Tuesday, November 13, 2007

My Vulcan wish list

Since I bought the stock ’07 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic, I want to make it my own. I like the clean look of the bike without any accessories, but for practical reasons I need to get a few things. With the bike purchase I also ordered the Kawasaki windshield. It came in, and I picked it up last weekend. I am a little nervous that it will be too tall, since I am only 5’3”. I want it for wind resistance, but don’t want it to be so tall that if it rains I can’t see the road. I am putting it on tonight, so we’ll see. I also have an engine guard (crash bars) on order, but it is back-ordered from Kawasaki so could be a while before I see them.

I am toying with the idea of no saddlebags. I like them because it gives you something to carry things in, which otherwise have to go in a backpack for now. What I don’t like is the width they give to the bike, and the fact that you can’t really lock them. I definitely don’t like the look of hard locking side bags either. It’s all about the look…..

What I do like is the look of a tall sissy bar. Not the kind with a pad (standard Kawasaki) but a tall ‘easy rider’ kind of sissy bar. Maybe 18’’ tall or so would look OK. I haven’t found any online but will continue to look for a custom one that will fit my bike. Kawasaki also makes bungee hooks that go on the rear fender side chrome, but you can’t use them if you add a sissy bar. So they make you chose one or the other. It sounds like some creative thinking is in order.
My other option is the standard sissy bar (with pad) with the luggage rack behind. I just can’t imagine the rack being large enough to actually hold anything of size. I saw a picture of a bike with a round cylinder pack right behind the rider. It looked to be PVC and seemed you could fit a weekend’s worth of clothing in it. I looked online and came up with an even better idea on Cruiserbag.com. I love it. I think that is exactly what I need. It even has a built in backrest for the rider! This one is the large size. I'm thinking about the medium.




The options are endless, but I like the clean look of my bike as it is. I do not like carrying a backpack everywhere I go, and it won’t hold everything I would need on even a short trip. I really dislike a cluttered motorcycle and accessories are expensive. I plan to take it slow, see what is available and will meet my needs. By next season my ride should be ‘sweet’!

4 comments:

TomV said...

When you get your windshield on try putting "RainX" on it. The water will fly right off. Maybe you can find a set of bags that are easily removable so they don't have to be on it all the time. I like the red paint job.

sue said...

Hard panniers stand up to knocks ( as demonstrated on autoroute this year and tend to be more waterproof. Orlieb roll bags come in different sizes and will sit on quite small racks and keep the rain out. Basically depends on how you want to use the bike. Looks nice and shiny:)

sue said...

Hard panniers stand up to knocks ( as demonstrated on autoroute this year and tend to be more waterproof. Orlieb roll bags come in different sizes and will sit on quite small racks and keep the rain out. Basically depends on how you want to use the bike. Looks nice and shiny:)402871

KawiGal said...

Nice ride! I just bought a 2004 Vulcan 1500 for my birthday (happy birthday to me), and I too want a tall Captain America type of sissy bar. (I think they're so frickin' cool). Anyway, I did find one for an 800 http://www.scootworks.com/shop.cgi/page=partskawsissy.htm/SID=1196649938.16361

I think I might have to have something custom-made, since I also want to hang a ram-skull on the back of mine.
Good luck with your search!
- KawiGal