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Figured I'd ask this question as I have no point of reference. How would you describe the smoothness of your Vulcans? Like glass? Pretty good vibration? Like sitting in a massage chair?

I get some pretty good vibration (i.e. massage chair) while riding, just wanting to see what you all felt was normal before I go start tearing things apart.
 

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Figured I'd ask this question as I have no point of reference. How would you describe the smoothness of your Vulcans? Like glass? Pretty good vibration? Like sitting in a massage chair?

I get some pretty good vibration (i.e. massage chair) while riding, just wanting to see what you all felt was normal before I go start tearing things apart.
Have you ever changed your balance dampers? It could use them. They shrink, and break down over time. If you find black plasticy bits in your oil screen, then they definitely need to be done.

Requires an engine pull. Might as well do the stator, and maybe the stator cover mod while you're in there.
 

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Sorry Nebraska68, I'll have to plead the Fifth Amendment on that one...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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An engine that is in good condition has very little vibration. You can feel a little bit at the handle bars. There is almost none at the seat.
 

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Figured I'd ask this question as I have no point of reference. How would you describe the smoothness of your Vulcans? Like glass? Pretty good vibration? Like sitting in a massage chair?

I get some pretty good vibration (i.e. massage chair) while riding, just wanting to see what you all felt was normal before I go start tearing things apart.
mine is very smooth, feels like a 4 cylinder. think you have a problem.
 

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Mines pretty smooth at most rpms. Considering its an abused 85, I was surprised. But I mounted a cam on the bars the other day, and shot thru the windshield. You can actually see the flex/vibration from the engine at diff rpms in the plexiglass (looks like youre on acid) and works like an oscilloscope. Overall though, much smoother than my Triumph and BSA, and my 68 Sportster. More vibes than my SuperGlide though.
 

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Mine is good at most rpm. There is a rpm range where the right mirrow is a bit shakey, but the left one isn't and the right peg has a slight vib but not the left. But I don't feel anything is the seat or the bars, go figure.
 

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Mine has quite a lot of vibration at higher RPMs. It's been that way ever since I installed the VN900 seat. That vibration has carried through both engines it's had, as well as with the temporary replacement bike that I bought. When I put the stock seat back on before selling it, the vibration was significantly less. So it would seem that in my case it's largely due to the seat mount I made.
 

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No vibration at all. Very smooth.
 

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My grand kids and wife tell me that the extended backrest vibrates a lot, but I guess that's just part of the game, I've never been back there. :)
 

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Odd... I had an extended when I got my bike, and didnt vibrate at all. I traded it for a stock with Inline (member), and IT vibrated so much it snapped a cupla bolts.
 

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I just got back from my first spirited test ride (I've only had my bike 2 weeks). I notice it in the floorboards at times. May be occurring elsewhere, but if so, it doesn't bother me. When I rode the bike home about 2 hours after buying it, I didn't notice any vibrations at various cruising speeds.
 
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