For me its the combination of size and price. I'm a bigger guy so I wouldn't look right on a small slim motorcycle. Also this is my first motorcycle and I originally was looking at the V-Star 600 and Shadow 750 and then I read up on vulcan 900 and the pricing was a plus. I've been very happy with my purchase.
When i first started shopping for a cruiser, i was interested in the Yamaha Raider, but the price was astronomical, so i thought about the Stryker, but thats still retarded. Then i stumbled upon the VN900 Custom, and i noticed it had the same rake, and swing arm suspension, similar to the Harley softail, which i always thought looked good. So i stopped in to the local Kawi Dealer to sit on one, it was a good size and i didnt look like a bear on a unicycle. The price was reasonable, i honestly would have liked a little more power, but i am very happy with my purchase, it looks good and its fun to drive.
Great price, great size for nearly all riders, good weight to power ratio, 5.3 gallon tank, great gas mileage, good looks, seemingly unlimited accessories / performance parts, customizable for 100's of different looks, nice handling and easy to work on.
Here's my short list of cons: front brakes can feel a little 'soft' at times, horrible stock seat (on the Custom) and more plastic body parts than expected. However, I think the plastic keeps the price down, keeps the weight down and is easy to replace. As far the front brake, my wish list would be dual front brakes. I've also heard that braided brake lines give a more solid brake response. Any thoughts on that?
I live in a Harley dominated area and I am the one that always goes against the grain.. I ride with PRIDE and ride with the Harleys but they never give me any crap. We all enjoy the road.. I am 5'15" and pushing 240 lbs and have no issues what so ever. Not a straight road near me and the natural gas guys have rebuilt 90% of our roads so riding is as smooth as ever.. You do have to watch out for the water tankers but other then that, lean into the corners until the weeds smack your hands and the gremlin bell is chiming away...
09 Vulcan 900 classic, VROC #31898
I'm not afraid of heights but I hate gravity! ❦
I Just purchased a used 900 LT. My son bought his 900 Custom brand new in 2007. I have a 2005 1500 Classic and yet I always loved riding my son's 900 because of it's nimble and easy maneverability.
I got a great deal on this LT and I bought it for short trips around town, ect. The 1500 definitely rides better, but it can be heavy and cumbersome in tight places. This LT is so easy to balance and ride it is just a totally different experience. And, the gas mileage is about 8-10 better than the bigger Classic.
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