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post #11 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 08:28 PM
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The stock seat !!!! (replaced it with a Mustang - and happy like a pig in the mud)
still missing the 6th gear on the Hwy
the stock Dunlops are crap !! (replaced with Metzeler - lots better)

apart from that ..... 32500 km's and I'm still a happy chappy !!

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post #12 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 09:30 PM
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Ok, I'll give it that the stock is an instrument of torture. Have a Russell and love it.

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My 2007 Classic LT has 70K miles and going strong. I have just replaced the clutch kit. Other than doing maintenance on a regular basis it has been a great bike. I had to replace the stator because of my fault adding an alarm system and shroing out the system. The current stator has around 50K on it. I plan on keeping the bike and just replace worn stuff as I need to. This winter, I am changing the belt, fork oil and springs, rebuild the brakes and other minor stuff. I am told by a dealer we should get 150K miles easy out of the engine. We shall see.
Like everyone mentioned a new seat is a must. The 6th gear is not too big of a issue for me as I like to primarily travel back roads anyway. I did add a mechanical cruise control for those have to rides on the interstates. Keep that shiny side up!
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What do you think about the High revs on open roads?
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What do you think about the High revs on open roads?
I don't really give it much thought. I notice it when I first get it up to speed, but after a few seconds, it seems to fade into the background. I don't spend that much time a high speeds anyway.

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I don't really give it much thought. I notice it when I first get it up to speed, but after a few seconds, it seems to fade into the background. I don't spend that much time a high speeds anyway.
I would have to agree. Unless the majority of your travel is on the freeway at 70+ it should not be much of an issue. And like I mentioned before, I had the same feeling riding a 1500cc Gold Wing. One thing with running the rpm's where they are at, the power of the 900 is right there if and when you need it, no having to build up the r's for the instant need for speed.

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What do you think about the High revs on open roads?
Partly, I think I just got used to it, but my 900 mellowed out considerably after about 12-15K miles. It lost a little of it's "tightness" as the engine loosened up. Engine braking wasn't as severe, and it was more mellow at highway speeds. I think it lost a little in the acceleration dept, too, but I felt it was a fair trade and liked it better (I'm kind of a mellow guy anyway, and anyone who buys a 900 for it's acceleration has bought the wrong bike, IMO).

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One of the biggest weaknesses I've seen is its inability to stop sucking money out of my wallet. Every time I look, I have less and less cash and the bike seems to be decorated with more doodads.

Really, though, in almost 11k miles I've had to replace one turn signal bulb. The rest was all routine maintenance or optional stuff like a new seat, new tires, and other comfort items. I didn't buy it to race which is good because a barn burner it ain't, but it's still fun and easy to ride.

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+1 on the money pit. But it is fun and keeps me sane.

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It's hard to really find fault with this bike. If I had to name any one thing I guess I would like either a 6th gear or lower r's at the 65 - 70 mph range. .
This. There is heaps of power in 5th so a 6th as overdrive would be perfect.

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