Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Near Mt. Vernon; just south of Alexandria, VA
I am 6' tall, weigh about 225 and have a 32 inch inseam.
With respect to the Vulcan 750, the Concours is heavier (640 lbs wet), taller (31 inch seat height), and much more top heavy. Under normal street/highway conditions I find it easy to ride. BUT--and that's a big BUT--if you let the Connie get away from you, the chance of recovery is much less than with the Vulcan. I know, because I had a static drop last May on an inclined gravel road, leading up to a sharp apron, up onto the highway. Granted I screwed up by turning the bars while stationary (very dumb), and I rolled backward a bit when I tried to launch (gotta use that foot brake!). But my feet were up higher than they would have been on a cruiser, and that 7.5 gallons of gas up high and 640 lbs also contributed to my problem. The riding position on a stock Connie also hunches me forward a bit to grip the bars, which puts one in a weaker postion to stop a fall than one would have in the upright cruiser riding position.
Maybe I would have dropped the Vulcan too, but if I'd had my feet lower, and only had to contend with the lighter and much lower center of mass of the Vulcan, I might have saved the day.
So, if I know I'll be riding on gravel or in less than good road conditions, I'd rather have the Vulcan. But cruizin' down a good highway, particularly in the cold rain, on a long trip, I lean toward the Connie with it's better protection, better seat, and much longer fuel range (I've gone 220+ miles without touching the reserve.).
Having said that, there are alot of COG folks who are well under 6 feet and are of quite average build (including women). So safely riding a Connie can be done if you are short. But not too short! And you need to be sharp about keeping those bars straight when you stop. And also be careful on oddly-angled parking lots, road shoulders, etc.
The Connie also requres valve adjustments every 6000 miles, which can be costly if you don't do it yourself.
If I had to choose one of my two bikes, I'd pick my Vulcan, if it can be outfitted to haul me and my gear on long trips. Certainly, the Vulcan is powerful enough for one rider and his/her gear, and it is as low maintenance as they get. But the 3.6 gallons of gas isn't much out in the boonies, and it remains to be seen how well I can equip it as a tourer (I trust the Forum won't let me down!).
I'm happy to continue this discussion here or feel free to IM me thru the Forum.