You could start one right here and may have. I bought a Vulcan 500 LTD in Aug. '03, love it and love to talk about it. You might also try www.beginnerbikes.com and look under rider reviews. There is a pretty long string there but I would rather see if you and I could get other owners to contribute here. You might start something in the main Lobby then advise the paricipants to move over to this forum if it were to get going.
Sounds fine. I'm not sure where on earth to begin with something like this.
Is this something you'd like to tackle?
Been trying different front fenders trying to find one that's lower & doesn't splatter road debris on my radiator. The Vulcan 750 Tour fender rubs my front tire. Sure like the looks of it though.
Got a Gold Wing GL 1100 front fender fits the front axle width wise perfectly. And I like the wide flare at the bottom. Looks like I'm gonna have to redrill the rear of the 2 screw holes to fasten it to the forks.
I also sprayed chrome on the inside lower back 1/3rd of the fender. Looks kinda snazzy from the front.
Well, here's one more owner you can add to the list. I purchased an '04 Vulcan 500 LTD in January. Yes--in January. And I live in Ohio. Needless to say I have not gotten a whollllle lot of riding time racked up on it--just under 70 miles thus far. The poor girl spends most of her time locked up in a storage facility. I'll keep an eye out for this new forum that you've been thinking about. Take care.
I just got my Vulcan EN 500 Ltd in January also. It had 147 miles on it and is a 1998. Am still getting acquainted with her. But so far, WOW!!! I love it! Am having fun doing my own 'customizing'.
Found a windshield on ebay with all the mounting hardware & everything that fit her perfectly. Got it for $82 - brand new! Now that's what I call FUN!
Sounds like you're coming along getting it fixed up the way you want it. I bought mine with a windshield then took it off because I was not comfortable with the way it handled. Since then, I've gotten my confidence up and put the windshield back on and it's no longer an issue. I rode 200 mi. Sat. around the Ozarks of Southern Mo. and Northern Ark. and have never had so much fun (well, maybe wedding night..!). I got some cheap saddlebags for until I decide if I'm going to outgrow this bike or not. I've about decided that this 500 will do anything I want to do and even if I did get a bigger bike, I would want to keep this one because it's such a fun bike to ride and I know I would wish I had it back. It's also a real kick in the back of the lap to watch those fat-ass Harleys try to stay with me in the twisties!
IIIII was thinking of getting a windshield or a faring (fairing?) for mine, but thus far all the ones I've seen......well, they look too "bikerish", if that makes any sense. I like the look of my bike fine, but I would love to find a sportier, sleeker looking windshield for it. My dealer told me that nothing like that would fit. Ah well. Anyway, the high temperature for all of this week is only going to be 35 F., so I guess it doesn't matter anyway. Take care all.
MY LANDS Damour! What a site! Almost didn't make it past the initial f---, f---,f---! The rest was interesting though.
Sure is a gorgeous day to go out for a ride here. The temp says it's 56 outside, blue sky, & sunshine.
Anyone know of a rear fender that will fit the EN500 Ltd that goes down lower on the backside of the rear tire? Got road stuff splattered all over when I had to ride in the rain.
Actually Damour, you mentioned that this might not be a great time to see about a windshield. It could be a perfect time to work on your bike & get just the right windshield.
I posted a question titled 'riding in the rain-HELP'. And I received some suggestions that you could benefit from.
So ya don't like the bikerish look eh?! My husband didn't either until I got my windshield. Sure looks sharp. And the price couldn't be beat.
Hi Hal9000, what's the URL of your Vulcan 500 forum?
I'm finding that when I let off the throttle, even the tiniest bit, that the speed of my bike drops drastically. Guess I'd expected that she'd coast a bit more. It's such a sharp decrease in power that it makes for a pretty rough & jerky ride at times. Does this sound like something's not adjusted quite right? or does this just sound like I still need to get better acquainted with my 500?
hawleysh...Mine does the same thing. Just a little back-off of the throttle and it slows down quickly. It bothered me at first but I've now learned to use it to my advantage. You will get used to it too.
Handlebar mounted choke. I was just wondering a little about this, nothing that's got me too "choked" up. Heh. But I noticed on certain websites that Kawasaki is still advertising this feature for their 2004 Vulcan 500's. The choke on mine is down on the left side however. Was this a feature on previous models that was mistakenly left on the list? Again, no big whoop, just curious. Take care all.
i have a question. i am buying a 94 vulcan 500(hopefully picking it up tomorrow) from a guy down the street. the only thing is that it has been sitting in a garage for 2 years since his back surgery so i'm not sure what all maintanence stuff i need to worry about. i know to do the obvious, change oil, check air filter, flush gas tank, check sparkplugs, but can you guys think of anything else i need to worry about?
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