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So, I've been an owner/rider of a 2008 VN900LT for 3+ years now. Love the bike. But, as a big dude (6'2" and 350#), it has no oompf left at interstate speeds, or if I have a passenger. So, I'm looking to go either to a 1700 or a 2000. Would rather have the 2000.

I know (obviously) the 2000 has a larger engine. Thus, more power.

What I'm curious about is: What are the other differences? Is the 2000 physically taller? Longer? Wider? I know it is heavier. Does it have any other features that the 900LT doesn't have?

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Never owned a 900, but every bike I have test ridden has left me wanting. The V2K just has tons of torque. No screaming chicken, Injun, or Victor/Victoria has come close. I'm a big guy also ;-)

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I went from a Suzuki Boulevard C50 for similar reasons, not enough ham with senior management on the backseat. Can't speak for a V900, but in my case I didn't feel like there was that significant of a learning curve with the beast. I'm nowhere near your size (5'11", 200) and although it's a load to push around on the shop floor or parking lot, it's nothing I can't handle. The law centre of gravity keeps the balance nicely, but it is a bit heavier in the front with the stock wheels. Not even noticeable at highway speeds, just at Walmart.... Lol. Nothing that would prevent me giving a full endorsement.

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I went from a Suzuki Boulevard C50 for similar reasons, not enough jam with senior management on the backseat. Can't speak for a V900, but in my case I didn't feel like there was that significant of a learning curve with the beast. I'm nowhere near your size (5'11", 200) and although it's a load to push around on the shop floor or parking lot, it's nothing I can't handle. The law centre of gravity keeps the balance nicely, but it is a bit heavier in the front with the stock wheels. Not even noticeable at highway speeds, just at Walmart.... Lol. Nothing that would prevent me giving a full endorsement.

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I found that swapping out the front wheel for a 3.5x18" wheel lightened the load significantly. It is my understanding that the VN1600 and VN1700 models are a direct swap. The HD touring models 09-Present are the same axle and rotor size, but you have to make spacers and shave down the caliper mounts a little



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I have heard that they are, but I cannot confirm. I say find a VN2000, park your VN900 and start comparing the two. The V2K feels heavy off the stand, but it goes away once you start riding.

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We'll, at the end of the day you still need a bigger bike. The V2K is the largest v-twin made from the factory and you can find them for a good price. Your other options are the Triumph Triple or a Boss Hog.... Both good bikes.

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A larger bike will fill the bill for you,but you will miss the low speed handling and mpg of the 9. Just saying
 

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I beg to differ ^^... OK from my own experience because I had a 900 for 2 years and my current V2K for 3 now. For me I'd never go back to the 9.
I honestly could care less about the mpg. Lol its a 2000 who cares what it gets.
Handling? Meh. Tell you what once you've ridden the 2000 for some time it's just as nimble as the little guy. Heck even HD'S seem nothing to ride at low speeds.
Forget the 9 and find yourself a V2K and never look back.

I'm 6' knocking at the door of 290 and feel super comfortable. Can stretch out while riding too.


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I found that swapping out the front wheel for a 3.5x18" wheel lightened the load significantly. It is my understanding that the VN1600 and VN1700 models are a direct swap. The HD touring models 09-Present are the same axle and rotor size, but you have to make spacers and shave down the caliper mounts a little



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How much work was it to get that Harley wheel to fit? I'm looking at this for my '05 v2k http://denver.craigslist.org/mpo/5587235308.html Also, what's a good price for a front wheel? After riding my old man's vaquero and remembering not all bikes are so beastly to maneuver I think it's time for a narrower front tire.
 

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RePickrel ,

The 16 and 1700s are a straight swap. The HD touring models 09-Present are a little work. Here is a step by step. Derek Meigs on Facebook had to only grind down one caliper mount for his 19" HD wheel, Rocnrol took his HD wheel to a machinist and had them shave down the rotor mounts. There's more than one way to skin a cat...

Price for that setup looks good to me. I found a similar deal. Have not tried to swap out the rear wheel, have DS tire and it's not seen with my current setup.

https://sites.google.com/site/rodsv2kdrifter/wheels-rotors-and-calipers/harley-wheel-on-my-kawasaki-vulcan


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Yes, the saddles are different. The 9 has a one-piece, the V2K is two-piece. They sit about the same height stock, handle roughly the same except for the added weight of the 2K. The 2K is longer, slightly wider, and they get about the same distance per tank. Tanks are about the same size, and we fuel up at about the same point, 210 miles give or take.

Wife rides a 9, I ride a 2K. Hers has a lowering link now. Her 9 has one more tooth on the front pulley, a custom front wheel and mag rear (went tubeless some time back), I have one tooth more on pulley and euro gears.

Many parts swap between them. Passenger floorboards, saddle-bags (I think)... There is a list on the forums somewhere.
 

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for my 2 cents. i am 6'0 and 400lbs i sit mostly comfortable on my v2k i dont care of the mustang seat i have much but still ive road it on a 3000 mile round trip in a week and cant complain. now what i will say is slightly annoying is it still feels a little bunched up at 6 foot. the highway bars are too far foreword to get a good foot rest on them and the floor boards are a touch too close for me to be comfortable for long stretches that being said im still fairly comfortable with it. just on the long hauls my legs get a bit cramped exspecally trying to straddle the huge tank it has. i kind of wish they would have put a taller tank rather then a wider tank on it.

really the only fault here id say is the width of the tank other then that the bike is a amazing piece of machinery . it has all the power in the world in the low to mid range gears but 5th leaves me wanting more. even 2 up 1st -4th i cant hardly tell a power drop off.

as for my complaints a lot of is is self inflicted. the seat i could change out. im sure i could find a better set up for my highway bars and if my nee's wernt trashed im sure i wouldnt notice the tanks width as much. i recommend the vn2000 to any one who is even remotely thinking they want more power. its a beast but its also easy to handle. ive road few bikes that are as well balanced .

a lot of bigger bikes sacrifice handling for size but the vn2000 handles corners extremely well for me. but being as big as i am id light ot find a heavy duty shock and perhaps try to raise the right height a touch. if i remember right they bikes are only rated for a 190lbs driver which i find really freaking weird.
 
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