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Looking to buy 2008/2009 Vulcan 500 - questions

I'm looking at a couple of 2nd gen 500s, a 2008 and a 2009 with low mileage, around 7K miles and 10K miles. Is there anything specific about these late 2nd gen bikes that I should look for? Or ask the present owner? I understand that carbureted bikes that have sat a while can have fuel problems with carbs, vacuum-controlled petcocks, and gas tank. Any other problems specific to these bikes?
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Not a major problem, but the exhaust valve clearances tend to tighten between service intervals. Supposed to be done @ 600 and 7500 miles thereafter, so both those are due. They are screw and locknut type, no shims required. Setting the intakes to .006" (mid spec) and exhaust to .009" (loose end of spec) is advised. The valve cover gasket is reusable, just wipe clean and use a light coating of RTV around the 4 half moon cutaways and you are golden.

The EPA tamper proof caps on the carb pilot screws should be removed, thus allowing adjustment on each cylinder for highest idle and best throttle response.

The deep spark plug wells seem to hold moisture...as a result the inside of the spark plug caps attract goop. Left to buildup, believe it or not, can affect delivery of spark, especially evident in wet weather. So....unscrew the spark plug cap from the wire...remove the brass lug...and spring and resistor...wipe clean the inside...reassemble.

Thats all I got for you, welcome and good luck, young fella.

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Not a major problem, but the exhaust valve clearances tend to tighten between service intervals. Supposed to be done @ 600 and 7500 miles thereafter, so both those are due. They are screw and locknut type, no shims required. Setting the intakes to .006" (mid spec) and exhaust to .009" (loose end of spec) is advised. The valve cover is reusable, just wipe clean and use a light coating of RTV around the 4 half moon cutaways and you are golden.

The EPA tamper proof caps on the carb pilot screws should be removed, thus allowing adjustment on each cylinder for highest idle and best throttle response.

The deep spark plug wells seem to hold moisture...as a result the inside of the spark plug caps attract goop. Left to buildup, believe it or not, can affect delivery of spark, especially evident in wet weather. So....unscrew the spark plug cap from the wire...remove the brass lug...and spring and resistor...wipe clean the inside...reassemble.

Thats all I got for you, welcome and good luck, young fella.
Thanks. Lot of good info there!

And "young fella"??? I'm not young, unless you're 90 years old.

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OK, those two deals fell through. Sorry about not updating here.

Now, I'm looking at a 2008 this coming weekend, with 15K miles. Pic below.

Question: Are the (foot) controls really far forward? It looks that way in the pics I've seen. I'm not a big fan of forward controls. Yes, I know it's a cruiser and forward controls are part of that ergo style.
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No they are not.......I'm only 5'4 & reach easily.

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No they are not.......I'm only 5'4 & reach easily.
Sorry, I wasn't clear. I'm sure just about anyone can "reach" the forward controls, I was really asking how far forward they are from "standard" ergos. It doesn't look like a person can "stand up" on the pegs of an EN500 without pulling on the handlebars.

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Sorry, I wasn't clear. I'm sure just about anyone can "reach" the forward controls, I was really asking how far forward they are from "standard" ergos. It doesn't look like a person can "stand up" on the pegs of an EN500 without pulling on the handlebars.
No I d think I'd try that.....Quite a difference from mid controls.

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I was really asking how far forward they are from "standard" ergos. It doesn't look like a person can "stand up" on the pegs of an EN500 without pulling on the handlebars.

Nope. Canít stand without pulling on the handlebars. However the rear pegs are close enough to where you can stand on them and push on the handlebars to get some relief.

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Well, this deal fell thru also. Maybe I wasn't destined to ride an EN500.

I was hoping to get one to keep its cousin, my 2009 EX500, company.

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Nope. Canít stand without pulling on the handlebars. However the rear pegs are close enough to where you can stand on them and push on the handlebars to get some relief.
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