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Hello, new to this forum. By profession I'm a cyber security specialist. Been riding for 30+ years, I've ridden cruisers, standards, and sport bikes. Iron butt on each type. Been a "nomad." I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Recently bought a 2009 Vulcan 900 Classic. It is in great cosmetic condition and decent mechanical condition. I've put on about 400 miles in the 10 days I've owned it. I plan on replacing all vital fluids, fluid filters, plugs and wires, air filter, tightening all the bolts, checking/replacing belt, and replacing headlight. Our riding season is pretty much year round, so I'll be doing all of the work ASAP, and only putting the bike up when it's too cold to ride, a couple weeks in December and January. I also am looking at getting some "custom" rims to replace the "classic" spoke rims, and replacing tires if necessary. I don't want the tube tire. I want to be able to plug and use my portable air pump if I run into a problem out on the road!

I found this forum while searching for information on the VN900, have been reading for a couple days, and decided to join to learn about my new (to me) bike, share my riding knowledge/contribute where I can, and hopefully meet other riders in my area.

EDIT: And now with a picture of my bike. (And a CRT headed for recycling in the background.)
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Welcome to the madness from Arizona land of snakes lizards and run away Californians LOL
In July 2015, I was riding around the country on a tour, on my Honda Nighthawk 750, because of a forest fire burning our place. Started in Ukiah California, road down to visit a friend in Big Bear, camped and road through SoCal and into Southern Arizona. I stopped in Arivaca, stayed the night and headed north. I was just north of Wickenburg, it was 109 degrees at 8:09 AM, and I threw my chain, locked up my rear tire. I clutched and killed my engine, skidded to a stop. Going through some of the desert had gunked my chain and ground my rear sprocket. I got the chain free and back on the sprocket, limped back into town, and got a motel room. Had to have the bike hauled to Phoenix, parts were a week out. Record heat in Arizona. I was a week in Wickenburg, then on my way north. I rode over the Hoover Dam Suspension Bridge and turned around, went down and talked to the guard at the Hoover Dam, he let me ride across the bridge. "But don't stop" he told me "or you WILL be shot." I watched the sun set from the Arizona side of the dam... It was actually the last time I saw clear sun, because of all the forest fires in the west, until I got back down to New Mexico in October.

(When I got to Albuquerque, my Honda got stolen. Now I've got a Vulcan. The End.)
 

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Sucks that your bike got stolen U use a caliper alarm lock keeps the bike from rolling and emits a loud pitch alarm in addition to the fork lock if parking my bike out of town. The summer time in southern AZ can be brutal. I live way in in the north eastern corner. Not quite 4 corners but not far from it. Less heat in the summer but cold wet and snowy winters. 12 degrees here this week in the mornings.
 

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Hello, new to this forum. By profession I'm a cyber security specialist. Been riding for 30+ years, I've ridden cruisers, standards, and sport bikes. Iron butt on each type. Been a "nomad." I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Recently bought a 2009 Vulcan 900 Classic. It is in great cosmetic condition and decent mechanical condition. I've put on about 400 miles in the 10 days I've owned it. I plan on replacing all vital fluids, fluid filters, plugs and wires, air filter, tightening all the bolts, checking/replacing belt, and replacing headlight. Our riding season is pretty much year round, so I'll be doing all of the work ASAP, and only putting the bike up when it's too cold to ride, a couple weeks in December and January. I also am looking at getting some "custom" rims to replace the "classic" spoke rims, and replacing tires if necessary. I don't want the tube tire. I want to be able to plug and use my portable air pump if I run into a problem out on the road!

I found this forum while searching for information on the VN900, have been reading for a couple days, and decided to join to learn about my new (to me) bike, share my riding knowledge/contribute where I can, and hopefully meet other riders in my area.

EDIT: And now with a picture of my bike. (And a CRT headed for recycling in the background.) View attachment 258927
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Thank you to everyone for the welcomes! It's nice to see a wide geographic range! I've spent time looking around the forum for a few weeks, before I signed up, and I've been on a bit since I've signed up. Hopefully I'll be seeing y'all around!

Sucks that your bike got stolen U use a caliper alarm lock keeps the bike from rolling and emits a loud pitch alarm in addition to the fork lock if parking my bike out of town. The summer time in southern AZ can be brutal. I live way in in the north eastern corner. Not quite 4 corners but not far from it. Less heat in the summer but cold wet and snowy winters. 12 degrees here this week in the mornings.
It's a rite of passage, getting your property stolen as you're passing through Albuquerque... I keep my Vulcan locked up in the back yard behind a shed, with a locking bike cover. And the truck blocking the driveway and gate. I'm looking into GPS trackers for my bike, I'm adding a caliper alarm lock to my list of security. Thanks for the reminder! (I had one on my TL a couple decades ago.) Honestly, the theft wasn't the bad part, the bad part was what they did to it. Spray painted and taken out into the desert and trashed, then dumped in a canyon.

You live up towards the Navajo Nation? I've driven through that area a few times. And through 4 corners. Beautiful country! I"m planning on getting to know New Mexico from the saddle, I know North central and Northwestern, and down the Southwestern side (I've been down to Arivaca a few times to visit a friend.) After I get to know the rest of New Mexico, I plan on getting to know more of the southwest. Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and western Texas. I've got medical issues, so it's as I can. I spent a good amount of time on the west coast about a decade ago, in a convertible and then on my Nighthawk.
 

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Yea about 50 miles south. Near holbrook. Grand canyons a little over 2 hour ride, panted desert and petrified forest are a favorite ride. Avoid phoenix whenever possible the divers there are nut jobs.
Never had to avoid so many whack jobs. The rest of the state is pretty awesome and the mountains in he summer time are fantastic when riding through the pines. Just be careful at night big critters elk, deer and even horses or cows crossing the road will make for a bad night if your not watching.
 
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