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Hello everyone, I am in need of everyone's advice. I am buying a 2008 kawasaki vulcan 900 classic lt. I am friends with the owner and he is keeping the bike for me until march in his heated basement. The question i have is i have fallen in love with the looks and the feel of the vulcan, but i am concerned about weight. I am 5'11 and about 225 and my fiancé is about 140. I am just concerned about riding 2 up and want to make sure that the bike is big enough to handle us comfortably. any help would be greatly appreciated... thank you in advance
 

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bike will handle yall with ease
 

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Exact same weight as me plus swmbo. No problems.
BTW How can you not have the bike in your lounge????:)
I live in a 2nd floor apartment and i just had spine surgery LOL. If i could handle getting it upstairs it would be. So i settled for the next best thing Setting it in my buddies garage LOL
 

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I'll have to double check but I think the bikes load limit comes out to be 400 lbs. That is not to say that many folks have exceed that limit and not had issues. I try not to, but me and my gf are 395 plus I have saddle bags, big sissy bar bag, tank bag, etc that are sometimes full. I have no problems with the shock in position 7 and tire pressures at 41\39 (pirelli mt66`s). Make sure you get really used to how the bike handles before letting her on and take it very easy until she gets used to being on it as well.... Even if she has been on the back of a bike before.
 

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PS. I have been riding for 29 years but the classic I have now is the first cruiser I have owned. Even with my experience it took a while to get use to this bike. For me, the cruiser "likes" to stay upright and I found myself pushing it over around corners. I will say it was actually funny that with a passenger it rides and handles easier (to me) albeit a little slower. Of course that is just me because I am was not used to a cruiser. I'm changing my rear tire (picked up a nail) to a Night Dragon, and I believe that will make it easier to push it around curves due to the profile.
 

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Hi Zach p,
And hello from UK.
Sorry to hear about the spine surgery, look after yourself !
I really enjoy the VN , and have had a similar problem , the bike works well for me as a back sufferer.
Biggest single improvement on the bike for me and passenger was tyre pressures being raised from book to 36 (rear), which made it handle!!!
Roll on Spring.
 

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Bairo,
Just a thought but your front tyre pressure seems very high for a classic. With 28 in the front and 32 rear being "book" .
I wonder if you are using the Custom (narrow tyre) pressure of 40 ish ?? Of course each to their own.
I use 28 and 36 and i mine falls into bends beautifully .
 

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Sailor... I have Mt66's. The stated pressure on the frame is for the original tires combined with what kawasaki thinks is good for a 150 lb rider. I go by the tire and not the frame or manual for inflation pressures combined with what kind of weight is on the bike. Of course I watch wear patterns as well.
 

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PS. I have been riding for 29 years but the classic I have now is the first cruiser I have owned. Even with my experience it took a while to get use to this bike. For me, the cruiser "likes" to stay upright and I found myself pushing it over around corners. I will say it was actually funny that with a passenger it rides and handles easier (to me) albeit a little slower. Of course that is just me because I am was not used to a cruiser. I'm changing my rear tire (picked up a nail) to a Night Dragon, and I believe that will make it easier to push it around curves due to the profile.

I have the Night Dragons on both front and rear, and they greatly improved the handling characteristics for me. I think you will be pleased with that choice.
 

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PS. I have been riding for 29 years but the classic I have now is the first cruiser I have owned. Even with my experience it took a while to get use to this bike. For me, the cruiser "likes" to stay upright and I found myself pushing it over around corners. I will say it was actually funny that with a passenger it rides and handles easier (to me) albeit a little slower. Of course that is just me because I am was not used to a cruiser. I'm changing my rear tire (picked up a nail) to a Night Dragon, and I believe that will make it easier to push it around curves due to the profile.

I have the Night Dragons on both front and rear, and they greatly improved the handling characteristics for me. I think you will be pleased with that choice.
I was very happy with the MT66's. The Night Dragons are supposed to be even better. Between that and going to the taller 170/80 I am really looking forward to the first ride.
 

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Bairo,
Just a thought but your front tyre pressure seems very high for a classic. With 28 in the front and 32 rear being "book" .
I wonder if you are using the Custom (narrow tyre) pressure of 40 ish ?? Of course each to their own.
I use 28 and 36 and i mine falls into bends beautifully .
I have a friend that works for a MC tire manufacturer. He follows the school of belief in following the tire recommendations versus the vehicle manufacturer. I can't say which manufacturer he works for because they can't hold the official position of stating anything but max pressure for their tires. With that being said.... His general consensus is that the best starting point for most applications is 10 percent below max on tire and round up for rear and down for front. While many will be closer to the 5 percent under max depending on bike and total load weight. Of course you have to "feel" the bike, evaluate wear patterns, and consider if your maxing out the weight on the bike or simply a light weight rider cruising solo. I'll go through all of that again for the new rear since I'm switching models. I'm close to max weight at least 50 percent of the time. I have found that with the MT66'S that I really like 40/38 (cold) and that I can feel even 1 lb difference either way. It may be that I get away with less in the night dragon? Have to see.
 

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I have a friend that works for a MC tire manufacturer. He follows the school of belief in following the tire recommendations versus the vehicle manufacturer. I can't say which manufacturer he works for because they can't hold the official position of stating anything but max pressure for their tires. With that being said.... His general consensus is that the best starting point for most applications is 10 percent below max on tire and round up for rear and down for front. While many will be closer to the 5 percent under max depending on bike and total load weight. Of course you have to "feel" the bike, evaluate wear patterns, and consider if your maxing out the weight on the bike or simply a light weight rider cruising solo. I'll go through all of that again for the new rear since I'm switching models. I'm close to max weight at least 50 percent of the time. I have found that with the MT66'S that I really like 40/38 (cold) and that I can feel even 1 lb difference either way. It may be that I get away with less in the night dragon? Have to see.
I run 40/40 on my custom, as it feels the most "planted" to me. I am a bigger guy, and with lower pressure in the back, it seems to have a bit of wiggle when rolling on the throttle coming out of corners. The tradeoff there is that you do feel a little bit more of the imperfections in the road, but the stability of the bike in those situations more than makes up for it, in my opinion. I also tried a little lower pressure in the front, and it just didn't feel right to me. The mechanic that put on the Night Dragons for me had recommended them, and said he believed they were a heavier built tire that have a harder/stiffer feel to them, but I don't know how true that is. I had some pretty sketchy tires on it when i bought it, and when I took to it in for a complete inspection, he prompted me to consider new tires. I am sure glad he did, because it really changed the feel of the bike on the road. Best money I have spent, really. My only concern is longevity, and the Night Dragons are marketed as a performance tire for cruisers which usually translates into stickier and softer compounds. We will see. I have about 5k miles on them now, and the front still looks new. The rear shows a little wear, but not extreme, so i believe that i can get at least another 5k out of the rear. Tire wear is so subjective and dependent on riding style/conditions that I don't know really what to expect. But I am very impressed with how these feel on the twisties. Rode Cherohala Skyway, the Dragon, and Moonshiner 28 on a weekend jaunt, and felt in control and solid throughout.
 
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