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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-16-2011, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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One more sleep!

Hi All!
I have probably read all the post in this "corner" (Vulcan 900) of the forum since I bought my Vulcan. I don't post much as I don't have much advice or experience to offer yet since I don't even have possession of my bike.
Just like many posts that I have read, I am a middle aged person that after many moons of not riding decided to purchase bikes for me and my better half to spend time on the road. Like any smart person <evil grin> we first purchased my wife's bike which is a '09 Vulcan 500 LTD (she has never driven a bike before). The bike is in brand new condition with 2k kms on it. Then of course, I had to purchase my bike which after a lot of research I chose it to be the Vulcan 900 Classic LT. last December, I found a brand new '09 at a local dealer at what I though to be a great price and went for it.
Well, the dealer called me yesterday and asked me if I would like to have it delivered to my door tomorrow. Even though the weather here is not good enough for riding yet, I said yes! I figured that having all the parts listed in my signature sitting in my spare room, it would take some time to install them and by that time it would be close to riding season.

I am so excited at this point that I feel like a kid again waiting to open my presents the next day.

Thanks to all that post on this board because I have learned so much by reading the posts.

I enjoyed so much reading posts and looking at pictures at what everyone has done to their bike to make it their own, that I figured that my first contribution to the board would be me reciprocating the “favor” by posting pictures and experiences of installing the “bling”.

Thanks again!

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MC Enterprises Highway Bars -KURYAKYN Large-ISO Highway Pegs - Kuryakyn ISO Grips - Kuryakyn Contoured Throttle Boss - KURYAKYN Universal Power Point for Handlebars - COBRA Lightbar - COBRA Headlight Visor - COBRA Spotlight Visors - Chrome Rear Brake Reservoir Cover - Chrome Rear Master Cylinder Cover - Celestar Chrome Radiator Grille - Celestar Chrome Regulator Cover - Garmin NUVI 265WT

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x-Rider... I understand the feeling. Started riding at 57, and just having a ball. Got out today for a 100 mile ride into St. Louie as the weather has finally abated and the ice is gone. As I'm riding down the road, I just had the biggest smile from ear-to-ear on my face. Doesn't get much better that this, in my book. Enjoy and be safe. You might consider a MC safety course to get you back up to speed. It's a good way to get back into the swing of things, and they have a lot of good tips that will help you out during the relearn stage....Keep the shinny side up....Walt E.

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting'..... “what a ride”!' George Carlin
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Welcome aboard. I hope you both enjoy your bikes I would recmmend your wife, at least, take a riders course. I can't wait to see the pictures. Enjoy the experience of making them your own. Good luck, ride safe

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Congratulations on choosing a great bike. I went back to riding 3 years ago after a 25 year absence and love every minute on the bike. The riders course is a good idea and check out Ride Like a Pro series of videos, there are great techniques taught on them.
I'm waiting patiently for winter to end and riding season to start.
Good luck and enjoy.

Life is a journey, enjoy the ride.
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Thanks guys, I guess I failed to mention that we are both booked for a motorcycle safety course on the May 14th weekend. I also ordered and have the ride like a pro DVD. Both suggestions came from the multiple posts that I have read.

As promised here are some pictures of the bike when it was delivered around 2 pm today. Also, I had to make room in the spare room and installed some of the items I was storing there

When the bike fist arrived:







Pictures of installing "bling":







Continued in next post...

'09 Vulcan 900 Classic LT
MC Enterprises Highway Bars -KURYAKYN Large-ISO Highway Pegs - Kuryakyn ISO Grips - Kuryakyn Contoured Throttle Boss - KURYAKYN Universal Power Point for Handlebars - COBRA Lightbar - COBRA Headlight Visor - COBRA Spotlight Visors - Chrome Rear Brake Reservoir Cover - Chrome Rear Master Cylinder Cover - Celestar Chrome Radiator Grille - Celestar Chrome Regulator Cover - Garmin NUVI 265WT

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Adding some chrome:


















I will add more pictures as I keep building up the bike. Feel free to ask any questions on any of the parts I added already. So far the radiator cover was the hardest to install. I had to ask my neighbour to give me a hand (at a cost of 3 beers) to align the cover. Keeping the bolts in place while aligning the cover was a bit of a pain. Once it was on, it looked awesome!

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MC Enterprises Highway Bars -KURYAKYN Large-ISO Highway Pegs - Kuryakyn ISO Grips - Kuryakyn Contoured Throttle Boss - KURYAKYN Universal Power Point for Handlebars - COBRA Lightbar - COBRA Headlight Visor - COBRA Spotlight Visors - Chrome Rear Brake Reservoir Cover - Chrome Rear Master Cylinder Cover - Celestar Chrome Radiator Grille - Celestar Chrome Regulator Cover - Garmin NUVI 265WT

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Very, very cool. Welcome back to the brotherhood (that includes many sisters). I love the before/after aspect of your picture posts. I noticed the G.P.S. mount. I always like to get a bit lost and only turn on my G.P.S. when I need it to point me HOME.
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Installed the rest today. Temperature hit +10C! What a great day to spend in the garage and do some work... Below are some pictures from what I installed:

















Continued in next post…. and yes... I double resized the last 4 pics.

'09 Vulcan 900 Classic LT
MC Enterprises Highway Bars -KURYAKYN Large-ISO Highway Pegs - Kuryakyn ISO Grips - Kuryakyn Contoured Throttle Boss - KURYAKYN Universal Power Point for Handlebars - COBRA Lightbar - COBRA Headlight Visor - COBRA Spotlight Visors - Chrome Rear Brake Reservoir Cover - Chrome Rear Master Cylinder Cover - Celestar Chrome Radiator Grille - Celestar Chrome Regulator Cover - Garmin NUVI 265WT

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So! Other than the foot engine guard pegs, everything I had stored for the past coulpe of months has been installed. Here are some pics of what I would like to call my "own':











A couple of words of caution:

1. Be extra careful not to spill any blue ANYWHERE when you install the handlebar grips.
2. You need more tools than what is supplied with the parts.
3. PATIANCE when installing… I found that a 24 was just about right for what I did over the past 2 days

I hope this thread has given some ideas to some just like I had by reading many post over the past few months.

Ride Safe!

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'09 Vulcan 900 Classic LT
MC Enterprises Highway Bars -KURYAKYN Large-ISO Highway Pegs - Kuryakyn ISO Grips - Kuryakyn Contoured Throttle Boss - KURYAKYN Universal Power Point for Handlebars - COBRA Lightbar - COBRA Headlight Visor - COBRA Spotlight Visors - Chrome Rear Brake Reservoir Cover - Chrome Rear Master Cylinder Cover - Celestar Chrome Radiator Grille - Celestar Chrome Regulator Cover - Garmin NUVI 265WT

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