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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-13-2019, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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"Be Someone Build"

Hi guys!
I wanted to start my very own thread sharing my progress on my bike. I have found that I enjoy coming across other peoples builds and seeing the changes on their bikes, so maybe some one out there will enjoy mine one day lol.

A little bit about me... I am from Houston Tx , hence the "be someone" name (its a Houston thing) and picked up a 1995 Vulcan 800A out in the country about a month ago.
It is my first Kawasaki and from reading several threads, you guys have put my mind to ease with all the troubleshoot, mods, and maintenance information there is. I love working on my own bikes so I have already been using the threads on here, so I want to say thanks!

Attached are the pictures of how I picked up the vulcan.
I will add that the pictures make the bike look nice and clean for its age but when I did pick it up the guy had it stored away in his shed and it was filthy.
It would start up but was idling very high, carb was leaking gas as well and had been from the looks of it because you could see dried up sludge or something on the motor.
Took it any way because I knew what ever I was getting was going to be a fixer upper with the money I had and I wanted the sportier model versus the classic, plus I didnt want to take a perfect bike and tear it apart.
I also attached a picture of the bridge in Downtown Houston that read "Be Someone"


(this little vulcan wants to be some one!)
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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-13-2019, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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First thing I did when I got it home was strip everything off and clean her up and start working on the (filthy) carbs.
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Next I bought a rear fender on ebay from a classic model because i like the fact that the classic flows with the tire versus the 800A model that flares up right after the passenger seat.
I had seen other vulcan owners that chopped a classic rear fender and I really liked that look. Btw I want to go for a some what bobber look but keeping a fictional rear fender for 2up. Some more insight on why I chose the vulcan 800 is because I had a honda vlx that I bobbed out and absolutely loved but I couldn't take the Wifey out for a spin due to the fender I chose and the smaller motor was wearing on me. So I sold it and was on a hunt for either a honda 750 spirit or a Vulcan 800A. I am glad I did end up the with vulcan because it has a longer rear fender and I'm thinking it would look decent with a sissy bar/ pad for the Wifey...
Back to the fender I was super stoked that it was the same color that was on my bike because that meant I didnt have to paint anything and it could save me some money I didnt need to spend right now. I also wanted to use the stock tank for a while until I knew the bike was running right and all that good stuff. Well she had other plans for me lol
I had it in my head I could make knee dents in the tank because it had already a baseball size dent but while hammering it down I noticed it started creasing. I assume because of the
previous dent, the metal had stretched already and had no where else to go. Well then I said f*&k it, I'll paint it black and rock it for a while I dont care.
AGAIN, she had other plans... in finishing the knee dents, apparently I hammered a little too much and cracked the crease uuuggghhhh! FML

Sooo that night I went online and order the tank SHE WANTED... lol
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Hey there 5wolf from another Houstonian.. like where you're going with the Vulcan 800.

You chose the right bike from the Honda's. Plenty of power.

Post up any questions you may have, we're here to help.
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Awesome, thank you and I appreciate it!
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Next thing I was able to knock out was the seat. I had to get rid of the 1980s looking couch seat. I window shopped online but everything that’s was decent looking was pretty high in price and not something I wanted to spend right now since I’m not even riding it yet. Well I found some vinyl that I liked and used some sticky back 1/4” foam that we have at work and went to work with a help of a friend. I absolutely love how it came out. Surprisingly it’s comfy enough for me but we will see once I actually ride. I ended up adding an additional 1/2” piece of foam for the passenger because that felt pretty stiff and uncomfortable and it did the trick.
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Great job on the diamond seat. Looks like a pro did it.

Are you going to trim the rear Classic fender? Install a different tail light?
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Yes I was able to chop the rear fender last week.
Still up in the air whether I am mounting plate with brake light on swing arm or use the original location at the tail of the fender. I've also thought about using the sissy bar. We'll see...
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Your fender hugs the rear wheel nicely. Has the back end of your bike been lowered?

Fender in pic has also been cut and license plate is hanging from tail ligh bracket. Rear of bike was also lowered.
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I'm kinda in the same place with the rear fender and not knowing which direction to take.. leaning towards moving the taillight and license plate lower than were they originally seat.
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