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Hello,
I got back into riding in the summer of '09. Took the courses and got my license...bought a used '98 500 to run around on. My wife also did the training and got her license, which was part of the reason we went with a 500...it is a good bike for us both.

But now I am looking for something more. I would like to stay with the Vulcan's, and am considering a 900 at least and something up to a 1500. The bike would be for fun drives out in the country, occasional trips to work and the occasional trip to my parents in Louisiana...about a 500 mile round trip. By occasional I mean every 6-8 weeks...

Things I would like are fuel injected...windshield...saddlebags...sissy bar.

I am seeing some 2009 900's in my price range (under $5500).
Can I find a fairly new, larger bike in my range and is it worth it?

What do you suggest?

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I bought a 09 900 classic LT in may of 09! I am 6ft and about 200lb and the wife is about 5.6 and 120lb and the bike carries us both very well. I did add highway bars for i could stretch my legs and a mustang seat witch was a must for both of us cause the sock seat was killing us. The classic LT is a great mid-weight cruiser and has everything your requesting on it.
 

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I bought a 09 900 classic LT in may of 09! I am 6ft and about 200lb and the wife is about 5.6 and 120lb and the bike carries us both very well. I did add highway bars for i could stretch my legs and a mustang seat witch was a must for both of us cause the sock seat was killing us. The classic LT is a great mid-weight cruiser and has everything your requesting on it.
Sounds good...do you take it on any trips? I am wondering how it performs on the highway. I need to be able to make occasional long (500-600 mile) round trips in a day. My 500 is great, but I just don't see it making that sort of trip as it is older (98) and the wind on the highway blows me all over. I just cannot see taking it out for 3 + hours one-way.

I rode in college years ago, and have had this 500 for about a year and a half...so I have been getting some time riding. But I have never ridden anything larger than a 500 and am just wondering how large I should go...
I really don't want anything over a 1500, and I think that a 1500 is pushing it for me. I am 45 yrs old, 5-11 and about 185. I just am not sure about those larger bikes.

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Sounds good...do you take it on any trips? I am wondering how it performs on the highway. I need to be able to make occasional long (500-600 mile) round trips in a day. My 500 is great, but I just don't see it making that sort of trip as it is older (98) and the wind on the highway blows me all over. I just cannot see taking it out for 3 + hours one-way.

I rode in college years ago, and have had this 500 for about a year and a half...so I have been getting some time riding. But I have never ridden anything larger than a 500 and am just wondering how large I should go...
I really don't want anything over a 1500, and I think that a 1500 is pushing it for me. I am 45 yrs old, 5-11 and about 185. I just am not sure about those larger bikes.

Rod
On the highway i run about 70 and she does just fine but i wish she had 6th gear for fuel milage. I went from a 82 yamaha virago 750 to the 900 vulcan so i was intimidated by the size but she's very easy to get use to. I sometimes wish i would've gone with the 1700cc but i'm happy. I live in noth central IL. I have about 17.5k on her without any issues, i didn't buy it to sit in my garage. We get out like a fart in the wind and we'll put 250-300 miles on in a day so we've been every direction up to 150 miles in IL so this yr we're takin a trip down to mississippi to see family in june. I will be 45 in august and life is getting to sort not to enjoys what we love to do (ride)! But if you do go with the 900 and you let her ride it, lets just say i hope you enjoy the 500! lol
 

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Hello,
I got back into riding in the summer of '09. Took the courses and got my license...bought a used '98 500 to run around on. My wife also did the training and got her license, which was part of the reason we went with a 500...it is a good bike for us both.

But now I am looking for something more. I would like to stay with the Vulcan's, and am considering a 900 at least and something up to a 1500. The bike would be for fun drives out in the country, occasional trips to work and the occasional trip to my parents in Louisiana...about a 500 mile round trip. By occasional I mean every 6-8 weeks...

Things I would like are fuel injected...windshield...saddlebags...sissy bar.

