Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Titusville, New Jersey
I dated a girl in the Air Force for about a year who had the 900. I let her ride the 750 and she let me ride the 900. She wouldn't get on the meanie, she said it was too heavy.
Alas, here's my review:
The 750 is dated. It looks like it came out in '86 cause it did. The colors are dated as well. The 900 is cleaner, way more modern including colors, and alot sleeker. Its lower and longer too which adds to the modern look.
The 750 is a quick, light, torquey little thing that's relatively easy to handle. If you're turning around or backing up over grass you don't feel like you're wrestling with it. Conversely, you also have to be careful going over bridges on windy days. The 750 lightness is good in most circumstances but not all. The 900 is no where near as touquey. It has plenty of get-up-and-go in middle range rpms and you're not using the clutch as much since you have 150 more cc's. I wouldn't say you're wrestling with her over grass or while moving her around but she's considerably heavier than the 750. On that note, there's absolutely no worries going over a bridge on windy days.
I feel like I'm kinda sitting in the 750 but feel like I'm sitting on the 900. The 750 has lots of stuff in front of you - the gauges, the bars. The 900 doesn't have that much stuff in front of you. The 900 is longer and lower and considerably more comfy. The stock seat ain't bad either. You do lean slightly more forward on the 900 though. There's more of a stretch to reach the bars - not considerable but noticable.
The 750 is quicker and more responsive cause its lighter and has WAY more touque. If I were going to do some serious twisties I'd take the 750. The 900 took some getting used to. It felt, at first, like I could only lean so far. Once I got used to her I loved the handling. Its lower so when you lean it really feels like you're over further than you are. Once you get used to that, the added power of the extra 150 cc's is really handy. She's still relatively light in the twisties but you have to have more skill and focus to keep speed with the 750 cause she's longer and heavier.
Overall the 900 is more modern so its easier to work on, a little better looking (IMO), and has more aftermarket goodies available. Its not a bear to manage but its more 'wrestling' than you've ever done with the 750. Its still a Kawi too so its reliable. If you're looking for something more modern in every way, lower, longer, more comfy, with a little more power - the 900's your bike.
Last edited by LibertyPilot; 12-10-2009 at 03:16 PM.