Members who have donated towards server costs
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I can't even hear the engine at freeway speeds, and it's several thousand rpm below redline. The Vulcan has a VERY short stroke engine, which allows it to turn very fast without overstressing it. It's not like any other cruiser engine I know of, except for the Vulcan 500. That engine came out of a sportbike. I heard that the Vulcan 750 engine was originally designed for a sportbike. It appears to have been modified in several different ways. I think it was originally designed for chain drive. I also think the hydraulic valves were an afterthought, because you can't get the cam covers off in the Vulcan frame. Then there is that convoluted intake system, and the fact that you can't get the stator cover off without pulling the engine. It appears to have been pieced together by several different people out of bits and pieces. IMO the engine is not ideal for a cruiser, it has the wrong powerband and makes the wrong sounds. There is almost no vibration. But all that makes for a great long distance touring bike.
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