MrH. doesn't have shit on my trading antics.
What year was the FZ? I know it was gen2, but they built those for like 10 years.
It was an '06 - first year of the second gen.
Honestly, the FZ was alright. It was smooth, riding position was decent, and it was stupid quick. I just never really warmed up to it. Was a month enough time to really assess if I liked it? Probably not, but I just was never that excited to get on it and go anywhere. Plus, I didn't like the looks and the way it handled was spooky. I probably should have gotten it adjusted or something but from reading reviews online, '06 was the worst for suspension tuning and for throttle smoothness. The throttle was snatchy as hell and the gearbox was pretty clunky, and rather than dump $$$ to fix the suspension and ECU on a bike I wasn't that warmed up about I decided to hold off on any modifications. The used bike dealership posted this pretty clean looking 954RR and on a whim yesterday I decided to go check it out. I've wanted a 954 for the past 2 years almost so I had to go see it at least.
I think I paid $135 in tax and fees to get the 954. Got the paperwork done and rode it out. The registration is expired but the dealer is taking care of that so that itself saves me ~$70.
Granted, there are some problems with the 954 - it's on Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires, and the rear one is 10 years old. The turn signals don't really like to work, especially in the cold. Pushing the switch takes it about 20 seconds to a minute to respond. I think cleaning the switch out and replacing the grease they put in there should help. The clutch engages at the very very end of the lever travel, so I'm assuming the clutch is pretty much dead. I'm too scared to go WOT on these tires to see if it slips, though. The exhaust is not stock and has been modified to fit the bike. Luckily a stock used header and midpipe is $120 shipped off of ebay.
I definitely lost money on the trade, especially since the FZ didn't need work and this does, but at least I have a giant smile every time I get to ride the 954. Every time I rode the FZ I'd just keep thinking "man, this isn't even an R1".