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Raced a KX 125 as a teenager, this started my allegiance to Kawi's.
About 10 years ago I bought a KLR 650 but just never really grew to like riding it. On the street it was a dirt bike, off the road it so top heavy it was impossible so I sold it. FF to Today A couple weeks ago two of my brother inlaws went out and bought Yamaha's one a V-Star 950 and the other a 1300. I rode the 950 and liked it,very sharp bike for the price $6500 so with a lot of peer pressure (were all in our mid 40's) I started researching what bike I might like. In my research I find this site thank goodness it's very been very helpful. I lurked here for a week while researching the Internet and decided on the Vulcan 900 LT. It satisfied my loyalty to Kawasaki's, It looked better than the V Star 950 and in head to head comparisons rated higher. Plus more torque and HP than the brother inlaw is never a bad thing. I find a 2009 100 miles away for 6500 and tell the wife to load up, she was not happy "But honey I'm in Mid Life Crisis" off we went. Pick up the bike and head home, 33 miles in: WOW this seat is as bad as advertised my butt was numb. The rest of the trip was pretty miserable my ass hurt and could not get comfortable. The next went riding with the BIL's took turns trading bikes and I believe I had the nicest bike of the three. Although the V-Star 950 felt way faster to me, I think maybe I was just babying it because it had only 100 miles on it but keeping up with the Yamaha's proved difficult. When I got home I parked the Vulcan in my garage that has a steep entrance and it rubbed a little. I thought, Hope the pipes didn't get scratched, so I looked under it and saw that one of the grease fittings had been knocked off. Hey I wonder if that is what that sticky thread on Vulcan forums was about. So I checked it out and sure enough, should of read it but at least I learned how to fix it. So far I am very happy and once I get more comfortable on the new Vulcan I'm sure keeping up with the Yamaha's on these CROOKED AND STEEP roads will not be a problem.
Sorry so Long.
 

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Welcome!! And enjoy your new ride. I'm on an '07 LT, and think it's the perfect bike for my needs.
 

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Congrats on the new ride OZARK! I too have an '09 LT model and really love this bike. Sounds like you really did your research and came up with a good answer. (BTW, the stock seat on mine lasted only five days before I had to replace it.)


Wishing you many long years and trouble-free miles on it. Got pics?
 

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Welcome OZARK and congrats on choosing an excellent ride. As like ForestLake, I too opted for the mustang seat within the first week.. Enjoy and stay safe my friend.
 
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