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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-27-2017, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Is there something wrong with the Vulcan S?

I posted in the newcomer area but someone suggested it would be better here.

I'm noticing on Craigslist where I live an disproportionate # of Vulcan S bikes for sale. I always thought they were a cool looking bike and considered purchasing one but am beginning to wonder. Anyone have any clues?
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i think the vulcan S is marketed for those coming from the ninja sports bike enthusiasts and want to try out a cross between a sports bike and a cruiser

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Btom.....then what happens? They change their mind?? There are seven used Vulcan S models in Phoenix and Tucson combined. All with low mileage.
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Is there something wrong with the Vulcan S?

Could be:

1. People new to motorcycling that decided they didn't like riding after all.
2. Folks that bought one and decided they wanted something bigger.
3. People that bought one then they decided they wanted a larger bike for two-up riding.
AND THE WINNER IS:
4. People that decided riding in that part of Arizona most of the year is just too damn hot & don't want to risk their life on the Phoenix freeways LOL.


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Yeah.....but we can ride in winter and it's nice!! LOL
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I'm a new rider living in the Phoenix area. I love my vulcan S. I just higher bars, so I'm sitting more upright but that's just me (bad back)

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I'm a new rider living in the Phoenix area. I love my vulcan S. I just want higher bars, so I'm sitting more upright but that's just me (bad back)

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Could be:

1. People new to motorcycling that decided they didn't like riding after all.
2. Folks that bought one and decided they wanted something bigger.
3. People that bought one then they decided they wanted a larger bike for two-up riding.
AND THE WINNER IS:
4. People that decided riding in that part of Arizona most of the year is just too damn hot & don't want to risk their life on the Phoenix freeways LOL.


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I can vouch for #4! I used to drive a semi in those parts. In cab temp meter once said 120* and that was in Albuquerque! Oh, and they say, "It's a dry heat!" Well, here's a little secret: dry heat means you don't know how much water you're losing versus sweating like a pig in more humid areas.

Those other reasons are quite valid, too. I know when I bought my first bike -a VN750- it was great at first, but I quickly outgrew it and began wanting more bike within a couple months. This is why I think Kaw should have had a liter Vulcan S made. That way it's still tailored to the same audience, but provides more that some are looking for. If Kaw did make a liter version, I'd dump my 900 in a heartbeat! I had a Versys 650 before the 900 and even that bike became boring. My body seems to adapt too quickly to motorcycles. :/

OP, it could be worse, you could be asking the same q about Harley's, LOL!

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I'd say people looking for a change and deciding the Vulcan S is a little small. From what I understand, they did a good job in styling and performance and with it being so affordable right away, it's not a big thing to drop $100/mth on an exciting new bike.

As for me being a new rider, I'm betting it's going to be a long while before I decide I need anything bigger as this thing is scary fast and loud (With the exhaust mods) as it currently sits right now! Plus, nobody really knows quite what it is, so I'm not worried about branding since I stripped anything identifying off of it besides the headlight. As a matter of fact, the V-Rod is my only other consideration and with it being 2x the price and probably power I can't use beyond what I have in this, will not likely happen unless this thing goes away outside of my control.
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To answer your question, no, theres nothing wrong with it. The suspension might throw you off the bike until you dial it down, easy adjustment. But thats it. All the comfort mods are easy to find here. Maybe they wanted to go over 109 mph, or something louder. Their loss is your win.
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