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post #1 of 23 Old 08-26-2008, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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9ner to Cruiser?

Thinking about going over to the dark side and trading the 9ner for a Kawi Vulcan Custom 900. Anyone ever ride one of these or have any experience with them? I am looking for a 900 to 1100 cc cruiser. So far the Vulcan looks to be the best fit. Any other suggestions?

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post #2 of 23 Old 08-26-2008, 03:50 PM
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My father has a 1100 shadow spirit and I always thought it was a nice ride for a cruiser.

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Didn't you just put a bunch of effort into turning your green hornet into a matte black hornet? Were you thinking resale when you did this or are you just generally indecisive?

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Well I have been going back and forth for a while and I think I am ready to make the move. The mods keep me ocupied for a while and who knows I might change my mind again tomorrow.

One day maybe I can afford to have 2 bikes

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man a cruiser is not a 9er. you may be very disappointed. i've had many cruisers and currently the HD road king sits while i make the miles on the 9er. can't seem to make the switch back even when riding with my harley group. in fact have switched with a few of the guys and they don't want their harley back after a few miles on the honda.

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Unless you are infatuated with the ride of a cruiser or the little Vulcan, you will be underwhelmed. It's not that much lighter than the larger cruisers but much less power. Check out the VTX 1300 if you do some comparo rides.

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Here was a thread about my impressions of riding a Vulcan 900...

https://www.wristtwisters.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=13905

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hey, I've went the opposite way..cruiser to the 9'ner and I'm gonna say you'll want much larger then the 900. I have a 00 shadow 750 and it's no where near the power of the 9'ner, I've ridden a 03 shadow sabre 1100 and it's no where near the 9'ner. Unless a lack of power doesn't bother you I'd suggest 1300+, 1300 and up make respectful power / torque.

anyways, that's my 2 cents, happy bike shopping

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I agree Epicsoldier, that 900 I rode had nowhere near the power of the 919 even though they have the same cc's. V-Twins are a whole different beast, can't say I like them, have always been an inline 4 guy myself, but obviously many people do and more power to them. Literally, they need more power

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post #10 of 23 Old 09-02-2008, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I went ahead and did it. Traded the 9ner in for a VTX 1300C. I did test ride the Vulcan 900 custom and it was very smooth and fun ride but the power was a little lacking. Test rode the VTX 1300 and saw a big difference in pull and overall stability at higher speeds. Loved the 1300 and think I am more at home on the crusier. I will miss the 9ner but for me I think I made the right choice.


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Congrats! That VTX is an amazing cruiser and it would be at the top of my list if I was in the market for a cruiser.

Like the sign says, "That you ride is important than what you ride." Hope you'll stick around, share some pics, and your ride impressions of the new bike!

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^ what he said! stick around let us know your long term thoughts on the VTX

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Well, I went ahead and did it. Traded the 9ner in for a VTX 1300C. I did test ride the Vulcan 900 custom and it was very smooth and fun ride but the power was a little lacking. Test rode the VTX 1300 and saw a big difference in pull and overall stability at higher speeds. Loved the 1300 and think I am more at home on the crusier. I will miss the 9ner but for me I think I made the right choice.


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Unless you are infatuated with the ride of a cruiser or the little Vulcan, you will be underwhelmed. It's not that much lighter than the larger cruisers but much less power. Check out the VTX 1300 if you do some comparo rides.
I'm with Ken on this one. If you must have a cruiser in that size range ... go with the VTX1300.

My bad ... I didn't read all the way thru. Congrats!

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Well, I went ahead and did it. Traded the 9ner in for a VTX 1300C. I did test ride the Vulcan 900 custom and it was very smooth and fun ride but the power was a little lacking. Test rode the VTX 1300 and saw a big difference in pull and overall stability at higher speeds. Loved the 1300 and think I am more at home on the crusier. I will miss the 9ner but for me I think I made the right choice.

I kept my cruiser when I bought my 919. It is better for 2 up riding and running errands (saddlebags will each hold a 12 pack). Plus if one breaks I have a spare.

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Congratulations on getting what works best for you!

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Congrats on the new ride!!
It will take a bit to get used to the lack of power a cruiser makes compared to a sport bike, but they are meant for different types of riding.

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Well, I went ahead and did it. Traded the 9ner in for a VTX 1300C. I did test ride the Vulcan 900 custom and it was very smooth and fun ride but the power was a little lacking. Test rode the VTX 1300 and saw a big difference in pull and overall stability at higher speeds. Loved the 1300 and think I am more at home on the crusier. I will miss the 9ner but for me I think I made the right choice.

Well, you are the resident VTX guru now. You better be prepared to represent.

Good going!

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I also traded in the 919 and moved to a cruiser. I got the VTX's "little" brother, the VT1100C Sabre. I'm much happier, just shy of 5k miles, running the V&H Pro Pipe, K&N air filter. And as you can tell in the pic, my grin is from ear to ear.


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post #23 of 23 Old 09-21-2008, 04:19 AM
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Great looking bike, doc. I had that V&H 2:1 Pro Pipe on my Vulcan 1500 and loved it! Great sound and great bump in oomph when coupled with a PC3 and air box mod!

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