1992 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

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Kawasaki VN 750

1992 Kawasaki Vulcan 750


A strange bike that have been designed by a Not much fun to ride but not exactly either. Extremely reliable and shaft drive.

The Vulcan 750 has something of a cult following.


October, 2001. Seattle. It all day. Every day. The Seattle summer has been with sadistic water that never seems to let up.

people deal with it by cigarettes and chain-drinking lattes. check in to tanning salons serve illicit prescription espresso. Chemical solutions my way. Instead, I dealt it the way any truly clear-headed, rational, person would.

I left.

Hawaii. It is sunny all day. day. Beaches, sailboats,

Of course, I can’t possibly time in a place with perfect weather and great without a motorcycle, can I? Renting is a but it is expensive and the longer you stay the it makes sense to buy a used and sell it when you’re

I picked the Vulcan 750 because it my immediate needs, was available for a price and has a reputation of being reliable. The reputation is well-founded. has been making this for several years and it is designed to go the with a shaft drive, hydraulic valve adjusters and a engine. It all adds up to a bike can take a reasonable amount of and keep running well.

That quality makes it a candidate as a used bike.

if there is any flaw in that you can be sure that eventually I find it or it will find me. The day after I bought it I noticed the did not turn over quickly I pressed the starter button. It did over and start but there was a hesitation that shouldn’t been there.

Still, it and seemed to run fine and Deb and I were off on an around the island to sample the enjoy the sun and have a fabulous Over the next two days time I started the Vulcan it was a more reluctant to turn It got bad enough that I grew it wouldn’t start at all and we would be but the Vulcan never let us down and we got home without needing

Diagnosis? Here are the possibilities:

The starter isn’t getting because the battery is weak.

The starter isn’t getting because the circuit between the and starter has failed (possible bad or connection.)

— The starter is

Most of the time, by far, the is a weak battery. This was a bike so it was possible that the was old. I had a mental picture of the being left to sit long that the battery drained and the charged it up one last time so he ride it to the dealer and trade it in on a new That happens but if you let the battery drain it’s never as as it was before.

Do it twice and it’s pretty toast.

I had another mental of a failing alternator but that a little less likely at point.

Batteries are relatively for this bike and a replacement Die from Sears was just Good thing this a BMW! I proceeded to install the and was a little surprised to discover the in the bike was just one year But the new battery seemed to help.

I put the old battery on a charger and got the strange that it appeared to be almost charged.

The battery cables to be in good condition and overall is extremely little corrosion on the It looks like it has always stored in a garage. Bikes are left outside rot quickly in

This is still a mystery to be Could it be the starter? If so, why did the new battery to make such a difference? it be that merely installing the new resulted in a better electrical somewhere? It’s possible.

keep an open mind and it to see if the problem returns. I will this review as I learn

The Vulcan 750 is a strange bike. I figure out what Kawasaki was when they designed it. I call this bike Eve it suffers from multiple disorder.

This will take a bit of an but I hope you will find it

You can see at a glance that Eve is a cruiser. engine, low seat, buckhorn forward foot controls. It to be another Japanese Harley

Just to further confirm impression the engine even has a single crankpin design. pistons attach to the crankpin at a point. To get an idea what does to an engine imagine it would be like on a bicycle.

The are offset by 180-degrees. Now imagine if weren’t offset at all. The would be uneven and unbalanced. imagine it at 5,000 revolutions per It would tear itself

No one would be foolish enough to a bicycle like that. friends, that is exactly a Harley tries to do, tear apart. The story goes the first Harley v-twin was by grafting a second cylinder a single cylinder motor. The piston rod was attached to the same as the first and the classic 45-degree v-twin was born. Harley overbuilt the engines to the point they could withstand the this design created.

hey, everybody loses teeth eventually, anyway, That’s part of the charm.

The Japanese Harley clones a sensible offset dual design to eliminate the vibration. kept your teeth vibrating out of your jaw but it sacrificed the that makes a v-twin a and interesting bike. They came up with a compromise. The was to stick with a single design but put a counterbalancer on the crankshaft only engages at higher

It gives you that nice rumble while eliminating the shaking vibrations as the RPMs up the scale. Even Harley has this design with recent Twin-Cam 88B engine.

Eve has such a counter-balancer but as far as I can tell it is engaged. There doesn’t to be vibration at any RPM. If so, why did they go a single crank-pin design in the place?

Kawasaki VN 750
Kawasaki VN 750

Further, the engine is mounted to wipe out any sneaky that manage to get past the

As I mentioned earlier the engine is the valves use a hydraulic self-adjusting and it has a shaft drive. Very stuff.

So, what does bike want to be?

It’s a cruiser. Raw and proud of it. Leather and Amateur tattoos barely on sunburnt skin. Long hair flowing in the wind. is the bike your mother you about.

It’s a civilized bike. A sensible and reliable Practical. The well-groomed accountant mother has been trying to you up with.

What is it then? I don’t know. If there was a bike designed by a committee has to be it.

Still, a person with personality disorder is more than a person with no at all. Eve does have her I wouldn’t want to live her as my only bike but she’s to hang around with and fun to try and figure her out.

The Vulcan 750 has something of a cult following. seem to like the practical in a cruiser frame. I don’t that same perspective but I can see how would be attracted to it.

If you’re a accountant and you just have to a cruiser this is the bike for

Twenty years ago a 750 was considered a big but today it’s just It’s peppy and fun to drive but power is only adequate for trips. This engine is a unlike most v-twins in it likes to rev. You’ll a lot of time at 5,000 and 6,000 rpm but you won’t notice any vibration. that smooth.

The only I’ve ridden that had vibration was BMWs K75 and you could a quarter on that bike and rev the without it falling over. The that is.

Handling is good for a which is to say that it’s not good compared to most bikes. Then again, no one a cruiser to get great handling.

are adequate. Dual disk up and drum in the back.

The stock is a weak point. It’s for about fifty miles it starts to become uncomfortable. seats from Corbin are

The fuel tank holds three gallons (claimed 3.6 It doesn’t sound like but think of it as a good thing you’ll want to stop to relieve your tired I get fuel mileage in the low 40s.

is 483 lbs dry. It seems lighter that thanks to the low seat

The styling is straight from the You either like it or you don’t.

The is just $6,099 MSRP. very little money for the that has gone into bike. You can surely find it for $6K at a dealer (and probably less if you pick up last model.)

I haven’t had this for long but I am gradually growing fond of her each day. She has two to her personality and neither one is annoying. the perfect bike for toodling a tropical paradise but I don’t I’ll take her back to meet mother.

Kawasaki VN 750
Kawasaki VN 750
Kawasaki VN 750
Kawasaki VN 750
Kawasaki VN 750
Kawasaki VN 750


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