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I've been riding for several years. My current bikes are DR650 and GL1200. I used to ride the DR HARD, and did a lot of maintenance as a result. Part of the game. Then came full time job and family. No I don't have a ton of free time, so I'd rather ride than wrench. I want to trade out of my '84 GL (naked model) because it's hitting the age where parts are starting to wear out, and I don't feel like spending a ton of time fixing it.

The 750 sounds like an awesome bike and I'm very interested. However, it sounds like it's got a couple of common gripes that I'm not crazy about. The splines, which aren't that big of a deal, and shouldn't need done too often, and the charging system. If you're familiar w/ 4 cylinder Gold Wings, you probably know about their charging system. I ended up doing an alternator conversion after fighting mine.

I've done it, and CAN do it, I just don't want to. Would I be better off going with one of the more current designs? I've actually got an appointment to see one with a private seller tonight, but I'm not making a buy tonight, it would have to wait.

What says the fine members here?
 

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Mine hasn't been too bad save repairing things the PO had done (or not done) and mods. Has rarely left me stranded and in my care hasn't had the best keeper, I don't get to put it inside the garage anymore even in winter. Occasional oil changes and watch for loose things and ride. Get the bike, check the splines, install a voltmeter, and enjoy!
 

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I agree with the other posts on here. I bought mine wrecked, spent the winter in nc buying parts on ebay and painting it, and it has never left me stranded or with any serious issues. The only issue ive had with it was a frozen throttle cable recently lol, read my post directly under this one lol. Ive had no issues finding any parts for it, and its a blast to ride. So it sounds like 3 votes yes to pick one up
 

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I have a 2000, and have never had any trouble other than what I created by letting it sit to long. Just bring a voltmeter with you and do the stator r/r tests. If the seller's worth his salt he shouldn't have a problem with that.
 

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honestly, would you think the members here would steer you away from an awesome bike?
 

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The answer to your question lies mostly in how many previous owners the bike has had--and how well (or poorly) they collectively treated it.

I was the 2nd owner with mine--the first basically broke it in for me, then sold it due to back problems. Thus, it had little undue wear and tear, and not a lot of undue "sit" time (this is where the bike sits for weeks or months with untreated fuel, and this untreated fuel of course gums up the tank and carbs--killing the bike's drivability).

Following the advice given on this Forum, I've had no real problems with the bike--except the cam chain tensioners went out at just over 9k miles. An easy fix--thanks again to the advice here on the Forum. Cam chain tensioners are a chronic problem with this bike, as the springs in them are inherently weak.

Your toughest job here will be determining the overall condition of the bike, based on how well it's been treated or abused to date. A number of threads exist elsewhere on this Forum explaining all this in detail. Use the "search" function to locate them.

Overall, the bike is designed to be very low maintenance, and more practical and easier to live with than most. Examples: shaft drive, tubeless tires, hydraulic lifters, electronic ignition, full instrumentation (e.g., a tach and fuel gauge), spin-on oil filters, & a centerstand for easy maintenance and loading/unloading. It runs fine or regular unleaded fuel, and is very smooth from idle all the way to the tach redline.

A newer design cruiser these days with all these features is not available to my knowledge--at any price.

Note however that this bike has (for whatever reasons) been treated as a red-headed stepchild by the bike aftermarket world. Finding accessories designed specifically for this bike is not easy (there aren't many out there). So you'll have to make do with mostly generics, except for a few parts here and there. Don't let this problem surprise or deter you. It just requires a bit of creativity on your part.

Good luck with your hunt...:beerchug:
 

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I've owned a lot of bikes, modded a lot of bikes, I love my vn as a great little skoot that does very well with different riding styles. It fits my short legs too.
 

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I think the issue rings true with any used bike. Those that were well maintained and cared for will give you less grief than those that were not.

But generally, a new bike will require less maintenance than a used one. The one glaring issue with the Vulcan is the poor design that makes it a major job to replace the stator... Other than that the bike is pretty much low maintenance.
 

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I've put almost 20,000 miles on mine. Only problem was a Chinese battery that left me stranded.
 

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If you overcome the issues with charging, then you can consider the bike low maintenance. As said above, the previous owner's care will determine how much wear and tear you may have to deal with.
Once in good condition, these bikes don't ask for much other than clean oil and tires.
The cam chain tensioners are ok and can be modified to manual if desired. The drive shaft wants the splines lubed from time to time. I commute on mine and like most bikes it loves frequent use.
Bronson
 

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I bought mine a couple of years ago, after a short hiatus from riding. I had to change the rear tire when I got it, did an oil and filter change and rode it like I stole it, lol. Other than learning early last year the PO hadn't done a spline lube in God knows how long, that led to finding a differential, it has been a great bike. So far I haven't had any electrical problems with mine. In my 40 plus years of riding I can't recall a bike that is this much fun to ride. So check it out, if everything seems good with it and the price is right, you will love it.
 
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