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Has anybody found a die-cast miniature of a VN750?

So the VN750 had basically the same look and construction from the model years 1985 through 2006 (beginning from when it was a 700). That's 21 years of production! So how come I can't find a die-cast model of a Vulcan 750?

I can find references to one that was made in the early/mid 1990s, as part of a four-pack of Kawasakis that sold for something really cheap; but that's it. And even that is only a ledger reference, not something I can buy and keep on my desk like I want to.

I did find this on eBay, but it looks more like an EN500 than a VN750:





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i had one of the diecast for our vulcan 750, i sold it on ebay last year and got $15.00 for it. from what i undersand they are very rare and hard to find. they do turn up on ebay evey now and then...thats where i got mine about 5 years ago...then my told my to clean out my closet and get rid of all my junk ive collected over the years.
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There are some out there.
My dad found me one at a local drug store, in their toy section. I went back to buy up the rest, and they were gone

There was someone at the Yahoo group that was able to buy a lot of them on eBay and then sold them to members. They went quick.

Here's what the 750 one looks like (not so good cell phone pic)....


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So the VN750 had basically the same look and construction from the model years 1985 through 2006 (beginning from when it was a 700). That's 21 years of production! So how come I can't find a die-cast model of a Vulcan 750?

I can find references to one that was made in the early/mid 1990s, as part of a four-pack of Kawasakis that sold for something really cheap; but that's it. And even that is only a ledger reference, not something I can buy and keep on my desk like I want to.

I did find this on eBay, but it looks more like an EN500 than a VN750:





Does anybody have any leads on this?
Beggin' yer pardon, but that looks nuttin' like the EN500; that looks most like the VN1500L(VN1500 C1-C4). The 500 is a parallel twin, doesn't have ears, and has dual exhaust like the 750.

The 1500L has the smooth ears, is a V-twin, and has both exhaust out the right side, just like the pic. The L also doesn't have a centerstand, and has spoked wheels, just like your pic.

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There are some out there.
My dad found me one at a local drug store, in their toy section. I went back to buy up the rest, and they were gone

There was someone at the Yahoo group that was able to buy a lot of them on eBay and then sold them to members. They went quick.

Here's what the 750 one looks like (not so good cell phone pic)....

I've got two similar to those. They were from Old Navy, and were plastic; Pick was the one who got a couple dozen of 'em from a source, and yeah, they went quick. The tank emblem says "Old Navy Motorcycle" on it, instead of "Kawasaki Vulcan" and "Old Navy" is on the side covers. I think yours is different, Tim; looks like the regular Vulcan tank emblem, and "Vulcan" on the side cover.

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i think the full size ones ride nicer....lol
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I've got two similar to those. They were from Old Navy, and were plastic; Pick was the one who got a couple dozen of 'em from a source, and yeah, they went quick. The tank emblem says "Old Navy Motorcycle" on it, instead of "Kawasaki Vulcan" and "Old Navy" is on the side covers. I think yours is different, Tim; looks like the regular Vulcan tank emblem, and "Vulcan" on the side cover.

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Yep, standard looking Kawi emblems.
When I heard about the ones that Pick got (yeah, that's who it was!!), I had to look at mine again to be sure it didn't have the Old Navy on it.
I think my dad found it at a Rite-Aid drug store.
I keep looking for more, but have yet to find 'em


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Beggin' yer pardon, but that looks nuttin' like the EN500; that looks most like the VN1500L(VN1500 C1-C4). ...
I stand corrected. I've only ever seen a 500 in person so far, and don't even HAVE a VN750 in my possession yet, much less ever laid eyes on a VN1500L, so I'll beg your pardon in forgiving my confusion...

'Swhy I'm here, after all.
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Welcome robardin, hope you enjoy the forum... A lot of whens, whys, and wheres about the VN750 here, the good folks here have helped me a lot...
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I stand corrected. I've only ever seen a 500 in person so far, and don't even HAVE a VN750 in my possession yet, much less ever laid eyes on a VN1500L, so I'll beg your pardon in forgiving my confusion...

'Swhy I'm here, after all.
Well, hurry up and git one! LOL And, we're glad to have ya!

Most people don't know the differences; it takes quite a while, sometimes, to learn them. It did me. For instance, the 1500B is the same bike, appearance-wise but with round ears. There are a few other minor differences, not easily discernable. All three--1500A, B, and C(L)--have 4-speed trannies; the late '90s 1500D also had a 4-speed, but with a slightly different gear ratio, and it's supposedly interchangeable into the earlier A/B/C models.

I've never seen the 1500L in person, either; apparently they are few and far between. I do know of a few VROCers who have them.

I do have the 1500A, which begat the 1500B/C(L); they're all 3 called BUBFs--Butt Ugly But Fast. And I've got a set of fenders for the 1500B; they're almost exactly the same as the fenders for the EN500 and VN800.

Personally, I don't think they're ugly, but to each his own view, I reckon...

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