Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Middle of Nowhere, Utah
Heavy, I love my V9D; handles well, 50 mpg, dead dependable, can keep up with the 1500 and up crowd with just a little spurring. However.........
We 2-up a lot also. I'm 270, so with her on, we break over the 400 lb limit by 20 pounds. The bike seems to handle it just fine, chassis, engine and brakes. We took off the stock sissy bar and put on a trunk, which slid her back about 3 inches. I can feel the difference in weight placement going in a straight line (weight feels further back than last year); we haven't done any touring yet, and the little she has been in the bike this year so far with the trunk has changed the handling a little in the twisties. Maybe I just need to readjust to the new feel. But on the larger bikes (Vulcan 1700, Vstar 1300), she still sits forward of the rear axle, whereas now on the V9D she is just about now on top of it. If your lovely has enough room as it is now, shouldn't be a problem; never had an issue in the twisties with the lovely on and the stock sissy bar.
Also depends on what type of touring you plan to do. I put a slightly taller rear tire (170/80 versus the 180/70) and that helped reduce the revs in top gear slightly; I don't have any plans to put on a different pulley, but I might go darkside. The bike will pull us 2-up to a top speed of 105 mph, but above 80 mph she starts buzzing a bit more than I like. If low speed (70 and under) touring is in you furture, which is my preference, then the 9 should be fine. If you plan on high speed, lots of distance touring, then bigger might be better.
As for power, I've not done much in that regard (stock pipes debaffled, K&N in stock box, Amsoil), but 2-up, at 60 mph, all I really do is just roll on and she goes just fine. If I want to get going, I drop her to 4th and she really takes off. I've not yet encountered a situation where I really needed more power. Even all of the mountain passes I go through haven't been a problem.
Is there a bigger bike in my future? Yes. I want to do more of the high speed touring down the road (a lot more the the US I want to see). I'm looking at least 1300 V-Twin or larger. But for what I do now and what I plan on doing for the next 6 years or so until all the kids are out of school, the way I have my V9D set up works perfect for me.
2006 VN900 Classic LT - Red and Black
Stage III Stock Pipes - K&N Filter in Stock Box - Amsoil - 170/80 Kenda Kruz - Saddlemen Explorer - Willie & Max Windshield Bag - Mutazu Passenger Floor Boards - Shorai Heavy Duty Battery - Kawasaki Lowers - Black Universal Trunk mounted on Mutazu Rack - Osram 70/65w Plus 50