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Help me understand the draw to the typical big displacement cruisers...

Our "lowly" 750 is rated at 66HP with a dry weight of 483lbs.
The Vulcan 1500 is rated at 64HP with a dry weight of 637-743 lbs.
Twice the engine size, 154-260lbs more weight, same overall power, lower mpg.
Can I just ride with a passenger or bolt on some weights and get the same experience?

To be clear, I want to buy a Vulcan 2000, but at least that comes with 37 more horsepower.

I don't get the draw of the 1500 over the 750.
Go test drive a Harley Sportster S. At 126hp you might like it.

Indian Scout and Bobber both over 100 hp at 6k rpm.

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1 word: torque
 
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Weight, low rpm power, sound, features like hydraulic clutch, room to carry items in luggage, nicer passenger ride features, etc.. They all go fast and are geared accordingly to engine size. The roads aren't made for the top speed of any of them.
 

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If I had the money I would seriously look at the Truimph Rocket 3 Touring. I reminds me a lot of what my 74 H2 was like back when it was new. Plenty of power and made for fun.2500 cc is nothing to sneeze at. Plus fully dressed for the long haul and able to pull the front wheel up at highway speed.
 
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