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Old 03-05-2010, 06:26 PM   #1
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Default Vulcan 900 vs VSTAR 950

Hey All...need some input. Buying a new bike soon. Torn between the Vulcan 900 LS and the VSTAR 950 Touring Edition

Any suggestions/experiences to share?

Thanks..
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Old 03-07-2010, 01:05 PM   #2
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I'm on the Vulcan 500 still...but I really like the 900's. I've sat on the 950 and really like the feel of it. I'd have to do something about the bars, they didn't feel good to me stock. My dealer rarely has 900's in stock, tried out a used 800 and it felt great. My research is by reviews but maybe the 950 gets a little nod for freeway use over the 900, but not by much. Air vs. Liquid cooled is the biggest difference between them other than maybe the electronics are set up better on the Star. Either should serve you well, it comes down to your personal feelings on the bike. I could live with either...
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I used to have the 900, and the only complaint I had was that it felt buzzy north of about 70 mph. Some people replaced the rear pulley and resolved that issue. Other than that, I really loved that bike, it was powerful enough to handle anything - including 2up riding, handled great, looked great and felt great, and had no problems during short or long trips (including a 2300 mile to the Grand Canyon).

I can't speak for the 950, but I will say that I sat on a 950 when they first came out and it felt like I was "on" the bike (certainly doesn't mean it's a bad thing), as opposed to "in/part-of" the bike on the Vulcan, but that may have been because I was already used to the Vulcan.

Have you sat on them? Stood them up? How do they feel to you?

From what I've read about the 950, it is also an excellent bike. Are there specific technical features that you "must" have, that one bike has and the other does not, or something you don't like about one bike?

I think you'll come out a winner with either bike. Good luck!
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:18 PM   #4
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I've heard that the V-Stars all have pretty short gearing, making them run high RPMs on the interstate. The bad thing is that the shaft drive means you can't change the gearing to lower cruising RPM. For that reason I'd go with the Vulcan. However, I don't like the spoked rims on the Classic and Classic LT (I will only own cast wheels from now on).
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I've heard that the V-Stars all have pretty short gearing, making them run high RPMs on the interstate...
I don't know about the other V-Stars, but my V-Star 1300's 5th gear is more like an overdrive gear - usually I don't hit 5th until about 65-70 mph, or it feels like it's lugging a little. 80/90 mph on it is silky smooth. Haven't taken her much faster than that yet (only had her since January), but it's very easy to get to 90 and not realize it.
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I don't know about the other V-Stars, but my V-Star 1300's 5th gear is more like an overdrive gear - usually I don't hit 5th until about 65-70 mph, or it feels like it's lugging a little. 80/90 mph on it is silky smooth. Haven't taken her much faster than that yet (only had her since January), but it's very easy to get to 90 and not realize it.
Oops, sorry, I've heard that about the V-Star 650 through 1100.
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Yup,that's the 650 V-star.
Any time I would hit 50mph or so I would try to grab a gear that wasn't there,Very buzzy.
My buddies 1100 is not as bad.
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