Merry Christmas!! Hope y'all had a great one and have a great new year!GO STEELERS!!
I am a future Kawie Vulcan owner actively looking for and planning on buying an older 1500 or 1600 classic in the next 90 days or less. I am an old Limey Rider from way back and yes, I have FOND memories of my Triumphs and BSA's and for all you that have never had the pleasure, a well maintained limey was a great ride and I miss mine every day!! I had a 650 Triumph before I owned a car and rode it everywhere. I had multiple Limey bikes and they were wonderful to ride and easy to care for once you knew and loved them. As they got older and I started making more $, I bought my favorite bike, a 1977 900 Z1. In 1983, I sold the bike and quit riding. I have come full circle and have been craving 2 wheels again and have settled on either a Vulcan Classic 1500 or 1600 (2001 - 2005)
I rode a 2001 FI 1500 classic this past weekend with 4800 miles showing on the odometer. When I started it, it had a knocking(not valve train, not rattle, not pinging or piston slap, just a knocking at idle) After it warmed up about 2 or 3 minutes it stopped> I rode it around the block and though it had the "typical" mechanical noises, I did not hear the knocking again. Is this normal or should I be worried? Yes, I will try to find a reputable dealer (Orlando FL area) to check it before I buy, but I read the long links on knocking and assorted sounds. To date, I have not heard of crank, rod or piston probs with either of these engines so I thought I would ask you of the Vulcan nation. Have any of you experienced problems with the rods or cranks?
Also, I have heard from two dealers that the 1600 classic is a little quieter and handles slightly better.
Thoughts and comments, please!