Despite getting lost in the shadow of Suzuki's first-generation GSX-R1000, the 954 was and is a scalpel-sharp street tool. Our '02 testbike made the trip from 60 to 80 mph in an astonishing 2.61 seconds, covering the quarter-mile in 10.48 seconds at 136.11 mph. When you need to slow down, those four-pot calipers and 330mm front rotors generate sufficient power and feel to reverse the accelerative process with one finger on the lever. Handling is slightly quicker than a GSX-R of equivalent vintage, though the Suzuki feels more composed in rough corners. Though it was an improvement over the 929, the 954's suspension could have been a bit more compliant as delivered; an abundance of compression damping was a prime culprit.