I am seeing some 2009 900's in my price range (under $5500).
Can I find a fairly new, larger bike in my range and is it worth it?

What do you suggest?

Thanks,
Rod
The 900 is an excellent all around bike. I've driven from 1000 kms in one day to short evening trips on the back roads to the streets of town and find that the bike is very adaptable. It handles fine and doesn't feel near as heavy as it really is. I did install the scoot works front pulley and I am pleased with the difference. It makes it so you aren't looking for the sixth gear as much..Anyway hope this helps and good luck in whatever you choose..:)
 

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The 900 is an excellent all around bike. I've driven from 1000 kms in one day to short evening trips on the back roads to the streets of town and find that the bike is very adaptable. It handles fine and doesn't feel near as heavy as it really is. I did install the scoot works front pulley and I am pleased with the difference. It makes it so you aren't looking for the sixth gear as much..Anyway hope this helps and good luck in whatever you choose..:)
I went to a dealer today...they have a couple of 2009 Classic still available.
It was awfully tempting...i did not take a ride but sat on one and asked a ton of questions. One thing I would have to get used to is the pipes
..it seems they are right where they would burn my leg.

What is a decent price for a bike like that?

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The pipes will not burn your leg unless you are riding in shorts.... I've taken mine on a 2600 mile trip last August and am planning a trip out to Washington State this year from Missouri. As far as holding up to the distance, I did not have any issues with it loaded with camping gear including a fold seat, tent, backpackers bag, tail trunk and laptop computer.... Looking forward again to this year...
 

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I went to a dealer today...they have a couple of 2009 Classic still available.
It was awfully tempting...i did not take a ride but sat on one and asked a ton of questions. One thing I would have to get used to is the pipes
..it seems they are right where they would burn my leg.

What is a decent price for a bike like that?

Rod
I never once have ever burned my leg on the pipes and i wear shorts when it gets hot. I paid 8k for my classic lt right off the floor in may of 09, so you said he's asking about 5500! if it's a classic lt that doesn't sound like to bad of a deal but if it's just a classic, they were going for about 6k in 09 and i would think he would come down on the price just to get rid of it.
 

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I never once have ever burned my leg on the pipes and i wear shorts when it gets hot. I paid 8k for my classic lt right off the floor in may of 09, so you said he's asking about 5500! if it's a classic lt that doesn't sound like to bad of a deal but if it's just a classic, they were going for about 6k in 09 and i would think he would come down on the price just to get rid of it.
Thanks for the info. I guess it is just that the pipes seem to be nearer my leg than it is on my 500 that made me a bit nervous.

Yeah, it's a 2009 Classic 900. Not the LT.
Price is about $6K...I did not get to the point of negotiating yet.
Kawasaki throws in the leather saddlebags and attachments for free, so that is considered a price break. I am not sure how much...

I like the idea of getting a new bike for a discounted price. You get the full Kawasaki warranty plus the option to buy 4 additional years. But I am wondering about pricing. I would like to get as good of a price as I can.
The bike is already 2+ years old...so it seems the price would drop a lot.

Anyone out there bought one recently?

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i just bought a 2008 classic and love it it was used no scratches actually couldnt tell it was used had 1700 miles on it for 4500 out the door.
 

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The 900 is great on long rides. I've had my Custom since March of '07 and regularly take all day rides with our little group; I'm talking 8am - midnight. Though we all prefer local roads, I've ridden several times for 5+ hours on the highway(65-80mph). I've never been the first to suggest a break for rest, stretch or fuel. I'm 6', 210 lbs. and ride with a Nomad, a couple of Stars (1100, 1300), a Rocket III and couple of Harleys. There have been times when my wife has wished for a heavier bike to calm the bumping down, but the Mustang seat has gone a long way toward solving that issue.
 

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900 or bigger.

