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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Seeking Advice for Used Purchase (normal noises, price, problems)

Hi
Not new to motorcycles
Had a 1976 honda cb750
And a 1987 Yamaha tw200

Now looking for a cool street cruiser

My questions:
Would you pay 1,300 for a 1986 750 Vulcan?

The good:
22k miles
It's got new dunlops, new throttle cables and choke cable
Fluids changed and carbs cleaned too.

The bad:
Tennis ball size dent in top of tank which was dropped while off bike
4th owner- he bought it to flip it
I already see one plug wire is arcing to the case

It's also noisey as hell and not sure what is normal and not based on you tube vids only a rough idea.

Looking to get a cruiser for me and my girl for trips to the country. Is this a good bike? We weigh 350 combined.

Thanks for any tips!!

I plan on a pre purchase inspection by a good mechanic
I can do most if not all work myself- I just don't trust myself to catch everything internal as I am unfamiliar with the Vulcan.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 05:52 PM
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First up, I will say that I am in the UK, but from what I have seen of what you can get for your money over there, I would say it seems a bit overpriced considering the issues it has (dented tank, arcing HT leads, noisy engine etc.) You may be able to do better for the money IMHO but more local guys will be able to give you a better idea....

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What area are you from, there might be a member close by could help you with your purchase.

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I paid $1100 for my 86 in decent condition. It had no dents, though. It needed new plugs, battery, eventually R/R and stator.

In So Cal? I'll be happy to look at it for you if you're close.

1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars
MOSFET FH012AA R/R


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The price I would say is to high. Others here would say the bike can handle the weight but the seating for two up is really cramped for long rides. Take her along and see how she likes the seating.

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2 up riding should be for your combined weight...rear shocks are adjustable or can be replaced if needed, but it depends on your (and your passenger) comfort.
The seat can be replaced or modified for comfort.

The noise may be as simple as worn cam chain tensioner which can be remedied or replaced with a TOC MCCT unit for about $100. OR....the noise could be something much more problematic and expensive to fix.

Plug leads are easily changed and arcing can be remedied fairly inexpensively.

If the bike is sound otherwise, meaning the charging system, final drive. engine, and electrics all check out, then it might be worth that much..... it is subjective to your needs and wants as well as what else is available to you and for what price.

You could haggle and talk then down I am sure...but any used bike is somewhat of a gamble. Get it checked out by someone who knows bikes.

Read the Verses section and use the search function to learn about stator and R/R diagnostics, SPLINES, AGM battery, and other maintenance issues that have been discussed.

also consider this....the VN750 has been mostly unchanged for the full 20 years it was produced. There are lots of parts available for repairs, but virtually no aftermarket items. Make sure you like the bike for what it is and don't expect to change it or customize it unless you are handy with a wrench, can fabricate, or are willing to spend the money to make it the way you want.

Good luck in your decision making progress! and let us know what you decide

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Important tip

You can always go up on your offer, but once made you can never lower it. I'd state all the obvious factors: large dent (cosmetic), engine noise, mileage and age. You should be able to squeeze at least 150-200 off the price, especially if you have a wad of cash. (Be safe though)

I agree with the possible ACCT noise. That most likely is the issue, but without other variables no way to determine. Give your locale and somebody close by may be able to assist.
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Hey wow thanks everyone-
I'm in Queens New York
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 11:07 PM
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the guy i bought mine from was asking 1450 i gave him 1100 and took the bike it had some whiskey dents needed a battery and the right side baffle was a little loose

if you do end up getting the bike first thing you do is relocate the r/r and cut out the bullet connections on the stator and solder them that might just make you the first one to ever not have to replace the stator and if you ever need tech support or help with trouble shooting the thing we got you on this forum we have an electrical wizard in slimvulcanrider and then there is the motor guys like roach and knifemaker is a knowledgeable rider and if you have any questions about fuel mileage just ask pitdave lol (sorry i just had to)

oh and so he dont feel left out thtanner can help you find damn near anything you need for a vulcan and he created a cool map that you can post your location on and find vulcan riders near you

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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I declined to purchase the 86. I'm holding out for a better end of season bargain.

Any years offer better availability of back rests/saddle bag mounts/cases?

As I plan on riding two up at times- I'm guessing I'll need to pump up the shocks and check for leaks...
And I read up on checking stater output with a mutimeter...
So what else?
Issues with shaft drive?
Fan/thermostat issues?
Any "bad" years?

I'm still reading up- but any advice is appreciated.
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