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Location: Chandler, Arizona
If you believe it has been crashed, then yes I would avoid it. Crashed bikes are always a gamble, no matter how low the price is, because they can have damage far beyond what you can see. Also avoid bikes with salvage titles. Many sellers on Craigslist seem to think a salvage title is not a big deal, but it is. In my state anyway, the only way to get one is for an insurance company to write the bike off as a total loss. Sometimes with sporbikes, seriously damaged bodywork can cause that to happen, while the bike is mechanically ok, the broken bodywork having protected the frame and engine. Sportbike frames are also a lot stronger than cruiser frames.
I have owned a couple of liter class sportbikes, including a Kawasaki ZX11. They were fast, but simply to uncomfortable for me. I have owned 44 bikes total, including an '84 Goldwing and a '86 Yamaha Venture. Believe it or not, the Vulcan 750 is the most comfortable of them all, for me. I have put more mileage on Vulcan 750s that any other single model, a total of over 123,000 miles on 2 of them.
You will not regret buying a Vulcan 750 in good condition. Not only are they comfortable, but they are fast for a 750 cruiser, in fact they will outrun many cruisers twice their size, including any stock EVO powered Harley, and Kawasaki's own Vulcan 1500 Classic. They also handle very well for a cruiser. The only thing they are not good for is long distance 2 up riding, but for that you simply need a bigger bike. That's where a Goldwing, Venture, Voyager, or Suzuki Cavalcade comes in real handy. Jerry.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike