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post #11 of 65 (permalink) Old 08-01-2017, 05:41 PM
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For me I just sort of ended up with the Vulcan. I had a Honda Shadow 500 and the frame cracked and twisted on it one day, it was apparently rusting out internally. My dad had just bought a VN900 Classic and was trying to sell his 750 so when he saw my bike break he offered to let me buy the 750 for half his asking price and just pay him when I could. Now I don't plan of getting rid of her until I just plain wear her out or one of my daughters decides to take up riding.
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I never even knew I owned a Vulcan, not for the first month anyhow. what happened was a good friend of mine started a used car business and for some unknown reason he needed to put the bike in someone's name, well around a month or so he tells me this and shows me the bike, now I'm 5'6 so touching the ground on most bikes was a problem the Vulcan solved that and seeing how it was already in my name already I bought it on the spot. I have nothing but good things to say about the bike, runs nice, looks good and even though it's a little older than most out there I''m thinking well so am I.


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I was shopping around after taking my MSF riders course, and figured a budget of $1500 cash was reasonable after seeing all the garbage that was available for finance used

Saw a sweet '85 Honda 750 Magna, but the guy flaked on me on the weekend I went down to Orlando to buy it. Found a local scooter shop that had a few used bikes for good prices. I test rode a Honda Shadow 750, but didn't like the hard-mounted engine, stance, or the flaky electronics. Shop had a Shadow 1500 for the same price, but it had the same issues and I just didn't think I needed a bike that big

The Vulcan was sitting in the corner. It had saddlebags already on it and the built-in small sissybar, so it ticked all the boxes for me, and I liked the way it rode on the test drive a lot better than the Shadow even though the carbs were gummed up and the thing ran halfassed, so I bit the bullet and went for it. Rode it home that day and started working on it as soon as I got it back home to Jax.

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I was looking at buying a good, fairly cheap second hand bike and as such, checking out listings for Vulcans, Intruders, Shadows and the like. Although I always wanted to have a HD (still want it, I think, eventhough really happy with the 750), they are way more expensive (even second hand) here in the Netherlands (at least $7000 for a second hand I'd like) and I came across the VN 750 I now own.

Love the fact that it has two front brake discs and shaft drive and mine has low mileage as well (from first owner); great value for a lot of bike. Great to get mileage under my belt given that I've only started to ride motorcycles just now (at 45). And who knows, I might keep this one forever...
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Needed a cheap first bike around a grand. Ended up being a blessing in disguise as learning to wrench on it has been quite beneficial.

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Needed a cheap first bike around a grand. Ended up being a blessing in disguise as learning to wrench on it has been quite beneficial.
amen to that! wrenching is such a valuable skill, I wouldn't be half the mechanic I am today without all the tests the Vulcan gave me

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I was looking for a bike and really liked the look of the shadow, so I was scanning craigslist daily to find one at the right price. Nothing ever came along, but I eventually ran across a post for a vn750, which I'd never heard of before. Looked it up and liked what I saw. Bought it in good working condition for less than I ever could have found a shadow.

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I guess an interesting question to add to this discussion would be. ..

Knowing what you know now, and have experienced with owning the Vulcan, if you could go back in time for a do over...would you still have picked this bike?
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I guess an interesting question to add to this discussion would be. ..

Knowing what you know now, and have experienced with owning the Vulcan, if you could go back in time for a do over...would you still have picked this bike?
I still don't know the answer to that question... hahaha

I probably would have, this bike is a lot of fun and has taken well to my modifications.


Maybe that Shadow 1500 would've been more fun...

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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.

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