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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-08-2019, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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I just bought a new 2019 Vulcan 900 Classic LT. Great looking bike but it is so much slower than my '96 Vulcan 800. Also the old 800 is smoother and more quiet. Did Kawasaki try too hard to make the 900 into a Harley, with all the mechanical noise and vibrations? I am actually regretting this purchase.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-12-2019, 06:15 PM
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Sorry to hear that you regret buying the 900.I think they are a very good bike.

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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-13-2019, 05:34 PM
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I don't know much about the 900 but give it some time to break in. Most bikes improve after the first 500 miles.
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-14-2019, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Maybe I am just too used to the smoothess of the Valkyries, ST1300, FJRs, and C14 I have been riding the past 10 years or so. Plus this bike feels so underpowered. I have only myself to blame ..., didn't take a long enough test ride. It is ok for around town and short trips at 65mph or less.
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Sounds like you went from 100plus hp 4 cylinders to what a 50 or 60 hp V twin. I can see why you think it's underpowered and vibrating.

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Test rode a Vulcan 1700 in 2008. My brother-in -law and I both commented about the clunky shifting and the rep said that was what the US cruiser market expected. We were both riding Vulcan 750s at the time.
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-17-2019, 11:47 AM
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There are different belt pulleys available to lower the cruising rpm and make it a little smoother on the highway.
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-17-2019, 07:22 PM
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I've got a 96' 800 classic with pipes, jet kit and air filter upgrade and I'd have to say this bike has a ton of boogie. Actually will kick the rear when catching 2nd if I get into it too hard. Dont know much about the 900's but I've gotta say I'm impressed with my 800B. Got a CBR900RR street fighter as well if I want to go stupid fast 😉😊
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I've got a 96' 800 classic with pipes, jet kit and air filter upgrade and I'd have to say this bike has a ton of boogie. Actually will kick the rear when catching 2nd if I get into it too hard. Dont know much about the 900's but I've gotta say I'm impressed with my 800B. Got a CBR900RR street fighter as well if I want to go stupid fast 😉😊
My '96 800b was a LOT faster and smoother than this 900.
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Sounds like you went from 100plus hp 4 cylinders to what a 50 or 60 hp V twin. I can see why you think it's underpowered and vibrating.
Exactly....lol. I will keep this little bike for around town and buy a used ST or FJR for the highway.
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