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 Post subject: buying an FR900
PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:28 pm 
Hi, im considering getting a 95 RF 900, (its stock, in very good cond, 1400 on the clock) I know they werent popular, and spares, are going to be hard to come by, (im not the most comp spanner-weilder). Any thing in particular to look for, and would this bike be a good longterm/2nd bike? Any help advice, greatly appricated. Thanks


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:32 pm 
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Gotta watch those FR900's! Especially ones with less than 2,000 miles on them!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:11 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:33 pm 
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Wrong choice of words.! :evil:
What they were and still are is a well kept secret.
They look great,
They don't handle badly,
And have more power than a normal person should have to use on the streets. :D


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:01 pm 
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Basically, bullet proof Suzuki engineering with a few caveats. There are a lot of 900s here and abouts that are approaching, or have passed, six-figure mileages :thumleft:

Normal stuff to check like forks, wheels, rear suspension, brakes, chain and sprockets are normal bike bits. Spares for the rest aren't too bad to get as they tend these days to be owned by more mature riders who snap up spares when they can and are usually willing to pass them along to anyone who's stuck.

Suzuki wiring isn't the longest lasting, particularly when mixed with English winters. Bad connections are the usual source of problems, easily fixed.

There is a problem with the alternator drive system on later models (900T, V and W) which will fail at some point, 900R and S models should be ok. Pain in the arse when it does but an easy enough fix by anyone half competent at spanner chucking. All the info is on this site. If you get a charging problem this is it 99% of the time, the alternator and reg/rec themselves are very reliable.

You may hear about them jumping out of 2nd gear - this all depends on how it's been ridden. Ragged away from the lights and stamped through the box causes the engagement dogs to wear and they can slip out of 2nd under load. If you get a test ride get into 2nd then give it the berries. If it doesn't jump out it should be ok.

Choke cables do stick, they just need a clean and lube every winter.

The engines don't wear out as long as they get regular oil and filter changes, unfortunately due to the design the carb internals do. These are the main cause of poor running on an RF but again spares are available and a well set-up bank of carbs will give you a very sweet running bike with acres of grunt that barely needs touching for thousands of miles. Handling is surprisingly good for a bike this size/weight and the standard brakes if well serviced are stonkers.

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No problem with the vast majority of spares:

http://www.wemoto.com/bikes/suzuki/rf_900_rt_rv/95-97/

http://www.robinsonsfoundry.co.uk

Plus there's occasional parts to be had, here on RFOC

And the usual options when people break bikes for parts

If you want to read a review - Practical Sportsbikes did a back-to-back with Yam's ThunderAce - not all that long ago.
(RF came out on top) --- You should still be able to get a back copy. It's worth a read!

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Ontow wrote:
Hi, im considering getting a 95 RF 900, (its stock, in very good cond, 1400 on the clock) I know they werent popular, and spares, are going to be hard to come by, (im not the most comp spanner-weilder). Any thing in particular to look for, and would this bike be a good longterm/2nd bike? Any help advice, greatly appricated. Thanks



If it's sensible money, you'd be mad not to !!!!!!

1400 miles, it's barely run in!! :shock:

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Fat Rich wrote:
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Gotta watch those FR900's! Especially ones with less than 2,000 miles on them!



I'm gonna nominate you for the 'RFOC new member liaison officer'.

What a fine welcome you've given to a potential new owner of an RF and new member. :roll:




Take no notice Ontow, and welcome along. :-bd

Look at Fastfitters and fatherzeds posts, they are informative.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:13 am 
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And if you decide against it I'm sure there are a few on here would be happy to get the details and have a look at it :thumleft:

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Jelly wrote:
Fat Rich wrote:
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Gotta watch those FR900's! Especially ones with less than 2,000 miles on them!



I'm gonna nominate you for the 'RFOC new member liaison officer'.

What a fine welcome you've given to a potential new owner of an RF and new member. :roll:




Take no notice Ontow, and welcome along. :-bd

Look at Fastfitters and fatherzeds posts, they are informative.


If he can't take a bit of playful criticism then not sure this is the best place for him :)) Plus he ain't a member yet and hasn't reposted so may not have even bought it! :)) (that may have been my fault!)

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