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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone from upstate NY

I just ran across the site while doing a part search. I'm glad it's actually about bikes, and not just another spam filled crap site. I have had this bike for 8 years now, and it's time to put it back together. I originally got it from a friend of mine who was riding it and claimed that he just pulled into a parking spot where it just died. After spying an old 78 Honda 550 in the corner of my garage, he decided to trade with me. The Honda had no keys or papers, and had been sitting around forever.

I tore down the top of the engine on the Vulcan to find the valves shattered into little pieces. The question of the day is should I fix the engine, or replace it?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 12:33 PM
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First of all, welcome to your new home on the internet! You will find that this site is THE resource for this bike and owners. About your bike, OUCH! There are several on here who are experts on the internals and have done many complete rebuilds so stand by and I'm sure you'll get the best advice you can get on the issues. Good luck!

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Shattered valves? I'm guessing there is more damage to be dealt with too. Welcome to the forum. Depending on how much more damage there is it may be better to get another motor and keep this one for parts.

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Welcome to the Vulcan madness Doug I.

jthills524 joined our tight knit little family here a few months ago with a bike that was brought to him in non running condition. He documented his project with picture and text, here on the forum, from search and discovery, right through to reinstalling the now pristine engine, back into the bike. Here is a link to the beginning of his journey.


And the journey continues. https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10664

lance328 has done a few rebuilds too, starting with his own bike and continued by helping other members. He will likely have some advice for you too.

I hope this helps you decide what to do.


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Welcome to the group, good luck with the bike, which ever way you go.
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Welcome to the group and good luck with the bike!!!

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Welcome to the group. Sorry the bike's not up and running; it's a great ride.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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