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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-18-2016, 03:43 AM Thread Starter
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Bought this 500 vulcan and it seems like going down the road say 70 let of throtle and speed goes down fast with out brakes..
Anyone have this problem?
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Does it slow down at the same pace if you pull in the clutch lever?

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No just only when letting off throttle slows fast..
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Depends what bike your coming from to this one. I know when I first got my 500 it seemed to slow real fast compared to my previous one that just cruised along after releasing the throttle. Even at slow speeds now it will catch me by surprise, it I don't watch it.
I believe it the nature of this bike to act that way.


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This one is like you can be doing 70 and it Will drop to 30 in few seconds
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And on this one you can really feel the draw back... I checked brakes they where good.. Looking at it now chain seems pretty tight..
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Does chain have the recommended amount of slack?
shot in the dark: Wheel bearings in "proper" condition? if they are binding that might be a reason for quick loss of speed.

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OK that speed loss does seem a bit much.
As mentioned check chain slack, then wheel bearings.


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No just only when letting off throttle slows fast..
Let's clarify this.

A) You're at 70mph and you let the throttle snap shut with the motorcycle in gear. What happens?

B) You're at 70mph and you let the throttle snap shut, simultaneously pulling in the clutch lever. What happens?

If it truly -only- slows down rapidly in scenario A, then this is just compression braking.
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You are absolutely sure the rear brake isn't too tight?
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