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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-20-2009, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi. I'm old school Kawasaki, the KZ era. Used to have a KZ1000 CSR what a bike, new baby forced me to sell. Well I'm looking to get back into the game, have been looking at the Vulcan line. Spotted a few 750's, 800's and the 900.The 750 is a 2005 with 1300 miles on it slmost looks like the KZ 1000 except has a V twin. Any thoughts on this bike or any other Vulcans would be appreciated. Trying to compare ride with the older bikes. Also i'm the the Pittsburgh Area of Pa.
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The only V twin in this engine size to compare to the old school kz is the vn750. However, I don't believe that it is as fast as the kz1000. The old school I-4 imo are really fast. But out of the 3 bikes that you mentioned, I think that the 750 is the fastest (quickest) maybe not fastest top end. The other 2 are great bikes too.
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Thanks for the reply. I kind of like the idea of Hydralic valves and shaft drive. Not really interested on how fast top speed is. Getting to old for that, really want to slow down and see the scenery. Off the line would be nice to have a little extra speed. Also what should I look out for in terms of maintenience, Have heard some bad stories about this Stator thing. Also any problems riding 2 up on the 750?
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I have had my bike for 5 summers 25,000 miles. My main problem was the acct's. Went with manuels. I did have to replace the junction box, battery acid dripped on it. Went to the m/free bat. Also this yr I replaced and relocated the r/r.

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I have had my bike for 5 summers 25,000 miles. My main problem was the acct's. Went with manuels. I did have to replace the junction box, battery acid dripped on it. Went to the m/free bat. Also this yr I replaced and relocated the r/r.
A little help with appreviations please ( acct's. Went with manuels ) and
( relocated the r/r )
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acct (automatic cam chain tensioner) mcct (manuel cam chain tensioner)
r/r (regulator/rectifier)
go to the vulcan verses for more good info.

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From what I understand, the issue with the Stators isn't poorer reliability than other bikes. It's that, in the case of a stator failure, the frame is in the way, so the engine has to be moved to get access.

As far as 2-up, it seems to have adequate punch, but it's not on the largest end of the cruiser spectrum physically. Whether it's comfortable 2-up would depend on the dimensions of the people involved, IMO.
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Welcome aboard! Regardless which bike you choose. I'm about an hr west of you on the other side of Steubenville Oh.

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Welcome. I have a Mustang seat, which is a little wider and more comfortable than stock, and an extended passenger backrest. I'm 6' and 180 my wife is average height and around 140. We are good two up for about 30-45 minutes. After that, it's no longer comfortable for either of us. She is cramped by a lack of space, and pushes me forward an inch or two. Bike has no problem moving both of us quickly, even at speed.

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Welcome to the vulcan madness larrykay. X2 to flitecontrol above. If you both are average to smaller statured you may may be comfortable riding two up. In my opinion this bike may be idealy sized for a rider around 5' 7 or 8" tall.**** I`m 5' 10 1/2" and weigh #300, and feel a bit scrunched up, but can carry my grandkids up to #100 comfortably for short rides of 30-40 minutes. I need some highway pegs so I can stretch out and change position when riding. The maximum load for the vn750 is ~ #400. Even loaded up like this, the bike has plenty of power for me. At anything over 5,000 rpm (about 70mph) it starts sucking back gas pretty fast. So if you are looking for a highway cruiser, you may want to go to a larger displacement, slower reving engine.

**** We do have one member who is 6' 4", and says he is comfortable on the vn750, so it is a subjective thing.

Here is a link to the Vulcan Verses where you can get a lot of info. Many of the links in it are old and don`t work any more, but still there is much good info.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...=5560#post5560

I hope this helps you make a decision on which Vulcan to get.

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TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/11-vn750-general-discussion/9127-top-ten-items-you-would-suggest-new-owner-do-his-new-ride.html

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