Kawasaki Vulcan 750 thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by JerryH, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    I had one. It was ok. I think I had it two years, but only put about 10k on it. Basically I had no problems.
    If I remember correctly, the seat was a wide plush cruiser style seat and was very comfortable.
    dc
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  2. JerryH

    JerryH Long timer

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    Out of 46 bikes I have owned, and several more I have ridden, the Vulcan 750 comes in a close second to the 1500 Goldwing comfortwise. The reason for it's amazing comfort, especially for a 750, is mostly due to it's ergonomics. The seat/bar/peg relationship is perfect. The stock seat is also extremely comfortable. If you install a riders backrest, or strap a sleeping bag to the passenger part of the seat to lean back against, it is like riding an easy chair down the road. It is a completely natural sitting position, much like sitting in a luxury car (or a recumbent bicycle) with your feet out in front of you, leaning slightly rearward with good back support, a wide seat that is not to hard and not too soft, and bars at the perfect height and perfect pullback, so you don't have to lean forward to reach them. Your arms are completely relaxed, with a bend in your elbow. It is nearly an effortless ride, with no pressure points anywhere.

    There is a reason why Kawasaki sold the Vulcan 750 for 23 straight years completely unchanged except for paint. As someone who has put 160,000 miles on them, I know what it is. Many others also know. Other than possibly the Virago, there is simply no other 750 size bike that is this comfortable. The Vulcan has the advantage of a lot more power than the Virago, and hydraulic valves, but the Virago has plenty of power for touring, the simplicity of air cooling, and easy to adjust valves. You really can't go wrong with either one. Sadly, neither one is made anymore. Just like the 1500 Goldwing, they were replaced with something less comfortable.
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  3. Scubawerx

    Scubawerx Scubawerx

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    I have an '03 with 17K miles. Bought it from a gentleman who said "Had it running in August". I'm not sure now what year specifically he was referring to.
    I've had to replace the stator, magneto, stator cover, inner stator cover, pulse coils, wiring harness, rectifier so far! The rigging that some people do just to say they've "modded" their bike is beyond me.
    I've got it back to better than OEM but now am having carb issues. Got to take off the carbs and clean them thoroughly. (Should have done that while the engine was out of the frame.)
    But, regardless, this is my 2nd VN750 and I look forward to my wife enjoying this one herself.
    Any recommendations regarding carb issues is appreciated.
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  4. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    I'm currently on a trip from the US to Tierra del Fuego and I met a guy from California doing the same trip on a Vulcan 750. He bought the bike for $700 and hasn't done anything to it. He is in Costa Rica right now, i just got to Colombia. This pic is in Antigua, Guatemala antigua2 007.JPG

    Great ADV bike
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  5. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    I had an '89 from 2000-2002. It was fun and I actually liked the '80's Japanese techno-look. I moved on from it to a Concours because I was riding longer and further and wanted something more travel-worthy.

    I sold it to a kid fresh out of college who wanted to ride a cheap bike cross country all summer before starting his grownup job.
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  6. alekkas

    alekkas Been here awhile

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    great pic mitch. enjoy the rest of your ride - and, that guy is proof again, ya ride what ya got.
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  7. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    This is that Vulcan loaded at the El Salvador border with me standing next to it el salvador 010.JPG
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