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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-11-2010, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Angry getting tired of my vn750

Ok, I hate to say it…but I am starting to wonder if my 86 VN750 is worth the trouble. I have never owned a bike that has had this many maintenance issues and constant problems. I am a pretty handy guy and can do a lot of mechanical fixes myself. BUT GOOD LORD. I have been trying to stop a stupid oil leak for months now. First it was the back ACCT, left bolt. I replaced the o-ring…still leaked. Used blue gasket sealant….still leaked. Now I am using gasket paper, which is doing better but not yet fixed. Plus, it is leaking from 1-2 other bolts right around that rear ACCT. Also….my second gear is slipping. What an annoyance that is.

Maybe I am over reacting…. I guess I will let a couple months this winter go by and decide then. I took a ride on my buddies Victory 1500 yesterday and it really was impressive. But……he paid BUKU bucks for his, I bought my VN for $300 and it wasn’t even running at the time. So I guess you get what you pay for.

But the fact still remains….after personal experience and what I here on this forum, every time I get on, these things have more maintenance than and old Harley!

Again….I want to stick with this ride….i was just hoping to get some more ride time than I did this year.

Thanks for letting me vent…lol


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I guess I've been pretty lucky with mine. Bought it used with about 7k on the odometer. Up to 23k now. Has a rattle that I never have been able to find the cause of, but it's been pretty much gas and go. Starter went out, and I think the rebuilders have more to do with the related problems I'm having now than Kawasaki.

Looking at bigger cruisers for the long haul trips, but sure would like to keep the Vulcan for my daily ride to work. Light, easy to handle and more than enough power for the traffic.

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As I'm sure you're already aware, age....and how a bike was treated (or mistreated) by its previous owner(s)....has a lot to do with what you're currently experiencing with your bike.

On an older bike, especially one that is noticeably past 20 years old, you should obviously expect more problems than a newer one, anyway--unless it has truly been previously pampered and given extra special attention by its previous owner(s).

In the end, only you can decide if the extra effort to keep this bike is worth it.

You can either:

a) Opt to buy a newer VN750, and keep this one as a "project" or a "parts" bike; or....

b) Fix the bugs/problems with this one as they appear, and eventually you'll have an "oldy but goody"....

c) sell this bike on ebay/craigslist/locally...and buy a completely different bike altogether.

The Vulcan 750 is unique enough in the cruiser world that I would encourage you to choose either "a" or "b" above....they simply don't make cruisers/bikes like this one anymore (regardless of price)......!!!!

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^ +1, I believe theauhawk about nailed it... 24 yrs. is quite a bit on a bike, unless it has been really properly pampered, but of course its your call...
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my 86 has its ups and downs, but considering it's 25 years old it has been a great bike. I would really be upset to buy a new bike and have issues with it as I am sure it happens but you wouldnt expect it to, at least on a 25 yo bike it is to be expected and if they are just minor issues here and there I can deal with it!

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Rick's stator and rr
Tuxedo stator cover mod
pickup coil mod
dampers replaced
agm m/f battery
Harley sportster exhaust, degoated
Hid conversion
splines lubed
custom "" grill cover
NGK Iridium spark plugs

acct to mcct mod

rekeying locks,

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What ever you do, please don't let it just sit.

It deserves better. I'm thinking it's just now broke in.

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Originally Posted by theauhawk View Post
The Vulcan 750 is unique enough in the cruiser world that I would encourage you to choose either "a" or "b" above....they simply don't make cruisers/bikes like this one anymore (regardless of price)......!!!!
Completely agree. How many other cruisers can keep up with the sportsbikes in twisties, and leave them behind on goat trails?

The journey is the destination.

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Red spark plug wires
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im over by toledo if you want to sell it i ll take it off your hands !!!!! seriously
ill even pick it up !!!!

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1987 kawasaki vulcan 750 SOLD

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My '89 is doing great... Of course, that's after Lance did about $1000 worth of maintenance to it about 10 months ago.


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R/R relocated
Analog Voltmeter
PFIII Windshield
RAM GPS Mount w/Garmin GPS
Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter
Saddlemen's Classic Explorer Seat
Pro-Tac Driver's Backrest
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I want dibs! im in cleveland! i will buy it from ya!! i need another one for the gf to ride!!

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