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READER MOTORCYCLE REVIEW: 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 500

By Sue Zirkle, Lowell, Indiana

Sue's height: 5 feet 7 inches
10/22/2008

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Sue with her 2008 Vulcan 500, shown with the windshield she added.
Sue with her 2008 Vulcan 500, shown with the windshield she added.

I am 50 years old. I traded up from 33 years in the passenger seat to my first bike ever. After taking the MSF class twice because it was so much fun, I decided I really liked the Suzuki GZ250, but my experienced hubby thought I would outgrow that too quickly. So I read a lot online and rode a few bikes. I had only sat on the Vulcan and thought I could probably handle it. Positioning was great for me, but I was still pretty nervous about the size. (I know this is not big for some.)

I hate to admit it, but after only 30 miles in the parking lot and about 90 on the road, I realized hubby was right. I'm glad I went bigger than a 250cc. I like the look of the bike, the handling, the weight and the seat—very comfortable. Haven't had a sore bottom yet (but haven't been out for more than three hours either). I do have a small sheepskin that really helps with sweating on warm days. And for cool days, I have a smaller windshield that does help, but not like my hubby's body used to. I’ll get used to it! I'm not sure the engine guard will protect that much, as it's kind of small. 

Sue with her daughter and husband. You can see her sheepskin seat cover and Willie & Max Revolution Fork Bag.
Sue with her daughter and husband. You can see her sheepskin seat cover and Willie & Max Revolution Fork Bag.

The only thing I don't like so far is the small storage compartment. It is so difficult to close after opening. I don't know if there is a secret I'm missing, but don't plan to store much in there. I put on a Willie and Max Revolution Fork Bag, which is great for the wallet, hairbrush, etc., and quite roomy. I have my fringe saddlebags picked out for spring. I'm so sad winter is coming so quickly!

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