Question about Vulcan 500 handling.
I have a new-to-me, 2001 Vulcan 500 w/ 8k miles on the odometer as my first bike. I've tooled around in a parking lot and puttered around the neighborhood so far. I'm signed up for the MSF class, but couldn't get a slot before August. There's *no way* I could let the bike just sit in the garage till August!
I mentioned to my friend that I feel reasonably comfortable on it so far, but that the transition between slow to high speed (or reverse) handling feels a little weird to me (I fully understand counter-steering). After bringing it up, he mentioned that he noticed the same thing when he rode it home for me, noting it sort of feels like it wants to pull into slow speed turns, something his old Virago 535 and current V-Star didn't / don't do. Having no frame of reference myself, I just chalked it up to, "That's the way this bike is".
Is this indeed just the nature of the '500? Could the shocks/springs need adjusting? I'm 5' 11", 165 lbs.; as far as I can tell, it sits level when I'm in the saddle. The bike still has its original Bridgestone tires which still have plenty of tread, but will be replaced in the near future since they're showing signs of drying out.
Last edited by Phreon; 06-17-2013 at 12:47 PM.