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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-02-2014, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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VN750 ... a GREAT bike

This is a message for anyone contemplating buying a 750 Vulcan.
I recently bought an 1100 Shadow to replace my 750 Vulcan, which I still have. While doing comparisons of cruisers 650cc-1300cc, I couldn't help but notice that the Vulcan was truly "way-ahead-of-its-time", especially in the instrumentation.

The VN750 has:
- ignition on handlebar
- choke on handlebar
- wheel lock on ignition
- temperature guage
- fuel guage
- tachometer
- dual signal indicators
- center stand
- neutral finder

I discovered many of these little conveniences are not found on most other bikes of similar age. So keep this in mind when bike shopping. Also, this web site covers many improvements and maintenance issues for the VN750, such as spline lube, POOGS, R/R relocation, battery/plug upgrades, etc. These are all valid fixes and recommendations, but they just make a very reliable bike that much more reliable. (Just my "two-cent" opinions on the VN750's that I have owned)https://www.vn750.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif

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I keep going over those extras anytime I read some fool saying the bike isn't a "good value" for the money. Seriously? What about having shaft drive, duel disc brakes and alloy wheels?

The Vulcan was and still is one if the best examples of "bang for the buck" motorcycles on the market.
I bought mine new in 2002 for an even six grand. Dealer threw in 200 bucks worth of accessories on top of that. No other bike on the market back then offered as much for the price that the VN750 did.

There are a lot of "great bikes" in the world. The Vulcan 700/750 definitely is one of them.

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The VN750 was made during Kawasaki's innovation period. Shortly after the VN750 was made, Kawasaki hit a 20 year slump. They kept models unchanged, and failed to push themselves.

The Vulcan 750 was unchanged for 20 years. Some say it's a testament to good design, but in reality it was laziness of Kawasaki. The same goes for the Ninja 250, Concours 1100, etc.

When the Vulcan 750 was designed/made, it was a great bike (1985/86). As the years drew on, the fact they failed to build off the initial innovation is really disappointing to me. The Vulcan 800, and 900, are un-noteworthy, and not a true forward advancement from the 750. We don't see hydraulic valves in the new bikes, etc...

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^ I agree. Kawasaki dropped the ball in 1987 and didn't pick it back up till
the Ninja 1400 was introduced....(compared to Yamaha, Honda , BMW, Ducati..etc...)

Harley had more advancements during that time slot than Kaw did.

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Thought this too,especially with my "newer" '95 Vulcan 750 (old '91) BUT then I experienced my first POOGS with the '95 (yes I cleaned the vent system/gas cap since) BUT now I ride with trepidation waiting on that "loss of power/no gas feel"!!!Usually when I ride....I WANT TO GET SOMEWHERE!!Should not have to worry about stalling/sitting/waiting/going stalling/sitting/waiting/going...
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Thought this too,especially with my "newer" '95 Vulcan 750 (old '91) BUT then I experienced my first POOGS with the '95 (yes I cleaned the vent system/gas cap since) BUT now I ride with trepidation waiting on that "loss of power/no gas feel"!!!Usually when I ride....I WANT TO GET SOMEWHERE!!Should not have to worry about stalling/sitting/waiting/going stalling/sitting/waiting/going...
If you cleaned the system, then why are you worrying?

Clean it every few seasons, and ride worry free. You will have to maintain any bike, and each one has their own quirks.

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NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars
MOSFET FH012AA R/R


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Just being honest when I say, my 750 never totally left me stranded but did konk out enough with this or that, so that I didn't 90% trust it. This was my commuting bike and I just didn't trust it to get out on a four or six lane highway with traffic moving at 70 MPH (that ignition switch left me powerless more than once on the highway). For just backroad ridin and commuting it was fine and comfortable. Except on HOT days when I had to constantly adjust the idle at lights. The VN750 LOVED the winter months and any cool day.

I sold it this past summer precisely because I needed a more reliable bike. It ran great when I sold it and hope it's still going strong. It's not a terribly complicated bike but it is far more complicated than an air cooled Harley. I may be stuck on Harley for ever now. Specifically sportsters because THERE is your best BANG FOR THE BUCK. People are giving them away with less than 10,000 miles on em. They ride rough as hell but that's the trade.

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POOGS was my problem too, even after cleaning the cap vents as recommended. I figured the worst case condition would be riding home with the cap unlocked. Has any one ever bypassed those gas cap valves by removing them?

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