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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-06-2010, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking About A 900 Custom

First off, the names is Sean, 21 y/o married with 2 kids (I know) I'm a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. I have been riding since I was 12. Started off on a Kawasaki Elminator 125 then got a Suzuki GS500E when I was 15. Got rid of that when I joined the service and bought a Suzuki SV650N after boot camp. I just sold that bike a Feb and have been searching for a cruiser ever since. I have logged over 25,000 miles on 2 wheels and know a good deal about what I'm doing when I throw a leg over. I finally narrowed it down to the Vulcan 900 Custom. Not to big, not to small. Love the looks and it feels absolutely perfect when I sit in the saddle. I looked on Craigslist and have looked at 2 of them so far, a 2008 with 4000 miles for 5000 and a 2009 with 2200 miles for 5800. Or I might just go brand new since they're not to expensive. Anyways, I have searched and searched this forum but can't find any major issues with this bike (hopefully a good thing) I was wanting to know if there is anything "special" with this bike, anything I tshould look out for when buying used. Thanks for all the help guys, I will hopefully be a Vulcan rider within the month and I'll be around here alot more!!!
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-06-2010, 04:44 PM
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Sean,
I just picked up a 900 Custom a few months ago and really love it. I like the boulevard cruiser look and run it around town pretty stripped down. But I have a switchblade windshield and soft saddle bags for hitting the road. Just got back from a 3 day trip.
The engine is big enough for anything I want to do.
I have read on the forum that some folks don't like the seat, but I have found the seat to be pretty comfortable.
I am not aware of any things that you need to look out for that are peculiar to this model.
Like a lot of folks, I find myself trying to shift in the 6th gear at about 60-65 mph and wishing it had one. But I have run it for a couple of hundred miles going 75-80 mph with no discomfort.
i think you'll like it.

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Welcome...have to say it's nice to see a 21 year old buying a midsize cruiser. A buddy at work bought a GSXR 500 as his first bike and now is shopping for a cruiser. He's 32 and says he's not a cruiser kind of guy but his back is tweeked. I think he is wrapped around the idea that cruiser guys portray a bad ass rep. Watched to many movies I guess. Maybe he's talking gear. Most Sport bikers where sneaks and non-leather. Enjoy your new scoot!
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Welcome,
If that's what you want go for it. I have the 900C as well and everyone arround me seems to love it. Always get great coments and it can keep up with bigger bikes too. I have had mine for over three years and no issues yet. The only thing most have complained about it that it revs high at speeds over 65mph but it will ease a bit at arround 80mhp. Still great bike and I love it.


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If that's what you want go for it. I have the 900C as well and everyone arround me seems to love it. Always get great coments and it can keep up with bigger bikes too. I have had mine for over three years and no issues yet. The only thing most have complained about it that it revs high at speeds over 65mph but it will ease a bit at arround 80mhp. Still great bike and I love it.
I hope that's a typo Classtom...how does it ease at 80MPH? May want to edit that or am I missing something?
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Welcome Sean,
In my opinion and others here too, the 900 is one awesome bike. The only real issue I have is the seat. It's okay for short jaunts but spend more then 30 minutes and it feels like you're sitting on a rock. There are a few solutions to which you would have to read up on. I'm going for the mustang with drivers back rest. You may be one of the lucky ones who has an "Iron Butt"! I'm 6'3" and 240lbs and my wife is 5"2" and will kill me if I post her weight but it is a comfy size for both with no power loss when 2uping and we have some steep and long inclines around here. As far as buying used, I have not read anyone having a bad buy in this forum. Good luck with your choice and thank you for serving our country.

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Couldn't have chosen a better bike in my opinion, just passed 30,000 miles with no issues at all. I ride with a bunch of bigger Harleys and never have any problem keeping up, have done a couple longer tours {8 days 2500 mile & 13 days 4600 miles} with a couple 600+ mile days in there and the bike never minded doing 80 for hours on end. The seat was an issue for me, but everybodys a$$ is different so see how it feels for you, you will know in about 100 miles if the seat will work for you or not. Most of all, have fun and ride safe.
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Do what I did, wait until the new models come out and make a deal on a new bike in the previous model year; I picked up my 2009 900 classic for $6500.00 brand spanking new. When I picked up the bike the ODO only had 1.2 miles on it, from the mechanic riding it around the block to check his make-ready.....Trust me, you can't go wrong.....
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+1 for what edr9 said. Also, don't be squeemish about printing an ebay ad and waiving it at the dealer.

The 900 platform is in its 5th model year, and so far, the complaints seem to be limited to gas guage, odo and speedo errors, and stock Dunlop tires.

That's a pretty good track record. I know I love mine, and after riding to Phoenix with me, my buddy went out and bought one just like it.

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About to take the plunge???

Okay, all. Tomorrow seems I'm going to trade in my 2005 Z-750 for a new 2009 Vulcan 900 Custom. Been looking at this bike type for the last few years, really like the look.Getting at good price (so can afford this cycle). Already bought M6-1.0 10mm bolts to replace bottom zerks, bought a bag of resistors for the 270 ohm gas gauge fix. Still, I'm gonna miss going ***mph, but sportbike sitting position was never close to comfy after 60 to 90 minutes, and I'm hankering to travel a lot farther than just a county or two away. My main worry, being able to ride at real highway speeds (70-75mph actual, not indicated). I keep reading mixed signals about this throughout this forum. Used to sportbike rpms of 5500 to 6000, so as long as bike can keep up with traffic without feeling like it's coming apart, just higher rpms should not bother me. Have already accepted compromise that bike is 200 pounds heavier, can't fit bike into tight squeeze, open parking corners in parking garage and is not a high warp drive vehicle. Still plan on taking to work most every day all year, weather permitting. Please tell me normal highway speeds for some hours at a time is something bike can take okay. I really want to like bike, but if really only made for relatively local, non-interstate use, maybe I should keep the Z? I'm trying to guard against 'the grass is always greener over the fence' syndrome.
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