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Does anybody know what the 1/4 mile times are for a stock Vulcan 750, and a stock first gen 1500 (BUBF). I'm looking for like magazine test numbers or something. I thought the 750 was just a hair faster.
 

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Per a post in the Verses:
1500 Mean Streak 13.76/95.6
VN750 13.98/93.1
800A 14.00/93.6
800 Classic 14.34/89.9
1500 Drifter 14.56/88.9
1500 Nomad FI 15.49/88.1
800 Drifter 14.56/88.9
1500 Classic FI 14.98/88.7
1500 Classic (carb) 15.03/85.3

http://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1163
 

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Great. Anybody have numbers on the original twin carb 1500?
 

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As per CycleWorld magazine...

This is for the stock 1985 VN700 however :

1/4 [email protected] 13.78 sec. 1/4 mi. speed 94.57 (lots more info like speed for each gear which I wont post).

I'd post the scan of the page, but was pretty poor. And Im sure CycleWorld also tested the 750...might wanna search them...
 

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I need to compare the Vulcan 750 to the original twin carb 1500. I made a bet that the 750 was faster than the 1500 in the 1/4 mile. I just can't seem to find numbers for the 1500 anywhere.
 

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1987-90 Vulcan 1500Standing ¼ Mile
13.5 sec / 153.2 km/h
Top Speed
176.3 km/h
72 hp* @ 4500 rpm* (rear tyre* 60.9 hp @ 5000 rpm )
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1986-88 750 Vulcan
Standing ¼ Mile
13.5 sec / 153.2 km/h
Top Speed
176.3 km/h
66 hp 48.1 kW @ 7500 rpm ( 59.1 hp @ 7500 rpm )

www.motorcyclespecs.co.za

Impressively close, considering the 1500 is exactly double cc's.

Man it frosts my arse to think of almost 10 hp lost to the shaft. Damn that thing, lol. ;)

I like Kanuck's idea as with these specs (who knows how accurate but I bet they're close) it really would come down to rider skill/aggression. It's a more fun way to verify too ;)
 

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1987-90 Vulcan 1500Standing ¼ Mile
13.5 sec / 153.2 km/h
Top Speed
176.3 km/h
72 hp* @ 4500 rpm* (rear tyre* 60.9 hp @ 5000 rpm )
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1986-88 750 Vulcan
Standing ¼ Mile
13.5 sec / 153.2 km/h
Top Speed
176.3 km/h
66 hp 48.1 kW @ 7500 rpm ( 59.1 hp @ 7500 rpm )

www.motorcyclespecs.co.za

Impressively close, considering the 1500 is exactly double cc's.

Man it frosts my arse to think of almost 10 hp lost to the shaft. Damn that thing, lol. ;)

I like Kanuck's idea as with these specs (who knows how accurate but I bet they're close) it really would come down to rider skill/aggression. It's a more fun way to verify too ;)
Thanks a lot for finding that information. I was sure the 750 was a couple tenths faster, and may have been somewhere else. Being that close, it could easily go either way.
 

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Did ya win the bet with the fellow yet? Share the wealth LOL
 

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No problem , and you may be right as the site may not be 100% correct. I found a few bikes that info was missing on. My uncle has a fat boy street Bob so i thought I'd compare that one too. Still pretty close actually I'm happy to say. He has an enormous amount if torque tho and can bust his rear tire loose at will :-/
You prob got serious bawls on your RK too I'd imagine. Have a good one.
 

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Actually the Road King is more of a dog than a hog. I have the older EVO model, and it is plenty slow. Fast enough for a cruiser, keeps up with traffic just fine, but more important, it cruises down the highway at the speed limit at low rpms, still making that low rumble, and that low frequency vibration. I don't know what it's 1/4 mile time is, but the Vulcan 750 "feels" much faster. It has an almost sport bike like throttle response in town.
 

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Yeah I love the sound of the HD's on the highway. Well, anywhere actually, although i'm not a straight pipe guy but I like some noise. They have a great sound though and even the big metrics don't really seem to match them. I don't blame you for going back to stock exhaust on the 750, just to loud on the highway with the high rpms. It's cool that you have bikes to choose from for different trips. Can you ride all winter? I've still got mine out but I may prep it for storage next week. Been warmer the past few days up in Ma. so I didn't have the heart to yet.
You mentioned Triumphs in different post, another great bike maker IMO. I was looking at vids of the Rocket 3 and it doesn't even sound like a bike. More like a small truck (of course it's youtube so who knows) :blah: rambling.. I'll stop now.
 

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That's just fascinating that our bike is as fast or faster than a bike that has twice the displacement.
 

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Yeah it is. That's why I've remained satisfied with the 750. I had an 1100 4 cyl that was stupid fast but this lil twin holds it's own. With many v twins double or close to double the size you have the stump pulling torque but don't really gain anything with horsepower and speed. I did love that 4 cyl at 105 horse tho ;).

Awesome picture for your Avatar by the way Dave.
 
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