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Yesterday I purchased a 2007 Vulcan 900 with 6400 miles. The owner could not find the manual. Can someone give me the service intervals? Also the bike has a passenger backrest. I would like a back rest for the driver too. Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-01-2010, 11:55 AM
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Congrats--you're gonna love your Vulcan.

Change oil and lube shock pivot, so you have a starting point. Manual says oil and filter change every 7500 miles, most here do 3-4K unless running synthetic. Check tires for wear. OEM tires are good for 8-12K, depending on how it's been ridden.

Valve adjustment check at 15000. Other than that, just ride it.

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Congratulations Wilson! ...and +1 on what mbwarner said, you're gonna love it.

As to the driver backrest, a couple of options out there... One would be to replace the whole seat to a model that offers the built in (but removable) driver's backrest. Russel Day-Long and Mustang to name a couple that come immediately to mind. I'm not certain if Corbin makes one with the backrest or not. This is the more expensive option, but looks great and more importantly feels great as compared to the stock seat.

The less expensive alternative is to call Pro-Tac who makes a backrest to work with your stock seat if you choose to keep it. 1 (800) 698-2678 for a price quote. I had one of theirs on my previous bike (Vulcan 750) and it made a world of difference to me. I don't know what they're pricing them at these days, but the backrest for the 750 was somewhere around $130 back in 2003.

Good luck and post pics when you find something!

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fyi: you can go to kawasaki.com and download a pdf of the owners manual for a 2009 for free (it is the same as the 2007). note: not the service manual, but the owners manual that comes with the bike

http://www.kawasaki-techinfo.net/sho...0&lang_code=EN

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The truth is that we really can't help you until you post some bike-porn pics!!!

(BTW, Congrats...good purchase)

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Congrats on selecting a GREAT bike!
+1 for the OWNER'S manual on the Kawi site. Do not confuse this with the SERVICE manual - for which you can find links for out there for pirate-ware copies - if that's how you roll. Personally I think it's best to BUY a paper copy of the SERVICE manual. I did this for my other bike (HD) and it was THE BEST 40 bucks I spent on that bike.

I'd change the oil now and then every 3K -or every season if you don't ride much, check other fluids and lube the shock pivot as well. If you're anal about maintenance - you'll want to flush the brake fluid every season or two (my V-Rod uses DOT4, and it's DIRTY after a season of use - haven't messed with the Vulcan yet) and maybe the coolant after a couple of years - but it's a Kawasaki. You're just not going to have to mess with it much if you keep the oil changed, the belt and tires checked, and the other fluids monitored - until you get to 15K for the valve check/adjustment.

If you have a dealer maintain the bike - double check their work.
If you do your own oil changes - use the oil/filter combo you like. If you change them every season/3K - then it's really hard to do that "wrong". U-tube has a good "how-to" for oil changes for the Vulcan.
The oil filter is probably going to be really REALLY tight. I lucked out. My Exmark uses a similar filter and I had a cap for it - but you might need a strap wrench - or an old leather belt.

Use 87 (Regular Unleaded) gas.
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MOST IMPORTANTLY of all... Take the MSF course if you haven't already done so.
If you're in the military - they make you take it AGAIN if it's been over three years...

and...Ride Safe!

EDIT - oh...you have three other bikes. You prol'y already knew all the above. Good LUCK with the bike!

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Thanks to all who replied. I've been riding a sport bike for 3 years and before that a dual sport. So far really like being able to cruise at a relaxed pace. Still have the sport bike. Considered a V Star, but really liked the Vulcan custom better.
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I put a Utopia backrest on my stock seat about a month ago ("07 LT). Cost about $218 delivered. Here's a link "http://www.utpr.com/vulcan900.html". Installs in your stock seat in about an hour. is adjustable fore and aft, tilts, and folds forward for mounting with stubby legs like mine.

2007 VN900LT, red/titanium
OEM highway bars and luggage rack
OEM WS lowers
4.5 inch pull back risers
Kuryakin highway pegs
Stebel air horn
Utopia driver backrest on OEM seat
OEM gel seat for about town, and hauling grandkids
ISO grips
Jardine light bar
K&N air filter
Brakeaway cruise control
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Thanks to all who replied. I've been riding a sport bike for 3 years and before that a dual sport. So far really like being able to cruise at a relaxed pace. Still have the sport bike. Considered a V Star, but really liked the Vulcan custom better.
I also considered a V*. Wasn't as sure about the reliability of the bike. I read that valves had to be adjusted like, every 8K. It was probably BS (from the dealer) but I still went with the Vulcan. I'm NOT a bike basher...the VN900 just made more sense FOR ME.
theV* is a nice bike though....they almost all are.

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Congratulations on your Vulcan 900 purchase!

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Yesterday I purchased a 2007 Vulcan 900 with 6400 miles. The owner could not find the manual. Can someone give me the service intervals? Also the bike has a passenger backrest. I would like a back rest for the driver too. Any suggestions?

wilson

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06 Katana 750
96 Nighthawk
78 TS 250
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