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Old 10-23-2014, 10:08 AM   #1
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First cruiser: Vulcan or Vstar?

Right now I have found 2 bikes on CL and cannot choose between the two. Both are at $2k ...This will be used for weekend rides, nothing too crazy. Which one would you guys recommend? I am coming from a Fz6

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Of those 2 the Vulcan is a better choice. It pains me to say this. More power on the kawasaki and the maintenance schedule on the vstar is ridiculous.
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Would LOVE to have a Harley but I am trading my fz6...been having a hard time finding a buyer for the fz6. Thanks Tiatool, read LOTS of reviews/decisions online and many said Vulcan as well. But I just had to come by and ask my local 2 wheel community.
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:29 PM   #5
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Do yourself a favor and find one that's fuel injected, water cooled, belt/chain driven with hydraulic valve lash adjusters.
Pretty much zero maintenance.
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Old 10-24-2014, 08:05 AM   #7
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Of those 2 the Vulcan is a better choice. It pains me to say this. More power on the kawasaki and the maintenance schedule on the vstar is ridiculous.
This. The extra grunt of the 800 will help you get around cars at freeway speeds.
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The Kawi has bags, you say? It also has a windshield and highway bars. The Yami has none of that.
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Suppose to be meeting the vulcan guy this week.
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:52 AM   #11
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Suppose to be meeting the vulcan guy this week.
Sweet! Post up some full pics if you get her. Just in time for the rally. Keep an eye out for grip rides down. I'll probably set one up next week.
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:47 AM   #12
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Will do, this is another pic I got
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Deal never thru, but someone off CL is coming by with his 99 Vstar 1100 this weekend.
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One word of warning about that v-star, my buddy constantly complains about how he has to remove the exhaust to do his oil change. Just something to keep in mind.
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One word of warning about that v-star, my buddy constantly complains about how he has to remove the exhaust to do his oil change. Just something to keep in mind.
Lol. I have straight pipes. Before i got an oil filter relocation kit i had to remove my entire exhaust to get to the filter.

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I have to warn you against the vstar. It is carbureted and it needs a valve adjustment every 6,000 miles. That means major maintenance every other oil change

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