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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-26-2019, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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I recently purchased a 2005 Vulcan 750 - I gotta say after reading more about it, I'm wondering if it was a good purchase. Is this something I'm going to be constantly working on, or am I going to get to enjoy riding it? I'm feeling bummed about this purchase. Any validation from others good or bad is appreciated. I bought this motorcycle as an interim to what I hope to get in a year or 2, so it's going to be a commuter bike (30miles) -

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They made these bikes for 20 years, they are very reliable. There's bound to be a lot of posts about problems but there are issues with a lot of bikes as they get older, especially Carbureted bikes. Just keep up on the maintenance. Put in a AGM battery and irridium plugs for easy starting and don't let it sit around with old gas in it, use a good gas treatment like Seafoam. I'm buying a 1987 this week that hasn't run in 8 years and I expect to have it running perfectly as soon as it warms up.

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Got mine in 2013, fixed several items before the first ride, and since then it's been good. The only real problem since, has been storing it once without seafoam and had to clean the jets. Slightest bit of goop from old gas will plug these carbs right up.

And the AGM battery is six yrs old now, started right up last month after sitting since October. I decided to finally hook up the batt. tender after that startup.

These bikes aren't the easiest to work on, but are nearly maintenance-free once the bugs are worked out. Some people don't like tackling the bugs.

My maintenance is usually just oil changes, air filter service, tire pressure, and rear brake adjustment.

edit: As soon as I bought it, I did ... Spline lube, tires, stator, R/R, damper bushings, battery, coolant flush, and oil change.

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Thank You for the replies - Can you tell me the specific AGM battery? With seafoam, does it go in the gas tank or is it a spray product? All of my other motorcycles have been fuel injected, this is my first carb moto and I'm nervous about it. The shaft drive seems very smooth, it only has 11k miles on it.

How often should the air filter be done? Is it replaced, cleaned, etc?

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Just clean and oil the air filters if they aren't falling apart.

1 ounce seafoam per gallon of gas, in the tank, once per riding season or before storage.

The AGM battery on mine is a Magnapower XTL***, bought at Advance Auto.

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I have a 2006 and my son has a 2005.
We just now got back from a 60 mile ride.
These are great bikes!
No regrets!


*edit: I regret that I don't have a couple of more.
I'll be lookin'!

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