Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
I don't think anyone has mentioned it but just a 'heads up' that the Stator on the 900's is known to fail early. Expect around 15-20k or a little more you'll need to swap a stator. Good news is the improved aftermarket design is only $150 and it can be done with hand tools on the side stand in a couple of hours.
The other good news is that when it comes to mechanical issues or failures... that's about it. Look through this section of the forum, we've got bikes around here up over 150k and you rarely see anything other than a stator. Usually just upgrades, tires, seats, that sort of thing. It's a super solid bike.
On the oxidation:
I've had the same thing. Someone suggested this to me, don't know if it helped or not but I did it. There are some waxes and polishes out there labeled to prevent rust. Next time you wash/wax your bike, take some of that rust-preventing wax and dab it on the threads before putting it on. Another option is to go to a hardware store and get some chrome or stainless steel bolts. (Chrome plated stainless steel or solid chrome though, chrome plated zinc bolts will give you just as much trouble) I did that with my OEM windshield bolts (I have a Classic LT), replaced them with SS bolts and nuts, they kept rusting, especially since I've been caught in the rain a few times.
Enjoy! I was looking at a bunch of bikes last fall and something pulled me to the 900LT... one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Also, on the 70+ thing, I'm bigger than you are, and I run my 900LT with my fiancee on the back on the highway all day long. We've done long trips and, other than the stock seat leaving us a little sore, this bike does it extremely well.
Edit: There is a helmet lock. It's under the seat and utterly useless. You won't find a decent helmet lock on any modern bike unfortunately. Those are a feature of days gone by! I keep a bicycle lock in my saddlebag and lock my helmet to the sissy bar. You could probably find a place to tether your helmet. Otherwise just take it with you.
"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; 04-17-2012 at 10:11 AM.