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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Most Japanese bikes from 1985 were super reliable. The Vulcan 750 is just too complex, and not well thought out. It clearly shows signs that the original design was modified several times before final production due to unknown reasons. My first brand new bike, a 1980 Suzuki GS450L, is one of the most reliable bikes ever made. If I had kept it, it would probably still be running. Same with the Kawasaki KZ400 and 440. Very simple well made parallel twins. Inexpensive Japanese bikes from the early '80s were actually more reliable than pretty much any brand new one, due to their quality and simplicity. The Vulcan 750 competed with the Yamaha Virago 750, Honda Shadow 750, and Suzuki Intruder 750 at the time it was released in 1985. All of those other bikes were considerably simpler, and didn't have nearly as many problems. I had 2 Goldwings, an '85 and a '93, and both were nightmares, mostly due to their complexity. At least the '76-'87 models used belt driven cams, and the belts were easy to replace. But you still had to pull the engine to replace the stator.
You have to remove the coolant reservoir to replace the rear cam chain tensioner. Pretty much any common wrench will fit in there just fine. They should have come with thread locker on the threads. If not, use some blue LockTite on them.
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
Last edited by VN750Rider/Jerry; 03-09-2020 at 02:02 AM.