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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.
 

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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.

That is a design weakness, but it's not insurmountable. With the grease zerks on, give it a shot of lube, then remove the zerks and replace them with some stainless steel button head hex head screws. Keep the zerks and the next time you feel the need to add some grease, it's an easy job to remove the button head screws, replace the zerks, shoot some grease into the swing arm pivot, take out the zerks and put the screws back in. It's not like you have to do this very often. Sure beats the hassle of trying to remove a broken off grease zerk!
 

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Besides stator, what are other weaknesses you have noticed on the 900?
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.
 

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Well the 'cons' of the bike are totally subjective and really depend on what you want to do. There are not many, it's a fantastic bike. For me? Lower revs on the highway would be nice. I remedied the cruddy seat with a good aftermarket one.

Not all stators fail early. I tend to think there might have been a 'bad batch', because lots of people go a really long time without replacing them. As far as reliability, these are rock solid. Look through the 900 forums. You aren't going to find threads about timing chain slack, compression tests failing, or any sorts of other major engine failures. Yet, there are LOTS of these machines with 50k miles + on them. 'weak' doesn't describe this bike. There are reasons why some of us really love them, and reasons why others don't like them. But they are certainly rock solid reliable machines.
 

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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!:)
 

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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!:)
Stick a classic front wheel on there! :p
 

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The stock seat !!!! (replaced it with a Mustang - and happy like a pig in the mud):D
still missing the 6th gear on the Hwy :confused:
the stock Dunlops are crap !! (replaced with Metzeler - lots better)

apart from that ..... 32500 km's and I'm still a happy chappy !!:D:D

Cheers from downunder
 

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My 2007 Classic LT has 70K miles and going strong. I have just replaced the clutch kit. Other than doing maintenance on a regular basis it has been a great bike. I had to replace the stator because of my fault adding an alarm system and shroing out the system. The current stator has around 50K on it. I plan on keeping the bike and just replace worn stuff as I need to. This winter, I am changing the belt, fork oil and springs, rebuild the brakes and other minor stuff. I am told by a dealer we should get 150K miles easy out of the engine. We shall see.
Like everyone mentioned a new seat is a must. The 6th gear is not too big of a issue for me as I like to primarily travel back roads anyway. I did add a mechanical cruise control for those have to rides on the interstates. Keep that shiny side up! :D
 

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What do you think about the High revs on open roads?
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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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What do you think about the High revs on open roads?
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).
 

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One of the biggest weaknesses I've seen is its inability to stop sucking money out of my wallet. Every time I look, I have less and less cash and the bike seems to be decorated with more doodads.

Really, though, in almost 11k miles I've had to replace one turn signal bulb. The rest was all routine maintenance or optional stuff like a new seat, new tires, and other comfort items. I didn't buy it to race which is good because a barn burner it ain't, but it's still fun and easy to ride.
 

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+1 on the money pit. But it is fun and keeps me sane.
 
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