2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

by Alice Brown
(Louisville, KY)

Buffalo Thunder Memorial Ride

Buffalo Thunder Memorial Ride

My first bike was a HONDA SHADOW 750 ACE and I thought at that time, that was the best bike in the world because she took all the bumps, bruises and drops while I learned how to ride. That was November 2007. Well I wanted to move up and I wanted a HONDA VTX 1300 but this guy had a bike that had been sitting in his garage for a year and he wanted to get rid of it. I asked if I could see it and when I did, I fell in love. She was sitting in the corner, all dirty and sad, waiting on someone to love her....so I bought her right then and there. My Rosie has been my best friend since January 2009. She only had 92 miles on her and she was itching to get on the highway. She has never failed me. We have gone up and down the east coast and all the way to Vegas and back. She now has 32,149 miles.

That "big bike" look is one of the first things I noticed. While it may seem big and beefy with its longer 64.8-inch wheelbase and large front forks and fenders, my Rosie is relatively lightweight at 557 pounds and easy to maneuver thanks to a low seat height of just 26.8 inches, a welcome feature for anyone, but most especially inseam-challenged riders like myself.

The extremely low seat allows me to place both feet flat on the ground. While the seat is the wide bucket type, it does narrow substantially as it reaches the tank so I can scoot up to gain an extra half inch when placing my feet down. The handlebars are wide and low offering relaxed riding position. For me, the ergonomics of the bars made parking lot maneuvers and u-turns easy.

My Rosie fires up easily at any temperature. I love the floorboards and the heel-toe shifter. The heel-toe shifter took a little getting used to. Coming from a motorcycle with foot pegs and a toe shifter, I got a little confused at times if I should use my heel or toe. The heel shifter is really just a convenience for those who cannot get their boots under the toe shifter to go up in gears. In the end, I prefer floorboards as they make for a much more comfortable riding position. Because the bike is so low, I did scrape the floorboards sometimes while pushing through some of the twisty roads, but overall she handled solidly in these situations.

I could go on but I believe you see where I'm coming from. My Rosie is the best. I will never sell her...even after I buy my GOLDWING in five years.

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Sep 19, 2010
Best Bike Ever!
by: Ms. B

Hey Alice. Nice to see my sisters on two wheels. I bought a 2008 Vulcan Classic the end of July as a leftover for a steal with 0 miles. I can't stay off of it. I'm constantly wanting to ride or shine her up when I can't. I didn't like highway riding until I got her.

I also plan to upgrade in five years, but my Vulcan 900 will remain in my stable as well.

Sep 07, 2010
Alice is Awesome!
by: Anonymous

I can attest to this rider's passion for motorcycling AND her desire to improve her riding skills and lessen her risk.

From your loyal "coach" at Belvoir :)


Sep 07, 2010
Iron Butt!!
by: Kim "MissyPoo!" Winston

Sugar Brown, I want to be like you when I grow up! You make me proud to be a woman biker. Keep on riding girl. I'll see you in Birmingham this week.

Sep 03, 2010
Rico Road Captain
by: Rico Road Captain

That's what I'm talkin' 'bout, my little sistah with the big heart, see yall that's how we do it in the Big 'Ham (Birmingham). See you next week lil sistah. Be Safe.

Sep 02, 2010
by: Patricia "Sweetp" Smith

Way to go Alice "sugarbrown" Brown, you know what they say can't keep a good woman and her bike down. Congrat on the recently Iron Butt completion. See you next week for the 3rd Annual Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Event in Birmingham, Al Sept 9-12, 2010.

Aug 30, 2010
by: Lynn - Florida

Thanks for sharing your story Alice. Rosie is a beautiful bike. I enjoyed seeing your vest and pics. I didn't think I'd like the heel-toe shifter, but it took me about 3 tries and I was hooked, along with the platforms. I ride a Yama 1100 VStar, which is very similar to your bike. Keep us posted!

Aug 26, 2010
I know how you feel!
by: Sandra

I have the Suzuki Boulevard C50, which is comparable in weight, looks and size to your Kawasaki Vulcan, and I know JUST what you mean! It's got that big bike look without the weight of some of those bigger bikes, it maneuvers GREAT, and it keeps up with the crowd nicely.

That heel/toe shifter still confuses me at times! I'm VERY new to riding, having about 600 miles behind me (LOL), and when I first got a good pair of boots I found I was shifting w/my heel without meaning to - caused some embarrassment at an intersection or two - but then I realized I was shifting before I meant to...I'm still in the habit of using the toe shifter at this point. Once in a while I intentionally shift w/heel, and can see it is convenient; just too much to think about for me at this time.

Funny, tho, I also felt the same way about when I first saw "my" bike - the photo on the internet showed her shoved off in a corner, forlorn and forgotten...I did not initially see her beauty in that first photo...thank goodness I asked for a closer look! :D

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