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Review of the 1997 Suzuki RF 900 R:
RF900 -- Surprising Manners and Muscle
Author: Tim Kern, 2006-12-07, viewed 351 times.|
This is my 40th motorcycle in my 40th year of riding, and it is my favorite: 1996 Suzuki RF 900 RT.
I went looking this spring for a lighter-weight sport bike than my reliable ´82 Yamaha Seca 750 or ´83 750 Interceptor, and this Suzuki fit the bill. It´s more than 50 pounds lighter, and has roughly 50 more hp, a good tradeoff. I sold the other bikes.|
It´s too long over the tank for me (I´m 5´8´), but the seat height is fine. Bought Heli-Bars to draw the grips back, and that made all the difference.
Made rear sprocket 1 tooth smaller; bike can still pull away from stop at idle, w/ minimal clutch work.
Went back to stock muffler as Yoshi was too lean w/ K and N air filter.
Bought Corbin seat, so now it looks like a geriatric crotch-rocket. Jury´s still out on the Corbin -- it makes me sit farther back, so now it´s a reach to the bars again. On the other hand, it´s comfy.
Running new stock-size Conti Road Attack tires. Very nice rubber -- probably perfect for the kind of fast touring I like.
Bike keeps the front wheel on the ground unless I provoke it -- very stable ride.
I´m averaging 52-56mpg. Never better, never worse.
I have no idea what the top speed is in third, fourth, or fifth, but first is 70+, and second gear is good for just over 100. I´ll never ever know how fast this bike is.
The bike is now custom-painted deep metallic red, with silver wheels and trim. Letters and ´900´ only, with a single 1/2´ silver stripe in the bodywork groove. Classy and understated, yet serious.
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