I had a VN900C and I hated it with passion. The engine is all about torque but the gearing goesnt' take advantage of it, it is geared too low for that engine. The low gearing also means that it doesn't do very well on the highway, where it feels like it's floating at 55-65mph, you can't feel the engine, but if you try to go faster it will try to vibrate itself apart. That is why so many people end up replacing the pulleys, stock it is not a bike that will comfortably do 75mph all day long... Which is not really what I expected out of a 900cc engine.
Then there is the ground clearance or lack of it. It is a very wide bike with low ground clearance, it will scrape hard parts with little lean. I found that... Unnerving, I always felt that even at legal speeds I was close to the limits as I was already dragging the floorboards, what if I needed more lean or if I overcookec a corner?
Finally, the build quality... It looks pretty, but have you noticed that EVERYTHING is plastic? Fenders are plastic, air filter is plastic, side covers are plastic, chromed engine covers are all plastic too! Mine had the side covers break from the pressure I put on them with my legs when stopped. The clear coat on the forks peeled away, there were rust spots on the frame and the "rear fender subframe" (that humongous plastic fender can't support it's own weight) broke.
The bike does look the part, I'll give it that, no one imagines it is "just 900cc".