I am in Spirit Lake Iowa and if the deal does not fall through I will be getting a 2009 Vulcan 500 in mid October. The dealer should have it in by then. I have been riding since 1965 and this will be my first Kawasaki, have had Honda and Suzuki in the past. I will need to find a luggage rack/passenger backrest to fit the Vulcan. Any suggestions? Also will be looking for a nice set of hard or soft saddle bags. I plan on using the bike to commute and some short trips with my wife and possibly some longer solo rides. To me the 500 is the perfect balance of power and economy, as I really enjoy riding the back roads and seeing the sites.