Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: North Vancouver
Year/Make/Model: 2005 Vulcan 800 Classic
The general consensus on the 800 seems to be that it is basically bomb proof, but that the valve clearance checks are an essential part of routine maintenance and can have catastrophic consequences if not done correctly/often enough. They're carb'd so you need to remember to store them properly or clean the carb out once a year. Depending on how fast you want to ride on the highway you may want to change the sprockets to cut down on vibrations. I fairly consistently ride at 110-120 KM/H on the highway and the buzzing is a bit annoying.
I've put about 12K KMs on mine over the last few years and have had absolutely no issues, just performed routine maintenance. I did the valve checks myself in just a few hours. I would tend to agree with the opinion that the 800 is pretty bomb proof. $3700 might be a bit steep, but it really depends on where you live. Where I live a box of motorcycle parts with no title goes for about $500 minimum.
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