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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-02-2009, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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New vulcan 900 test ride comparasion!!!

Living in Datona Beach has some advantages! We have 2 Biker events BIKEOBERFEST & BIKE WEEK. All the major manufactures offer Demo Rides. Dicided to try the New Vulcan 900 Custom.
All you need is a helmet, over ankle boots and a Motorcycle license.
1st let me qualify myself as being a 6'5" Tall rider @215lbs size 13 shoe!
The demo last about 30 minutes, you ride in a group single file. The bikes have govenors so your top speed is only about 55mph. The ride is on smooth gradual curved roads a some interstate, with some heavey traffic areas.
Impression of bike; Modern, clean looks like all the other cruisers nowadays at least with Vn750 you can find it in a parking lot with 25,000 other bikes.
The ride; The bike is bigger and heavier seemed to me a bit lower. the seat typical agian not made for someone my size, the Japs are small. Since it was a 900 I though the tork and power would be higher, not so in my opinion probably because it has lower rpms overall, very smooth in shifting, belt dive not bad! Very comfotable, could fall asleep on this babby! no vibration, did not seem as nible in turns, big tires, I have been told by the reps @ 70mph very smooth unlike the screaming 750. "you want power then the 1500 is for you" Try that one in March.
Did not feel the sporty response we have in the 750, no tack and did have rev limiter. the advantage styling, tons of aftermarket parts and assories. The price $7,000 to $9,000. I can see it to be better on long interstate rides! Have a loyality problem with my 750 this my 2nd one! too me its a midsize cruiser with sport Bike Hormones. I like the gittyup & Go of ours!!!
Again my personal opinion! any one else rode one?
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900 Custom is the bike I still want to own. It's sweeeet.
I have to keep the 750 at least one more season.

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I can see it to be better on long interstate rides!
Who wants long interstate rides? Gag / puke / yuck / vomit / horror! Give me the tightest, twistiest, most trashed out goat trail around. THAT'S when the riding gets good!

Nice report, though. I saw a 900 at a dealership and was amazed how skinny the front tire was. How much traction is there, with that little rubber on the ground?

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I saw a 900 at a dealership and was amazed how skinny the front tire was. How much traction is there, with that little rubber on the ground?
That would have been a custom. It has the skinny tire on front and the dish for a rear wheel.

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I test drove a 900 LT after I got my 750, not to purchase, just to feel the weight and if I could handle it (the weight). I was happy that the weight was with in my strength capabilities, but disappointed that it seemed to lack the pep. This was on a dealership bike without a rev limiter. There is no doubt the 900 is a pretty bike with clean lines. However, I still prefer my 750. Another point about the 900 is I have read on other forums that the belt has a tendency to whine noisily after a while. The one I tested didn't do this, but it had only 8 miles on the odometer also.

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I have the LT.Its
a great commutor for work,better gas milage,easy in town operation.larger, but more comfortable to drive.I'm 5'11'.the seat however could be better.I've left the 750 parked in the garage in case I need a back up bike or one of my siblings decide they want to ride with me.It's not a high performance bike, just a nice cruiser.
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James have you encountered the drive belt whine?

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It's not noticeable for me,but I'm half deaf as it is.
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I have a Classic "LT". The belt noise is an issue if the belt is over tightened. I love this bike. I like to go on long rides, and the 750 worked, but not very good for two-upping. The 900 has the room to stretch out.

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900 Custom is the bike I still want to own. It's sweeeet.
I have to keep the 750 at least one more season.
My Buddy Bernie had a 750. In fact he's the guy that convinced me to buy my 750 becuase he kept telling me about all the things that make the 750 such a great bike. Well this past year because the prices on new bikes have been so low he decided to "upgrade" to a 900 custom. So he's had it now for about 6 months and although he likes his 900, he's pining for his 750. The power of the 900 is nice but he misses the details that make the 750 what it is, and the riding position becomes a little uncomfortable on longer rides.

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