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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-01-2009, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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another vulcan discontinued

yesterday the wife and I were at the motorcycle show. we were talking to kawasaki dealer guy and he told us that 2009 will be the last year the vulcan 500 will be made!
well the vulcan 500 had a good run. (19 years) but not as good as the vulcan 750! (over 20 years)
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-01-2009, 01:23 PM
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yesterday the wife and I were at the motorcycle show. we were talking to kawasaki dealer guy and he told us that 2009 will be the last year the vulcan 500 will be made!
well the vulcan 500 had a good run. (19 years) but not as good as the vulcan 750! (over 20 years)
Dang, do they think we should all be on a Road King......
I guess it just boils down to, not enough jingles for the shingles......
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Come on you sissys! dont you know we are all supposed to be big manly men on huge hardlys! maybe they will replace the 500 with ANOTHER 900...they seem to be fond of them.

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It seems that is where the market is shifting, to bigger and bigger engines.
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It seems that is where the market is shifting, to bigger and bigger engines.
And considering we are in an oil crisis globally, unless you ride a 1500cc plus, your not a REAL BIker! according to some,a 750 now is a begginers bike or for ladies!
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if they are gonna discontinue the 500, then they should bring back the 750. that 500 is a nice lookin bike

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if they are gonna discontinue the 500, then they should bring back the 750. that 500 is a nice lookin bike
I agree but I think the problem is that people are trending towards the bigger engines, even newbies. If it doesn't have that typical v-twin look, its not going to be an easy sell. Blame shows like OCC and Motorcycle Mania and combine that with peoples natural vanity. I didn't want to be one of those newbies that jumps on a 1200 just to have it come out from underneath me. My VN750 offered plenty to get used to but I did go with the 750 because its a v-twin, and looks like one. I remember when first learning to ride thinking, "man I should've gotten something smaller." The power was suprising...
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nowadays noone wants a bike under 750cc's... even sportbikes... im sure the 600's are going to be gone soon.... you know how things are... if its bigger its better.....
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you know how things are... if its bigger its better.....
Yep, just like scooter's any more. Who'd think something called a "scooter" would have a 600cc + engine?!?!


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The Vulcan 500 hasn't been available in CA for a couple years now IIRC. The trend is (as others have said) been towards bigger CC engines, at least for cruisers. While it does happen with sportbikes, a lot of the focus is not so much on CCs as it is HP. The 600 class definitely won't go away becasue the manufacturers have to manufacture and sell them to be able to race them. Plus, WAY too many sport riders see a 125HP 600CC RR or SS bike as a "beginner" bike which they'll "outgrow" inside a few moths and upgarde to a 1000CC bike with 185HP at the rear wheel. Those are usually the ones you read about who met a very tragic end (double the limit on a side street at night with no gear hitting an 18 wheeler). Personally, I'm happy with my Ninjas (250 and 650) and my 650CC cruiser. I may eventually get an inline 4 600 CC bike (Yami FZ6R - not to be confused with the R6) just for variety, not because I've outgrown anything. I may never own anything bigger than a 650 and I doubt I'll be missing anything.

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