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Yep looks pretty much like mine......except for the wider front tire and fender.
I've often wondered if the handling would be different.
Maybe next time I'm in Atlanta we can trade for a short test ride.

The pipes haven't been messed with.......have they ??
 

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Yep looks pretty much like mine......except for the wider front tire and fender.
I've often wondered if the handling would be different.
Maybe next time I'm in Atlanta we can trade for a short test ride.

The pipes haven't been messed with.......have they ??
Nope. Stock pipes as far as I know.

Handling is way different than my '80 GS550 but that's to be expected. I'll be riding lots of parking lots for a while to get used to it. :mrgreen:

Once I get used to it, yes, I'd love to swap for a bit to see the difference.
 

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I've noticed that this bike is much easier to ride than my old '80 GS550. With the lower center of gravity, it's easier to control. I did a little low speed maneuvering in a parking lot yesterday after my 50-mile ride in the morning so feeling more confident by the day.

I will, however need a larger windshield. It's as high as it will go but doesn't provide the wind shield I would expect. The lady I bought it from is only 5'3" and it was perfect for her.

I've also discovered that the fuel gauge is a little on the conservative side. Overall, I LOVE IT!!! WOOHOOO!!!™
 

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I've also discovered that the fuel gauge is a little on the conservative side.
I can get 200 miles out of a tank with conservative highway cruising......but don't like to because the light is on by then.

Likely that your speedo is "conservative" too; mine reads about 10% high, or at least it did before I changed my rear tire.
 

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One thing I did to test my balance was to look at one spot in the parking lot and drive around that spot as if I were staring at a coin on the ground and riding around it. That gave me a good feel for my balance. Then I tried some tight weaving as if doing a slalom to get a feel for the bike's weight. Both seemed to help. I should probably invest in a set of cones. Might be worth it for some fun practice.
 

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One thing I did to test my balance was to look at one spot in the parking lot and drive around that spot as if I were staring at a coin on the ground and riding around it.
Well that is a BAD habit to get into.

It is called target fixation and is bad when riding a bike because you tend to GO where you are LOOKING whether you consciously intend to or not.
You should be looking where you want the front tire to GO not at the object you want to MISS.

A slight modification of that applies to low speed turns.
If you turn your head and look where you want the bike to end up, it will go there........as if by magic.
Well it's not quite that easy but almost.

The other key point is to lean toward the inside of curves at speed.
At very low speeds it's a different matter.

How to identify a brand new rider:
He is running wide through a curve......is leaning toward the outside.......is looking dead at the shoulder or curb that he doesn't want to hit........and slows down which stands the bike UP. Those 3 things together pretty much guarantee that he will hit the curb or run off the road.......unless he manages to stop before he goes that far.
 

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I completely understand and am aware of target fixation. My point in doing that was to learn balance on this new ride. It won't become a habit, that's for sure!

So far, loving the ride. I'm learning to listen to the engine and determine the proper shift times based on engine sound (being one who is stingy with gas). I did ride in the rain yesterday so she has been baptized. :)

I'll be buying a new front tire before too long.
 

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Oh, I will for sure. :D Safely, of course. Don't regret my purchase in the least bit. It's so fun to ride and handles great! I'll probably be more impressed when I get the new front tire within 1k or so.
 

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I took delivery of a 2017 Classic LT today from Ken's Cycles in Richmond. Super happy with it! I had an engine guard added (which they had in stock), for the visual and practical reasons. I'll keep the Boulevard S40 for now and use it around town; plan some road trips on the Vulcan. It's been a good day!
 

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Nice to hear. Tomorrow I am 70. Ten years ago, when I turned 60, I bought my first bike since in my 20's. It was a 2009 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic. Tomorrow morning, I'm going to pick up my 2019 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT. When I'm 80? Don't think I'll be buying a bike. Perhaps not even driving one then!!! So, I'm excited about tomorrow. Loved the bike when I went into the dealer last Thursday. Even got the wife's approval!!!...lol
 
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