The 900 routinely "wins" ALL mid size cruiser "shoot outs". I read countless reviews before I purchased mine. It's frequently put up against the c50, 950, 750...and sometimes the venerable 650...and ocationally the 883. It ALWAYS wins. That being said, It's still a MID SIZE CRUISER. SUSTAINED SPEEDS ABOVE 70MPH (MY SWEET SPOT IS 120KPH) is NOT it's forte. Pulley's, front and rear, and/or a taller back tire will get you a few more comfortable top end speeds. But, the 9 won't EVER be a powerhouse on the superslab. I'm a HUGE fan of the bike, but it doesn't quite do it for a few. If you need sustained speeds above 80...switch bikes NOW!
Btw Truckie453, love your sig. quote. I've used it as my Facebook status several times.
P.S., ONCE, the wife and I were heading back from a rally.....it was cold, late and miserable out. I held the 9 at 160 kph (approx. 96 mph) for about 30 minutes. The wife and I are, hmnnn, on the heavy side and we were loaded down, the bike performed flawlessly AND buzzily. The funny part was, after that "jaunt" we passed many, many, ummmmm "other" bikes. We eventually pulled in to a Tim's (Canadian coffee joint) to warm up. After a while, "those" bikes pulled in and "circled" my parked bike. They gave it the once over, looked it up and down, and roared off. I nodded at them, they completely ignored me. The wife came out of the coffee shop and asked "What was that all about".....I NEVER was quite sure. I think they were surprised and wanted to check out what the hell passed them. I still tell this story on occation.....I'll leave it up to your imagination what those "other" riders were riding.....and my "little" 9 blew them away....
2009 VN900 Classic LT.
Nova Scotia, Canada.
Cobra luggage rack.
Kuryakyn Grand Tourer luggage bag.
Kuryakyn air filter cover.
170/80/15 Metzler rear tire.
Fire and Ice passenger floorboards.
Stage 2 debaffle (screens left intact).
Last edited by silenthill; 05-02-2012 at 03:43 AM.