I wanted one--just bought it Saturday!
I've been riding different motorcycles for quite a while. I even had an '86 Vulcan 750 between 1991-1996 or so. Then I had kids, and there was less time for riding, the bike sat, and well--eventually it got sold, and I didn't have a bike for a few years. That didn't last though, and I've had quite a number of different bikes since then. I've tried the 1400 Intruder and the 1100 Shadow Spirit, but sold both of those for various reasons. Right now my "main ride" is a 2014 Yamaha Super Tenere. There's really nothing that bike can't do. . . or so I thought.
My son (23 yo) has recently taken an interest in learning to ride, so I picked up an '86 Kawasaki 454. It was in pretty good cosmetic condition, but it needed lots of maintenance. I bought it from the original owner, and he had left it sitting for a number of years. So, I ended up putting another $500 into it, which isn't really that much considering all the parts I replaced (pretty much all rubber parts--tires, hoses, a couple switches, filters, and the like). Then I got to thinking--this bike is fun and all, but what would be even better? Well, the answer was obvious (to me anyway)--a 750 Vulcan! Yeah, I wanted something just a little bigger with the same liquid cooling, only a little more room, a little more hp, and hydraulic valves.
So, I'm looking it over now. I got an '03 with 16,000 miles on 'er. She's got a couple of leaks. I've got some 0-rings on order for the spark-plug well, so we'll see if that can be taken care of. Also went through the shaft drive last night with the Honda Moly 60 paste. I have to say, I've had my share of shaft drives over the years (Intruder, Shadow(s!), ST1100, Super Tenere), but I've never seen one that was worse in terms of how dried and rusty the splines were. I'm glad that I got in there and got that lubed in time.
So, this is ending up being more of an introductory post than anything, but yeah--I cross-shopped a couple of other bikes (Star Bolt, Road Star, Harley Dynas), and just decided to go with the Vulcan. I don't want a big heavy bike, and I've always been partial to liquid-cooling. Also, I'm cheap, so that sealed the deal!
My plan is to make up some forwards for the bike as soon as I get the time. I'm just going to have fun with it.