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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-23-2016, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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900 custom to a Vaquero

Hey Friends.

I'm currently riding a 2010 900 custom, but I found someone a couple hours aways from me selling a 2012 Vaquero for a pretty good price. It only has 8000 miles on it.

I'm really considering going up to see it. The 900 is the largest bike I have ever rode, but I feel like I got used to it really quick. Did you guys notice that on the Vaquero as well. Anything I should know about them, or a bike that large?

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The same thing will happen. You will get use to it pretty quick. There is a night and day difference between the bikes. The vaquero weighs in around 850-900lbs depending on how many extras are on it. It handle really good for its size. I went from a 900 to a 1700 nomad.Best thing I could have done.

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The same thing will happen. You will get use to it pretty quick. There is a night and day difference between the bikes. The vaquero weighs in around 850-900lbs depending on how many extras are on it. It handle really good for its size. I went from a 900 to a 1700 nomad.Best thing I could have done.
Same here.

Had a 900 for 7 years and got tired of feeling beat up after a day of riding. Traded it in a Voyager last year. Took about 10 minutes to get used to the Voyager. Never looked back. Still smiling.
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Haha, I just went from a Vulcan 800 to a Vaquero, took a few days of riding to truly get used to it. Now I don't even think about the extra weight any more, and my 800 feels like a toy in comparison!

Go for it, just put some miles on 'er and you'll be fine.

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Thanks, friends.

I put the 900 on craigslist this morning. Gonna try to get rid of her so I can grab the vaquero!

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Haha, I just went from a Vulcan 800 to a Vaquero, took a few days of riding to truly get used to it. Now I don't even think about the extra weight any more, and my 800 feels like a toy in comparison!

Go for it, just put some miles on 'er and you'll be fine.

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What he said. Went from 05 800 classic to a 2012 Voyager and loving it. Kept the 800 also.

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The same thing will happen. You will get use to it pretty quick. There is a night and day difference between the bikes. The vaquero weighs in around 850-900lbs depending on how many extras are on it. It handle really good for its size. I went from a 900 to a 1700 nomad.Best thing I could have done.
Same here. Went from the 900 Custom to the 1700 Voyager. Did not regret it, oh wait, only one thing I'm missing - the fuel economy of the 900 engine - but the engine of the 1700 is nearly the duoble of displacement, so I don't care.



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Love my 1700 Nomad after upgrading from the 900. There are time I miss my 9 (it was a little more nimble around town), but for most of my riding, the Nomad is the right bike for me. The upgrade was very fast. It's heavy, but you get used to it. I'm not tall and can't quite flat foot it, but I still got used to the weight quickly. Once you're rolling, it's great to ride.

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900 to 1700 nomad,,,,what all the others said
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Anything I should know about them, or a bike that large?
Yes it is VERY heavy and above 15 MPH it is a dream to ride. However, unless you are naturally gifted and can do a U-turn on a residential street with your feet on the boards, you will need to take a course similar to "Ride like a pro". It will be the best $175 bucks you can spend.....or you can do U-turn like a grandpa, meaning turning very slowly with your feet on the ground and walking the bike all the while praying you won't drop it.

You don't have to be macho! it's ok to admit that the weight is scary. I took a course and now enjoy the bike so much more in parking lots, gas stations and making U-Turn on small streets.

I should ad that I know all about turning a bike around like a grandpa since I did it with a Goldwing for years. But after 50 years I finally learned to do it the right way.

My 2 cents.

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