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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I have tried several different brands, but always stuck with the stock sizes, and have had no issues. I don't like changing tire sizes on a motorcycle unless there is a reason beyond looks, and I would want proof, as in the long term experience with that size from several other riders, that it was safe. I actually prefer larger diameter/narrower rear tires than what the Vulcan has, and think the huge 240-300 series tires a lot of custom choppers have are absolutely ridiculous. It's a motorcycle, not a car.
The spline lube is critical. But IMO, if you do it on a regular basis (I do mine every 10,000 miles) choice of lubricant is not that big of a deal. I have used a variety of greases successfully. I used BelRay waterproof grease several times with no problems, and ir has no moly in it. Last time I splurged and got some Guard Dog moly grease. I don't see any reason why any grease designed for CV/U-joint/disc brake wheel bearings wouldn't work fine. My splines looked like new about 5,000 miles ago, when I last lubed them, at around 39,000 miles. But I bought the bike new, and did the splines the first time under 1000 miles. Jerry.
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