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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
The Vulcan 750 is a great bike, with a few issues. The worst of these seems to be the driveshaft splines. Seems Kawasaki never lubed any of them at the factory, and many people have had them get chewed up due to a lack of grease, definitely NOT an inexpensive problem. That's the main thing I'd be concerned about. It also sometimes has an easily fixed problem with the cam chain tensioners, and you have to remove the engine to replace the stator, but even that is not as hard as it sounds.
As for reliability, I put 80,000+ miles on a '93, and currently have 44,000+ on an '02. Only problem I've had so far was the cam chain tensioners, but like I said, that is an easy fix. And having bought both of them new, I did the spline lube thing shortly after buying them.
As for "needing another gear", most people think that about all bikes, having owned 45 motorcycles in my life, I've only had a couple that I thought actually needed a higher gear. Motorcycle engines are designed to spin a LOT faster than car engines, unless you have a 2000cc v-twin. Many of my miles have been at an indicated 80-85 in the left lane, that is nowhere near redline, and the bike will cruise forever at that speed with no problems, and still have plenty of power and speed in reserve.
It surprises me that your GZ tops out at 55, I have a Honda Rebel 250, which tops out at an indicated 80, which is an actual 74, (by GPS) and I ride it on the freeway at an indicated 65 in the right lane all the time. 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