Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
I think my 900 is more than capable for easy 65-70 highway cruising (while still having passing power and get out of the way power). I think the guys that think it's a slouch are guys who like to cruise at 90+. Maybe I'm wrong but, that's what it seems like to me.
We haven't had bikes this big for very long! I was talking to a guy who rode motorcycle for 30 years and his 900 was the biggest bike he ever had, in fact he was commenting how nice it was to have a 'big bike' that was heavy and smooth on the highway. Looking around here you'd think it was synonymous with a 50cc scooter! Of course, our interstates are more developed now, and our average highway speed is somewhere around 300 miles an hour or something (okay, exaggerating a little). But still, I don't think the 900 is a slouch. I do lots of two up touring with it. I think the difference is, when you're wanting to cruise at 90+, I think it'll disappoint you. I'll agree it's a good beginners bike, in the sense that it's tame enough to pick up and learn, but I think it's a capable bike after that too. When I think of beginner bike, I think of a Ninja 250, or a Vulcan 500, or something along those lines.
I rode one of the older 1000cc Concours'. I didn't like it because it didn't fit be very well, BUT, aside from that, it was a super peppy, super nimble bike. Definitely handled well, and had plenty of power (And I'm sure the new 1400cc versions are all the quicker). But, for me anyway, I kinda like a lazy cruiser. My Vulcan is nice and smooth and easy, you can kind of lean back and just enjoy it. The Connie had really skinny tires and so it's braking performance wasn't the best (didn't like that) and it wasn't very stable, by that I mean it was super sensitive to control inputs and lean (high CoG helped with that too). I felt like it just had a lot going on, I like my lean back and go Vulcan.
BUT, the guy who owns it, has put 30k on it and repeatedly tours on it and loves it to death. I only rode it once, maybe you get used to it. Who knows. But there's my two cents, a Vulcan rider who rode a Connie once!
I'm planning on taking a 1,000 mile each way trip next summer with my soon to be wife. I don't have any reservations about it. We go down to Springfield, MO on it all the time and that's about 3 1/2 ~ 4 hours one way. Other than a rough seat (getting a Russel before the big trip), it does great.
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT
Last edited by Romans5.8; 01-30-2012 at 12:32 AM.