I had an 800 and didn't like it because of the more sluggish handling with the wider front tire. Nice, nice bike - but it was gonna be the death of me. I'm just under 5' 8", tho', and I know leverage is everything with motorcycles. The 750 just handles soooooo much better!Saw a nice 2004 vulcan 800 classic.. with the wide front tire.. man it looked nice.. Any difference ..any opinions?
Does the 800 have the same r/r and stator issues.. worries?
I was only commenting on the VN800's shortfalls. The VN900 is a decient bike IMHO, but not a replacement for the VN750. It is a much needed improvement over the VN800 though. The brakes on the VN900 are superior to the 800's and I am a fan of belt drives since my KZ440 days. The VN900 shares the same tank panel as my Nomad, and while lacking a temp gauge and a tach it does have a fuel gauge which is a much needed improvement over the VN800. If for some reason I could not ride my Nomad, I would have a VN900LT any day of the week for touring. But even with the Nomad, I do miss some of the toys that the VN750 has...Good assesment for the most part bulldog but I gotta call you on a couple things. Having both the 750 and 900 I can agree on the looks likes a harley part but the single disk on the 9 is also backed up by one in back coupled with the wider tire will stop on the proverbial dime as well as the 750. I look at the belt drive as a plus as well as higher capacity stator. The 750 does handle better at low manuvering speeds(compared to the classic but the custom is pretty nimble from what I have heard) and is slightly quicker from a dead stop but doesn't have the top end roll on of the 900 or ride quality on the highway. Either way I think the 900 is a hell of a bike as is the 750 and Ma Kaw made a boo boo in leting the 750 die. It was after all good enough to hang around for 20 years with virtually no changes.(and only needed a few minor ones to stay in production for another 5 years)
Forgot to anwer the original ? Go for the styling you like but I would have the 750 over the 800 classic .
I have to get down and personal with a VN900 to work something out on a RR relo bracket. Then I have to find the time, which is in such short supply...Not a major deal on the R/R just enough of a PITA to make the job longer.Thats for sure one area the 750 has it better. I also had a 440 belt drive. I think that was my favorite bike of all time(except on the hwy) 60mpg handled like a whisp of air. If you do a relocate post it here or on the BTK boards, you'll be a pipular guy. I wish your LED people would come out with a Meanstreak/900 LED board.
Not to nit pick but it may just be the older models. But my partners 06 VN800 Classic does have emergency flashers in the same location as ours, just in a polished aluminum box instead of our black plastic. Other than that the 750 is surely faster and better handling from what I've experienced. One little con the classic has those spoke wheels so a bit more time trying to shine it up for special outings, where the mags are just a simple wipe down with a cloth after a ride for me. =)The VN800's are nice bikes. But they are not VN750's...
Nice stylish looks
Accessories available all over the place
Looks just like a Harley
Looks just like a Harley
Spark plugs on the top of the cylinders - have to pull the gas tank to change one of them
No gas gauge
No emergency flashers
Single disc on the front brake
To each their own, but one of the reasons I like the Vn750 is all the comforts that came standard on the bike; centerstand, gas guage, full instrumentation on the handlebars, a unique look that does not look just like a Harley, dual disc brakes up front and shaft drive. For it's size, the VN750 is the perfect bike. The VN800 and the VN900 that Kaw put out to replace the VN750 are but poor imitations...