We only have empirical evidence here, but, it seems the 06/07 and possible 08's burn up their stators the quickest. This, however, is NOT dealbreaker because an aftermarket stator is very reasonable, and, unlike some other makes and models, our stators are easy to get at, and easily replaced.We did an informal poll here a while back, and those 3 years came up the most.
It appears that the 2013's have finally beefed up the seat which is a source of torture for most. Other than minor tuning/detuning, the bike largely remains the same for ALL years. The classic/lt models have spokes/thus tubed tires. The custom has cast wheels. This sways some to the custom.
2009 VN900 Classic LT.
Nova Scotia, Canada.
Cobra luggage rack.
Kuryakyn Grand Tourer luggage bag.
Kuryakyn air filter cover.
170/80/15 Metzler rear tire.
Fire and Ice passenger floorboards.
Stage 2 debaffle (screens left intact).