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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-08-2011, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking about buying a vulcan750

My local dealer has an '05 with low miles . I just saw it on their website today,and have not gone up to look at it yet,but from the pictures it is a very nice looking bike.
My questions are: With the v-twin is the vibration very bad? i used to have a 800 intruder and it would shake going down the highway,about bad enough that in about 20 minutes of riding your hands would get numb.
Any known quirks about these bikes? Cold natured? Fuel economy?

With my size 5' 5" 155 ,there isn't too many bikes that i feel i would be comfortable on and the newer cruisers are just too heavy.

i like the looks and alum.wheels,shaft drive a plus, round mirrors are strange, can they be changed?

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-08-2011, 07:28 PM
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Hey man, I will go ahead and chime in.
First off, welcome to the group. great info and people here.
IMO, the Vulcan does not vibrate badly at all, quite smoothe in fact.
Yes, the mirrors are easily changed, huge variety to choose from.
Quirks, checking the electrical system is a MUST before you buy the bike. Checking the operation of the stator and reguator is vital. not super hard to do, and if the shop wants to sell the bike, they should have no problem showing you that they work.

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4 , you'll be smart if you listen to Phurp. He know his S#X*t when it comes to these beauties.
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There is very little vibration from the vn 750. The charging system is the weak point on the bike. Also inspect for gasket failure at the base of the cylinders.
A long extended warranty if the dealer offers one at a reasonable cost is a good investment for these machines.
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Welcome. Hope you have some tools and know how to use them.

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x2 Nice bike for your size. Engine is on the noisy side but does not vibrate.

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i get 49 mpg rideing like grandpa but i usually ride it like i stole it ( with out the girlfriend on the back) and when shes not with me i get low 30's mpg . mine fires up fine cold . i ll ride it almost year round high this year has been 104 and the coldest this year -2 F quarks dont let them sit !!!!!!!!! period and the charging system blows other then that there cheap to maintain and work on < imo

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Well, I've only worked on a few bikes, but from what I hear from bike shops, the Vn750 is a pain the arse to work on. But that's just what others say. I worked on mine some, but it was old and every bolt either stripped or broke. I'd buy something FI, but that's just me.

Oh, and I can't see how shaft drive is a plus, especially on this bike where they don't lube the splines!

Bike is sold, thanks for the help guys. Ride safe.
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post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-08-2011, 10:49 PM
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Definitely does not vibrate much. Its a balanced v twin and pretty smooth. I find it comfortable to ride for up to about an hour before I need to get off for a bit (not the bikes fault really, it's me). I agree with what everyone has said so far. Definitely have them show you that the charging system is ok and you might inquire about if/when the driveshaft splines were checked and lubed. Those two things are real important. I've had a few bikes and I've had my Vulcan since 05 and it's one of the most fun motorcycles I've owned yet. Take care.
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