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Old 11-05-2007, 11:05 AM   #1
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Rode my first cruiser

Went to the I-National Motorcycle Show last weekend. Kawasaki was offering demo rides so I signed up for a cruiser since I've never ridden one before. I picked the Vulcan 2000 Classic. 720 lbs and a 2000cc motor that puts out 141lb-ft of torque. The ride lasted about 30 minutes. We went over to 288 down through some back roads and ended up on the East-side of the Dome.

The bike was pretty smooth and easier to ride than I expected. Corners definately require a different approach than what I'm used to. It takes a lot more work to turn it in. The 2Kcc engine never bogs regardless of what gear you're riding in. The front brakes on this bike were strong too (dual 310mm discs) considering it's weight. After about 10 minutes I got used to the bike. Dragged a floorboard around one corner (accidentally, of course). I really enjoyed riding the bike. I wouldn't want to settle for less power though. Thumbs up.

07 vulcan 2000 classic

http://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/vu...00-classic.php
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:12 AM   #2
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:40 AM   #3
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Here's what I got to Demo at the rally!! V-Rod!! Steering was very different but was fun!! Got to cruise the seawall and some twisties near east beach!! First cruiser for me too!!!
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Old 11-05-2007, 05:53 PM   #5
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I would be interested in a V-rod. Only cruiser that really catches my eye. Good bike to take trips with my wife though.
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:12 PM   #6
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Fuzzy18 what did you think about the Victory Vision? the guy at the victory booth was when i told him the bike appeared cheaply made, almost Chinese. I then proceeded to tell him i work for a victory dealer and he was insisting i tell him who my employer was. I laughed and continued about my business.


Dennis, i remember when Bike magazine did a review of the VN2000 when it first came out and the test riders were wearing full leathers riding seat stander wheelies on that beast.
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:24 PM   #7
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:14 AM   #8
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They are converting you!
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No chance.

My next bike may be a sport tourer though, like a VFR800.
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:16 AM   #9
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No chance.

My next bike may be a sport tourer though, like a VFR800.
VFR's good bike.
Well balanced.


I'll probably retire to cruiser when I can lean over anymore though...
But not for another 30 years!
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:41 AM   #10
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VFR's good bike.
Well balanced.


I'll probably retire to cruiser when I can lean over anymore though...
But not for another 30 years!
I will say that it was enjoyable to unleash 140lb-ft of torque. That's roughly 3 times the amount that my F3 has. Actually, it's more torque than my Mazda has!
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:45 AM   #11
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Fuzzy18 what did you think about the Victory Vision? the guy at the victory booth was when i told him the bike appeared cheaply made, almost Chinese. I then proceeded to tell him i work for a victory dealer and he was insisting i tell him who my employer was. I laughed and continued about my business.


Dennis, i remember when Bike magazine did a review of the VN2000 when it first came out and the test riders were wearing full leathers riding seat stander wheelies on that beast.
I would never ever own a bike like that. However, I must say all the bells and wisles were fun to play with. And it was fun to ride. There was a NAV System, I had the stereo blaring (the volume goes up automatically as you speed up).

For such a big bike it was way underpowered though... But it was surprisingly manuvable..

I got to demo the V-rods last year and they are BADASS.
My favorite demo had to be the Yamaha Warrior though, that was an awesome ride with plenty of power and confort, plus it felt like a motorcycle and not a minivan and that's a huge + for me.
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Old 11-06-2007, 02:39 PM   #13
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...I'll probably retire to cruiser when I can lean over anymore though...
But not for another 30 years!
That is what I thought until I rode one this summer. I still kept my sportbike though.
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My next bike may be a sport tourer though, like a VFR800.
The VFR is awesome

Let me know when you're in the market as I may be ready for change by then
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