Vulcan 900 Classic LT review

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Vulcan 900 Classic LT

I’m new to the forum, but have many posts before the 900 Classic- some good, bad. I’ve been off and on for about 35 years and have bikes ranging from Z50’s, old Kawasaki 90cc a Honda 360, 700 Shadow, V65 Suzuki Intruder 1400 4 speed), a HD Wide Glide and a HD King. My last bike was the King that I had to sell why a new house (not easy to the RK that is).

After 5 years, I was chomping at the bit to ride but now with a family (and in tow, I couldn’t afford a buy-in for a new bike. What I I wanted was a windscreen, bags, and ergonomics, reliability, and affordability. I do a lot of commuting in a urban area (35 round trip) with day or two light touring trips my wife (200-400 miles). If not too cold, I ride year in the SE Pennsylvania area.

I’m not a loyalist or a biker but consider a motorcyclist so I was open to all models.

On a side note, it’s how some folks seemed with the bigger is better especially with motorcycles. years ago, 750cc was a super-bike and now anything under 1300cc in some circles is a middle-weight! At at weight of about 650 (road ready), the 900 Classic LT almost pound for pound my Wide Glide weighed in the

I think I’m stilll to say that the WG was a big bike back even with it’s Evo My experiences have revealed to me I’m not an aggressive rider, I (unnecessarily) speed or have to be the to leave traffic behind at a change, I want a bike is easy to maneuver both on the and in the garage, and most of all, is

In 2007, I bought that 900 Classic LT. The price was right, the fit my 6’2 230 lb. frame comfortably, the looks good, it isn’t weighty or ponderous, and it seemed to be bike for my type of riding. two years and 11,000 miles, I can this appraisal of the 900 Classic LT:

The bike has been great as a and light tourer. I learned the Road King that I had to a windscreen and bags. While the bags aren’t as big as the Road they are adequate and the windscreen is The addition of lowers did away any buffetting.

A luggage rack Cobra and a T bag from Jafram any storage issues.

In traffic, and when backing the bike out of my the 900’s relatively low weight and low of gravity make the bike far maneuverable than the Road (I’m not Road King it just happened to be the closest to the 900). On the expressway, the 900 performs but does exhibit some revving, especially after 75 mph on the speedo.

The Road King handled freeway travel in that the engine revs kept lower but of course the was bigger as so was the price tag. The Intruder 1400 would at highway speed too but never let me when I rode the turnpike The suspension on the 900 is compliant but not on par with the King’s. I keep the rear set a 6 which seems to keeps smooth (well, just a bit harsh) when solo and with a passenger.

Adjusting the pre-load isn’t science but it IS a PITA. Just set it and it.

Nevertheless, even with my on board (175 lbs. not looking ) and luggage, the 900 Classic LT 600 -mile trips (one at an indicated 75-80 mph on the expressway The bike could use a 6th gear or 5th gear to keep things but I don’t need the pully Yes the engine is revving harder and you do some vibration, but one of the secrets to is to ride within the bike AND means.

I like to stop 100-150 miles anyway, so I plan accordingly. When you do the 900 (or any bike) handles touring fine. I never did like at too fast of a pace anyway, so up with traffic in the right is never a problem, even with luggage.

Passing slower moving never required a downshift and was always some power in again planning accordingly the roll on acceleration isn’t on par with a Connie 14!

On side and backroads, the 900 Classic is really in element. With a reasonable and secure handling and braking, the performs extremely well. The brake requires a bit of a squeeze to the bike to a quick stop, but parking lot practice well familiarize a rider with the braking capability.

On a good the front brake is easy to and isn’t grabby, especially if you to apply the brake when slowly and turning slightly (I you shouldn’t use the front brake but at times it happens, like parking or coming to an awkward When it happens, you don’t to fight as much of all that mass of a mega-cruiser or full trying to let gravity do its job.

The 900 LT has been rock solid I did add Cobra dragsters with FI fuel processor (not needed if not upgrading the air box) and lamps for extra nighttime and daytime conspicuity. I also the rear turn signals running/brake lights and bought the Gel seat which works to a point.

On long riding days, I use an Air cushion AFTER my arse squirming and viola-it’s back to riding again. Otherwise, the gel is fine for everyday riding. floorboards for the wife were a and serve their purpose

Thirteen inch Buffalo ape made the riding position all much more comfortable for me and add to the look (I also aped the RK I had it). I also installed the in the fuel sensor to help the fuel guage (it’s accurate now).

Fit and finish on the are fine. I truly don’t the plastic fenders and chromed parts. It keeps the weight of the down, is less expensive to and won’t rust if chipped. the bike looks great as a Softail imposter but at almost a of the cost (factor in the extended unless you HAVE to have the HD on your bike, you can’t go

Besides, a smaller sized, cooled 900 throws of MUCH summer heat than a cc, air-cooled engine in the summer Some goes for a Stratoliner is for two days in August. Great (selling NEW at amazingly low prices) but not justified for replacing the Kaw 900- it was too bike for what I need day.

My wife and I are very happy our 900 Classic LT. It serves our purposes and is affordable. I can’t justify 20K plus OTD on a motorcycle anymore. not I can have 4 wheels, air conditioning, a premium sound, ABS, all capability and plently of luggage for less money.

The 900 Classic LT is a bike that successfully commuter functionality with capability with few compromises.


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