but after test drives on 600cc sporties from all years and makes, from Ninjas to R1s... I was ready to go back to a cruiser, it just wasn't comfortable or predictable.
I came across this RF900R, and on a whim, I test drove it. It was amazing. This bike is not awkward like most sportbikes; yes it is sport touring only under 7K rpms. Go past 8K rpms and you soon find yourself smiling.
It has useful power, user-friendly balance and ergos. It had good turning radius, not pinching yourself on full lock left or lock right turns on a sportbike. It's surprisingly easy to balance, the weight is only an issue on the first 15 minutes of riding. Once you get accustomed to it, it is amazing.
This bike is not for the "advanced" riders, that zoom in and out of traffic. This bike is for the rest of us.
Useable and predictable power up to 7-8K rpms and power in demand after 8K rpm. Don't let the big fat behind fool ya, she is nimble.