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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-04-2011, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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2009 Vulcan 900 classic LT or 2010 Vulcan 1700 Classic LT?

I am 36 years old 6'-1" 230LB wife 195. I have alway wanted a bike since I got rid of my 175 enduro in high school. Now I finally have the money to do so. I live in a rural part of Michigan and only have access to one dealership. They have a 2009 Vulcan 900 Classic LT in the two tone blue. But my heart was on the two tone red! I can get (dealer trade) a 2010 Vulcan 1700 Classic LT in the color I want! I do not like any of the new colors for the 900 or I would consider a 2011 model. I like the 1700's wheels instead of the spoked wheels on the 900. I live on a dirt road and am thinking of having to clean all those spokes......... I will primarally ride "short" rides around my localy area with a few longer trips...4-8 hours round trip or even an overnighter or two with my wife. I have 4 kids under 10 so long trips are out for now. I have reservations about the 1700's MPG vs the 900's. I have thought about the 900 and switching out the rims for the aluminum tubless rims to avoid the "spoke nightmare" any thoughts on that? I just don't know what to do......very torn on the color and the cost differance (4K) and if I really need that much bike. I have read a lot of threads trying to get info but I felt like I still needed to ask the question to the rest of you. Thanks for all the Help.

In either case I plan to put on a sissy bar, a mustang seat, floor boards, and luggage rack.
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I love my 900 I ride primarily solo and weigh about 160. (fully clothed, soaking wet, after a meal, before bathroom break) It's got plenty of power for my skinny ass. I think the "recommended" load max is about 400lbs. If you plan on any 2-up riding, go with the 1700. You will appreciate the torque.

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If you aren't intimated by starting on the 1700 I'd go that route. I purchased a 900 custom 2 years ago and love it. I was hoping to move up to a 1700 this year. Unfortunately a divorce is going to change my plans. Good luck on your choice and take a riding course if you haven't already.
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If you aren't intimated by starting on the 1700 I'd go that route. I purchased a 900 custom 2 years ago and love it. I was hoping to move up to a 1700 this year. Unfortunately a divorce is going to change my plans. Good luck on your choice and take a riding course if you haven't already.
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900 or 1700 will be a bit stressfull for the first time but not out of my comfort zone. I have ridden friends bikes of like sizes in the last couple of years. I am taking a class this spring just prior to taking full ownership of whichever bike I end up with! With the economy and fuel prices the 900 looks a lot nicer on the pocket book long term. I have an appointment to drive 2.5 hours to the next closest dealer to sit on the 1700 this Saturday. I hope this will help make up my mind.
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Based on what you've written you're not an experienced rider, and "with 4 kids under 10" you should keep that in mind. A 1700 is way outside your experience zone.

Here's my advice, for whatever it's worth: First, take the MSF course. Second, start out with a "smaller" bike, the 900 would be the biggest I'd recommend. Third, plan on riding solo until your kids are older, much older. JM2C.
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Experienced...........no i have not owned my own bike for over 17 years..........I do however ride my brothers honda shadow 750 several times a year. Including 2up. Due to the very limited chances in being able to ride I never got the motorcycle endorsment for my DL. I also am not is a "city" area and getting accustomed to the size bike would be in a very rider friendly area and obviously I would not ride 2up until I felt at one with the bike! I am leaning heavily to the 900 though as the MAIN type of riding I will be doing I think it would perform more than adequatley! I am however not one to waste money in buying something (NEW) that I will want to get rid of in 1-2 years for something just a bit better........

I have been seeing many "issues" on the blogs about the 1700 and its MPG rating is not quite what I would like to see. This weekend I am looking at a 900 and 1700 side by side at a distant dealer. I think that will give me the final "amo" to make the choice.......More than likely the 2010 900 classic lt in red/black two tone.

Thanks for the reply!!!!
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Do you plan to do any long distance riding or high speed riding on the freeways, especially loaded down with windshield, lowers, crash bar chaps, 2up with max luggage? If so, my advice would be to get the 1700.

I really like my 900 LT, but I misjudged its power and what I'd do with it. I now wish I'd gotten the 1700 or a V2k. I do a lot more freeway riding than I'd anticipated and I like to run with the big dogs, meaning no less than the speed limit and usually a little beyond. If I hadn't loaded down the bike with all the above goodies, it would be fine. But, I did and went just a little beyond the bike's power curve.

If/when I do get a bigger bike, I'd like to keep the 900 and strip off all of that pony eating stuff off of it. I think it would be fine then. Until then, I'll leave it as is, because it's more than good enough for most of my needs.

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I know riding 2 up on my 900lt, I'm at 200lbs and my wife is 125lbs. I really do not see any big problems with performance. Motorcyle Cruiser magazine and on their website did a 1700 shootout with Yamaha and Triumph if you want to read about it. I like the Nomad better than the 1700, it comes with the Voyager seat, I found it very comfortable to sit on, but remember these 1700's are heavy. In my limited experience I thought my wife would be with me more but usually I'm solo. So if you think this might be your case I would find the bike you like and would make that your decision.

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I bought a 09 1700 classic lt new in march 2010.Love it .I weigh 218 lbs.It has tremendous power if needed but may never use .I think you might be happier with a 1700 classic.Just my opinion
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I bought a 09 1700 classic lt new in march 2010.Love it .I weigh 218 lbs.It has tremendous power if needed but may never use .I think you might be happier with a 1700 classic.Just my opinion
You don't find it to big for city driving? Parking lots ect? How is your MPG? I can not wait to sit on one this afternoon!!!!!!!!!!!
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