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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-09-2007, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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Vulcan 500 LTD

I have a friend (5'10/220lbs) that wants to return to riding with 95% of it >65 MPH in the country. The question is will a Semi new (5 years or less) bike run on the expressway at 75 to 80 for a hour or two if needed, without the sounds of distruction comming from the engine/trans?

Also how far back did the 500 LTD go with 6 gears?

Thanks for your opinions,

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-09-2007, 05:55 PM
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The 500 has 6 gears at least as far back as the 1996 model year, when it first became the 500 LTD.

The 500 is a nice bike for its size class, but (as you probably already know) it has a chain drive in lieu of the VN750's shaft drive. Its speedo is tank-mounted, and it has no OE tach, or fuel gauge. The tires are not tubeless on the 500, either.

Also, like its bigger brother, the 750, aftermarket accessories for this bike may be less than easy to find.

With all that said, if you lube the 500's chain frequently (and clean up the resulting mess), the 500 will give years and many miles of service.

The engine on this 500 is 1/2 of the engine from the Ninja sportbike of the time the 500 was introduced; this engine has a high-rpm personality.

Given proper treatment of the chain, and due diligence with other maintenance....like engine oil changes/valve adjustments, this bike should serve your friend rather well (assuming that a used 500 was not abused by its former owners).
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all vulcan 500 have 6 gears as do the kawasaki 454ltd. the 454ltd looks just like a small vulcan 750. on the vulcan 500 years 90-95, have belt drive and the speedo is on the handle bars. also kawasaki 454ltd (86-89) and vulcan 500 (90-95) have mag wheels just like the vulcan 750.
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Thanks, Ruger.

That being the case, I personally would be looking for Vulcan 500s that were pre-1996 models. Obviously, those were much nicer bikes than the newer LTD.
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I've ridden the newer 500. A 2003. It had plenty of giddy up and I know there are several people on the VROC site that swear by them. They are light and very nimble in handling. Accelleration is good but not as much as ours. If your friend takes care of it, it will last a long time.

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Having owned a "86" 454 LTD between my two 750 Vulcans I can attest (in my opinion) that if launched properly will hang with the 750 way past reasonable freeway speeds and slightly outrun a 800 Vulcan.
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Having owned a "86" 454 LTD between my two 750 Vulcans I can attest (in my opinion) that if launched properly will hang with the 750 way past reasonable freeway speeds and slightly outrun a 800 Vulcan.
Had a 454 LTD also, quick and great little bike.


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I too had a 1986 454LTD for 15 years before moving up to the 750. Did some serious long hauls on that bike. Great bike in the city for day to day riding!

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He is looking for a newer bike as he does not do his own maint. or deal with a simply issue on the road that can be solved. So that's the reason for around 5 years old or so. Newer would be fine as well.

Those that feel its a good bike, what is your height?

Thanks again.
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For those unfamiliar with the 454 LTD, here's a pic...kinda like a 7/8th version of the VN750.



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