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I have loved my 650 S (blackout 8300KM) but the dealer who sold me it has a Blackout 900 sitting in the shop (432KM).
Those who have ridden both...what do I lose, what do I get?

My bike has cases (shad) and a puig shield but no big money upgrades...so I could let it go...If I keep it, I need a corbin as I did a big ride and sprained my back (SI Joint)

I love the nimbleness of my 650, but find, when I ride with buddies, I don't have their power - speed and stopping
What would the trade up (non financial) entail as a rider?
 

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There are some things to gain from a 900 but none of them have to do with the ride IMO. An over 5 gallon gas tank would be very nice, belt drive would be cool, more options for exhaust is great along with more options for accessories. There's a lot of talk on here about buzziness on the 900 at 70 + mph. The 650 doesn't have that much buzz at 80 + mph. HP is a wash but the 900 has more torque.

I've been looking at a 2012 900 with 9000 miles on it to add to the 650 but I can't bring myself to do it. I test rode a 900 years ago and wasn't impressed but that may have had to do with the other bikes I was riding at the time.
 

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I appreciate your advice. I am hoping other experienced riders can continue to help. I'm worried its too small a step. I take it buzziness means uncomfortable vibrations that happen at greater speed (rather than just sound)?
 

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Having ridden both (the 900 a few years ago), I agree with longbeachgary. Buzzier at 70, than a Vulcan S at 80, for sure. While you may gain the bigger gas tank/belt drive, I think if you are wanting more actual real power - skip the 900. It isn't gonna get you there. Oh, and in general, cruisers don't usually = nimble. The Vulcan is probable more of a rockstar on that front than typically found.

By saying you don't have "their power" - what are your buddies actually riding? Sportbikes? Dual front discs? Personally, if you want to keep nimble + power + stopping power, you're probably in need of exiting Kawi (unless a sportbike) and needing to head to BMW/Ducati or the like. Or an FJR 1300 - that may be your ticket. A Kawi Concours would give you that, but I think they are pretty big/top heavy.
 

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This is the same old 650s vs 900 conversation that goes back for years. I swear it is made by robots. There can be nothing further left to talk about this subject matter. Just get a %^[email protected]*&% Kawasaki H2 and be done with it already.

https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/130-vulcan-650-s/236377-650s-900-a.html

https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/130-vulcan-650-s/304256-considerations-650s-vs-900-a.html

https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/11-general-vulcan-talk/295668-vulcan-s-vs-900-vulcan-classic-lt.html

https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/130-vulcan-650-s/259122-trying-decide-between-buying-vulcan-s-900-custom.html

https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/49-vulcan-900/259114-need-help-deciding-between-900-custom-vulcan-s-2.html

and on, and on, and on, and on...

for you newbys, or robots, that "can't seem to make up your mind" and want us to tell you how to spend your money, just do a SEARCH so you can read the drivel of the thousand or so others that have posed "to be or not to be".
 

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This is the same old 650s vs 900 conversation that goes back for years. I swear it is made by robots. There can be nothing further left to talk about this subject matter. Just get a %^[email protected]*&% Kawasaki H2 and be done with it already.

https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/130-vulcan-650-s/236377-650s-900-a.html

https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/130-vulcan-650-s/304256-considerations-650s-vs-900-a.html

https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/11-general-vulcan-talk/295668-vulcan-s-vs-900-vulcan-classic-lt.html

https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/130-vulcan-650-s/259122-trying-decide-between-buying-vulcan-s-900-custom.html

https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/49-vulcan-900/259114-need-help-deciding-between-900-custom-vulcan-s-2.html

and on, and on, and on, and on...

for you newbys, or robots, that "can't seem to make up your mind" and want us to tell you how to spend your money, just do a SEARCH so you can read the drivel of the thousand or so others that have posed "to be or not to be".
Everything has already been discussed so why not shut down the forum and make it a search only database? Or better yet, why not skip those topics that give you a bug up the butt?
 

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Everything has already been discussed so why not shut down the forum and make it a search only database? Or better yet, why not skip those topics that give you a bug up the butt?
FUNNY,I will throw my 02 cents,Rode a 9 for years,sat on a 650,too small for my liking,9 is a all around fantastic bike,not perfect but what is?Is my 2nd favorite bike next to my nomad,love my nomad,I had the buzz over 65,not bad tho,bike was dependable and fun to ride:smile2:
 

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Everything has already been discussed so why not shut down the forum and make it a search only database? Or better yet, why not skip those topics that give you a bug up the butt?
Shutting down the forum was not mentioned.
A Search Only database was not mentioned.

Can YOU possibly add anything new to the conversation regarding a "650S vs a 900" that has NOT been brought up in the last 4 years?
 

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I rode both when I wanted a bike and ended up with a 900 classic. The 650s was nice but a little small for me at 6'1" but had plenty of power and handled real nice. The 900 was more comfortable, much better suited to my size and also handled every bit as good as the 650s. Granted the 900 lacked a little of the "pep" of the 650s but I was looking for a comfortable cruiser. In the end it's going to come down to personal choice,, I love my 900 and it gives me exactly what I wanted, I larger bike that wasn't real heavy and was nimble on the road.
 

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Shutting down the forum was not mentioned.
A Search Only database was not mentioned.

Can YOU possibly add anything new to the conversation regarding a "650S vs a 900" that has NOT been brought up in the last 4 years?
I'm not disagreeing that the topic (and just about every other topic) has been discussed before but if you're going to get upset when a topic is a repeat you're just better off skipping it and moving on to something else. Posting those links was very helpful but try doing it without the attitude.
 

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I'm not disagreeing that the topic (and just about every other topic) has been discussed before but if you're going to get upset when a topic is a repeat you're just better off skipping it and moving on to something else. Posting those links was very helpful but try doing it without the attitude.
Let's keep the conversation to THIS topic (not inclusive of every other topic). I did not generalize and you failed to answer my question.

"Can YOU possibly add anything new to the conversation regarding a "650S vs a 900" that has NOT been brought up in the last 4 years?" I highly doubt it.

This particular cat has been skinned so many ways in the past 4 years that the question should be in a STICKY. That way, it will be easier for newbys, trolls, and robots to find the information they are looking for, much faster and easier for them... If they truly wanted a varied and opinionated answer, on just this subject matter, with no conclusion to the question, in the first place.

Remember now... keep your answer to me (cause I know you will) just on this topic. Do not try to solve this quandary of free speech and obtaining relevant information on this particular topic, by generalization, or complicate its solution further, by adding additional topics.

For what it is worth. I cannot add ANYTHING to the conversations presented to the "650 vs 900" question that has not already been pointed out in the past four years and discussed by literally hundreds of posters here, several times over.
 

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Sorry I asked....
Don't be sorry that you asked.

There are literally hundreds of answers to your question, available RIGHT NOW, without you having to wait on anyone to write one up, just by you SEARCHing for the answer.

If it is knowledge you seek, on this particular topic, it is here.
 
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