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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I got my '02 Vulcan for $6100, which was MSRP at the time. I have ridden the Kat. It's nice for what it is, but it is not a good commuter. It has low bars, high rearset pegs, and the bent over riding position typical of most sportbikes, just not as extreme as hardcore sportbikes like the GSXR. It's not that bad out on the highway, where the wind can help hold you up, but it is miserable in town. It takes a lot more effort to ride than a Vulcan. I'm 50, and have fairly severe arthritis, and the riding position just kills my arms, shoulders, and neck in town, plus your legs are bent back as far as they will go. I wouldn't mind having one for a 50 mile ride in the mountains once in a while, but I couldn't live with it on a daily basis. Despite it's smaller engine, it is still quite a bit faster than the Vulcan, because it is a higher revving inline four. The bike I liked, which unfortunately Suzuki doesn't make anymore, was the 600 Bandit. While not nearly as comfortable as the Vulcan, it was much better than the Katana. I'm keeping my Vulcan as long as it lasts. Jerry.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike