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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-18-2009, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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I am considering purchasing a 2005 Vulcan 750 from a stealership in town.

The bike is in VERY nice cosmetic shape, and it rode great on my test ride today. The bike has 9100 miles on it, and has been serviced by this particular dealership all its life.

Is $3300 a fair price for this bike?


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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-19-2009, 07:22 AM
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I think that's a fair price. Craigs list has had some older models at about that price as well. If the dealer has the maintenance records and the bike is in great condition, I would feel comfortable buying it. My 2005 is still under warrantee because I bought an extended warrantee which BTW is transferrable. Ask if there's an extended warrantee on the bike of if the dealer will give you a 1-year warrantee.


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I've seen a lot of these on Craigslist in my search for my Harley and that is a very fair price, especially from a dealer. You'll love the bike - go for it. You won't find a better more fun ride for the money than this. Oh yeah, and you have 6,500+ people to help you out when you need it. The only thing that would make this an even better bike would be that very cool looking VN750.com inspired and designed custom grill for the radiator.

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Thanks, guys! I really appreciate the response, and it helps make the decision easier.

I couldn't believe how much smoother a ride this bike was than the Harley 883 Sportster I rode (but for 2000 less). Plus, it doesn't look like any other bike out there.

I'm going to pick it up on Monday, hopefully.

The only things I need to do immediately are procure a set of saddlbags (it has a windshield) and have them tighten up the tachometer, as it rattles a bit.
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Many times, the drive shaft splines on our bikes were never lubed by the factory or dealership. I'd have them show me they were lubed before I bought it, and want to see it when the shaft is disassembled. If dry but in good shape, would want to see them apply the proper high moly content grease, such as Honda Moly 60 (60% moly). Regular grease just won't do the job. If dry and worn, would want them to replace or give me a cut in the price. You can get replacement shafts fairly cheap off ebay. You might want to go to fergy's signature and print out the how to on spline lube there and take it to the dealership. Lots of dealerships don't even know they need to be lubed.

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Obviously, it's hard to really say just how cooperative they'll be, but the suggestion posted above by Flitecontrol is a very good one and will let you know up front just how accommodating and "customer-focused" this dealership is....b4 you plunk down your money.

Judging by the number of threads on this forum about it, this is indeed a well-documented problem with these bikes (the lack of lube from the factory, that is), and is something that the dealer should take seriously.

Taking a printout of Fergy's spline lube procedure will help drive home (no pun intended, really!...=)...) what you're talking about--so that idea is a good one, too.....

A wise person once said, "People respect what you inspect, not what you expect"....

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I will try to find those instructions, and take them with me tomorrow.


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I wouldnt think the dealer should have a problem with doing it, with their tools, stands and garage it wouldnt take them a half hour!

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I bought the bike.

I'm going to have the dealer consider the shafts when I take it in for its first service...they're backed up 3 weeks as of now....so I will have to wait. They did tell me that they will stand by the bike, and seemed pretty helpful overall.

The only issue I have is that the tachometer seems to vibrate, and the chief tech told me that they're mounted on rubber bushings, and that the vibration is not something easily cured....not sure if that's the case, but I didn't consider it a deal-breaker...as I like the bike.
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The tach vibration is normal, actually. Just don't look at it for too long or your eyes will vibrate up and down too.

Congratulations on your new (to you) VN750! You're gonna have SO much fun on that ride. Once you get used to it, try to ignore attacks of Harley-itis, defined as "a psychological ailment that makes one want to ditch their Vulcan for a heavier, more expensive, less reliable cycle that vibrates your fillings out."

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