Thank you all very much for your great feedback. It's a decent bike, as I considered it years ago when getting 9er. Bikes options have improved since!
Tell your brother to check out the new 09 VStar 950, fuel injected. $7990.00 or with bags, back rest and windshield $8990.00
Thanks for the GREAT TIP! That's gotta be good since yammy is investing in R&D.
In addition to the Hornets and VFR, I also ride a 2008 900 Vulcan, It is a good choice for riding with a passenger. Get a driver backrest and it's like sitting on your living room sofa. The wife can lean against the rear backrest and watch the scenery. I have the LT version that has a large windshield (too big, had to cut it down) passenger backrest, and saddlebags stock. At legal speeds I can get over 50 mpg riding 2 up. The seat is long enough that the wife's helmet it not tapping into the back of my helmet. It was also my first belt drive bike. Heavy and low power? yes. Still a good choice for some riding situations? yes again.
But I doubt he will ride much 2up...but he took me for my first ride when I was a puke kid on his HD. I have the short's exhaust scar to prove it.
My grandfather has a Vulcan 900. A very nice, smooth, well balanced cruiser. I have rode it a few times. Moves pretty good, but the thing that amazed me was the balance for the cruiser. Have ridden many cruisers in the past, but this one felt super light once moving. A downside I felt while riding were the brakes. The brakes felt anemic. At the time I was riding a Honda Shadow, so I am not comparing brakes to a sportbike, but rather another cruiser. He has had a few problems with it though. His speedo has went out twice on him, which was replaced under warranty.
Very interesting. Great brakes are essential! I'd bet the new vstar950 is better here! But rather have him on the Kawi Versys (450lb & dual front disks!)
The 900 has a smaller seating position. At 6'2", I am cramped
Thanks! He's 6' so that's a great point if he plans on doing any distance trips with me!
Since he hasn't ridden for a while, I'd prefer see him riding a Kawi Versys and see how that goes before going heavy, unresponsive, but he's as stubborn as me.