Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

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

2002 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 from United States of America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance5800 miles

Summary:

This bike is the King Kong of bang for the buck

Faults:

Since brand new, I had problems with my VN750 fouling out plugs, stalling, and refusing to start.

General Comments:

Those first few years were not the happy motorcycling experience that I had hoped for. Despite numerous trips to the dealer where I purchased the bike, the trouble persisted. Then I found a mechanic who actually took the time to diagnose the problem. It had a bad stator. The symptoms are the same as having a weak battery. In fact, my bike would eat a battery, feel better for a while and then go back to the same sad state. Since the stator has been replaced it has been absolutely reliable and fun. I love this bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2008

7th Aug 2008, 17:08

My friend bought a 2001 Vulcan 750 and it was a POS nightmare from the start!.. Would not idle the same after it was killed and restarted.. constant tinkering with the carbs.. Kept eating up valve chain tensioners... Springs inside always broke... had to replace every 3500 miles or so! Always crankcase noise until it warmed up for 15-20 minutes.. was afraid to sit on it and ride till it warmed up.. was afraid of a piston-ectomy!! OUCH!! I am a bike mechanic.. and all I can say is... Totally ruined us both on a Kawasaki Product!

NEVER AGAIN!

- Matthew Wrightman.

2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 from United States of America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance5800 miles

Summary:

Great first motorcycle, and I would recommend it to 1st time riders

Faults:

I have, on occasion, had problems starting the bike. I have found that this is a problem with the battery. Once I replaced it with a Die Hard Gold the problem is gone. Still, when it is cold outside the bike takes a bit to get it started.

The bike shows rust very easy, as well on the bolts and some of the chrome. Chrome polish will take it off, just wash and keep the bike in a garage and it will be fine.

The storage box on the back of the seat wears out quickly and breaks very easy. Good luck finding a replacement.

After market parts are very hard to find for the bike.

General Comments:

Overall, this was, and is, a great first bike. It is very easy to care for and a joy to ride.

I love the shock adjustments, just a quick click to soften or firm up if you have an additional rider. No chain to lube or tighten is nice as well.

I have purchased a new Mustang seat, engine guards, luggage rack, a windshield and saddle bags for my bike. I ride it with friends, and it is a great cruising bike. I get quite a few comments about the old cruiser bike look. I like that myself.

The bike is quite for the most part, so if you like it loud I suggest you buy new pipes. I have seen a few after market ones for the 750.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2008

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 11 reviews