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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
As someone who has put almost 180,000 miles on these bikes, I think the final drive ratrio is perfect. It will accelerate hard up a steep hill in 5th gear, and still cruise at 80 mph all day long at well below redline in 5th gear. These bikes do like to rev, which is unusual for a cruiser. They are faster in the quarter mile than many v-twins twice their size. There is more Ducati in these bikes than Harley. My Royal Enfield Bullet 500 is a slow revving single cylinder bike. with a top cruising speed of about 60. It has a seriously undersquare long stroke motor that would tear itself apart if you try to run it at much above 5000 rpm. Tons of torque, very little hp. The Vulcan is exactly the opposite. It will pull away from some sportbikes for several hundred feet from a dead stop.
I like both, but you can't have that with one bike. That's why I have both the Vulcan and the Royal Enfield, a low revving thumper that just rumbles down the road at low rpm, with lots of low frequency vibration and a nice thump-thump-thump sound from the exhaust.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike