Join Date: May 2014
Location: Wichita, KS Area
Year/Make/Model: 2012 VN900LT
After owning a Versys 650 for about a year, I would definitely want to steer clear of any bike with a chain. It's not too bad to clean and lube; however, it is messy! In order to do it right, you will need a rear wheel stand; otherwise, you'll be pushing the bike a bit, then lube, push it a bit again, and lube some more. If that doesn't bother you, be my guest, go get a chain-driven bike.
Personally, I'd just upgrade your cruiser to a bigger one. I know Kawasaki takes a big jump from 900 to the 1700; but there are other brands of bikes with engines inbetween that range. The Honda Interstate has a 1300cc engine and is the LT version of that line. You should be able to find used versions for less than 10 grand easily with low miles. Plus, they are shaft driven. Most of the Yammy cruisers are air-cooled and belt-driven and they also have a 1300cc bike. I don't know much about Suzuki's, though. Although, it seems anytime I am up for a trade-in, Kawasaki is the brand I land on. I had a Honda VTX 1300C once, awesome bike.
Last edited by crazyriderguy; 04-03-2016 at 12:53 AM.