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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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Sledge says hello

Okey dokey... I just found this site. I enjoy reading about motorcycles and am considering buying a Vulcan (either 500 or 750) as my second bike. I have a 250cc Hyosung with limited riding experience and I know that.

I'm currently deployed to Afghanistan and have been here about 5 months. I am a Mississippi National Guardsman.

Anyway, I hope to learn alot and hopefully be able to add to the discussion when I can.

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Welcome aboard Sledge! Good to have another soldier among us. While you check out our steeds why not post up some pics of your present ride and give us a rundown on it?

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Welcome to the show, Sledge!
Fellow Noob, Here. Trust me, a 750 is a big step up from the 250 you're on now, But it's well worth it.

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Welcome to the forum SLEDGE, and thank you for your service. Stay safe.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
"Black Beauty"
1989 VN750 acquired December, 2008, 6,711 miles
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welcome to the forums, I dont think you will be dissappointed in the 750 at all. power when you need it compared to a 250 but a very versatile bike highway or town or twisties, and although they have a few quirks, there are 6500 great people on here that will walk you through about anything you might come across.
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42,000 miles
Rick's stator and rr
Tuxedo stator cover mod
pickup coil mod
dampers replaced
agm m/f battery
Harley sportster exhaust, degoated
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 02:34 PM
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Welcome to the Vulcan madness Sledge. Another forum member, slimvulcanrider, is over in your sandbox right now too. Keep your head on a swivel and stay safe. Regarding the Vulcan 500, unless you are a small guy, it could be a cramped ride according to some who have tried one on for size. Good luck in the search for a new ride.


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Welcome to the club, another retired service guy here. Thanks for the service you do for us, keep safe and make it back. Really most of us would say get the 750 a better bike, easy to ride and easy to maneuver.

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Welcome, and thanx for what you guys and gals do.

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 09:29 PM
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Sledge--welcome aboard........!

Be careful--and thanks very much to you and the others there for what you are doing for us here state-side.....and for the rest of the world, really.....

Unless you have the same basic body dimensions as Tom Cruise or Michael J Fox, you'll probably be much happier on the Vulcan 750. Also, since the 750 has shaft drive (instead of chain drive, found on later Vulcan 500s) you'll spend less time on maintenance--and more time riding.

With the 750, you'll be among more unique company, as the 750 was really the last bike of its kind. For many, the stock seat is tiring on longer rides, but past that--it's generally a strong bike, especially compared to other cruisers....

'05 VN750

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Welcome Sledge,
Thanks for your service to us all.
I had a 500 before I bought the 750. If you did not already have a bike and you were starting out, I would recommend the 500 but the 750 has some very nice features. They both have great motors and handle very similar. I am 5'6" and comfort is about the same on both but if you get the 750 you must get floorboards as it makes a world of difference in the comfort level.

As I am thinking about the whole thing - you got to get the 750 just to be part of this great forum family, end of story.

Good luck and be safe. Looking forward to hearing that you are back home.

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