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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-17-2008, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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This must be wrong or something.

"The 1985 U.S. Vulcan was a 700cc because of the legislation of a tax
on 750 cc+ imports to give Harley a more competitive market. 1986 was
the 1st 750 US Vulcan."


I was looking through the site and found this in a post in Vulcan Verses section. There is no way this is possible. I have a 1985 VN750. Motor is origional, everything just about is origional. Its a 750cc and man. date on the forks is 11/84 making it a 1985 for sure.

Sorry, just thought it was funny.
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That's actually a true statement (about the tax on imports) - it was short-lived, but it did make the Japanese reduce the size of the engines. I have a 1983 Yamaha Virago project bike that's a 750, but by 1984 they were down to 700s. By 1986, the 750 was back. Maybe yours was able to sneak past the tax collectors??

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Or they sold some bikes that were labeled "700" to meet the gov't rules but actually had 750 engines in there...

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The tarrif was in place from 1984 to 1988. This tariff was put in place to help keep Harley Davidson, who had just broke away from AMF and was losing money left and right. In 1983, President Reagan signed the tariff into law.

All motorcycles over 750cc that were manufactured overseas were affected. The Goldwing 1000 was not affected because it was made in Maryville, OH. But all the Kawasaki's were affected. Kawasaki got around that by moving production of the VN750 to Lincoln NE in 1986 and introducing the Voyager 1200 in 1986 - made in the USA. They continued to manufacture the Voyager 1300 in Japan until 1988.

The tariff was to be a 5 year tarrif but Harley Davidson, who was the company that the tariff was to protect asked the Reagan administration to remove the tariff 1 year early as it had done it's job. Harley was out of danger.

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http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa032.html
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpag...pagewanted=all

Now, as far as your 1985 that is a VN750. Maybe it did slip through the cracks. Maybe it is originally from Canada or another country that imported the VN750. Or maybe, it is a VN700 in reality. IIRC, the engine will have all the markings of a VN750 including stampings on the cylinders. What made the VN750 engine a VN700 for 1985 was smaller pistons and sleves in the cylinders. Otherwise, the engine is the same. It made no sense for Kawasaki to make two different engines.

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It had to have slipped through some how. It is a vn750. I am the third owner. My brother was the second owner, and we both knew the first owner personally. He bought it brand new from a dealership around here. Guess its just a lucky fluke I have it. Maybe thats why I can barly find any parts for it.
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Guess its just a lucky fluke I have it. Maybe thats why I can barly find any parts for it.
Parts are available. Almost every VN750 part from 1985 to 2006 fits your bike. The only exceptions would be the new round master cylinder on the 1991's and on, the self canceling turn signals and the differences in finish on the aluminum side rails. In 1988 or 1989, they became chrome. But the chrome ones bolt right up in place. The Vulcan 750 / 700 remained 99% the same it's entire 22 year production cycle. Of course, the black engine was "different".

Unfortunatly, if you want the dirge of parts that are available for the Vulcan 1500's and the like, you are out of luck. They were never made. A few companies made some aftermarket parts for the VN750, but most of them either moved on to more "popular" bikes or went out of business. The VN750 was a popular bike, but not a bike that owners would spend tons of money on in the 90's to customize. That trend started in the late 1990's with the introduction of the Vulcan 1500 Classic line. But by that time, most manufacturers would not invest the capitol to tool up an accessory line for a bike that "could be discontinued any day". As the VN750 was slated to be discontinued somewhere around 1996, it kept on going and had a great run. And while very popular, it was not considered "popular".


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"The 1985 U.S. Vulcan was a 700cc because of the legislation of a tax
on 750 cc+ imports to give Harley a more competitive market. 1986 was
the 1st 750 US Vulcan."


I was looking through the site and found this in a post in Vulcan Verses section. There is no way this is possible. I have a 1985 VN750. Motor is origional, everything just about is origional. Its a 750cc and man. date on the forks is 11/84 making it a 1985 for sure.

Sorry, just thought it was funny.
No, its correct. I have a 1985 VN700. Unless I'm mistaken, the 1985 was the only year with the black engine. Subsequent years had silver engine and rims.
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How do you know it is in fact a 750? (does it have a black engine?)
Owners manual or even the title can be wrong you know...........


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Its the black engine. When the insurance company ran the vin number on the bike it came back as a vn750. Engine has never been replaced or modded. Nice thing is that it was stored for 10 years before I got it so its only got a little over 17k miles on it.
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Clould just be a clerical error then? Only true way to find out is to open up the engine and compare piston heads?

750/ 700- doesnt really matter? Wish I had a black engine in my 86' 750.
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