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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-24-2008, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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What is the Average Mileage for a Vulcan

What is the year and how many miles do you have?

I have a 1990 with 19k and wondering how long these bikes last before everything goes...
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Depend how well you take care of it. Many here have over 25,000 miles , which I think would be the "average" ..but they are still running. I know some have crossed that 100,000 mile mark. and many here have less than 15,000 on their bike.
Weak link seems to be the stator , but with any bike, things can fail anytime.

(the only real bitch with the stator is you need to pull the engine to get to it, other bikes do fry stators too, but swapping them out is a one hour job)

Keep all your electrical connections clean and run a MF AGM battery and you should, along with regular oil changes and maintenance, get 2 to 3 times those miles before needing to spend any serious money to fix something.

And lube your splines!


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Originally Posted by Knifemaker View Post
And lube your splines!
x2 Don't depend on the shop to do this when they change your tire. They probably don't do it, and if they do, they do it badly. It takes an hour to do it yourself with the proper prep, and it's worth it to know you've done it right.
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I have an '89 with roughly the same mileage as your '90. Aside from a few things that I would have preferred that the PO's did a bit better, the bike is in great shape, and still going strong. I'd say that like everything else, some time up front dedicated to routine maintenance, fluids and filters and the like, will keep the machine running for a long, long time. Some folks out here have done over 100k on this bike!

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Proper maintenance (yes those splines) along with watching the electrical system should yield a very reliable, long term bike. Mechanically, they are very solid, just need to watch for ACCT failure which is a quick inexpensive fix.


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Mine is a 1993 model. I bought it with 8,000 miles. Now its up to 18,650 miles and it still runs strong. Mechanically sound. Only problem has been the stator. Replaced it once and I gotta replace it again.
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97 with 32K. Bike was in a flood and had frame rust damage (now repaired) and part of the wiring harness was replaced. Other than that, there have been no issues - splines OK, stator still good, etc.

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Hello All.I am a noob.Just signed up.I met a guy at the WA WA .He was driving a 95 with i THINK HE SAID 12000 MILES ON IT.He told me about this sight.I have a 93 now get this.With 1700 miles on it.Thats right 1700 .My brother inlaw bought it to piss his wife off.Ended up parked in his shed.His granddaughter was getting married and he need some $ kept trying to sell it but no one wanted to pay what he wanted.So I did.It was a good cause.$3000.00 With 6161 tag #.I think I did alright.It's pretty much a new bike.It is immaculate.
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Welcome to the Vulcan madness oilman63. Congrats on getting a new, old bike. Take a good look at the tires date code, and visually check for dry rot before riding. Your date code before 2000, is 3 digits in an oval indicating year and week of manufacture. ie. the number 312 would indicate the 31st week of 1992. Don't ride on them. When you put new tires on, check the 4 digit date code and don't let them put on anything more than a year old.

Check out this video on tire safety.

Check out TEN THINGS below. Especially rear spline lube, MF-AGM battery, NGK Iridium spark plugs, Seafoam fuel treatment and adding a voltmeter.


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I bought my 98 back in February with around 19,500 on it. It now has around 21,450 on it. To my knowledge the stator has never been replaced and seems to be working just fine. The bike runs good, still a few things I need to do to it. Already rebuilt the front and rear ACCT with TOC rebuild kit. I need to replace the air cut valve diaphragm on both carbs and Lance328 is going to readjust my pickup coils to help get a little better throttle response. Other than that, haven't had any real issues.

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