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post #1 of 72 (permalink) Old 03-27-2010, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone.

Just got a 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan. Only paid $2,000 for it. I just started riding about a month ago. My first bike was a Honda Nighthawk 250. It was a nice little bike, but I quickly found myself wanting more.

A little about myself: I used to drive a 4runner, but being a poor college student, I could no longer afford to drive that thing around. I decided I could save a bunch of money by switching to two wheels. and boy am I glad I did. I doubt I will ever own a car again.

I still need to take it to my mechanic and have him tune it up and check everything out, but in riding it around my house a bit, it runs great.



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post #2 of 72 (permalink) Old 03-28-2010, 12:41 AM
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Welcome to our world! Man, that bike for 2 grand is a smok'n deal! These are excellent starter bikes. Plenty of power, comfort and smoooooth. A highway gear would be nice but for around town and on scenic runs, you can't beat a good VN750! Some of the guys travel interstate on theirs but I don't think it was really made for that.

If you have any questions about your bike, then you've come to the right place. There are a lot of knowledgable folks out there who will gladly help with whatever you need. Again....welcome!

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if you have a couple tools, these forums are a LOT cheaper than a mechanic. update your user profile with location and such. enjoy the ride and welcome to the boards!

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Thanks guys. By the way, I'm from Tampa, FL. Otherwise I probably wouldn't have been able to make the complete transition from four to two wheels. Although we sure had a cold winter this year.

Unfortunately, I have zero mechanical skills, and it needs new tires at the very least. I guess I would just like the peace of mind knowing that someone competent has looked everything over and gives it a clean bill of health. One thing I have noticed is that it has trouble starting with ANY choke. I have to have the choke off it seems for it to start, once it starts I can apply some choke. Dunno what that's about. I'll have to do some more experimenting with it.

One thing I want to get for it is a good cover. Unfortunately It just sits out in the open right now, I don't even have a carport I can put it in. I found some tarp to put over it, but I'm looking to get something better.

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Welcome. First things first. Do a final drive spline lube. Do it now. Yesterday would be even better. Unless you have already had it done. Second, you can get a fitted cover, get a good one, with a way to run a cable lock underneath the bike. I live in AZ, and sun will destroy a bike like right now. You could take a brand new bike, sit it outside here, and let it sit for a year. the only thing left would be the metal parts with the paint burned off them. And that is only a slight exaggeration. The bike would be damaged beyond repair.

I have 5 bikes and a quad, and I use them almost entirely for recreation. I have a car and a truck for transportation. If gas goes much higher, I may use my old '94 Yamaha XT225 DP bike for transportation. You just don't leave a nice bike in a parking lot around here. Jerry.

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Oh, and with all due respect, the Vulcan 750 is a great interstate cruiser. I have put close to 100,000 interstate miles on Vulcan 750s, without a single problem. This bike will cruise at 90 mph all day long without even breathing hard. That is of course with a single rider. It will not carry a passenger very far, mostly because the passenger will make you stop and let them get off. If you want to carry a passenger, you need a BIG bike, like a Goldwing, Harley Ultra, Kawasaki's new Voyager (or the old 4 cylinder Voyager) or Yamaha's Royal Star Venture. Jerry.

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2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
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Welcome to the group. That's a good looking bike.

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what is a spline, and how do I lube it?
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Go to the vulcah verses it has a write up on all the fixes.

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Welcome to the group, my new internet friend! Do the spline lube when you replace your tires. I just replaced mine with Pirelli MT66 tires and they are SUPERB. Cheaper than stock tires and much better handling, too. When the rear wheel is removed for the tire replacement, have the mechanic do a spline lube and use Honda moly grease, which you might have to buy yourself from a honda motorcycle dealer. Many mechanics might not know that a complete spline lube includes more than just the splines exposed when the rear wheel is removed. They should pull the final drive off and lube in there as well. This is a very important thing to do and it usually only gets done with tire replacement, so please don't forget to have it done or it might cost you bigtime in future repairs.

Good luck!

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