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Old 06-25-2020, 06:33 PM   #1
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Bought and Re-Built a 95 Vulcan 800

Just wanted to give a quick overview of my experience getting into motorcycles.

I don't have a lot of money so I looked for an older bike that was still good cosmetically and hoped beyond hope she was okay mechanically. After a lot of searching and a lot of turds I found my bike for $900.

The diagnostic journey begins. New battery and she cranks but no go. I take her apart and start by cleaning and repair kit the carb, then clean out the gas tank. Might as well do valve maintenance because I have no idea how long she set.
Empty oil and re-fill. Flush radiator and re-fill. Flush brake fluid and re-fill.

After a lot of adjusting the carb and throttle she runs great!

This has been an awesome experience! The re-build was fun but frustrating at times but SO rewarding. I know almost every inch of that bike and that makes riding it even more enjoyable. I don't remember having this much fun in my life! Riding a motorcycle I re-built on my own is so much fun! Should have done it 20 years ago.

Now I just have to get legal.

Sorry, won't let me post any other pics.
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Old 06-25-2020, 11:23 PM   #2
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grats on the successful rebuild! the bike looks great.
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Old 06-26-2020, 02:31 AM   #3
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Very smart looking ride.

I keep forgetting that the Japanese have been making better Harley's than Harley for a long time now LOL
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Great job!!! I am on a similar journey right now, but I'm looking for a track bike to purchase for very little and build it so I can do track days.
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Just wanted to give a quick overview of my experience getting into motorcycles.

I don't have a lot of money so I looked for an older bike that was still good cosmetically and hoped beyond hope she was okay mechanically. After a lot of searching and a lot of turds I found my bike for $900.

The diagnostic journey begins. New battery and she cranks but no go. I take her apart and start by cleaning and repair kit the carb, then clean out the gas tank. Might as well do valve maintenance because I have no idea how long she set.
Empty oil and re-fill. Flush radiator and re-fill. Flush brake fluid and re-fill.

After a lot of adjusting the carb and throttle she runs great!

This has been an awesome experience! The re-build was fun but frustrating at times but SO rewarding. I know almost every inch of that bike and that makes riding it even more enjoyable. I don't remember having this much fun in my life! Riding a motorcycle I re-built on my own is so much fun! Should have done it 20 years ago.

Now I just have to get legal.

Sorry, won't let me post any other pics.
Congratulations and well done. You are doing it right.
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Great job on rebuild. If not already done or planned for do get some new tires for it even if they look like they still have tread on them. Sponsors section on here has some best deals in town. If on north side cycle shack can do for ten bucks each of you bring the wheels in and mention MotoHouston and they’ll give you a discount on the tires too which already beat internet prices.
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Old 06-27-2020, 05:19 PM   #7
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Thanks, ya'll.
Just wanted to add that anyone can do this. I have some automotive experience but with help from YouTube and forums it's not that hard. I couldn't afford my dream of a motorcycle so I found another way to do it.

Yeah, just got a front tire from Revzilla because the original is badly dry rotted. The rear is a little better but cash is tight so I have to wait. Thanks for the tire tip, Ken. Most companies will only install tires if you bought them from them so I'll do this one myself but the rear will be Cycle shack.
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If you plan on running the older tire in the back for a while, you can purchase an inner-tube and run a little less pressure in the back.
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Old 06-27-2020, 05:37 PM   #9
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I'm an idiot... I just looked at my bike and I'm realizing the spoked wheels might all need tubes. Lol
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Have always loved that model. Good job!!!
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