Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Humboldt County, Ca
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 x 2
Color: Bare metal & rust!
Yes Woody, sounds fishy. So today I ride over to see it, he offered me a ride. Got 5 blocks from his house, accelerated in 1st... it 'popped outa gear, went back in and then neutral'... the drive belt broke! My guess is he had the belt way too loose and it was skipping teeth, but is that possible? Or there's something amiss with the drive pulley, the '04 and 05s sometimes had drive pulley troubles.
He came out with a buddy in a pick up with a tie down strap. Get this, he wants his buddy to tow him back home behind his truck, with an 8' tow rope in his left hand and the handlebar in his right... wearing a short sleeve shirt and no helmet! These things weigh over 800lbs! After two attempts and almost two crashes, me scolding him and his buddy finally refusing to drive, we got a longer rope and ran it between the forks and one loop around the left grip (so he could let go and the rope would come loose). This worked OK.
I went to see his bike a little outa curiosity, but mostly because I had a hunch it wasn't a 2nd gear problem and I could help him out with a correct diagnosis... the Vulcan camaraderie thing. So that's what i did. Was he thankful? Not a bit.
He had put this belt on 'several rear tires ago', paid 500 for the belt & 500 for the installation. I've done two of these before so i offered to do the job for 200.00 + an aftermarket Gates belt for 225.00 (1/16" narrower, been running one for 30,000 miles so far). Then his bike would be worth maybe 5 grand instead of 2500.00. But he was too pissed to answer, just stormed into his house. I talked to his buddy for a few minutes and left.