The only weakness I have noticed has been in design. The 2009 Vulcan has two grease nipples on the bottom of the frame. I have sheared one off going over a construction zone temporary water line bump. Kind of like a speed bump built to protect the temporary line. Pretty sure that is where contact is made, cause I was not aware when it actually occurred. Other than that has been a great bike with about 36,000 KMS on it.
It's hard to really find fault with this bike. If I had to name any one thing I guess I would like either a 6th gear or lower r's at the 65 - 70 mph range. But with that said, I had the same issue with a 2000 Wing that I had, always searching for that 6th gear. There are a of posts on this topic but both the pulley swap or larger rear tire both seem to have some drawbacks. I guess the Kawi engineers have built it the way it needs to be, and it's they're not all that far off.Besides stator, what are other weaknesses you have noticed on the 900?
Stick a classic front wheel on there!The only negative I have with my 09 Custom is the front tire.
To me it's just too narrow. It seems to look for road grooves to slip into.
I'll swap it out for something a little wider on the next tire.
Other than that, I love this bike!
I would have to agree. Unless the majority of your travel is on the freeway at 70+ it should not be much of an issue. And like I mentioned before, I had the same feeling riding a 1500cc Gold Wing. One thing with running the rpm's where they are at, the power of the 900 is right there if and when you need it, no having to build up the r's for the instant need for speed.I don't really give it much thought. I notice it when I first get it up to speed, but after a few seconds, it seems to fade into the background. I don't spend that much time a high speeds anyway.
Partly, I think I just got used to it, but my 900 mellowed out considerably after about 12-15K miles. It lost a little of it's "tightness" as the engine loosened up. Engine braking wasn't as severe, and it was more mellow at highway speeds. I think it lost a little in the acceleration dept, too, but I felt it was a fair trade and liked it better (I'm kind of a mellow guy anyway, and anyone who buys a 900 for it's acceleration has bought the wrong bike, IMO).What do you think about the High revs on open roads?