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I like to "putt" so to speak, around town. In all my time researching bikes (and owning one in the past, a magna) i had looked at Magna's. I know the older ones had some cam problems (oil presure not high enough at low rpm speeds, at least some believe). Is there any reason I shouldnt "putt" around at low RPM's with a vulcan? I havent really fond any reason not to (in my mild reasearch on this bike) but thought I would ask the experts.
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Putting around is not as much fun.

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Definitely do not putt around town, it will cost you too much time in the twisties, and also cause the vn750 to cry for a bit of love in the mountains...
Well, really though, as the vn750 is geared pretty low and water cooled to boot, I really don't see a problem other than the above mentioned if you keep the Rs up just a small bit, on the other hand as my Sportster is geared pretty high and air cooled, I could have a bit of a problem in blistering heat putting around in town traffic, so I try to stay in the twisties and keep up a good air flow, easier on me and much more fun for me and the bike...
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Depending on how low you keep the RPM's, you may be running off the battery more than you are charging it.
IIRC, the stator doesn't really start charging until around 1800RPM's.
It's typically recommended around here to not travel long at "Parade Speeds"


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Agreed ^ If you want to putt around I recommend shifting such that you keep the rpms in mid range. Too low and you get the above, too high and you get heat problems. No matter what speed you're at, try to keep the rpms around 3. If you notice your temp guage up a little high and your fan keeps kickin' on, find an open road and let her purr a bit at a good clip. If all else fails, stop somewhere, shut her down, and grab a cup a joe. Hell, call the buddy that didn't answer the first time and tell him to meet you - now you have a ride...
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I wasnt looking to much at the RPM's but I'm pretty sure most of the time im in the 2000-2500 area. I like the low speed putt/rumble. SO basicly I'm good as lonag as I'm charging and not overheating? Those would be my concerns? right now I'm a bit suprised as the temp gauge has never been much past the first "warm " mark, but then again its only 60 here just yet (70 today, but raining, hope its done by end of work!). Buying a new bike and learning about it and waitng to ride is so hard right now!. Spring!, new bike, man I just wanna skip work and ride!
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I wasnt looking to much at the RPM's but I'm pretty sure most of the time im in the 2000-2500 area. I like the low speed putt/rumble. SO basicly I'm good as lonag as I'm charging and not overheating? Those would be my concerns? right now I'm a bit suprised as the temp gauge has never been much past the first "warm " mark, but then again its only 60 here just yet (70 today, but raining, hope its done by end of work!). Buying a new bike and learning about it and waitng to ride is so hard right now!. Spring!, new bike, man I just wanna skip work and ride!
LOL!! Don't think that feeling goes away broseph, it doesn't. Best way to deal with it is get good enough to ride to work! That way you can get a dose at lunch.

There's all sorts of tricks too man, like if you're bike's a little cold and you're headed up a hill you can rev it up closer to the red line before shifting. That will warm her up a bit faster. It will also keep you in mid-range rpm at the start of the next gear. Conversely if you're bikes running a little hot and you approach a down hill at a good clip, you can pull in the clutch, coast down the hill, and let the air run over the engine to cool it off. Just stay alert and be at ready break...
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