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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I'd have to say the most important thing to me about the Vulcan 750 by far is it's comfort. I have completed 2 Ironbutt Saddlesore 1000s on it, and was not all that sore. It is a smaller bike that is every bit as comfortable as a Goldwing. I know, because I also have a Goldwing. Better wind protection, but overall not more comfortable. I give the seat a lot of credit, but what makes it all come together are the ergonomics. The relationship between the seat, bars, and pegs is absolutely perfect for me. There are no pressure points anywhere.
The second thing is all those standard features. Especially the shaft drive, tubeless tires, and centerstand. Those bikes with bicycle spokes also have tube type tires, and none of them have centerstands, so when you have a flat out on the road, you are stranded. Many times on the Vulcan I have had flats, and I just plugged the puncture, aired up the tire, and went on my way. I have 3 plugs in my rear tire right now, and still plan to wear it out.
Two things about the Vulcan I could probably do without is the liquid cooling and the over complicated engine. The Yamaha Virago was air cooled, with a much simpler engine, and most of the important features of the Vulcan. It also had the Vulcan's comfort and old school looks. It had a simple intake system, and you didn't have to pull the engine to replace the stator. I wish they still made it, I would probably buy a new one as a replacement for the Vulcan when it wears out. But I am very happy with the Vulcan. None of the Japanese manufacturers currently make a cruiser that I would consider as a replacement. Of the 750-800 class cruisers, none of them have a centerstand, most of them do not have shaft drive, and most of them have tube type tires, making them unacceptable for long distance travel. I might consider the Vulcan 900 Custom, if it either had carbs, or the electronics had a 10 year unlimited mileage warranty. Honda has zilch, the Yamaha V-Star 650 might work if it had tubeless tires. The Suzuki model that used to be the 800 Marauder is chain drive, no centerstand, but it at least has tubeless tires. Unfortunately it also has over $1000 worth of electronics with only a 1 year warranty, making it too risky for me to consider.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike