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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-16-2013, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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how many miles is too many for a used bike?

Hello all. I am a second year rider upgrading from a Savage to a more comfortable bike for myself. I am 6'2 190lbs, and will be making a daily commute of around 20 miles to and from work. The ride to work is too nice not to have a motorcycle. I have my picks narrowed down and want your input. I have found a Vulcan 900 with just under 19K on the clock. It sounded fine from what I could tell (too much snow on the road to test ride it today). Is this too many miles or should I look for anything in particular on this bike?

Full disclosure.. Also to round out the last motorcycles standing on my list besides the Vulcan are 07 Sportster 1200C 3400 miles, and 2010 Honda 750 Shadow Phantom 2300 miles.
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19k miles? You mean they're selling it before they even got it broken in?

If you don't get 150k out of a Vulcan 900 you weren't changing the oil or you rode it wrong! These bikes are bulletproof. We have a member who was pushing 200k, had never done the valve maintenance (supposed to be done every 15k), and was still running strong. Failing to do the valves DID eventually result in a burned valve, but had he been adjusting them he'd have gone even farther before doing any serious maintenance!

The only issue is the stator. If you do the work yourself, it's around $200 to fix. The stator is known to fail as early as 15k, as late as 50k. Really no telling. The stator issue is mostly with the 06 and 07 models, though. But, I wouldn't let that stop you. Didn't stop me. I figure, $200 to replace the stator (which I did have to do) is cheaper than all the maintenance and repair I'd have to do on another bike!

Here's a similar thread from a few days ago;

https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=35610

Maybe I'm naiive but I don't get where this whole idea that 20-50k on a bike is all you get? I ride 15k+ a year, at that rate I'd be buying a new one every year! Oh well, it's at least not true of the Vulcan 900 I can tell ya that much!

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it all comes down to maintenance and how well the bike has been looked after .... at
20k bike well maintained to me is better than a abused bike with 5k.
To me, the shadow, you will grow out of quicker than the savage, i have no comment on the HD other than maintainence / shop costs.

For bike size, power, ridability, comfort and cents per mile costs, the "9"is a good buy , worried about the miles,look for something with less miles.

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After reading both of your post, as well as the link Romans5.8 left, I feel much better about it now. Thank you for the reassurance.

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I've got 19000 miles on mine and wouldn't hesitate to go cross country tomorrow. Plus, the 900 is on a large frame. You may be more comfortable on it than the others considering your height.
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I've got 19000 miles on mine and wouldn't hesitate to go cross country tomorrow. Plus, the 900 is on a large frame. You may be more comfortable on it than the others considering your height.
I can def. agree with this statement. When I was bike shopping, I sat on a Honda 1300C, a Yamaha 1100, and my 900C. Even though the 1100 had a larger motor than the 900, I did not fit. Apparently, Yamaha uses the same frame from their smallest cruiser up to the 1100 or something like that. I was trading in my VN750 and the Yamaha felt too much like it. I would have bought the 1300C, but someone installed a hypercharger and I didn't like it. I always wanted one, but not now. Plus, it had some seriously load pipes, OMG!

I am super happy with the 900. I even got to street race it the other night. Totally smoked a Dodge Ram of sorts. We were neck and neck up until 80 MPH, then I flew by him. Doing 100 before the next intersection. Had fun before the intersection, bout got ran off the road afterwards by someone crossing both lanes while turning onto my road. No worries, I was back down to the speed limit before then. Flipped the dude off and at the next i-section, he proceeds to tell me to never flip him of blah blah blah. I just rev'd the bike some so I wouldn't have to listen to him. As Kawasaki says, "Let the Good Times Roll".
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I am 6'2" and 200. It fits me like a glove, my o6 900 classic that is...

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I've got nearly 30k miles on my '07 Custom. I had it out last weekend and it still starts and runs like the day bought it. I'm one that spent $300 replacing the stator but honestly I've never regretted buying this bike. At 6'0", 200 lbs, this is the most comfortable bike I've ridden.
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old school of thought 35,000 air cooled 150,000 water cooled for rings

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Having owned a 750 shadow,a vulcan 800,900,and sportster 1200 with fuel injection, the vulcan 9 is the best.The pegs do cause a bit of leg stretch for shorter riders, which is good for you.The shadows are gutless.No power at all.The sportster has an evo engine, which is good, but the worst rear shocks in the motorcycle industry.They live up to their name, rear shocks you will feel to your spine with every bump.Plus harley guys say you ride a girls's bike.At 600 pounds the 9 is very maneuverable but not too light.I think you would love it.

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