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Ok, here is a question for all the experts and pontificators!

I currently have an 02 800A, I like the bike but it is a little small for me. Many of you know that I have been thinking about adding forward controls. I went an looked at a couple other bikes, and found an 07 900 Classic LT that I like. What would I notice form power (torque and speed..vibration) over my 800.

It is an 07 with 1100 miles and they want 3k plus my bike.

Opionions please?

Robb
 

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First thing you'll notice is how much bigger the 900 feels compared to your 800. Not heavy just the riding 'compartment' is much more spread out. Vibration and engine speeds aren't going to change much, so if that doesn't bother you now the 900 will be fine. My friends 800 will keep up with him riding solo and me 2 up so you'll have a bit of power boost. I honestly think the 800 has more pep off the line but I added the scootworks pulley to my 900. Top end speed should be almost identical to the 900 (never compared... yet). Biggest improvement on the 900 over the 800 is Fuel Injection, and the larger tank. I forgot what it was like having to wait to let the bike warm up every time you start off. Oh and the gas gauge is nice too.
 

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Ok, here is a question for all the experts and pontificators!

I currently have an 02 800A, I like the bike but it is a little small for me. Many of you know that I have been thinking about adding forward controls. I went an looked at a couple other bikes, and found an 07 900 Classic LT that I like. What would I notice form power (torque and speed..vibration) over my 800.

It is an 07 with 1100 miles and they want 3k plus my bike.

Opionions please?

Robb
If your just asking about torque and speed compared to your 800 ,you won't find $3000 worth of improvment with the 900. you can get forward controls for your 800 for $300 or $400 dollars, and do something else with the extra $2600.00 . Do you want other opinions about the 800/900 comparision? I'll be happy to give you some more to think about.
 

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And I don't think you will find much difference in the size. The 900 probably is a little bulkier, but the 800A is probably a little more nimble. And with the right mods, intake and pipes, the 800A is one fast hot rod. Also the 800 is cheaper to maintain, cheaper to change the gearing too.
 

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+1 on the 800.... supposedly quicker than the 900, and with a few minor mods, the fuel injected no warm up isn't really that much of a concern.

Also, I think they're trying to rip you off if they're taking your bike and 3k from you. I wouldn't do it.
 

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+1 on the 800.... supposedly quicker than the 900, and with a few minor mods, the fuel injected no warm up isn't really that much of a concern.

Also, I think they're trying to rip you off if they're taking your bike and 3k from you. I wouldn't do it.
Whatever happen about your cooling problem ? (personaly don't think you ever had one)
 

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Speaking of "Whatever happened to"... how 'bout that bent shifter fork, Woody? Any diagnosis or other information concerning it?
 

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Whatever happen about your cooling problem ? (personaly don't think you ever had one)
It made it through the ride... but we kept moving the whole time. However, I did notice about half way though it, that if we came to a stop, as soon as I pulled the clutch in, it would die.... I had to give it constant throttle just to keep it running at a stop.... Overheating symptom? I may pull the thermostat and check it tonight.
 

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Speaking of "Whatever happened to"... how 'bout that bent shifter fork, Woody? Any diagnosis or other information concerning it?
Wasn't the shift fork. Once I got to pull the transmission out of the case and cleaning out the metal chips in the bottom of the crankcase. I came to the conclusion that a washer/ spacer was left out from the get go. The reason I came to that conclusion is because I found the broken snap ring that holds the mainshaft 4th gear on the shaft (it was broken in 3 parts though) and no pieces of the washer/spacer in any of the chips,which were from the 4th gears on both the main shaft and secondary drive shaft,this is the shaft that your rear sprocket mounts too. I'm guessing the snap ring finally gave out which caused it to shear the gears when I tried to up shift while going down the road . I will say the transmission seems to be a firmer shift between the gears now compared to how it shifted before the mishap. If you take a look at the microfiche of the transmission (and zoom in on the upper shaft), The part #'s are 92033 for the snap ring and 92022A is the washer/spacer that was missing. Oh and the bike is running as strong as it ever was ,so everything went back together fine.

<a href="Ronayers.com Fiche Desktop Motorcycle Kawasaki 2002 Vulcan 800 Transmission" target="_blank"><img src="http://images.ronayers.com/fiche/thumbs/thumb_124384.gif" alt="Transmission" title="Click to view Online Microfiche for Kawasaki 2002 Vulcan 800 Transmission at Ronayers.com" border="0" /></a>
 

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Wasn't the shift fork. Once I got to pull the transmission out of the case and cleaning out the metal chips in the bottom of the crankcase. I came to the conclusion that a washer/ spacer was left out from the get go. The reason I came to that conclusion is because I found the broken snap ring that holds the mainshaft 4th gear on the shaft (it was broken in 3 parts though) and no pieces of the washer/spacer in any of the chips,which were from the 4th gears on both the main shaft and secondary drive shaft,this is the shaft that your rear sprocket mounts too. I'm guessing the snap ring finally gave out which caused it to shear the gears when I tried to up shift while going down the road . I will say the transmission seems to be a firmer shift between the gears now compared to how it shifted before the mishap. If you take a look at the microfiche of the transmission (and zoom in on the upper shaft), The part #'s are 92033 for the snap ring and 92022A is the washer/spacer that was missing. Oh and the bike is running as strong as it ever was ,so everything went back together fine.