I bought my leftover 900 LT. in Sept. of last year (7K ). I have been riding for
almost 30 years on nothing larger than a 750 , but , I knew it was time for a
new , and , larger bike. I was intimidated by the added weight and size
of the LT ( plus, I hated floorboards ). About 2 minutes into my ride home
I took a 75 mile detour. 2 minutes, that's all it took for me to fall in love with
my bike , and , that includes the floorboards. A week later my son ( he rides a BMW 1200 Adventure ) and I took a 300 mile trip from New Jersey to central Penn. This is the bike I've been in search of for the last 30 years.
My only regret is I bought the bike in Sept. instead of April ( I could of had
5 more months of riding pleasure ). The bike is a joy to ride. By the way I
am 69 years young. Good luck with any decision you make.

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I like my 06 Classic LT

I moved up from a 1982 Kawasaki 550 LTD; that bike had plenty of power but not enough frame for two-up (I'm 260, she's 125). I chose the VN 900 over the M50/C50 because it rides smoother, less vibration in the bars and still handles well enough in the twisty parts plus is light enough on its feet around town. I do wish it had a 6th gear and rear boards standard, but that is about it. I haven't done any long trips yet (just purchased the Vulcan in January for $4200 with 5600 miles, very reasonable in my book), but the short ones (15/20 miles) have been just fine for the two of us (power, comfort). Going bigger to the VN1700 (or older 1600/1500) would be nicer on the road, I suppose, but that extra 150 lbs difference might make the bigger bike more of a handful around town.

My opinion: Start with the VN900 and see if touring/pleasure riding/commuting on a bike long term is what you really want, then upgrade in a few years if you find the 900 isn't fulfilling all of your specific needs. I've been riding since 1989 (dated the lovely on my then pride ride 1974 CB550), so commuting/pleasure riding has been part of our equation since. Touring is now possible, so I feel we will be happy with our 900 for the next 80,000 miles.
 

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King43 makes a great point, buy the 900; if in a year or so you still fill the need to get something bigger, your wife may want to move from the 500 up to the 900, then you can go larger, if you like. I came back from a 430 mile ride to the south Hill Country of Texas a couple weeks ago. Myself, packed with camping gear fought a strong head wind going south and a tough cross wind until I turned north coming home. Red (my 900) did fine going and coming, even on the dreaded I-35 from Austin up to Waco.
 

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You posted on the 900 board so you will get mainly 900 response, and they are great bikes. I own a 1500 Classic which I think is one of the finest bikes I've ridden in 46+ years. The 1500 is a great riding bike and is perfect for 2up (two people). It provides more room and has more than abundant power to cruise all day at 70-75 mph, with good fuel economy. If you shop around you can find a early to mid 2000's FI Classic for around what you want to pay. What ever you choose you can't go wrong with a Kawasaki the are bullet prove. Good luck in your search, Chuck.
 

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900 LT, add highway bars (safety), windshield lowers, luggage rack, and throttle lock, and you'll be set for life. After you log a few thousand miles, you may wish to add highway pegs, risers, and/or a driver backrest.
 

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Something I forgot to add.......

SpringVulcan, I reread your initial post and realized my initial response was tempered with the thought that you would ride two-up on a consistent basis. I now realize that your lovely also has her license. If you ride solo pair, I would definitely get the 900. Reason being, if she is comfortable on the 500 (the engine in which is an updated version old EX500 engine from the late 80's/early 90's, an engine which is very bulletproof) and decides she wants to upgrade, then you can go larger (for two up potential) or get her a 900.

My wife is doing the same. Her previous bike is a 2010 Yamaha Zuma 125; she is now riding my 2004 Honda Reflex 250 (my Kaw 550 went to my son). She is thinking very hard about riding solo pair/trio or two up with our daughters (13 and 11), not just for touring but also for errands/visits/martial arts classes/etc. and parking her minivan for the summer; I am way in favor of this.

In essence, large bikes are a lifestyle, so to truly appreciate yours, in my humble opinion, it requires a lifestyle change. This is one way to accommodate the lifestyle change without a huge initial investment but to also have quality rides with long-term potential.
 
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