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Old 09-20-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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1995 Vulcan 1500 ?

I found one of these with about 40k miles and it looks to be a clean bike with windshield and ugly leather bags. The price is very right as well. I've never owned a cruiser really, and certainly never spent any time on something that could be called a "big twin"(HD or otherwise). I usually gravitate toward the beasts, and s-t rigs but I can't seem to agree with ST ergo's and there aren't alot of beasts cheap.

Just for reference I'm also considering a tdm850. I know nothing about the older vulcan 1500's, guys seem to love the newer ones though....input greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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The older Vulcan 1500s (approx 1999 and earlier) had a plastic oil pump gear (POG) which is known to disintegrate, causing major problems. Replacement requires engine removal and teardown. Here's an info link:

http://www.vroc.org/bikeinfo.php?sec...item=93#answer

I suggest you verify whether the POG has been replaced...if not, I would avoid the bike, unless Kawasaki will replace it under warranty. If the POG has been replaced with the steel gear, I understand that the VN1500 is otherwise a very solid bike.
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Old 09-22-2013, 01:43 AM   #3
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Stay FAR away from any Vulcan 1500 through 2000. I had a '96 1500 Classic, and the POS POG failed in about 7,000 miles, less than 40,000 total miles. This was a design defect, and Kawasaki will not stand behind their products.
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:48 AM   #4
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If you can buy a TDM, there's not any point in considering a VN1500.
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:06 PM   #5
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Thanks guys sounds like plenty of reason to avoid the Vulcan!
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:26 PM   #6
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Thanks guys sounds like plenty of reason to avoid the Vulcan!
The Vulcan 1500 is a great bike. You're getting incomplete or wrong info. The 1500 Nomad up to 99 had a high failure rate of the pog. The classic was much better and the bubf or A models had no issues. Ask the owner which bike it is and if he changed it to a steel gear. Vulcan 1500s are great bikes. I have the 98 1500a w similar miles w the pog and it has been absolutely bullet proof and lots of fun.
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