Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Ohio, Dayton-Cincy area
I think what you have been exposed to is not the weeknesses of your particular bike, but rather the incredable knowledge of the folks who are part of this group. These guys have experience and knowledge with our bikes that, in my opinion, surpass what the designers couldn't imagine with keeping the bike operational and running long term. There are many folks who have not done much of anything besides typical preventative maintenance and got as many miles out of these bikes as the average cruiser.
Now, I am not discounting some of the weaknesses of our bikes, but I think you will find all bikes have those. We are just fortunate enough to know in advance of some of them and have detailed instructions (The Vulcan Verses) on how to be proactive correcting them so we can keep our bikes around longer than the average.
I can see where you are concerned, as I was initially with my purchase. But, if you just do a few of the simple modifications, such as R/R relocation, maintenance free battery, and spline checking for lubrication, you should be good to go for many, many miles.
Good luck, enjoy your ride, and welcome to the group.
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