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I was wondering what the major differences between the first year Vulcan 700 and the Vulcan 750 are and if there we're any big changes made throughout the years?
 

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Not really, they made the first years 700 due to import tarifs.
Small changes over the years but no major.
 

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No really big changes.
Ofcourse the addition of 50cc's. The 700 was the only year to have the factory painted black engine (black wheels were on the '85 & '86)
There were some other changes through the years.
Here's a list of some of those changes .....

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New Cost:
$5,500 (1985)
$5,500 (1987)
$5,500 (1988)
$_,___ (19__)
$6,090 (1995)
$6,090 (1997)
$6,090 (1999)
$6,190 (2000)
$6,190 (2002)
$_,___ (20__)
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Air adjustable forks
- '85-'88 = only years

Brake master cylinder
- '85-'90 = rectangular
- '91-'06 = round

Brake Lever
- '85-'90 = same
- '91-'06 = changed

Clutch lever is the same for all years

Engine color
- '85 only = black
- '86- up = natural aluminum

Engine displacement
- '85 only = 699cc
- '86- up = 749cc

Fuel Cap latching
- '85-'87 = close without key
- '88- up = need key to close ????

Fuel Control Valve
- '85-'__ = RES - ON - PRI (Prime)
- '__-'__ = RES - ON - OFF

Fuel Tank rear vent tubes
- '85-'87 = none
- '88-'98 = tubes
- '99- up = none ????

Grab rails, Sissy bar, Passenger footpeg mounts
- '85-'86 = aluminum
- '87- up = chrome

Instrument bezels
-'85-'__ = aluminum
-'03-'up = chrome

Mirrors
- '__-'__ = rectangular
- '__-'__ = round

Oil filter
- '85-'94 = larger size 2.95" diameter
- '95 up = smaller size 2.76" diameter

Oil filter (mating) plate
- '85-'93 = 13169-1921 = 2.95" (75mm)
- '94 = 13169-1921 = 2.95" (75mm)
- '94 = 13270-1170 = 2.76" (70mm)
- '95 up = 13270-1170 = 2.76" (70mm)

Shock absorber
- '85-'98 = 45014-1304
- '99- up = 45014-1710 older ProTac brackets may interfer with air valve
reported by Jim "Pick" Foster

Side covers
- '85-'86 = Ebony
- '87-'98 = Chrome
- '99-'00 = Gray
- '01 only = Bronze
- '02 only = Black
- '03 only = Red
- '04 only = Ebony
- '05 ____ = _____
- '06 ____ = _____

Wheels
- '85-'86 = painted
- '87-'up = natural

Wiring harness
- '85-'88 have a Turn Signal Control unit
- '89- up Turn Signal Control unit eliminated.

- '85-'88 are NOT interchangeable with 1989 and up
Won't work by leaving the signal circuit open

__________
- '__-'__ =
- '__-'__ =

__________
- '__-'__ =
- '__-'__ =


Paint color listing:
http://f1.grp.yahoofs.com/v1/MKNSQ_P...D08M/color.xls

A # Year Tank colors Side cover
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A 1 1985 _______ / _____ Ebony _____-____ & ____
A 2 1986 Black / Red L.V. Red 36002-5183-P5 & 5184-P5
A 2 86 Black / White Ebony 36002-5181-H8 & 5182-H8
A 3 1987 Black / Gray Chrome 36001-1359 & 1360
A 4 1988 Ebony / Gray " " " "
A 5 1989 Ebony " " " "
A 6 1990 Maroon / Black " " " "
A 7 1991 Maroon / Black " " " "
A 8 1992 Blue / Blue " " " "
A 8 92 Green / Green " " " "
A 9 1993 Blue / Gray " " " "
A 9 93 Green / Green " " " "
A10 1994 Green / Blue " " " "
A10 94 Red / Red " " " "
A11 1995 Green / Blue " " " "
A11 95 Red / Red " " " "
A12 1996 Red / Gray " " " "
A12 96 Blue / Silver " " " "
A13 1997 Red / Gray " " " "
A13 97 Ebony / G. Silver " " " "
A14 1998 Bronze / Red " " " "
A15 1999 Ebony / Gray P.C. Gray Blue 36001-1284-VK & 1285-VK
A16 2000 Ebony / Gray P.C. Gray " " "
A17 2001 Graystone / Bronze M.D. Bronze 36001-1284-7R & 1285-7R
A18 2002 Black / Silver P.G. Black 36001-1284-86 & 1285-86
A19 2003 Red / Graystone L.V. Red 36001-1284-2T & 1285-2T
A20 2004 Ebony / Silver Ebony 36001-1284-H8 & 1285-H8
A21 2005 Ebony / Silver Ebony " " "
A22 2006 _______ / _____ _______ -
 

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Fuel Tank rear vent tubes
- '85-'87 = none
- '88-'98 = tubes
- '99- up = none ????

My 01 has one tube.
 

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No really big changes.


Instrument bezels
-'85-'__ = aluminum
-'03-'up = chrome
My 85 has chromed bezels - I know they aint Al since they have rust spots.
 

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Turn signal control = cancelling

Wiring harness
- '85-'88 have a Turn Signal Control unit
- '89- up Turn Signal Control unit eliminated.

- '85-'88 are NOT interchangeable with 1989 and up
Won't work by leaving the signal circuit open
 

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There are 2 kinds of gas tanks, those for California bikes and those for everyone else. The Ca tanks have 2 vent tubes. The rest have one or none.
 

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When I was shopping for my Vulcan 750, I noticed that most of the time when a used one was up for sale, the owner was getting rid of if for a reason like:

a) they were moving "up" to a "bigger, nicer" bike (ha!);

b) health problems;

c) having a baby, and had decided to get out of the motorcycle world;

d) no longer "have time" to ride.

Generally speaking, I've never seen a lot of these bikes up for sale on the used market.

This bike was produced for over 20 years with only minor changes during its production run. A run in the bike world like that is not easy to find, and should be a clue to you that this bike has a design that just works. Also, even those here who've had a problem like a stator issue are still fiercely loyal 750 owners.

When you compare the features/perks that this bike has (e.g., shaft drive, centerstand, tach, fuel gauge, tubeless tires, self-adjusting lifters, etc) and its handling and performance versus ANY of its competitors ("big" bikes, or not), you'll discover that this is one of the most overlooked finds in the bike world--and not just the cruiser market. They just don't make "fully featured" cruisers like this anymore!

You'd be well served to read the portion of the "Vulcan Verses" that explains what to look for in a used 750, then take your time and shop for a bike that's obviously been well cared for, and is at a fair price.

Good luck!....:D......:motorcycl
 
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