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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
They are most likely called "ears" because the bike is called a "Vulcan" They serve an important purpose, even if you don't like the looks of them (I do) they protect your engine. Doing the "earshave" thing requires the use of "filters" (if you want to call them that) that let a lot more dirt through than the stock filters, resulting in greater engine wear and reduced engine longevity.
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