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Old 06-24-2013, 08:00 AM   #31
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True dat about knowing the bike to address issues ahead of time. But remember this was a second year model back in '88 when research wasn't as easy as now. Apparently I got to be a beta tester. Shame really because, as I said, it was a smooth, comfortable bike and had good power. I did put up with the crap for almost 15K miles trying to make it work.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:50 PM   #32
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True dat about knowing the bike to address issues ahead of time. But remember this was a second year model back in '88 when research wasn't as easy as now. Apparently I got to be a beta tester. Shame really because, as I said, it was a smooth, comfortable bike and had good power. I did put up with the crap for almost 15K miles trying to make it work.
Yeah..there's no way you would've had back then all the info available today. The info available today is amazing and has helped me many times to keep my rides in great shape. My Vulcans have given me tons of trouble free miles and I enjoy every minute on the road w them.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:27 PM   #33
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Yep. Hit a Nomad I *really* wanted. Great shape, right extras, fair price. But, turned out it was one of the years with the troublesome plastic oil pump gear. Threw it back. Damn, I liked it, but the teardown to replace one gear wasn't worth the money.......
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:41 PM   #34
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Yep. Hit a Nomad I *really* wanted. Great shape, right extras, fair price. But, turned out it was one of the years with the troublesome plastic oil pump gear. Threw it back. Damn, I liked it, but the teardown to replace one gear wasn't worth the money.......
The Nomad w the pog issue was the 99. After that all Vulcans have the steel oil gear. There is Judges oil gear that can be installed without a complete teardown so that is a much more cost effecient fix. IMHO my 08 Nomad is the best bang for your buck bike for a tourer/cruiser. I love multi day trips on my comfortable and reliable Nomad
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:50 AM   #35
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is that an extra gas tank on back or a mini keg of beer

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Old 06-30-2013, 04:29 AM   #36
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is that an extra gas tank on back or a mini keg of beer
I know what it would be if it were my bike. Ha ha.

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Old 06-30-2013, 09:11 AM   #37
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is that an extra gas tank on back or a mini keg of beer
Yes.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:37 AM   #38
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The one weakness cruisers have as touring bikes. Small gas tanks. My Vulcan 750 goes on reserve at around 130 miles. But that has not kept me from racking up the miles.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:10 PM   #39
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The one weakness cruisers have as touring bikes. Small gas tanks. My Vulcan 750 goes on reserve at around 130 miles. But that has not kept me from racking up the miles.
There's only a few things I wish Kawasaki would have done differently with the Voyager and the number one thing is added fuel capacity. 5.3 gallons just isn't enough for me. Because the tank is basically common between all the Vulcan 1700s, I understand why they did it, but at under 200 miles per tank, it drove me nuts.

I anticipated close to 45 miles per gallon, and I can get 50 on slow two lanes, but at real freeway speeds, I've been getting 38-40 mpg and 200 was it, and stretching it at that.

With the five gallon beer keg on the back I can ride at any speed I want and still get over 300 miles between fuel stops (the max per fuel leg per Ironbutt rules).

The bike is good. With a PC5 I've got the engine mapped nearly perfectly and the 1700 is a really good engine when it's running with a proper AFR. Some people have complained of clunky or whiney transmissions. Not mine. It's quiet and shifts smoothly. A Russell seat is truly good for all day (1509 miles in 23 hours and 40 minutes). A larger, vented shield gives great protection and hand shields and heated grips keep the hands comfortable. I swap between the mid-forward footboards and the passenger boards to keep comfortable and the tank doubles as back rest.

It is a good cruiser-based tourer that could be great with 7 or more gallons of fuel, a center stand, and a few better trim pieces powdercoated or painted instead of plastic chrome.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:36 PM   #40
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That's a sweet looking Voyager. I like how you increased your range. There's nothing like the open road on a comfortable trusty steed
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:51 AM   #41
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Put a couple of miles on my vulcan 800 the other day. Few observations....I'm to short for the highway pegs, and seat needs upgrading. Other than that she's pretty good. Needs some general maintenance. New rear shock and front springs, seals and fork oil. And a 're pack of all bearings.

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Old 07-10-2013, 10:43 AM   #42
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2007 1500 Classic. FI, Shaft drive, Liquid cooled. Arizona to Canada, down the coast, mountains of Colorado, redwoods, Pikes Peak. Zero problems. What more could you ask for?
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:55 AM   #43
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Put a couple of miles on my vulcan 800 the other day. Few observations....I'm to short for the highway pegs, and seat needs upgrading. Other than that she's pretty good. Needs some general maintenance. New rear shock and front springs, seals and fork oil. And a 're pack of all bearings.

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You mean the stock pegs or aftermarket highway pegs in front on those? I have a 34" inseam, and am a perfect fit on my Vulcan 750. I have seen many people install the Kawasaki engine guard, and put pegs on that. Those are too forward for me, my legs are almost straight. That puts a lot of stress on your legs
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:48 PM   #44
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is that an extra gas tank on back or a mini keg of beer
First one, then t' other.
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:44 PM   #45
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I just got me a 2011 Vaquero for long rides and touring. Planning to break it in at the end of the month with a ride out to SLC, UT and back just to get me some IN-N-Out Burger.





It came with a taller windscreen for the long rides and I added a set of Cobra Tri-oval slip on mufflers as soon as I got it home. I've only put about 150 miles on it so far but I'm loving it.
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