Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Western MA
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan EN500C
Bike is ornery as hell
Starting to get really frustrated with this 500. Seems like every couple of days something new is wrong with it. I knew the previous owner didn't take great care of it but things keep rusting off, etc. The other day my license plate bolts just snapped right off on the highway.
After fixing a coolant leak a couple of weeks ago, the damn thing is now leaking again for no apparent reason. Went on a long ride the other day, no leak at all. Yesterday I was polishing the aluminum--no leak at all. It rained a little last night. Now, there's coolant pooling around the top of the water pump cover. What the hell?!
I needed to replace my chain. After some research I decided to have my shop check it out. So I went to start it just now. The lights came on for a split second, and then the battery died. This is a brand new battery and I have no auxiliary attachments. So I'm off to mess with that now.
The other day on the interstate my speedo stopped working. That was my fault--I didn't screw it down tight enough apparently after adjusting the valves. However, I noticed that with the speedo disconnected, the odometer doesn't advance. Maybe I got cheated on a bike that has many more miles than the odometer says? All you'd have to do is leave it unscrewed, or swap out the instrument panel for one from a bike with fewer miles on it...
It's a 2006 and according to the odometer it has 22K, 9K of which I've put on in the last 3-4 years. But it's acting like a vehicle with 80 or 100K. Really annoying...
The coolant seems to be coming from up above, I noticed some on the cooling fins but also behind the coolant hose where it goes into the water pump. Could a change in barometric pressure do that?