As 2008 draws to a close, it's time to relinquish the key to my long-termer. You might think that with access to the biggest and baddest motorcycles, a Cruiser staffer would turn up his nose at anything under 1500cc's. For instance, I've spent the last week riding around on a Victory Hammer S, with it's 1731cc engine and nearly 100 horsepower, all the better to shred the giant 250mm rear tire. Yet the Vulcan 900 Classic weighs 117 pounds less than the Hammer, is comparatively effortless to ride on windy roads, and fits my body better. Add in that it hasn't had any mechanical problems, gets good mileage (well, in stock condition!), and insurance costs are a darn sight less than the big-bucks Victory, and this writer is giving the Vulcan two big thumbs up.