Hi guys, this is my first post. I bought a new 2009 Vulcan 900 Classic about 3 months ago. This is my first bike ever and I have nothing to compare it to. Well, when I was at the dealership looking, I sat on the 900 and could step flat footed and that made me feel confident. The 1700 was 1.5 inches taller and 100+ pounds heavier. I could NOT step flat footed and it seemed much more difficult to get to stand the bike up, so the choice of the 900 was made. I only have 350 miles so far on the 900 and while I enjoy it, the wife has a problem with it. She has very long legs and can only ride with me for short spurts before cramps get to her because the foot pegs are close to the seat. Should I reconsider a 1700 (1.5 inches taller) or a 2000 ( same height ironically, but HEAVY)? I could always sell the 900 outright but I am sure I would take a pretty decent loss. Any suggestions for a first time rider?
Measure the peg to passenger seat height for the 1700, my 900 with a mustang seat is 19.5 inches, just measured it.
The mustang seat is higher than stock , longer than stock, wider than stock and lipped at the front to reduce forward slide.
Do you have passenger pegs or floorboards, floorboards allow foot movement forward, pegs do not.
The weight of any bike disappears when moving at speed, (with in reason) its in the parking lots, driveways, tight spaces etc where it is noticable, add 2 people, gear and all of a sudden its a 1000 lb plus ride .. in some cases more, i pull a trailer with my 900, loaded i am somewhere around 1200lb plus 2 up with the trailer and gear.
Bike 640 lbs wet
us 300 lbs total
tlr 130 lbs
gear 150 lbs
cooler 30 lbs
While the other bikes may be taller, that may only affect you and the passenger seat to peg ratio may be the same as the 900.
A new bike with a financial hit may not be neccessary, maybe just a few aftermarket accessories, i feel your pain, if momma aint happy ... aint nobody happy