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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-14-2014, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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So Which Would You Choose and Why?

Buddy is in the market for a cruiser. Likes the Vulcans. Can't blame him. Here's his choices.

http://www.trojanpowersports.com/new...74&pov=3306010

http://www.trojanpowersports.com/new...30&pov=3552224

my choice:
http://www.trojanpowersports.com/new...02&pov=3552490

So what do you think?

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-14-2014, 11:50 PM
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Buddy is in the market for a cruiser. Likes the Vulcans. Can't blame him. Here's his choices.

http://www.trojanpowersports.com/new...74&pov=3306010

http://www.trojanpowersports.com/new...30&pov=3552224

my choice:
http://www.trojanpowersports.com/new...02&pov=3552490

So what do you think?
The 1600 definitely...nice Cruiser for wife and I.
I like also like the style/shape, and cast wheels.


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Splines Lubed - 11/4/2012 - MF AGM Battery
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...have a vulcan good day!

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'05 1600 or the '08 900 because they're a lot newer for the same price range. I'd take the 900, 25%/10mpg better, bags, and I like the red/black more than straight black. 1600 is probably better for long trips with 2 people and heavy gear.

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the 1600 but be careful with either the 16 or 15 cause the oil gear is plastic and will eventually wear out the teeth and have to be replaced if he was to buy either i would ask the dealer to put the aftermarket metal gear in before purchasing

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The 1999 1500 has the plastic oil gear unless it has been changed out.
The 2005 1600 should have a metal oil gear.
Here is a reference to the years the plastic oil gear was used.http://www.vroc.org/faq/jopg/jopg.html

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the 1600 but be careful with either the 16 or 15 cause the oil gear is plastic and will eventually wear out the teeth and have to be replaced if he was to buy either i would ask the dealer to put the aftermarket metal gear in before purchasing
You are partly correct on the 1500's having the POG .The '(( model year was the last year for the Plastic Gear and a very few 2000's had it . Every 1500 after 2000 and all 1600's came from the factory with steel oil Gear.

That being said I would pick the 1600 because of the cast wheels and the newer frame that is completely different than the 1500. The '99 1500, if it hasn't been changed out, has the POG. Kaw replaced several engines under warranty because of the gear failure and were aware of the problem and finally changed to the Steel in 2000 even at that some of early 2000's had plastic so if I buy a 1500 it is going to be '01 and up.

Now on to the 900 it is a good looking bike and does get better fuel mileage. It also has a glaring flaw,the 900's are as bad as the 750 to eat stators. This is well documented on VROC by their members plus I know several people personally with 900's who have had to replace stators as well. It isn't hard to figure out when one goes either.For reasons unknown to me when a 900 stator fails it squeals like a bearing going out in the bottom end.

For the same money, the 1600 is the best bike. Plenty of power and if you ride normally they get around 40 MPG and will drop below that at high speed. They also are geared high enough for extended highway speeds and not be wound up and screaming. I have an '05 1500 and the nice thing about these bikes is they are FI and have dual stators and rectifier and will run all kinds of extras and seldom fail. The down side to a 1500 Classic vs a Nomad is the Classic has tube type wheels. I am remedying that situation as we are talking about this, I changed the back to a Nomad wheel and the front is getting ready to be changed over too.

1600,all the way if I were picking,plus you can run one of the 1600 or later model 1500 engines for 100k usually with little to no problem. The 1600 also has aftermarket parts Galore and available every where.That is also a good price for that bike as well. If I were in the market, I would be on it like a cheap suit. Plus it's Black and Chrome ,doesn't get any better than that

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He didn't like the seats of the Nomads, so he bought this instead:

2005 Yamaha Silverado 1100. http://www.trojanpowersports.com/new...00&pov=3547792

He'll be joining us at the gathering. Thanks everyone.

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He didn't like the seats of the Nomads, so he bought this instead:

2005 Yamaha Silverado 1100. http://www.trojanpowersports.com/new...00&pov=3547792

He'll be joining us at the gathering. Thanks everyone.
Those are good bikes as well. If it hasn't had the stock seat swapped out already he won't like that one after a couple of long rides. I several friends with those and that is the only complaint I have heard about them. Tell him to get in the habit of starting it in neutral,not just pulling in the clutch. The starter has an expensive one way clutch that will fail if it backfires a couple of times and it is in gear. Still a nice ride.




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Thank Denny. I'll let him know. Did you take a good look at the seat? I thought it was aftermarket, but could be wrong. It was the largest one in the bunch.

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900 stator squeal is because the stators have the magnets glued on and they came loose at the glue same with the 04 ninja 250

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