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I recently Upgraded from a 2007 c50-T with a 1400 rear end to a 2013 c90T BOSS. I liked my c50 but ride the freeway 30 miles each way to work. The more i Ride the C-90T the more i like it. I is a quite different experience from the C-50. I have ordered the GMAN bully fuel controller as the newer bikes are setup to run really lean so run hotter. The weigh is not an issue after a couple of days riding. I also goes like the wind but is not geared very well for city riding.

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I have a 2003 model, technically it’s a Intruder VL1500LC .. I’ve had it for six years, and I haven’t had any trouble with it. Someone has already mentioned the charging issues, easy fix called mod 3 , it eliminates some plugs that are prone to melt, and adds a few wires that help with better battery charging. As far as performance, Www.gmanindustries.com has that covered. These bikes are know to be long lasting and pretty much trouble free as far as the drive train.. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another one. Theres a forum for them as well. Www.bullyriders.com . Thats the short link. The newer ones , 2013 and up are totally different bikes.
 

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UPDATE: The new C90s / 1500 starting in 2013 is an almost totally new bike. Comfort, power....to me it is a slightly heaver, much more powerful version of the C50 that I love. Tank is now real and back on top. Water cooled solves most of the stator/rectifier problems. I believe the tires are somewhat larger (correct me if I'm wrong on that), improved wiring and stronger frame. Less aftermarket mods available but they are starting to show up. I'm 66 y/o and 150 lbs. Lowered my C90 2 inches and pulled the bars back 2.5 inches. I lean back on my Grasshopper backrest, put my feet up on my Kury pegs and cruise the highway at 85 in 4th gear smooth as silk. Mine is a 2015 BOSS. Not sure what 5th gear is for unless it's 'star drive'. :wayhappy:
 

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UPDATE: The new C90s / 1500 starting in 2013 is an almost totally new bike. Comfort, power....to me it is a slightly heaver, much more powerful version of the C50 that I love. Tank is now real and back on top. Water cooled solves most of the stator/rectifier problems. I believe the tires are somewhat larger (correct me if I'm wrong on that), improved wiring and stronger frame. Less aftermarket mods available but they are starting to show up. I'm 66 y/o and 150 lbs. Lowered my C90 2 inches and pulled the bars back 2.5 inches. I lean back on my Grasshopper backrest, put my feet up on my Kury pegs and cruise the highway at 85 in 4th gear smooth as silk. Mine is a 2015 BOSS. Not sure what 5th gear is for unless it's 'star drive'. <img src="images/smilies/Drogar-Happy(DBG).gif" border="0" alt="" title="Way Happy" class="inlineimg" />
From my understanding they were having emission issues so they took the engine and such from the m90.
 

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From my understanding they were having emission issues so they took the engine and such from the m90.



I believe you are correct, sir. I was under the impression that the water cooled engine helped reduce the stator/rectifier problems but I was told by others that heat was not the problem, poor wiring and plugs caused the problems. Have not, so far, heard any problems like that on the newer version of the 1500 (C90). There are still a LOT of riders on their old version that just love them, most have done the mod 3.
 

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I have a 04 1500 vl and I love it.big, low, heavy, very comfortable. To be honest though, I wouldn't mind a bigger fuel tank.it handles long trips, extreme heat (phoenix /Tucson ) and has never let me down or left me stranded
 

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I have a 04 1500 vl and I love it.big, low, heavy, very comfortable. To be honest though, I wouldn't mind a bigger fuel tank.it handles long trips, extreme heat (phoenix /Tucson ) and has never let me down or left me stranded
Water cooled and Japanese, can't say i'm surprised! Just be sure to change coolant every other year.
 

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The '04 is air cooled. It also only has a 3 gallon fuel tank.
 

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Even more impressive, aircooled engine clocking well over 100,000.
Fuel no issue just throw a back up bottle in the saddlebag, or buy a more modern one with bigger tank
 

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There are alot more VL1500s making it to 100k on the clock without major mechanical issues (save for the faulty charging system that plagues all older models) than you will ever see with VL800s. Hydraulic tappet adjusters, better engine design and you don't have to wring its neck to get it to do freeway speeds. The tiny tank is really the only complaint most owners have.
 

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As I said Jap reliability. Plenty of high mileage VL's too, despite locknut tappets.
If you're wringing its neck you should've just got a bigger bike IMO
 

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I have a 2005 vl1500/C90, there are no valve train problems with the vl1500 model, the electrical system on the 2000 model is good from the factory but if it hasn't already been done it can be made rock-solid for less than $200 and 1 hour of time it's called mod 3 and it was developed and proven by the members on the vl1500 Delphi site to make the electrical system on these bikes rock solid.

Many of the members over on the vl1500 Delphi forum have well over 100,000 trouble free miles on them with no major engine or trans work needed, with regular maintenance these bikes are a hidden gem that many misunderstand and don't know much about. Don't let the lack of knowledge and misinformation posted here lead you astray, stop by the Delphi vl1500 forum and learn more about the bike from those that know it best.

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I heard the same thing that they had problems that could be fixed. Check it out maybe worth your time and money
 

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On those made before 2008.
05's and 06's were the stator issue years...my 05 stator went at 15k,,,my 06 stator went last year at 55k...they say it usually goes between 15k and 30k so I figured I was safe on the 06...so much for figuring anything. Overall have been pleased with both bikes...05 was lost in an accident at 67k...other than the stator no real issues...the 06 I currently ride now has 63k and overall has been good to me. Not going to break any speed records if that's your thing and the gas tank holds 3.6 gallons...believe the ones pre 2000 had the smaller tank.
 

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a buddy of mine had an 07 C90 for a time. I got to ride it and was quite impressed with it. It did have a processor and loud exhaust. The exhaust I didn't like but that thing had real get up and go exciting to ride. It pulled well in any gear or speed without chugging. I seriously considered buying it. The exhaust and smaller tank were the biggest issues I had. Could have bought a different exhaust and a Gman tank. I test rode the newer C90 at Thunder in the Valley Johnstown PA. I was not impressed with the bike. Fuelling was way to lean and it chugged a lot more than I cared for.

If I was going to consider going back to a Cruiser, an older C90 with it's hydraulic valves Air/oil cooled, could be a good bargain. I would install a processor if it didn't have one. Maybe the new C90 would be better with a processor as well. I believe the new C90 requires valve servicing much like the C50.
 
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