Does anyone have a 900 classic set up for touring? I kinda just thinking out loud, but I'm considering setting the 900 up for touring. Why? Especially when I have a bigger(well, once it gets back from getting fixed
)bike? One reason is that I can't bring myself to do that to my meanstreak, to me it's more of a hotrod and putting a shield and bags, etc on it just aint right. I know the 900 is perfectly capable, ours has done several long rides and it's not a problem. If you have a 900 and use it for touring, what is your set up? What do have that you would consider essential? So far on my list is a shield of some sort, after several rides with a shield on the 900 I'm really starting to like it, just wish it was taller. Lowers are on the list, along with a seat, good comfy backrest for my wife, bag brackets(already got saddlebags), luggage rack(already got a sissybar bag), crash bars, crash bar chaps, highway pegs, cruise control of some sort and possibly GPS. I'd really to put a batwing on it and make it a bagger
I think 900 classic's look kickass like that.
My wife and I ride a lot local, evenings, short drives and almost monthly take a 2-400 mile ride with one or two night stay over. We have set up our 900 classic for long hauls starting in '08 with a trip to Yellowstone, 10 days of gear and clothing for warm and cold weather, personals, tents, bed rolls, and 60# gear in T-Bag. We now have a trunk replacing the luggage rack and T-Bag and larger hard leather side boxes. Have a look at my entry for BOTM and links to photobucket for older and newer pics of bike.
Recently took an 800 mile trip to North Shore Lake Superior with friends, fully loaded and pulling a trailer with 2 coolers of food and drink, 2 suit cases, leathers, rain gear, and yes, the BUNN coffee maker for use in the cabin. Fully loaded, 2 up, pulling a trailer and cruising the freeway north at 70mph was not a problem for the 900. I had considered the modification to the front pulley to give it longer legs, but the way we drive and load, 70 is fast enough and the low end power curve is just right for loads, 2 up and pulling a trailer. The 900 is perhaps one of the most versatile bikes and is very amenable to upgrades and add-ons to make it a very comfortable cruiser/tour bike. Passenger floorboards are must for passenger to eliminate lower leg stress and tension on long rides, my wife loves them. Also the first upgrade I made for long hauls was a different seat, chose the KAW Gel seat, no complaints from her the entire trip to Yellowstone and back. Mustangs are considerably more $ but surely a step above the Gel seat. Decent sized boxes and luggage rack with "T" or a hard box makes the trip so much nicer. Since we have the room we travel heavy taking more than we need, oh well. I do inflate both tires to 40 psi, with the front now needing replacement at 16,800 miles and the rear with 9,000 miles on it. All pics can be seen on photobucket site except trailer, I'll post here (total cost of trailer-$250)!