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If you have had 2 or more Have you had the experience that they are completely different in the way they ride? I've had 6 total, 4 of them I bought last year, and none of them have ridden the same. There is a 94 I have that shifts so smoothly I rarely use the clutch except for red lights. It handles and rides like it is on rails, provoking me to catch myself only riding with one hand usually because it practically drives itself. I've even let go of the bars and ridden with one hand at 60 and that's not something I tend to do. It is completely different from all the other bikes I have.

My 2005 is the closest to it. It rides and handles great, shifts are not AS smooth, but I still don't always use the clutch for higher gears. I tend to hold onto it above 50 mph with both hands, crusing at 40 I tend to just use one hand.

My 88 is tight to shift, no adjustments have made it looser. It rides more harsh, and reacts to bumps more aggressively than the other bikes. I pretty much never let go of the handlebars.

It's crazy how different the bikes are, all the same. I've tried to set them all up like the 94 and I just can't get them to behave like it does. I'm amazed at how much difference the same bikes have in how they act and ride.
 

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my 85 700 rides much better than the 06 750 i have. blew the 700 up and swapping the 750 into the 700 frame. i can run all day one handed with the 700
 
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My 94 was my favorite. The 2005 I had was probably my 2nd favorite. The one I just picked up is another 05 and I didn't get a chance to ride it yet. So if my count is correct this is my 7th one, and yes they are all a little different.
 
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mine is two in one (85 700 motor and most mechanicals in an 86 frame)and it acts like it.some days runs like a raped ape and begs you to beat the **** outta her.other days bring her above 6 grand and she's all like **** you

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Doc's colloquialisms never cease to impress.
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh big word big word. brain no likey big word.must run.run far.ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh big word

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mine are all different in the way they sound and handle. I have one that has a great balance to it, thats the one I ride. the newest 2006 is very quiet for a vulcan with only 3000 miles on it, its not ready for the road yet. I think the position of the swing arm is what gives it a better balance because you can change the trail slightly on the back wheel.
 

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My 94 was my favorite. The 2005 I had was probably my 2nd favorite. The one I just picked up is another 05 and I didn't get a chance to ride it yet. So if my count is correct this is my 7th one, and yes they are all a little different.
Ive had 3 94 models in total and they are ALWAYS better to drive. There is something about them. My 2005 was my favorite until i got my second 94, by then i was convinced they drive better. My third one, there is no doubt, is the best bike I've ever had.
 

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I've had 5. My 86 bike had the most power and ran the best. The 94 had electrical gremlins, bad stator, melted R/R, and was the hardest to tune the carbs on until I got this 2005. My 89 was the most forgiving in carb tuning. All of them rode and shifted according to their age, mileage, and service history. A stubborn shifter can be either not broken in yet or beaten up. There are other people I've talked to who swear the earliest bikes (85-87, maybe through 89) had the most torque.

Your experience with the bumps is probably due to shock settings, wear, oil thickness/cleanliness/level, and whether they have air shocks. Also difference in tires models, age, pressure, etc. Early bikes also had front air shocks, later bikes had air only on the rears. Chassis specifications were otherwise the same from 85-06. Lots of variables, but probably not in the way they were built.
 
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