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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-18-2010, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Hello Everyone,

I have just purchased a 2009 VN900 Custom SE. My wife is a HD rider and has been bugging me for the last 2 years to buy a bike. She tells me how much I will love it. And it is something we will be able to do together.

After alot of research I decided on the bike above, mostly because of the look of it believe it or not and the good things I hear about it. I look forward to learning to ride it after the safety course of course.

I am importing it in from the US, and I live in Canada. I have a couple of questions.
-Does the speedometer have km's on it, I know it obviously has MPH? I assume it does, and it was a question I forgot to ask. If it does not, I have to have that fixed apparently.
-Do these bikes have daytime running lights?
-How does everyone who has one of these bikes like them?


I have not actually seen this bike yet (a friend of mine has though), I can't wait to start riding this, I am really looking forward to the opportunity.
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Welcome and congrats on the new bike!


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Welcome 2 the forums.......Congrats on the bike purchase......

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The speedometer has Km on it. The markings are pretty small, but they're there.

Pretty much any bike you buy nowadays will turn on all the lights whenever the ignition is on. The Vulcan is nice in that the lights don't come on until the bike is started, which helps if your battery is a little weak. After the lights come on, they stay on until you turn the ignition switch off.
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The speedometer has Km on it. The markings are pretty small, but they're there.

Pretty much any bike you buy nowadays will turn on all the lights whenever the ignition is on. The Vulcan is nice in that the lights don't come on until the bike is started, which helps if your battery is a little weak. After the lights come on, they stay on until you turn the ignition switch off.
That is great to know. It helps in saving some costs.
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Welcome, terryok.

As the guys have already mentioned, your speedo will show KPH (if you actually pay attention to the speedo), and you'll have daytime running lights.

I've said it before on this forum, and i don't mind saying it again... the 900 is hands-down, the best all-around street bike that i've ever owned. I love mine, and i'm sure you'll enjoy yours as well.

Now, if you get a wild hair someday... there are folks out there that make custom speedometer faces. You could contact one of them and i'll bet you could get KPH values in big font rather than MPH, along with a cool background of your choosing. They're not too expensive either.

EDIT: Here's a guy (Webslinger) that's popular with everyone:

http://www.stargis.net/webslinger/Im...eedo/index.htm

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Welcome, terryok.

As the guys have already mentioned, your speedo will show KPH (if you actually pay attention to the speedo), and you'll have daytime running lights.

I've said it before on this forum, and i don't mind saying it again... the 900 is hands-down, the best all-around street bike that i've ever owned. I love mine, and i'm sure you'll enjoy yours as well.

Now, if you get a wild hair someday... there are folks out there that make custom speedometer faces. You could contact one of them and i'll bet you could get KPH values in big font rather than MPH, along with a cool background of your choosing. They're not too expensive either.
Thanks for the input. I am glad to hear your thoughts on this bike.

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I've ridden "standards" or sportbikes since I've been riding and never owned a cruiser until I got mine last year. I'm still surprised at how much I like to ride the Vulcan. It's not the best "all around" bike there is, but I think you'll like it just fine.

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