$9000 sounds like the owner is trying to recoup the loss of the mods he added. Typically, modifications don't add a lot to the resale value of a bike, and 9000 seems kinda high to me, altho the mileage is very reasonable.
I'd get an itemized breakdown of the mods and consider their cost...THEN I'd consider whether you care about the mods. That's the thing with chrome and bling and pipes...they may not mean anything to the next guy at all, and you have to take that into consideration when you try to sell a bike you've modded. If YOU don't really care about the mods, I'd keep looking for a bike at a more reasonable price that will likely be newer. A brand-new Vegas 8-Ball is only $3500 more and has 0 miles on it, and you can mod it how you like.
I also came from a Vulcan 900, but I never found it objectionable for long 2-up riding. Other than the seat, that is. It was a fine bike, but I was in lust with the Cross Roads, and events in my life made me take the plunge. I don't know what your idea of a "longer" ride is--mine is typically several days and 1200-1500 miles. But you can make almost any bike do long-distance if you're properly motivated. First off you'd need a nice custom 2-up seat from, say, Corbin or Mustang. Perhaps a windshield and bags. Depends on exactly what you want to do, really. The bike in the pic is a nice, polished up bar-hopper. Obviously the solo seat is a no-go for long rides 2-up, those shorty swepts might be a bit loud for your wife to listen to (can't say for sure there).
As for power, you'll be just fine, and the 5-speed shouldn't be any issue at all. But if it's long-range touring you're after, a Vegas is not the best starting point, really. And the bike you're looking at would be an expensive venture that you'd likely have to part down to some degree and then re-mod yourself to make it do what you want.
If it were me and a Cross bike was out of the question (be it for not liking the styling, not wanting a full touring bike, or for financial reasons), I'd start looking for a used Kingpin. They're a bit more touring-friendly.
Thanks you very much for the detailed reply.
I am 44 years old and still enjoy the loud obnoxious pipes.
I really like the mods made to the bike and would probably do them all myself. I would need a windshield and like you said a more comfortable seating. The seller is going to put the two up seat onto the bike today and take some pics. There is also a sissy bar included. And pegs. I guess my long distance is 400 miles one way and 400 miles home. I have yet to be able to commit to anything longer with 2 young boys at home. Here is the list of mods on the bike I'm looking at:
Forged Villain Wheels 21" front, 18" rear
Elite 250/40/18 rear tire
Billet sprocket kit
Billet Rear wheel spindle
Big Sucker air intake
Custom rear swing arm and powder coat
custom rear fender and paint
Arlen Ness mirrors
Chrome belt cover
Air Ride kit
Victory Hammer Drag Bars
Victory Tachometer kit
Victory oil temp gauge
Santa Rosa V-Twin Pipes
LED turn signals and brake lights
Side mount license plate with LED light
If it's easy to change seats and and sissy bar for my wife I would really enjoy my normal 100 mile rides 1 up. My wife rides with me 75% of the time the rest of the time I am solo. I ride with a 103 Dyna buddy mostly.
Here is my current bike that I am hesitant to sell for 5,000 dollars. I just put a long long list of upgrades over the last year. There is a guy really interested in buying the bike this weekend.
Freedom Performance Sharp Curve Radius pipes. (These are the best and loudest pipes sold for the Vulcan 900) They sound sweet
Arlen Ness Big Sucker Intake(marlbed, and chrome filter)
Cobra FI2000R Fuel Processor
Memphis Fats Windshield(Quick Release hardware) Flick a switch on both sides the windshield is off the bike in 2 seconds.
Cobra Highway Bars
Cobra Sissy Bar with Cobra Luggage Rack
Saddlemans Extra Jumbo Saddlebags with Easy Brackets(Turn a key and the bags pop off)
Kuryakyn Grips with Kuyrakyn Bullet tips
Kuryakyn Powerpoint lighter adapter(high quality chrome)
Brand New Metlzer 880's Touring Tires front and rear(with brand new brake pads)
Brand New Yuasa Battery Chrome Radiator Skull Flame cover(High Quality) Regulator Cover same company High Quality Chrome
Horn relocation with cover. Full Synthetic oil, I only run Non-Ethanol gas in her too.
I would be going to this:
You are so right on so many area's. Especially being able to buy brand new for 3,500 more. 9,000 would be the most I have every spent on a bike. So this is a one time purchase for me. And could I ever get my money back if I changed my mind. I have the feeling I would be stuck with the bike for the forseeable future. It's a very tough decision for me.