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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-18-2015, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all, I have a question(s)

Hey all! New-ish rider (just rode dirt bikes most of my life) and I've been looking over cruisers the last year or so. I have been super interested in the Vulcan 900 Custom and the Vulcan S. Both are pretty snazzy.

I'm a fairly big dude, 6'3 and about 270 pounds. However I don't want a bike that more than 1000cc or anything for now, since it's my first real cruiser.

Anyway, I took the motorcycle safety course a few weeks ago to help my transition to cruiser style riding, and I'm looking to sink my teeth in a bike.

I will probably be buying new or at least something a new-ish (I know, I know, buy used, but I like new stuff. I'm superficial that way and I just love both the 2015 models)

Anyway, recommendations on either? I think I'm leaning the 900 since it's a bit bigger, sadly I wont be able to test drive either for a few weeks.

Also, did they fix the tuning issue with the Custom where it feels like it needs a 6th gear?

Thanks all!
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-18-2015, 11:54 PM
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At your size, I would suggest the 900. An option to a 2015, also consider the 13 and 14 models that are new but left overs. They usually, and should come with big discounts. The wanting of a 6th gear isnt so much tuning as it is gearing, and I am guessing it hasnt been changed. If you dont do a lot of high speed/highway riding, you may not really even want it. test ride would be best, but at least set on them, and on the Vulcan S, ask the dealer to set it up for someone your size and see if its cramped for you, that could be the decision makers right there.

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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-19-2015, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestion! Yeah, I can't wait to give it a ride.

I am looking at previous years models as well, for sure.
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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-23-2015, 08:14 PM
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Hello and welcome to the forum. Check the link below. It will surely look sexy with you.
http://www.kawasaki.com/Products/2015-Vulcan-900-Custom
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I rode 150 miles this weekend and averaged around 70mph and didn't feel like I needed a 6th gear. Got about 54mpg on this last tank of gas. I'm about 5'10 and has to add 2" risers to the bars because the reach forward made my left arm go a little numb on long rides. Now I have no issues.

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I have never even looked into buying a 900, so this is pure first impression:

When you look at classifieds or CL and say 'Vulcan', 90% of the results are for 900s. If ever there was a perfect bike to buy used, that would seem to be the one, easy to find in whatever condition you want.
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Many 900s on the road in my neck of the woods...Some say they rev quite high at highway speeds, and others say not so. That would be about the only issue I'd be concerned with if I were looking into it.

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I'm 6'1 200 lbs and have the Vulcan S. I find it has plenty of get up and go for a newer rider. Oddly enough I have heard and read reviews that it has a more tourqe-y feel than the 900. The extended setup should work fine for you on the S.
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I believe the Vulcan S has a parallel twin engine...I can say that my Vulcan 500, which has a parallel twin engine, is very torquey and has enormous pep for a small bike...I would imagine the larger-engine V would be more so.
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You are correct in that part. 650 P-twin from the Versys, but has been retuned to deliver more of a "cruiser" riding experience. Low end torque, but still respectable top end.
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