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    Thumbs up 2011 Vulcan Vaquero

    http://www.kawasaki.com/products/pro...?id=495&scid=7

    NOT getting rid of the 9, but thinking about a 2nd bike and making the 9 strictly 1up. the more I look at this thing the more I like it. I'm a BIG fan of the HD Roadglide but not a fan of being air cooled and out of money.
    I think I'm gonna go test ride one next weekend.
    what do you guys (and gals) think?
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    I might spend a little more and get a WING.
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    Wings are cool, but I like the rumble of a V-twin too much
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    That was one of the bikes i was looking at. One of the things i didnt like was the way that the saddle bags opened up, i would be affraid that when you open up the bag that everything would fall out.. The way you sit on it to was a little different too. It is a sharp looking bike though.

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    Nice lookin' bagger. Like the price too.
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    Very nice bike, I'd take it over the Harley any day. I would go with the taller shield tho, the shorty looks cool but I see a tired neck after two or three hundred miles.

    The bags on my Concours open downwards also but there are retaining straps inside so nothing falls out, I would assume Kawi did the same on this bike.

    I like it.

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    I've been thinking of that or a Victory for a bagger for those long 2-up rides. Haven't seen the Kawi in person yet but I like it on paper!
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    I like it! Definately much better than an HD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthquake9 View Post
    Very nice bike, I'd take it over the Harley any day. I would go with the taller shield tho, the shorty looks cool but I see a tired neck after two or three hundred miles.

    The bags on my Concours open downwards also but there are retaining straps inside so nothing falls out, I would assume Kawi did the same on this bike.

    I like it.


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    It may seem slow to you after being used to a 109 (100 lb.s heavier and less horsepower and torque). I passed a herd of 7 going up a hill and met up with them later at a gas station. They came over to check out my bike as they were all rather shocked how fast I got up to speed passing them. They do look nice up close though, nice fit and finish. Personally, I'd probably go for a used 1800 Wing first. Plenty fast, and Hondas run forever.
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    Not sure about this one quite yet. I am not fond of the air vents in the faring.

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    I dont think they are air vents. my local dealer has one with spot lights in those vent holes, which makes it look much better.

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    For some reason they did away with the lights on the Vaquero, the Voyager has lights in there, if I happen to buy one I'll wind up putting lights in there as well.
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    IF your looking for a v-twin I tested a Vision some dont like the looks but it has the room for the rider and is more comfortable than the wing. Something to think about if you get a big windshild mounted to the bars you will know it on a windy day.
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    They have lights that go in the vents, an opt., but that was part of the agressive look with those vents.. I would have put lights in there also...

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    If I was gonna grow up a little and get a bagger... the Vaquero is at the top of my list... it looks cool and has power close to the 9. The Victory Vision and Cross Country are nice but they to just smack of Iv'e given up on power and sport for comfort and leisure thing written all over them. I'm just not old enough for a Gold Wing or a Harley or a Can Am. Now I might be tempted to go BMW and get a Dual Sport... just cause I still get an impulse to take the road less traveled. And there is that temptation to ride to Alaska that hits every once in awhile.
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    Well I'm not there yet in my riding days but I was loving the lack of chrome on the bike!! The black rims, forks and windscreen looked awesome against the red!!!

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    The wing is not your dads bike anymore. They handle good for there weight. The new BMW may be the new king of the hill

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    Quote Originally Posted by STL-TIGER View Post
    Not sure about this one quite yet. I am not fond of the air vents in the faring.
    I've read several reviews and theyve said the vents are non functional and that lights are available for those spots if you want them.

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    I was readingabout it in Road Bike a couple months ago. Its a beautiful bike. The black is just bada$$ lookin.
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    I saw one at the dealership in Little Rock last weekend. I liked it. About 17k. It had several small details that made it look nice. Small chin spoiler, nice dash. I'd buy one if that's the type bike I was looking for.
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    Rode one at bike week in daytona and loved it. Great bike. Look the shield on it. Its steal when you put it beside a harley. Great fit and finish to me on this bike. riding these do however make you realize how much power the 9 has, but for a cruiser this is a really cool bike. A few buddies of mine go up every year as a tradition and test ride bikes all day. Mind you the average age is 25-26 ( I am the old guy at 35) and we always pick the surprise hit. Well after riding 10 bikes each that day. This bike was the surprise bike of them all. Real enjoyable to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EY3LESS View Post
    http://www.kawasaki.com/products/pro...?id=495&scid=7

    NOT getting rid of the 9, but thinking about a 2nd bike and making the 9 strictly 1up. the more I look at this thing the more I like it. I'm a BIG fan of the HD Roadglide but not a fan of being air cooled and out of money.
    I think I'm gonna go test ride one next weekend.
    what do you guys (and gals) think?
    Got the voyager last year,love it still have my 9 i didn't think I would
    like the Kawy.
    The Vaquero wasn't available then, the dealer has one
    in the showroom now. I would have bought one if they were available
    a year ago.
    The standard 103 cubic inch engine would cost around 2k
    to upgrade the Harley 98 cube to 103.
    The Voyager is comparable to an ultra classic for about
    6 k less. I like the 6 speed and belt drive, cruise, radio
    rear air shocks. Plenty of storage space and the bags open from the top
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    The Vaquero is nice but for a few dollars more I would go with the Victory Cross Country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chilli Rock View Post
    The Vaquero is nice but for a few dollars more I would go with the Victory Cross Country.
    I like the Cross Country a lot more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EY3LESS View Post
    Wings are cool, but I like the rumble of a V-twin too much
    IMO you can listen to the Rumble on your 9! And buying a cruzer so the the Mrs. can ride in comfort, you would be going backwards with the Kaw. that rear seat is a JOKE! Our gels for our 9's are better, by a long shot! I'll admit the Kaw looks nice, NO DOUBT! But other than the wall/stereo+Cruz, your wife did not gain a thing. And by turning your 9 to 1 up, she'll have nothing comphy to ride! Yet you'l be styling, the Kaw does look great! But it is not designed for comfort,for a passenger in any way shape or form! Again I do like the looks of that bike, don't get me wrong. But that rear seat is but a PATCH Like the HD Streetguilde...
    If your really looking for comfort, It's the Wing! You wanted our opinion, thats mine
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    Quote Originally Posted by olddog View Post
    Got the voyager last year,love it still have my 9 i didn't think I would
    like the Kawy.
    The Vaquero wasn't available then, the dealer has one
    in the showroom now. I would have bought one if they were available
    a year ago.
    The standard 103 cubic inch engine would cost around 2k
    to upgrade the Harley 98 cube to 103.
    The Voyager is comparable to an ultra classic for about
    6 k less. I like the 6 speed and belt drive, cruise, radio
    rear air shocks. Plenty of storage space and the bags open from the top

    I looked at one, beside the voyager last weekend. Since I have the bags and fairing on my nine, it wouldn't be much of a gain for me to get the vaquero. I do like the looks of the bike, but since I plan on keeping the nine, I would rather get the voyager for touring. The leg position on the voyager was very comfortable compared to the goldwing, but it is hard to beat the smoothness of that six cylinder for long trips.

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    Just make sure you understand power will be completely different. All the kawi's cruisers I've been on all out shifted, out handled and out rode the much stonger, sexier and sweeter suzuki's. They just don't have any OMG power, other then that I love'm.
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    Saw one at the dealership the other day. It caught my eye, I even took a few pictures. For a bagger, it's cool. Would be between that and the Victory Cross Country.

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