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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 12-29-2011, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Is the 900 big enough

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First let me say thank you in advance. I am contemplating a 900 but I have a few questions.
1. Is the 900 "big enough" for open highway i.e. being blown around, enough HP to "get out of trouble" if necessary.
2. I am a large man 6'2" 300 lbs, will it still perform with my fat ass riding it.

The reason I ask these is that I have a couple of bum knees and think that the 900 would be a pretty good compromise on weight, ease of riding and such. When I get up into the 1500's and things I can feel my knee's start shaking after holding it up for a bit.

Thanks again for any help.
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Hello All

First let me say thank you in advance. I am contemplating a 900 but I have a few questions.
1. Is the 900 "big enough" for open highway i.e. being blown around, enough HP to "get out of trouble" if necessary.
2. I am a large man 6'2" 300 lbs, will it still perform with my fat ass riding it.

The reason I ask these is that I have a couple of bum knees and think that the 900 would be a pretty good compromise on weight, ease of riding and such. When I get up into the 1500's and things I can feel my knee's start shaking after holding it up for a bit.

Thanks again for any help.
IMHO the answer to both questions is "yes."

I've had my 900 custom for about 18 months (my first bike), and I've had no problems with a lack of power.

1. Thankfully, I've never needed to rely on it HP to get me out of trouble. When I ride on the highway, however, it seems to have plenty of power -- at least I don't have any trouble keeping up with the people I ride with -- mostly on bigger bikes.

2. I've got you beat in the "fat ass" dept. I'm 6' 4" and weigh about 330. Again, there seems to be plenty of power to keep my ass moving. I haven't tried riding 2 up, so I can't really say whether its lacking in that dept.

Good luck and stay safe.

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Oh, yeah - it's plenty big enough. A great many people ride 2-up with no worries at all.
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No way. Go for at least 1300cc. On the two lane highway the 900 is great but it seems to get blown around pretty good by cross winds and semi trucks on 4 lane interstate roads. I purchased my 900 at a Victory dealer with 600 miles, where the previous owner had the very problem you are describing.

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On the two lane highway the 900 is great but it seems to get blown around pretty good by cross winds and semi trucks on 4 lane interstate roads.
I agree, the 900 isn't really a touring bike. I upgraded from a 900 Classic to a 1600 Nomad for this very reason. The Nomad is WAY better on the highway, and better for 2-up as well. My wife wasn't very happy on the back of the 900, but she likes the Nomad.

However, the OP says he has bad knees and can't really manage the weight of a larger bike. In that case, I'd say the 900 would be a good compromise. The lighter weight of the 900 makes it easier to wrestle around in a parking lot, and the highway performance will probably be good enough for him unless he's planning lots of cross-country rides.

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6'3" 230 lbs and for the most part the nine is fine with me. Does seem to get blown around a bit close behind an 18 wheeler,but I guess what bike wouldn't. No problem with the power. Have ridden two up and can be a bit slow off the start if your needing a fast take off but not bad. Overall if your just out for a pleasure ride and not in need of alot of power for quick take off two up or one up heavy rider I give it two thumbs up. Have had mine for 47,000 miles now and am very happy with it.
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Just depends what your expectations are, mine is 1240 lbs loaded, 2 up with a trailer, 2 trips totaling 11500 miles, 0 to 14000 ft above, all at 65 to 70 mph. All bikes get knocked around by wind.

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my V2K still gets blown around and its 900 lbs, lol. I used to have a 900C before the V2K and its a hell of alot easier to manuver and more fun to drive at slow speeds. If you have knee issues i would start with the 9 , get one cheap and if you outgrow it sell it and get a bigger one. The 9 does rev high at highway speeds but it will go all day.
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The 900 at one point was named the best Midsize cruiser but it does have its limitations.

Pros:
*Light enough to manuver around town but heavy enough to feel sturdy on the freeway.
*Has enough power to pass a semi at highway speeds for the average rider.
*Powerfull and comfortable enough for 2up riding as long as weight is kept to a minimum.

Cons:
*Being a midsize cruiser if you plan to ride with a passanger then you will feel the lack of power if over the weight limit and I believe its arond 450 pounds.
*Breaks aren't design for heavy loads so if 2up you will feel the extra weight
*Bike revs high at speeds over 60mph but there is a simple solution to that (SW pulleys and highly recommend both).


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At 6' and 320 or so, riding two-up with the better-half (who is 180 or so) I find that there is plenty of power in a 900, even if you overload it like I do. It does turn a lot of RPMs at highway speeds, but it doen't seem to be bothered by the high RPMs.

Of course, if you are trying to justify a bigger bike, go for it. Get the size you really want, otherwise, you'll just be saying 'I wish I did" until you get a bigger bike.

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