well.....Yep, I have a 2007 Vulcan 500 LTD and a 2009 Vulcan 900 Custom SE. The two aren't even comparable...the 900 outclasses it in every aspect.
Hold your horses...Yeah the Meanstreak is 1 second faster in the 1/4 mile and 'wow is that V2K nice' but come on.. that 900 will turn more heads than either of those others.
You honestly believe the 900 will turn more heads then the 125 cubic inch Vulcan 2000? In the motorcycle world the Vulcan 900 is still just Kawasaki's Sportster.well.....
the 500 has a higher top end (had the 500 over 125 and the 900 was wound out at about 115)... it's the ninja 500 engine so it's just a faster bike. I don't see the 500 getting left behind by more than a few seconds by the 900 light-to-light. The thing is that the 500 is a wrist workout. you are always going to be red-lining the 500. It's a high RPM bike and you will twist the throttle to the max in every gear... that's just how it is.
My 1st bike was the 500 and I had it for over 5 years so I love the 500. When I sit on one in the Kawasaki showroom now though I think "**** this is a tiny bike! how did I ever feel comfortable on this bike?"
I think performance is almost a wash really. I think it comes down to size, price, styling, and aftermarket support I think if you are deciding between the 500 and the 900.
Size = 500 is a good bike to start on but I'm only 5'8" (on a tall day) and the 500 feels small to me now. If you're bigger than that, advantage 900.
Price = the 500 is cheaper so advantage 500
Styling = 900 hands down... lets also throw in that it's FI and not carbureted here that's also a hands down win (do we eeven need to mention the 900 has a belt final drive comapared to the 500's cain?). IMHO no other bike in the Kawai lineup is close to the 900 in styling. Yeah the Meanstreak is 1 second faster in the 1/4 mile and 'wow is that V2K nice' but come on.. that 900 will turn more heads than either of those others.
The MS is a nice bike but put the 900 beside it and the 900 gets the attention everytime.Hold your horses...
Putting in a veto here. That's definitely not the case. The 900 is nice, but the MS gives a whole lotta more attention. I know you 900 guys is passionate about your 900's, but sometimes you gotta do a reality check... :biggrin:
You honestly believe the 900 will turn more heads then the 125 cubic inch Vulcan 2000? In the motorcycle world the Vulcan 900 is still just Kawasaki's Sportster.
I don't think many people looking at the Sportster and say" ****! The Big harleys are nice But you can't beat a sportster for head turning eyecandy!"