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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-21-2011, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of getting a vn750. questions...

Hey guys,

Theres a Vulcan 750 for sale.
Its a 2001 model and at 3500 miles. The guy is selling it at a great price for $2000.

Question...

Ive heard about the rear shaft spline problem, where the splines were not greased properly from the factory. My question is, at 3500 miles, is this something i should worry about? Should I bother getting the splines checked before buying, even with such low mileage?

Are there any other considerations I should know about or anything else I should check before purchasing the bike?

Thanks!

Anthony
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You should probably check the charging system. Take a voltmeter and check that the bike is charging right.

I would believe at 3500 miles the splines shouldn't be a problem but you should definitely lube them when you get it. If I'm wrong about this, someone chime in though.

Also, a 2001 with 3500 miles seems like it sat for a long time... ask if it's been sitting around lately or if it's been on the road. If it's been sitting around it probably needs some cleaning of the fuel system.

If it starts up and idles and runs fine, just some seafoam in the gas tank should clean up the system and keep it free of gunk... however, if it idles rough or doesn't run right, it might need to get the carbs pulled to clean them. It can all be done with the info on this site and everyone would be happy to lend some aid.
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Yeah, I'd be more concerned about fuel/carb issues than the splines ...(although I'd lube them up first thing if I bought the bike)

3500 miles in what ? Ten years? Seems pretty low... These bikes don't
Like to sit around.

+1 on checking the charging system.

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Seems like that's a really good price for that year and milage.

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Hey guys,

Theres a Vulcan 750 for sale.
Its a 2001 model and at 3500 miles. The guy is selling it at a great price for $2000.

Question...

Ive heard about the rear shaft spline problem, where the splines were not greased properly from the factory. My question is, at 3500 miles, is this something i should worry about? Should I bother getting the splines checked before buying, even with such low mileage?

Are there any other considerations I should know about or anything else I should check before purchasing the bike?

Thanks!

Anthony
Go for it man, they're GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREAT!!!! You going to have some minor problems with any used bike. The bonus of this one, besides the fair price, good year, and low mileage; is this site. Any problem you have with the bike, we can and will help you fix. Go for it dude.
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Ummmm, I personally think that $2K is great price for that bike, esp if it's in good condition. I second what everyone else said about seeing how it runs first.

But if it runs well, I totally agree with LP up there : this site will give you the knowledge, wisdom, and support you need to take care of almost any issues you may come up with. Mine's a 1989, and it had only 7700 when I bought it. Thanks to the great guys (and ladies I think) on this site, I have been able to keep it running top notch.

I did end up replacing the carb assy, but more because the PO broke the entire piece that holds all the idle linkage clean off it - I can't even imagine how.

Personally, I love mine : easy to ride, quick, handles well both in town and on the freeway, looks good, comfortable to ride - need I go on? Lol

If you do get it, be sure to post pics and fill us in on all the details.

Oh, and ride safe

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If you're going to join this site, you may as well bite the bullet and get the bike.

Things to look for:
It runs
No major oil leaks (grit and grime all over the engine)
Doesn't blow white smoke (a possible sign of coolant leak)
Electrics work.

Cosmetically:
No major dents or flaws in the paint.
No tears/cracks in the seat.

Not that it has to be perfect, but for $2k, you should get a bike that is in reasonably good shape.
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Thanks guys, ill let you know if the deal goes through!
Liberty, they do look like GREEAAATT bikes haha.

I have had a motorcyle in a number of years (switched to vintage scooters for the past three years). But lately ive been wanting to take longer road trips again.

The Vulcan look like a great do all bike with great features for the price!

Oh, and from the looks of it, the bike is in perfect condition. Im going to see it tomorrow.

Also regarding it being the end of season...I live in the bay area, so the season might last a bit longer here.

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yeah, i'd be more concerned about fuel/carb issues than the splines ...(although i'd lube them up first thing if i bought the bike)

3500 miles in what ? Ten years? Seems pretty low... These bikes don't
like to sit around.

+1 on checking the charging system.

If the bike don't run... , i would..
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Welcome! There, with that out of the way, I'd offer a couple hundred atleast. People usually have wiggle room. So if it runs & is in good shape then even at $2000 I think it would be worth it. I paid $1800 for my '91 4 1/2 years ago & it had 8600 miles on it. I've got alot more than that on it now!
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