Best bike in its class (I test rode all of them), and one of the best value bikes around in terms of buying, running and maintaining. A good looking, decent handling bike with zero issues (I consider the stator a maintenance item). And it's not a bike you ever feel 'inadequate' on, if that matters to you.
+1 with all the lists. What I have found is the 900 is a great platform to customize from no matter your personal taste. This bike can take on many different looks.....
Full touring (i.e. fairing, trunk, hard saddlebags)
It's versatile.... and on this forum I think we have seen them all....
"Freedom is Loving what you do, and the ability to Pursue It!"
The Vulcan 900 is the epitome is 'one size fits all'. It's a bike that really can do just about anything, at least halfway. It can tour across the country for thousands of miles with trailer in tow, it can cram along urban streets and fight traffic, it can carve up corners. It can't do the long haul like a goldwing or the urban streets like a scooter or the corners like a sportbike, but it does an excellent job of being a capable bike in any situation, even if it's not the best bike for the situation.
It's also, in my mind, the PERFECT beginners bike. This was my first bike. It's a bike that was tame and easy, and I could learn on. But, not, I can and have taken it all around the state, and neighboring states, on trips lasting hundreds of miles. A big fuel tank, decent size to the bike, and great fuel economy makes it an excellent tourer. With hard bags and a trunk, the wife and I have taken this bad boy all over the place. We've packed for weeks onto the bike, including laptop, DSLR Camera, enough clothes to not have to do laundry once, and rode interstates, back roads, and everything in between on the way to our various destinations. Not many bikes can do that, do it comfortably, and STILL be something a new rider can learn on.
plus 1 .... while it is not a bike that does all things great, it does however, do most things well
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I don't think the few cc of gain (and, maybe 2-3hp???) is worth the extra heat and risk of engine damage (although there is less maintenance). Bottom line, though, is try them both and get the one that feels like the better fit for you.
When choosing the Vulcan 900, did anyone compare it to the Yamaha Star 950? You give up water cooling, but you gain 50cc. Just wondering because I am shopping for this size bike.
What are they actual CC's of the bikes? Most companies tend to round them. Like a 1600 kaw is actually 1552. The V2K is the only exception that I have seen. It is 2053 and they rounded it down to 2000.
The 900 is 903 and the 950 Yamaha is 942 so that is only 39 cc's difference.
2008 V2K Classic
Who would have thought I would grow up to become "Spatially Educated" and play Connect-the-Dots for a living.
I did compare the VN 900 Classic LT and other Vulcans to the Vstar 950. I liked the Yamaha a lot, nice bike. I liked the Vulcan more. It won on looks, riding, price, mechanics and comfort. The Vstar won on fuel economy. I think for me the saddlebags cinched it.
2010 Vulcan 900 Classic LT, 2007 SeaRay 185, nine children, one wife.