Hi guys, this is my first post. I bought a new 2009 Vulcan 900 Classic about 3 months ago. This is my first bike ever and I have nothing to compare it to. Well, when I was at the dealership looking, I sat on the 900 and could step flat footed and that made me feel confident. The 1700 was 1.5 inches taller and 100+ pounds heavier. I could NOT step flat footed and it seemed much more difficult to get to stand the bike up, so the choice of the 900 was made. I only have 350 miles so far on the 900 and while I enjoy it, the wife has a problem with it. She has very long legs and can only ride with me for short spurts before cramps get to her because the foot pegs are close to the seat. Should I reconsider a 1700 (1.5 inches taller) or a 2000 ( same height ironically, but HEAVY)? I could always sell the 900 outright but I am sure I would take a pretty decent loss. Any suggestions for a first time rider?