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08-03-2007 12:12 PM
j0hn0tt0 Man, and I just bought 4 quarts of 10-40 synthetic and regular automotive coolant. I'm gonna have to locate a nearby honda dealer and get some spline lube and coolant this weekend.
08-03-2007 12:07 PM
dirtrack650 On the oil and coolant thing... I use Lucas motorcycle synth 20-50 in the summer. It increased the mpg (62-64mpg) and smoothed out an abused engine. With coolant, a mom and pop bike shop owner in town - who had nothing to gain by advising this said we should be running motorcycle coolant to lube the water pumps and maintain seals. He recommend Honda coolant. Honda moly for the splines too.
07-29-2007 11:35 PM
hyperbuzzin Ya got that right, John... The Vulcan is really easy to handle, but be sure to never take that for granted!
As the saying goes, "Always expect the unexpected". (but the part they always leave out goes... "But have fun"!)

And stalling is all part of riding.
(Don't tell anyone, but I was the first one to stall my bike at our Pot-Luck Jamboree )
07-29-2007 04:51 AM
j0hn0tt0 Fixed the clutch handle. I just needed to fiddle with the adjuster a little and it's good now. I took it out for the first time today, riding up and down the block not going above 1st gear and it was a blast. This bike is so damn easy to ride. I never rode before but I had no problem with balancing or anything. I just need to work on my clutch control since I stalled it a couple of times releasing the clutch too fast going from neutral to 1st. It also stops very nicely. I used a lot of the knowledge I've gained from reading this site practically 24/7, and did pretty damn good for a first timer. I'm still taking the MSF BRC of course, I just wanted to get my feet wet before diving in.
07-28-2007 12:09 PM
j0hn0tt0 btw, when I said inch, I meant at the end of the handle. At the base of the handle, it has, maybe, 10mm play.
07-28-2007 12:02 AM
j0hn0tt0 It's got a helluva lot more play that that. About an inch or more. I'll check it out.
07-27-2007 11:47 PM
hyperbuzzin
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I noticed one other thing. I was sitting on the bike before while it was off and on the centerstand when i noticed that the clutch had about an inch of play in it before it would tense up and feel like it was actually doing something. Is there anything I should check/do?
According to the shop manual, there should be 2-3 mm (.078-.118 in) of play.
If those numbers are confusing to ya, it should be a little less than 1/8 of an inch.
If the adjusters are tightened all the way, ya may need a new clutch cable.
Take a look where the cable goes into the hand lever also, to check for any fraying.
But on an '03, the cable should still be good.
07-27-2007 11:29 PM
j0hn0tt0 Got it. I'll try to get this all done over the weekend. Thanks again guys!

I noticed one other thing. I was sitting on the bike before while it was off and on the centerstand when i noticed that the clutch had about an inch of play in it before it would tense up and feel like it was actually doing something. Is there anything I should check/do?
07-27-2007 11:20 PM
hyperbuzzin
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Awesome.

So, regular coolant then?
Yep, regular, as long as it's safe for aluminum engines.
07-27-2007 11:20 PM
j0hn0tt0 Oh, I missed the thread on coolants.

Thanks for reminding me.
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