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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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buy another Vulcan 750?

Ok, my stator is dead, I have what sounds like cam chain noise, and my bike has 92,000 miles on it. I am not going to replace the stator in it because of the mileage and the liklihood of other issues. The problem is, I love this bike. I've had 2 of them, both bought new, and a total of 170,000 miles on them. Out of 40 some bikes, this was my favorite. While I had this bike, several other bikes came and went. I even sold it once, and wound up buying it back. It's that good (IMO)

I have found a couple of nice looking Vulcan 750s on Craigslist, for what can be considered reasonable prices (for this area, used bikes are not cheap here) Both have just over 20,000 miles on them. One is a '97, the other is a 2000. I figure that if the final drive turned out to be bad, I have a perfectly good one already. I could transfer all my accessories over to another bike. But knowing about all the Vulcan 750s problems worries me. My ACCTs first failed at 15,000 miles. What if the same thing happened on these bikes, but the owner kept riding them?. Also, I'm partly convinced that the stator and balancer failures may have just as much if not more to do with time as miles. I could be buying a bike that already has or is about to have major problems.

I have also considered other bikes. Honda's Shadow Spirit 1100 or a late '90s Yamaha Virago 750 or 1100 would be good choices. Neither one has the roll on power of the Vulcan that I have gotten so used to. But then neither does anything else I like. It would have to be a carbed bike, with tubeless tires, those are getting hard to find in decent condition. If Kawasaki still made the Vulcan 750, I would have already bought a third new one.

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post #2 of 45 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 06:04 PM
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If it were me I'd probably change out the stator and ride it til something major went wrong. I did the tuxedo mod to mine recently and wasn't difficult or expensive. But mine only has 16k miles. You said yours has cam chain noise, does it still have acct's or mcct's?

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Ok, so you love the bike, have had great success with them, can find one with in your price range.... Seeing as you know the issues this bike has, have a decent amount of spare parts, already has the extras you want and experience wrenching on it it seems like a no brainer.

Why switch to a similar, but not quite the same, used bike? go with what you know. Check it out really thorough before you buy it, use your knowledge of the bike against the current owner and talk him down and ride away happy.

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Ok, so you love the bike, have had great success with them, can find one with in your price range.... Seeing as you know the issues this bike has, have a decent amount of spare parts, already has the extras you want and experience wrenching on it it seems like a no brainer.

Why switch to a similar, but not quite the same, used bike? go with what you know. Check it out really thorough before you buy it, use your knowledge of the bike against the current owner and talk him down and ride away happy.
+1 Seems like a no brainer to me too for all the reasons Chris mentioned, plus what you said. One of the things I like about the 750 is that the info is available about what to do when you do have a problem...along with the upgrades.

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Sounds like you're trying to talk yourself into not buying another one, but you know you will......
Even I couldn't go a year after selling my last one, hopefully I'll be putting it into good hands soon. That's #4 for me.

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Jerry, While I love my VN a Honda V45 is a 750 with about 70 hp and very reliable. The frame is a little shorter and seat a bit lower and with 4 carbs you may need to pay a shop $200 to rebuild and sync them once every few years but worth considering. Very fast and reliable

The Honda V65 is a step larger than our VN's (530 lbs dry weight) but it's 1100cc engine puts out 117 hp and can be darn near dangerous since they lift the front wheel if you crank the throttle in the 1st two gears but also extremely reliable.

While neither is as pretty as our VNs both give you the thrill for a low price and have excellent reputations for reliability.

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I'd say stick with what you know and love. Then again, I'm a VN750 owner so I'm a bit biased.

The other two you mentioned don't have all the features that the VN750 has and they weren't made for 21 years straight. Finding spare parts for VN750s is super easy.

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Welcome back Jerry... I would pick up the second VN, just to have a parts bike if nothing else...

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The problem I have with buying an older used Vulcan 750 is that I do know about their problems. I bought both mine brand new, and they were properly maintained. I wouldn't mind switching out a final drive, or even pulling an engine, but I don't want to get involved with disassembling an engine, at least beyond replacing a stator. My health is not what it used to be, in fact I am medically retired (disabled) I mostly want to just ride, not spend all my time working on a bike. The other bikes I mentioned do not have the known issues the Vulcan does. I notice several new members showing up after having just bought Vulcans that already had problems, like the stator or splines. A new used bike might not be any better than what I have.

I still have my new Royal Enfield, but it is for short local rides only. I would not trust it to ride several hundred miles from home on. Riding season will be here in a couple of months, and I would like to find something to ride by then. Thanks for all the suggestions.

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2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
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