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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-11-2020, 09:54 PM
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I absolutely love these bikes. I wish they still made them (with carburetors of course) I'd buy a new one. But they are not designed to rebuild or even extensively repair. Even a Kawasaki service manager admitted that. I spent 38 years as a fleet services mechanic. I started working on things as soon as I was old enough to hold a wrench. I worked on my first motorcycle (with a mechanics help) at age 8. I TOTALLY believe in repairing and rebuilding older motor vehicles and keeping them on the road forever. But that is almost impossible with older Japanese vehicles, due to their disposable design and a lack of parts. Sadly, the Vulcan 750 is one of the worst in that regard. It's extremely complicated design means it needs a lot of parts, and makes working on it frustrating and labor intensive.

I am not crapping on these bikes. I'm on my third one. I bought my first one 27 years ago. I was young back then. And I appreciate the fact that there are those willing to do what it takes to keep them going. The more old motorcycles still on the road the better as far as I am concerned. But there is no denying their issues. The only problems I ever had was with the cam chain tensioners and one stator replacement. That's it, in nearly 200,000 miles. I did have the POOGS issue, removing the EVAP system permanently solved that problem. But it was not Kawasaki's fault that that piece of crap was even on there.

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Nobody is trying to ignore their issues, anybody who has wrenched on these bikes knows they can be difficult to work on, but you don't need to remind us EVERY POST YOU MAKE.

If you know how to help somebody with an issue they're having, post that info. Just please for all of our sake please stop posting these long posts about how difficult these bikes can be to work on. WE ALL EFFING KNOW THAT ALREADY. WE STILL WANT TO FIX OUR BIKES AND RIDE THEM BECAUSE THEY'RE VERY FUN-TO-RIDE CRUISERS.
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My main complaint so far is the unavailability of parts. However for a few hundred bucks and my project time on the weekends i might be able to have a running motorcycle again for the summer. This thing isn't something I'll pass down to my son, but it is a cheap bike that'll be fun to ride and hopefully get me back and fourth from my 7-330 job until maybe i can convince the ol lady to let me spend a little more lol
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My main complaint so far is the unavailability of parts. However for a few hundred bucks and my project time on the weekends i might be able to have a running motorcycle again for the summer. This thing isn't something I'll pass down to my son, but it is a cheap bike that'll be fun to ride and hopefully get me back and fourth from my 7-330 job until maybe i can convince the ol lady to let me spend a little more lol
Have you checked on ebay? Almost everything for my bike came through there, the rest I found on this site.

Although, a lot of the stuff I was able to find seems to be really scarce now, such as aftermarket add-ons. I must've got in right at the peak.
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