<a href="Ronayers.com Fiche Desktop Motorcycle Kawasaki 2002 Vulcan 800 Transmission" target="_blank"><img src="http://images.ronayers.com/fiche/thumbs/thumb_124384.gif" alt="Transmission" title="Click to view Online Microfiche for Kawasaki 2002 Vulcan 800 Transmission at Ronayers.com" border="0" /></a>
Wow, that's a relief. Thanks for the info.

I've been a little paranoid ever since you mentioned the problem with yours, wondering if there was some sort of design flaw.

Now, if the factory just put in all the proper bits 'n pieces in mine, I'm in good shape. :lol:
 

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It made it through the ride... but we kept moving the whole time. However, I did notice about half way though it, that if we came to a stop, as soon as I pulled the clutch in, it would die.... I had to give it constant throttle just to keep it running at a stop.... Overheating symptom? I may pull the thermostat and check it tonight.
Your 800 isn't going to overheat to the point of making the fan come on to cool the antifreeze at 80dgrees outside. I explained why the bike is running cooler with the rejetting and epa stuff removed from the bike( in the other thread) and I wasn't going to debate with some newer members that have never owned an 800 , they were just generalizing the problem. As far as the carb is concerned it sounds like you might have a faulty diaphram on the carb slide (it might be somewhat worn out). What do you have the crankcase vent going to? the intake or a separate breather? The reason I'm asking is, because it has been determined in years past that having the crankcase hose hooked up to the intake for an extended time (like 30,000 miles and up) tends to break down the diaphram on the slide due to an excess amount of oil mist constantly on the rubber over time. i've also seen problems where some 800 owners doing there wn rejetting getting the diaphram stuck around the carb cover when reassembleing the carb which ended up tearing a small hole in the diaphram causing the type of problem your experincing .Not saying for sure thats it but its a starting point, sorry but it's the best I can do on the internet .Without having the bike in front of me to personally take a look at I'm somewhat guessing. What are you doing this weekend ? how about meeting at Jamie C's in Tenn.
we'll get you fixed up there :) (we'll let him supply the BEER and BBQ):-D
 

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What are you doing this weekend ? how about meeting at Jamie C's in Tenn.
we'll get you fixed up there :) (we'll let him supply the BEER and BBQ):-D
Be glad to have you two, but I gotta tell ya, if you show up this weekend, you'll likely starve, go thirsty, and just to add insult to injury, get rained on as well. :icon_frow

Sometime in June? Now that's a different story. :newyear:
 

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Oh, and in regard to the fan on a 800... I think mine's come on twice since I got the bike. Both times were in 95+ degree heat, sitting at a stop on pavement. Other than that, you'd not know the thing is even there.
 

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Wow, that's a relief. Thanks for the info.

I've been a little paranoid ever since you mentioned the problem with yours, wondering if there was some sort of design flaw.

Now, if the factory just put in all the proper bits 'n pieces in mine, I'm in good shape. :lol:
I wouldn't worry about it Jamie ,and after having the motor broke down and fixing it ,I don't know how you could bend a shift fork in the first place. Your foot shifter arm isn't hooked directly to the main shaft anyway.
 

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I think when I am ready to get a different/bigger bike I will skip the 900 and go to a larger classic. I want to change to be large enough that I don't have to wonder about it. I fell in love with a 900 when I was at a shop lately but I really think I would just end up wanting more (don't we all) and would be better off getting something in the 1500-1600 range.

I know alot of people like the 900 but it seems like alot of people on here are also disappointed with it.
 

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As for physical size the 900 has more rider room, especially the custom. The custom has a slightly longer wheel base and overall length with a lower seat height. The bike is a little bulkier as well. You won't notice much difference in power. The 900 has a little more bottom end in my opinion than my 800 does. If you are looking for a bigger bike because you are uncomfortable or unhappy with the 800 then you'd probably do good to skip passed the 900 and find you either a leftover 1500 or 1600 unless you want a new 1700.
 

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PARTY at JAMIE C"S in June! COOL!! :mrgreen: :-D you are in the volunteer state afterall.


I think I remember someone was supposed to make a trip to Savannah a couple of years ago and stop in Albany for a beer. Did you ever make that trip?
 
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