Setting the entry bar pretty low
Model: Vulcan 1700 Classic
Eng size: 1700cc
Pipes: Stock (going to keep stock or make it quieter)
Seat: Stock (Mustangs look good, but stock is comfy so far)
Accessories: Windshield (came with). Going to get a Cobra short round sissy bar (with pad), Saddlemen Wide Sport Tunnel Bag and a Daytona Gear Magnetic Tank Bag soon.
I have always wanted a motorcycle. At 40, I was finally financially stable enough to get one and still have shelter and food at the same time.
So, having gotten several "always wanted" things, I figured that I had better be sure before laying the money down. I got a cheap, Chinese 150cc scooter to make sure that I even liked riding on two wheels. I LOVED it. So, I started looking and reading and watching videos. I took the MSF Riding Course.
My first thought was the Honda Shadow Spirit (600cc), then I was looking at the Suzuki C50 (800cc). I did a 200 mile round trip to as many of the motorcycle dealerships in the area that I could find. A Suzuki dealership didn't have any Suzuki cruisers.... but they did have a brand new, never been sold 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic (with an added windshield). Salesman said he would take $1000 off the already marked down price. Riding coach said I should get the 1700. Wife said "Get it now!" before it was sold. I called the next business day and said I wanted it and was getting the loan ready. Salesman said at least three people wanted to buy it after that. But it was mine.
A little over three weeks later, I am over 500 miles of riding and still Loving it!
(I got on the scooter yesterday evening to do a test ride before selling it and the scooter is terrifying! Its so small!! ...and so SOLD!)
"The Overlook" on the Natchez Trace
Riverbend on the Natchez Trace
With the Scooter it replaced
Another angle with the scooter
I did use some chrome pointed license plate fasteners I bought at a Flying J truck stop.
and my first 'accessory' - a kickstand shoe.
(Can enlarge pics at My Blog Entry