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!
2007 VN900 Classic LT (Dragon Theme)
Cobra- Pipes, FI2000, Passenger Floor boards, Engine guard and luggage rack.
Memphis Shade with 9" windshield.
Chrome covers for neck, radiator, Rear brake Master Cylinder, and regulator.
RC Components Nitro Chrome wheels w/ Night Dragon Tires.
Çobra Power Flo breather
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.
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).
I know my greatest deeds will go unnoticed
And our treasures were here all along
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.
'04 Auburn University
'09 Vulcan 900 Classic
+1 on the money pit. But it is fun and keeps me sane.
2010 VN900 Classic-Blue
Cobra Standard Sissy Bar with Chrome insert
Baron Crash Bars
Kuryakyn ISO Grips
Kuryakyn ISO Highway Pegs
Kuryakyn Mini Silver bullet brake lights
Scoot Works Phat Riser II's
Arlen Ness Scalloped Big Sucker
V&H Pro Pipe
Saddlemen Profiler seat
Barnet and Galfer Stainless control cables
Cobra Passenger floorboards and bag supports
Chilhowee Leather bags
American Biker Tool bag
Chrome Breather filter