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Well, after my mishap (hornet up sleeve post) I flirted with many different bikes. I became seriously interested in the 1700lt and almost pulled the trigger on it. Almost. I only needed to sign the paper when all of a sudden I had an epiphany of sorts. I picked the 900 two short months ago for a reason. I liked it. Bearing that in mind I rode a brand new Pearl/titanium bike home yesterday. Oh, and there were posts asking everybody what they named their bike.....mine is now called, ahem, The HORNET.
 

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Congrats, and LOVE the name!!! You should get a vanity plate now that says HORNET or BUZZZZZ, lol.
 

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"Mishaps" are those things that try our love and dedication to riding. I'd be kinda curious why you were considering the 1700 and what kept you with the 900. Though I can certainly understand why you'd like the 900 to begin with...
 

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"Mishaps" are those things that try our love and dedication to riding. I'd be kinda curious why you were considering the 1700 and what kept you with the 900. Though I can certainly understand why you'd like the 900 to begin with...
1700 PROS:
1. Air adjustable rear shocks
2."Trick" key removal ignition system
3.110 ft/lbs torque
4.Tubeless tires
5.Comfortable seat
6.Metal fenders
7.No valve adjustment needed
8.No/little plastic
9.SIX SPEED.
10.110 ft/lbs torque.....ahem.
11.SEAMLESS GAS TANK!
These bikes are well worth considering.

1700 Cons:
1.Heat issues
2.Extra weight
3.First year model (possibly have bugs)
4."Flickability" issues.
5.I ran out of cons.

This is a personal list, some of these may or may not be applicable to someone else's list. I did quite a bit of research, and when/if I bump up, I will buy a 1700.
My main reason for staying with the nine was comfortability/flickability. I find the nine VERY EASY TO RIDE. Quite possibly the most comfortable motorcycle I have Ever ridden. I tend to "relax" when I ride the nine....which is WHY I ride.
Regards-Silent.
 

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Yeah...well... the day someone builds an absolutely perfect bike, let me know. My thinking was keeping the weight down when I got my 900. It has plenty as a solo rider, wish it had just a bit more when 2 up and in a group (plenty when we're riding alone). I also got a swinging deal as a year-end close out ($1700 off MSRP). I figured I could make it what I wanted. I will eventually get a bigger bike for more long distance touring and will be considering the 1700, but this won't be for 2-3 years. I took a long look at the 1700 and like most of what I see. I do know when I get a bigger bike I'm going to want ABS and I have no problem going to another brand if a bike has all of what I want. So we'll see what's out there then... Thanks for the response...
 

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After you start the bike, you can remove the key and put it in your pocket...Kawi says it saves your bike from getting "key scratched"....a feature ALL bikes should have, I always hated my keys jangling from my ignition switch.
 

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After you start the bike, you can remove the key and put it in your pocket...Kawi says it saves your bike from getting "key scratched"....a feature ALL bikes should have, I always hated my keys jangling from my ignition switch.
That must be new with the 2009... I can't do that on my 2007.
 

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Bummer...:cool:
 

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That must be new with the 2009... I can't do that on my 2007.
The post is in response to a question.....what I liked about the new 1700lt.
Go back and take a look, I researched the 1700,,,,I almost bought it.
 

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I had seen on VN750 a guy that used the chrome end cap off of a grip from a junk bike hollowed it out and epoxied the head of his key into it. Then when it was in the ignition it would kinda blend in and wouldn't jingle-jangle all day long. Plus according to him then he didn't have to remove it when he got off. Personally I wouldn't go that route. I am going to try to find that post.
I would rather have how my wifes car is, proximity key. Just get close enough and you can start it up.
 
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