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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-27-2010, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Opinions wanted...(oh, boy!)

A coworker and I are talking about trading his 2000 Katana 600 for my '95 Vulcan 750.
He wants a cruiser, and I miss the ride of sport bikes, but I only put a couple of thousand miles on the Vulcan and am not sure which way to go. His has 12k miles, mine has 6k. My primary use would be for commuting.
The Katana is chain driven (ewww) but otherwise a pretty zippy sport tourer, noted for easy miles, comfort, and economy.
The new Kat cost about $6.5k, the new Vulcan was $12.5, or so I read...I think they are about equal value, now. Both bikes are good looking, but not cherry. I am a junior old fart, being 55 years old, 220 lbs,and not into high speed riding...eighty is fast enough for me.

What I want to know is, who here has experience with one and can give his/her thoughts on the matter. If your opinion is based on other than facts and experiences, it is probably not as helpful. What I am not really asking for is your brand loyalty.

Thanks in advance...be kind.


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The new Kat cost about $6.5k, the new Vulcan was $12.5,
Guessing iit was a typo, a new Vulcan 750 went for about $6,500.

My view is the bikes are both worth around the same amount ,
(4 grand or so)....so if both of you are happy with making a swap, do it.


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Have you ridden his bike, If you like it then it sounds like a good deal.

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when I bought my VN750, my buddie bought a brand new Katana at the same time (in fact if he hadn't bout his bike i would never known about mine). We used to trade bikes from time to time to get a feel for what we liked better, a cruiser or a sports bike... Sports bikes aren't for me... I am too tall, and feel like i am in a cramped up ball, but not on the Katana, the Katana let me stretch out more and ride in a more relaxed upright postition... I couldn't however kick back and enjoy the ride.
With that said, it all boils down to what you would rather ride.
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Guessing iit was a typo, a new Vulcan 750 went for about $6,500.

My view is the bikes are both worth around the same amount ,
(4 grand or so)....so if both of you are happy with making a swap, do it.


KM
I found the $12.5 reference on a website, and suspected it might be wrong.
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Have you ridden his bike, If you like it then it sounds like a good deal.
We will probably go on a ride together when it warms up a bit. I have not ridden his bike, yet. He lives about thirty miles from me, and it is still in the low thirties, here.
It is possible that he is too tall to be comfortable on the Vulcan..he is about 6'1" or so. I am 5'10". I guess my concern is that I only rode for a couple of months on the Vulcan, although it was about a thousand miles, and did not get the full cruiser experience, yet. From what I have read the Katana lacks sufficeint low end torque, and the Vulcan certainly has more than enough. Bottom end is not that important to me, as long as I can get out of the way. The wife liked riding with me on the Vulcan, but she could like the Katana, too. Mostly I am a lone rider, though.
I am waffling on this deal, I think.
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when I bought my VN750, my buddie bought a brand new Katana at the same time (in fact if he hadn't bout his bike i would never known about mine). We used to trade bikes from time to time to get a feel for what we liked better, a cruiser or a sports bike... Sports bikes aren't for me... I am too tall, and feel like i am in a cramped up ball, but not on the Katana, the Katana let me stretch out more and ride in a more relaxed upright postition... I couldn't however kick back and enjoy the ride.
With that said, it all boils down to what you would rather ride.

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IMHO, if I was getting a bike to commute on and being comfortable was a priority, I would stick with the cruiser. They're typically more comfortable...
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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.

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The Katana is a decent enough bike. I almost got one as my first. They do have good reputations as far as reliability. You guys should swap when the weather turns. Take her for a good ride and you'll pretty much know.

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