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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
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.
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