Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Reviews

1993 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 from Canada

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired39000 kilometres
Most recent distance45000 kilometres

Summary:

Your unpredictable best friend

Faults:

Pick-up coil wires brittle (from age) and broke off. You have to lift the engine to do a full replacement of the wires, so I spliced them on.

Hard to start; went through two batteries in a year and a half. Now on the third battery, and I put a battery minder on and leave it plugged in at home, and have not had a single issue since.

Had a problem with it stalling in motion. It turned out the previous owner cut the airbox and covered it with a sock (in what I guess was an attempt at an ear shave), and the thing was getting force fed at speed or in wind, and that would cause it to snuff out... and then due to the above battery problem, it would usually leave me stranded.

General Comments:

Since I figured out some issues, the bike has been a lot of fun. Great handling and a lot of guts to it. I beat everyone off the mark every time. Fairly easy to work on unless you need to do stator work; then you have to pull the motor. Not ideal, but it's supposed to have had a new stator put in when I got it, so hopefully that won't be an issue for me.

It is not a heavy cruiser, so I got knocked around a bit in windy conditions until I got used to that.

These bike are known to have some issues, but once you get a hold of things, it is seriously a fun bike. Even if I got a bigger cruiser, I think I would hold onto this one just for the fun of it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2013

2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 from United States of America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.1 / 10
Distance when acquired1500 miles
Most recent distance12500 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB650SC Nighthawk

Summary:

Fun to ride but unreliable

Faults:

This bike developed a coolant leak at the base of the forward cylinder at about 3000 miles, due to gasket failure from the factory. Also the drive shaft splines were not lubed at the factory. I learned about the lube problem, and corrected it before any damage resulted from that. The gasket required removal of the engine to correct. The gasket, and those that needed to be replaced to get to it, cost about $50.00. The labor to replace the gasket would have been $1,000.00. Fortunately I was able to do the work at home during the winter.

Later on the bike left me stranded several times, because it would not restart when shut off. The battery was not recharging. Stator voltages seemed OK. It turned out to be bad connections between the stator wiring and the voltage regulator wiring. The voltage regulator was replaced twice.

After all the bugs were worked out, the bike has never failed me since. After 20 years of manufacture, Kawasaki never strove to make improvements on the initial design, even though there were many known recurrent problems. Shame on them.

General Comments:

I like to commute on this bike. It has nimble handling in town and good visibility. Long distance riding is not as appealing. The seat will hurt you, and it lacks the heft to take the buffeting on the interstate.

There is a nice array of features and gauges, and normal maintenance is easy to do at home.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th September, 2012

2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 from United States of America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance3600 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki Several

Summary:

Great starter bike

Faults:

Battery was bad right off the show room floor. The one they replaced it with is not very good either. Will have to replace, just need to make through this season.

General Comments:

Great little bike! Still not what I expected, bought without test ride. I think a Suzuki 750 would eat it up!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2009

2004 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 from United States of America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles

Summary:

Fun, inexpensive touring

Faults:

Had to replace automatic cam chain tensioners, one each first two years.

Had to replace battery after 3 years 12,000 miles.

Otherwise routine maintenance only.

General Comments:

This motorcycle is ridiculously inexpensive. I paid $5300 for a brand new motorcycle that is quick, and can cruise at 80 mph all day. It doesn't have the satisfying rumble of a Harley, and many Harley riders don't wave back, but that is their loss.

The gauges are up high where they belong, especially in deer country, not on the tank which is probably OK outside of a bar, or tooling down an urban street.

Very limited aftermarket parts, otherwise great.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2009

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 10 reviews