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How powerful is the 900?

I have a friend who was thinking about getting a 900, and asked me what I thought about the 900. Another friend said that the 900 isn't very powerful for a bike its size. But since this is the first I've ever owned and/or have ridden I couldn't offer an opinion?

Does anybody agree / disagree?

For anyone thats ridden or owned a bike of the same size, I know its not a harley and not expect it to have that much power, but how does it compare to other bikes the same size, say a honda?

Any thoughts and comments are welcome.

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We're a little biased.

Check out this post and the link from an unbiased report.
https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/s...ead.php?t=6017

Bear in mind that this is a V-Twin cruiser, not a 4-cylinder sport bike.

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Honda doesn't have a comparable bike to the 900; their closest is the 750. Yamaha has the 950 and the 900 generally beats the 950 in side-by-side comparisons, but the power is nearly identical. Suzuki's closest is the 800. Harley's closest is the 883, which is only available on the Sportster and not really a comparable bike (even though it gets thrown in the side-by-sides a lot...and loses...a lot).

Here's what I would tell your buddy...the 900 has more than enough power for solo and even some 2-up riding. The idea that 903cc isn't enough power is a very recent evolution in bikes...it wasn't too long ago when 750cc were the "BIG" bikes. The 900 is a more than capable bike and often gets compared to bikes slightly larger because of its big bike features, looks, and ability.

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We're a little biased.

Check out this post and the link from an unbiased report.
https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/s...ead.php?t=6017

Bear in mind that this is a V-Twin cruiser, not a 4-cylinder sport bike.
Thanks.

I'm still new to this so forgive my ignorance but which one(s) were you saying was the v-Twin? I'm assuming you meant the Honda and HD, not a Vulcan.
 
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Thanks.

I'm still new to this so forgive my ignorance but which one(s) were you saying was the v-Twin? I'm assuming you meant the Honda and HD, not a Vulcan.
V-Twin is the type of engine...midsize and big cruisers generally use a V-Twin engine (it looks like a V...very clever name). He was talking about sportbikes...some of which use in-line engines.

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As a side-note, WoodMath... are you still planning the summer ride through the Southwest? Extended roadtrips on a bike are really a great experience.

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I am taking 6000 mile ,2 up trip with a 175 lb trailer with 310 lbs of rider and passanger in june from. Canada to the grand canyon area and back, if this bike could not do the job I would not have bought it. Cruisers offer torque, not outrite horsepower, if I wanted hp I would have taken my 650 sportbike, which has almost double. Mind you if I want the same torque numbers as the vulcan I would be at around 12,500 rpm.

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plenty of Tq. can run mountains with decent grades two up and full saddles no problem. Can still outrun 95% of cars in the 1/4 if you really chose to. Ive ridden/owned bikes with two, and even three times the power (my worked over busa), and the power of this bike doesnt disappoint. And if you are a 1st timer...youll be happy with it
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I have a friend who was thinking about getting a 900, and asked me what I thought about the 900. Another friend said that the 900 isn't very powerful for a bike its size. But since this is the first I've ever owned and/or have ridden I couldn't offer an opinion?

Does anybody agree / disagree?

For anyone thats ridden or owned a bike of the same size, I know its not a harley and not expect it to have that much power, but how does it compare to other bikes the same size, say a honda?

Any thoughts and comments are welcome.

-Jeff


Hahaha, what's that supposed to mean?!?
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I have a friend who was thinking about getting a 900, and asked me what I thought about the 900. Another friend said that the 900 isn't very powerful for a bike its size. But since this is the first I've ever owned and/or have ridden I couldn't offer an opinion?

Does anybody agree / disagree?

For anyone thats ridden or owned a bike of the same size, I know its not a harley and not expect it to have that much power, but how does it compare to other bikes the same size, say a honda?

Any thoughts and comments are welcome.

-Jeff

I can only imagine that with your power concerns that you would be hauling a camper? Pulling a boat? Not compared to a HD is pure ignorance of the brand and a sign that you do not hold your head high when in the presence of HDs. Ask them how powerful they are when they sit at a stand still in July.

Just Kidding.

My 900 is more than enough for me. I weigh in at 250+. I can still outrun most cars, get to 70 quicker than I am comfortable with, I can control the bike very well. When I am riding 2 up, I still have an over abundance of throttle.

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