Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: A stone's throw from Luckenbach, TX
Year/Make/Model: 1996 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic
It's just what you want to do. If you like bolt ons and accessories, HD is the way to go like sfair stated. I'm not a HD guy, so someone else could answer better. But there is plenty of dress-me-up stuff for the 800s.
I have a 1996 800 Classic that was DOA a few months ago when I bought it. I just got back yesterday from going half way across Texas and back--absolutely NO issues. Bike ran like a dream, not even a hiccup. The 800 is an iron work horse in my opinion. Look at my 'signature' and you will see the bikes I have just given up. But the 800 was the one I chose to ride the Three Twisted Sisters and Kickapoo Caverns on. Being in the middle of BFE, dependability is everything to me, plus I can work on it if need be.
I have also owned 900s. Seems whatever I buy, I come back to the 800. As far as air kits for the 800--not much out there it seems and even with those high dollar ones, I read where 800 owners are having problems. I tried grampsizing but it didn't work very well like the Wolf said. Haven't given up on it yet.
BTW, I got 51-53 mpg consistently. Up hill, down hill, around hills, and long straight aways. I don't go all that fast when on a trip, so I'm sure that helped the mpg. Bike is pretty much all stock other than emissions deletion, Cobra exhaust, and the next size up pilot jet.
Let us know what you decide.
1996 Vulcan 800, Blue/Green
JUST SOLD: 2016 Indian Scout, Black
SOLD LAST YEAR: 2006 Triumph Rocket III, Black
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