Sounds like a great bike. Just one thing to consider is what you are buying it for. If shorter rides & day rides mostly, you will be happy. If you are riding with other folks and ride some longer trips, you will get annoyed at having to gas up every 100 to 120 miles. Not that you won't be ready to take a stretch, but it gets old having to do that break at a gas station every time. (this is assuming your tank capacity and mileage is about the same as my 2004 (4.2 gallons total, about 3.2 gallons before I hit the reserve tank, and around 40 MPG average).
If you can carry an extra gallon of gas with you in a saddlebag or something, and milk everything out of the reserve tank without the fear of running out, it is not so bad.
The 2008 VN1500 classic has a 5 gallon tank.
04 1500 Classic
Sissy bar, luggage rack,
light bar, 2" risers,
Isogrips, Fatbar crashbars,
offset hiway pegs, tank bib,
new brake pedal, throttle lock,
Cobra Lowboy Shotgun pipes,
Baron's Big Air relocated right side,
tombstone tail light,forkbag,
detachable hard leather bags,
alarm, power port, clock,
and a cool cupholder
Couldn't agree more, the only complaint I have on my 2003...
2003 Vulcan Classic 1500
Muzzy true-dual exhaust
Mustang seat, bags and trim
Memphis Shades windshield
Cobra rack and passenger pads
BreakAway Cruise Control
Kuryakyn Black ISO Grips
Chrome and more chrome...
I have an '08 1500FI Classic. Moved up from a 650. I love this bike, it does have a five gallon tank. I get about 42 mpg.
Like someone else said its a bit clumsy at low speeds but that's easy to get used to.
Seat - wise, if you ride more than a couple hours at a clip, I'm a ride all day guy, you'll want to upgrade the seat. I cannot say enough about my Ultimate Seat solo with backrest, the most comfortable addition I've done to my bike. I don't know about the Mustang or Saddlemen seats but I will say I'll always own an Ultimate Seat no matter what bike I own.
I hope you wind up buying the 1500 Snaxer, price seems right to me. I think everyone should have the chance to ride such a great bike. Let us know how you make out.
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2008 Vulcan Classic 1500FI
Memphis Shades Windshield
Phat II Risers
Kuryakyn ISO Grips w/Throttle Boss
Kuryakyn Highway Pegs
Ultimate Driver's Seat w/Backrest
Painted side covers to match rest of bike
Luggage rack in place of passenger seat.
Laydown License Plate Bracket