technically i am not a new member, but it has been a long time since i posted. i use to have a vulcan 500, (which turned out to be a turd from day one), about a year and a half ago, then a ninja 250 for about a year, now i have a 2009 vulcan 900 classic i bought new as a carry-over model in july this year. i got a pretty good deal on it because it was a carry-over, and now the wife is happy because she can ride with me again. i really like this bike. it seems like an awesome bike so far, and i have owned quite a few over the years to compare it with. since i have got it i have put about 5000 miles on it, as i ride it every day as my daily driver. i haven't changed a whole lot on it yet except for changing the seat, and adding a windshield, backrest, luggage rack, saddlebag supports, saddlebags, and tankbag. the saddlebags i took back off because they turned out to be crappy quality. i had bought the saddleman highwayman jumbo bags, and after using them for about a month, the straps started to break. really dissappointed in them. the mustang seat i have on it is the plain mustang seat with no backrest. but i got it for free, so i cant complain. yes, i said free. the reason is, at the dealer where i bought my bike, a couple of months ago they had a used vulcan 900 classic setting out front with a mustang seat on it, so i stopped in and talked to a guy i happen to know there, (who just happens to be the manager), and asked him if he would trade me seats. i honestly didn't expect him to, or if he did, to atleast ask for a money difference. he shocked me by pulling the seat off, telling me to hand him my stock seat, and saying "we're good man, hit the road". blew me away. i was planning on buying one with income tax money anyway, but shoot, i'll take one for free. i can live without the drivers backrest. i had a mustang seat on the 650 vstar i use to have and i love them. i mean sure, your butt will start to get tired after so many hours in the saddle, but i haven't seen a bike yet that that didn't happen. i have seen on here about how people are having problems with their stators, and i hope i dont anytime soon. my bike does make a slight whining on acceleration sometimes, but i know the sounds of a bike and mine just sounds like the tranny, because of the straight-cut gears. i had one other bike that did the same thing many years ago. i have a 900 custom rear wheel i will be putting on it when i have to get a new tire, and i am currently looking for a 900 custom front wheel as well. i like aluminum wheels and tubeless tires myself, but still like the classic fenders and looks. maybe i will just have the aluminum on the back and the spoke on the front. dont know, might look good. anyways, i know i'm rambling, and you people are probably tired of reading, so let me just say hello, and i enjoy the heck out of my 900 so far. i will try to get pics up soon when it isnt raining and i can take some good ones.