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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
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.
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