A dude I worked with picked up a leftover '09 (candy plasma blue) a couple summers back for a good deal. A friend I worked with heard of the deal and got one too (his was diablo black), and seeing him ride around lit a fire under me. I was very inexperienced at the time, so rather than go out and drop several Gs bike I could potentially destroy, I spent 1200 bucks on an '85 Vulcan 700. I overpaid.
After several weeks, the ol' VN700 had let me down a couple times (dead battery, out of gas on an inaccurate fuel gauge, tricky to get started when warm, oil beginning to leak from the front jug, leaky fuel lines, clutch slippage, lots and LOTS of cam chain noise), so rather than it grenade on me, I sold it to another friend's (who by this point had gone bought a VN900C in orange) little brother for $1k and took myself down to the Kawi dealer who was putting all my friends and coworkers on 900s. I went in to look at a used '08 Custom with 1k miles, and rode home on a new leftover '09 Classic.
Prior to this I had shopped around some, checking stats and pricing, and the 9 seemed best bang for the buck the whole way. Honda reliability had its place but I didn't agree with the price for a 750, which still seemed small (the VN700 was neither comfortable nor capable 2-up). The V-Star 850 was a real looker, but air-cooled and still more cash that the 9. The 50 CI-class Suzukis just didn't do it for me, and the M90 and M109R were way outta my price range. And there was no way I was paying 9k for a Sportster, which I find neither nice to look at or comfortable to ride, having had an experience with one several years back. So the 9 it was.
As far as issues, I've had a couple gremlins myself. Blinkers quit working for a while...to this day still not sure why. I have a mystery "thump." Not sure what makes it. the 900 cc motor in general seems to be rather noisy. But nothing major. She always starts, runs, gets me back and forth, gets great mileage, and has plenty of power. I think you won't find a better deal out there than the 900, honestly.
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Last edited by Luciferiad; 02-14-2012 at 10:15 AM.