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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-07-2010, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Vulcan 750 Reliability

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I've had 2 Vulcan 750's in the past. I was riding Ortega Highway here in So Cal a couple weekends ago and I ran into the owner of a local Kawi dealer when I stopped for a break at The Lookout Roadhouse.

We started talking about old bikes we've owned and I brought up the 750.

He said the motors were only good for about 50,000 miles then the timing chain tensioners would go bad and he mentioned another engine problem that I don't remember. He said they were the most complicated V-Twin he ever worked on and they were expensive to work on becasue of that.
He said with 50,000 miles or more they wern't worth fixing because it was so expensive and the bikes wern't worth much with that many miles on them.

I had about 20,000 miles on my 750's when I sold them and didn't have any engine problems....although the last one I had I remember a ticking sound in the morning when cold at start up...would go away after the motor warmed up.

So my question is this......How many miles do you have on your 750's AND have you had any engine problems with yours??

Current Ride...2008 Yamaha FJR1300

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2006 Triumph Sprint
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-07-2010, 06:51 AM
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58,000 here. Replaced the cam chain tensioners with manual ones from Toc. The stator fried about 4 times, fixed under extended warranty each time.

But, the extended warranty is now over. It's about $1000 for a stator job, so if the stator fries again, I don't know what I'll do. Love the VN, want to keep it, but $$$ is always tight.

Still, other that the stator, the bike is rock solid. I ride hard over some amazingly rough roads, it soaks them up and asks for more.

Make sure to change the oil every 3k. When I hit 60k I'll probably take it to the shop for a full maintenance service.

There's only one thing the VN750 is very bad at: Sitting in the garage unridden.

The journey is the destination.

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Wow a fried Stator 4 times!! Is that common, or did you have an issue somewhere that was causing it to fry??

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2006 Triumph Sprint
2004 Kawasaki ZRX1200
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1996 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
1984 Honda V65 Sabre 1100
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I agree. The biggest shop in my area has two factory trained mechs. The rest are post high school kids that do most of the work.

Simplicity in engine design has it's bonuses - not one of the VN's - but then, it wouldn't be VN750!

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The engine is more complicated than most cruisers, but then not many 750s are able to perform like the VN750! Definitely not a typical cruiser.

The "50,000 miles and the engine is shot" story is bull. The ticking you heard was probably the ACCT springs getting weak. Replace the ACCT springs periodically or convert to manual CCT and that is not a problem. That's like saying you need to replace a car when the wheel bearings wear out!

Your other questions are answered in my sig. I've had no engine problems. I did buysome MCCTs, but haven't installed them because the ACCTs are going fine.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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The "50,000 miles and the engine is shot" story is bull.
Not saying you're wrong but I'd like to get some input from guys that have 60,70 80 or more thousand miles on their 750's before I'd agree with you.
The engines working hard at high RPM's on the freeway COULD be a factor in the life of the motor.

At this point I'd be more tempted to take the word of a guy that has sold them for years, but that's why I asked for input from you folks.

This Kawi dealer has been in business since about 1982.

Current Ride...2008 Yamaha FJR1300

Past Pleasures...
2007 Suzuki Bandit1250
2006 Triumph Sprint
2004 Kawasaki ZRX1200
2002 Kawasaki ZRX1200
1996 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
1984 Honda V65 Sabre 1100
1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
1982 Suzuki GS750EZ
1974 Suzuki GT380

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Well, I know EQPlayer and EdAlbris (sp?) have over 50,000 miles on theirs. In a few more years, I should too. Keep in mind there are folks that only get to ride on weekends and live in northern climes. They aren't going to rack up as many miles as someone who uses the bike as a daily commuter and rides year round.

Since you mention your trust in a Kawasaki dealership, let me share my experience with one. I got my Vulcan from a guy who had just spent $1,300 at the dealership to have the bike "gone over" from one end to the other. He gave me the receipts when he sold it. They kept his bike four months. He was an occasional rider and put around 300 miles on his bike in a little over 90 days, which was the lime limit on the warranty for the dealership work. It started having throttle issues and you had to hold the throttle to crank the bike. Turns out the original pull throttle cable, which had never been lubricated, was frayed and binding in the cable housing. He sold the 750 to me and bought a 2008 VN2000.

When I called him a month or so after the sale, he told me his brand new bike was in the dealer repair shop with a blown engine. Seems they had over filled the crankcase with oil, and he, assuming the dealership knew what it was doing, didn't check it. There are similar stories of other members experiences with Kawi dealerships on the pages of this forum. I'm not saying they are all worthless, but there are many examples of dealerships giving bogus diagnosis and not knowing how to properly service these bikes. And it's not like there weren't a bunch of these bikes produced; they were made from 1985-2006.

One reason so many of these bikes wind up being parted out is because the rear driveshaft splines were not properly lubed, both from the factory and dealerships. A new final drive costs $1,200 from Kawasaki. If you get a VN750, be sure to check that. I would do it before buying the bike.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts
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Dealerships are best to be called "Stealerships". Plain and simple. I went in to order some basic parts, a bolt and the plastic chrome swingarm cover cap, and got to talking to one of the guys that work there, the first thing he did was dis my bike, saying i gotta get something newer and bigger. I told him my vn750 has no problem keeping up with the big boys and out does them in the turns hands down. He just laughed. He said the vn750s are a walking nightmare. I said they made this bike for over 25 years, and barely changed anything, it's a proven solid machine. He just chuckled.
And as FlacoLove and flitecontrol stated, I wouldn't trust them as far as i can throw them. If you take it in to have stuff done, you best go over it yourself!
My bro took his quad into the yamaha dealership for new tires and brakes, and those tards didnt tighten the dam lugnuts on the tires.

Stealerships want your money, they want you to come back time and time again. If i can do the work myself, then I DO!!

As far as the whole 50K mile crap goes, well you gotta maintain your bike, if you dont keep it up, sure it wont last that long. I just went over 17K on mine, and she's actually running better now than when i got her with 6500 miles on it.

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