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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-03-2012, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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My name is Mike. Live in s.e. Mn. Just bought me first Vulcan yesterday. Way excited to have it.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-03-2012, 07:12 PM
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Welcome! Here's my new-owners checklist.

Inspect the tires for air, age and wear. Replace if they are too old, or too worn.
Perform an oil-change.
Inspect all fluid levels. Top up where needed.
Inspect all cables. Lube and replace where needed.
Inspect the brake's wear. Replace if too worn.
Inspect the fork seals and oil. Replace as necessary.
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Inspect, and lube the drive-shaft splines. Moly 60 or better is suggested.
Replace your battery with an AGM or Gel style battery.
Replace your spark plugs with NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Replace the stock Automatic Cam Chain Tensioners with Manual Cam Chain Tensioners, such as the ones manufactured by TOC.
Perform an rear-end oil-change.
Buy some SeaFoam, and use in every few tanks. If you are worried about the carbs being gummed up, you can drain some directly into the carbs via the vent hose.
Inspect the charging system on the bike. The stator is known to fail, which can cause the R/R to fail as well.

1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars

1990 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

1998 Honda VFR800 FI

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1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350
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Welcome to the Vulcan madness Mike.
What year is the new-to-you scoot? (Probably an `86. Seems like every other newbie lately has one. lol )
How many miles on it?

Wow, thtanner`s list is waaaayy more compact than my ten things link below.


1991 VN 750 -"Cosmic Lady" or "Bad Girl"?
Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

H-D windshield
Relocated R/R
MF-AGM battery
Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15

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2001 Vulcan 750
TOC upgrade on ACCT
Air/fuel mixture set to 2 1/2 out
rectifier relocated
splines lubed
decals removed
upgraded mirrors
Pic up coil mod done
All LED lighting
Upgraded Mosfet rectifier
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-04-2012, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Wow! Warm greetings. Thanks all. Its actually an 85. Previous owner replaced the engine with a 750 due to a spun bearing. It still has the storage gas in it. Has been coastered. Goats belly is gone. Im looking through the electrical today. Starting with a new battery! Odo reads 19k but I have no idea mileage on the motor. Pretty clean bike though. I got a stack of maintenance records with the bike so........ let the fun begin! I bought it as a rider while my kz1000 project is in the works but I gotta say it may hang around even after that project is done .

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From one mike to another: welcome.
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