Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
I've got an '06 900! Bought it with 8k miles. Have 25k on it now. Here's what I'll tell ya;
1) Typically very low mileage bikes are not very tightly maintained. I would flush the coolant, the brakes, and change the oil. No damage is done or anything, it's a fine bike; but it's just not likely that a rider who rode it less than 1,000 miles a year followed Kawasaki's service schedule.
2) The stator failures are most common on '06 and '07 models. Typically anywhere from 15k to 50k to never the Stator will fail. It's not a difficult fix, takes about an hour, costs about $200 including the necessary oil change.
3) No real improvements or changes. The 2013 models have a slightly re-worked seat, and some of the newer models have a black kickstand instead of a chrome one like the '06 will have, and have black switch covers instead of the silver ones your '06 will have. Otherwise, absolutely no changes from '06-'13. The only thing changed every year is the paint scheme.
It'll be a great bike for you. The only issue most folks have is the stock seat. A select few haven't had a problem, but the vast majority of VN900 riders have not liked the stock seat AT ALL and have opted for an aftermarket seat. So, I would budget an extra couple hundred bucks for an aftermarket seat, if it doesn't already have one.
Other than that, a fantastic bike. Known to handle hundreds of thousands of miles, they run and handle like a champ.
Edit: Just noticed your last post. I've never heard of a sticky throttle issue, that's likely an isolated case if you've found it. Just make sure to keep the cable lubed. There was an issue with the EFI system causing it to stall out; but that's fixed with a recall. If it hasn't been done but is needed, the dealer will do it for free. I rode it for 4 months before I knew it had a recall, never had an issue with it stalling out. Didn't notice anything different after they replaced the EFI module either. But, some have said there are some issues with it, and Kawasaki replaces the EFI module, so there ya go!
And yes, the stator is part of the charging system. The 'alternator' is a spinning rotor mounted to the crank, and a bundle of wires mounted in a fixed position called a 'stator'. The insulation on these OEM stators wears out and they short out. I replaced mine at 15k when it failed with an aftermarket one. Even though I had to replace the stator AND the seat (because it was so uncomfortable), I still think this bike was a fantastic value. I really, really enjoy it.
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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT
Last edited by Romans5.8; 03-01-2013 at 11:03 AM.