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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-17-2012, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Complaints about the 900 other than the usual?

I bought my 2010 classic brand new and love the bike she only has 3000 miles on her due to my conflicting work schedule, but I want to ask everyone if you have any complaints about your 900 other than the usual high rpms,uncomfortable stock seat and the occasional ticking from the fi.I for one am not a fan of the engine oil sight glass I'd much rather have a dipstick.other than that I have no complaints. Let me know what you think
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Nope. For oil sight glass I keep a mirror on a stick in the saddle bag.

And I run the stock seat with a Utopia backrest.

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Can't say I do. In fact, I'm an oddball in that I don't have a problem with the RPM's. It's right about where my car runs on the interstate (just under halfway to redline). But the bike is much louder than my car so you can HEAR the revvs.

I guess the clutch is a little stiff. But I'd really have to be nit-picking to say that.

Hmm... Wow I guess it's hard to think of something I don't like about the bike. Dual calipers up front would be cool? Maybe? Nah I'm reaching...

It's a great bike, all there is to it. At least for what it is. A guy like me is perfectly happy with 900cc power at 65mph cruising. Seems like the only people who don't like it seem to need more than that. But I guess that's why the make a 1700!

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Nope, no complaints other than the seat, quiet-a$$ stock pipes (solved), and the - well - that's it!

There's no such thing as a perfect machine. I fly a multi-million dollar jet. It still makes odd noises in flight, and has an uncomfortable seat!
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At the risk of beating a dead horse...

Reasons why I traded my 900 for a Nomad:

1. Transmission whine.
2. Buzzy at interstate speed.
3. Weak electrical system.
4. Weak front brakes.
5. No self-cancelling turn signals.
6. Passenger seating too cramped.
7. Insufficient power when 2-up.
8. Passenger footpegs too close to muffler.
9. No passenger floorboards.
10. No passenger grab rail.
11. Handlebars too wide and uncomfortable angle.
12. Difficult to adjust rear suspension.
13. Poor rear suspension performance.
14. Mediocre front suspension performance.
15. Weak horn.
16. Valve train sounded like it was full of marbles at high speeds.

In spite of all this, I would gladly buy another 900 right now if I had the extra cash.

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very happy so far. Bad connection to front left turn signal addressed under warrantee. For what it is, it does the job well. In my opinion, the best 1st bike.

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I have ridden my classic for 15000 miles and I've got no complaints.

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I bought my 2010 classic brand new and love the bike she only has 3000 miles on her due to my conflicting work schedule, but I want to ask everyone if you have any complaints about your 900 other than the usual high rpms,uncomfortable stock seat and the occasional ticking from the fi.I for one am not a fan of the engine oil sight glass I'd much rather have a dipstick.other than that I have no complaints. Let me know what you think
I don't have a problem with any of those, and no other issues either.
The 900 is a well made, powerful machine.

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When you're at highway speed the speedo needle is right over the top of the clock, making it hard to tell what time it is (or how late I am).

Pretty minor "complaint" in the grand scheme.

I've got a V2K now,and I too would get another 900 in a heartbeat if money and space permitted. I loved that bike.

My biggest fear is when I die, my wife will sell all my guitars for what I told her I paid for them.
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Mine doesn't have the Kawi tick to it and the interstate rpms don't bother me I usually don't run the big road I'm just going by things I've seen in other posts. Hey bill I considered a v2k at one time, did try stop the production of them I haven't seen any new models , how does it run ?
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