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can anyone tell me , Other than engine size, Is an 2005 800 vulcan about the same physicle size as an 2007 900 vulcan.
 

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2005 Vulcan 800 Specs
Physical measures and capacities
Dry weight: 225.0 kg (496.0 pounds)
Seat height: 711 mm (28.0 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Overall height: 1,171 mm (46.1 inches)
Overall width: 826 mm (32.5 inches)
Ground clearance: 160 mm (6.3 inches)
Wheelbase:
1,626 mm (64.0 inches)
Fuel capacity: 15.14 litres (4.00 gallons)


2007 Vulcan 900 Specs
Physical measures and capacities
Dry weight: 270.1 kg (595.4 pounds)
Seat height: 681 mm (26.8 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Overall height: 1,481 mm (58.3 inches)
Overall length: 2,464 mm (97.0 inches)
Overall width: 1,006 mm (39.6 inches)
Wheelbase:
1,646 mm (64.8 inches)
Fuel capacity: 20.06 litres (5.30 gallons)

So, the 9 is longer, lower, 100# heavier, and has a MUCH larger tank and range. Other than that, and the bigger engine, of course, they are almost the same. :rolleyes:
 

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Thank you . I have an 07 900 but ran across a buy on a 05 800 for $2200 with 9800 miles that appears very nice condition. Just wondering if the 800s are as good as the 900s
 

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I have both! Mine is an '06 900 Classic. My wife's bike is an '05 800 Classic.
There are many things I like about the 800 over the 900. First, the 800's seat is magnitudes ahead of the 900 in comfort. The 800 is slimmer than the 900 and is much better proportioned, in my opinion. The engine on the 800 has that nice round air cleaner and no ugly coil cover on the opposite side to ruin its looks.
The weight difference makes the 800 more nimble in handling, plus the acceleration is probably as good or better that the 900. The 800's gearbox shifts much easier and smoother than the 900's, and the gears seem to be better spaced in their ratios. I will give the 900 an edge in high speed highway riding, something I seldom do on either bike.
The 900 is fuel injected, while the 800 is carbureted and set pretty lean in stock form. A simple jet and needle replacement changed that aspect real quick! The 800 has an o-ring chain drive, so there is an added maintenance chore here.
There are more accessories available for the 900, especially electronic gadgets like the gear indicator I added to my bike. I found the '05 800 this summer with less than 1k miles on it for $3000. It was in new condition and is a great bike. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a nice 800! My wife loves hers!:)
 

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I stumbled onto some interesting facts.

Contrary to what one would ordinarily believe, the 800 actually generates MORE Rear-Wheel Horsepower (47.2) than the 900 (44.3).

This is according to a "Performance Index" published in the Motorcycle Consumer News (Jan '10).

Granted, the 900 delivers more Rear-Wheel Torque (51.7 ft/lb vs. 41.4 ft/lb for the 800), but to assume the larger 900 will deliver more power may not be completely accurate.

The testing done by them also shows an 800 Drifter (597 lb. - heavier than an 800A or 800 Classic) to be faster than a 900 Custom (that weighed in at 600 lb.) in:

Top Speed - 108 vs 105
0-60 mph - 5.88 vs 5.92
AND 1/4 mi. - 14.16 vs 14.19

Of course, these are all very close, but it does illustrate the fact that displacement alone does not always determine power.
 

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I had the choice of a 800, a 750 and a 900 -- all very nice, well-maintained, and low-mileage bikes -- when I was shopping for my Vulcan. The main features that sold the 900 for me was the larger gas tank, fuel injection, and belt drive.
 

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First Vulcan I ever put my leg across was one of the early 800 classic think it was a 2000/1, that belonged to a friend. It fit me pretty well and is what turned me onto the Vulcan in the first place...I was impressed with the fit/finish and power for a midsized cruiser. I love my 900 Custom SE, but if I can find a good deal on a 800 Drifter she will have to move over and share the garage.
 

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Similarly, I love the 800 for its engine and the simplicity / beauty of the basic hard-core package. But for just living with a cruiser - between my 800 and a 900 that has a larger fuel tank and a belt drive... the 900 seems pretty tempting even if it is slower (the seat-design nightmares might steer me away though). I've never sat on either a 800 Classic nor a 900 of the same style, so I'd compare them that way, first, for overall comfort... but if a 800B is as comfortable as it looks, the short range of the fuel tank would still drive me nuts if it were my primary bike (other people's use of a primary bike might make that point mute though, so YMMV). I'd really like about a 350 mile range out of a tank of gas - that seems reasonable. :D
 

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Mambo Dave, I agree, the range on the 900 is the best in class that I have found. Not sure why most of the metrics have 3.something to 4.something gas volume, but it's a pain to have to gas up at 140 miles when riding on a long tour. I know the voice of opinion will come back to buy a goldwing or something such as that with a bigger tank, but I like the smaller size of the 900 and can get all of my camping gear and necessities for a 10 day ride on her with no problems.... Thought about going up recently to a BMW 1150RT but at the end of the day, the 900 won out.....mostly due to maintenance cost.... I could be persuaded to go back to a Honda in the future, but it has to have both a large gas tank, and still get 45 miles to a gallon....My own personal requirements for even considering purchasing a different bike.....
 
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