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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 08-12-2008, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Why a Vulcan?

Just kinda curious "why" you bought a Vulcan? In my case, I didnt know anything one way or hte other. I was just looking for a bike I could afford and learn on. The Vulcan came avaliable, so here I am.
What about you?
Why a Vulcan?
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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 08-12-2008, 11:21 AM
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Mine was on eBay as a salvage bike, I dared my wife to bid on it, she did, she won the auction, and here I am 20k miles later.

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Timing was just right I guess. Convinced the wife, again, that a bike would be a good investment to keep our gas prices down.

Just happened to look on Craigslist and saw mine for under the NADA price, and was less than I was looking to spend.

Happy it all worked out like it did.
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Timing was right, not too big, not too small. Next year a Victory...

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Best "fit" out of dozens of bikes.
Reputation as "bullet-proof".
Low maintenance (shaft drive, hyd valve adj, water-cooled)
Cruiser "look" that I liked.
Full gauge set - speedo, tach, GAS GAUGE!, idiot lights, positive neutral
750cc - not too small to get bored with, not too much for a newbie to handle
Affordable for first bike - money left over to tweak/customize
Proven design - 20 year manufacturing run = must be pretty good
500lbs allows potential save if dropped/tipped
Very happy with it so far and just getting started!

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In a small series of bad decisions on my part, I went from 3 bikes, to NO bikes in a just a couple months, so the race was on to buy something with the cash I had in pocket. The Vulcan matched my price, and I wanted to try a cruiser for a while. I owed my wife a bike, and she loves Vulcan's and she went nuts over the paint job, so this one bike patched several little holes. It's actually her's, I just ride the snot out of it, while I look for another for me.

It'll be a fine dam bike by the time she gets on it, as it gets the bugs fixed as soon as they pop up, and I have no other bike to give my attention or money to right now.
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Kinda like others, the right looking, priced, and available bike I found when I started looking.
It was about the 5th bike I looked at. Looked more like what I was wanting, good price and not too big or too small. And, all the stock features totally out did anything else I was looking at.
It wasn't until after I got it that I found out how much faster it is than most all of the other bikes in it's class, as well as bigger ones.

Since then, I've been completely happy with getting it.

So, the question should be....... "Why NOT a Vulcan?"
I can't think of any reason!!!!


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I was drooling over the Vulcans back in '88. Just loved the looks and low maintance issues that it provided. I couldnt justify purchasing another bike till this year (kept the ones I had in top shape) when I was skimming through Craigs List and saw the one I'm on now for $800.00. The PO was honest with me and told me about a charging problem it had so after a stator and r/r replacement shes a great runner now.

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I was drooling over the Vulcans back in '88. Just loved the looks and low maintance issues that it provided. I couldnt justify purchasing another bike till this year (kept the ones I had in top shape) when I was skimming through Craigs List and saw the one I'm on now for $800.00. The PO was honest with me and told me about a charging problem it had so after a stator and r/r replacement shes a great runner now.

Peace
Wow! You had a PO that was honest up front about a problem? I'm just sitting here with my jaw hangin' open now...
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Best "fit" out of dozens of bikes.
Reputation as "bullet-proof".
Low maintenance (shaft drive, hyd valve adj, water-cooled)
Cruiser "look" that I liked.
Full gauge set - speedo, tach, GAS GAUGE!, idiot lights, positive neutral
750cc - not too small to get bored with, not too much for a newbie to handle
Affordable for first bike - money left over to tweak/customize
Proven design - 20 year manufacturing run = must be pretty good
500lbs allows potential save if dropped/tipped
Very happy with it so far and just getting started!
That goes for me too on my first Vulcan an 03, then the 06 because I still liked the Vulcan...

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