We will cut right to the chase. As regular readers know, Motorcycle Cruiser magazine's staff testers have been fans of the Vulcan 1500 Classic in its various iterations since the bike was introduced in 1996. It has consistently ranked at or near the top in our big-twin comparisons for its comfort, impressive all-around function, good looks, solid support from the aftermarket, and great value. Our affection for the 1500 Classic notwithstanding, we think the Vulcan 1600 is a better motorcycle. How much better? We'd say that it's enough of a step up that Vulcan 1500 owners who are ready for a new ride should look here first, and that any big-twin buyer should give it a long look if the style attracts them. However, if you have a Vulcan 1500 Classic FI (see test in the Road Tests section of MotorcycleCruiser.com), we don't think you should feel that your bike has been left behind or rush to buy a 1600, expecting a major change. Though the bike is substantially different, the improvement, both in detail and total effect, is incremental. If you have a four-speed 1500 and like it but have the money and the inclination to move up to a new bike, this motorcycle and the financial incentives created by the current economic climate make strong arguments that it's a good time to jump.