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Post by Dragon on Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:17 pm

Finally got it back and been hinting at this one quite a while.

Our college kid in Ohio used this as a commuter only to school. he is not the true rider type.
So its not been dogged or raced. However also being a college kid, he took care of it as many of them do (translation=neglect )
So it sat in the sun, under trees, etc with little maintenance. When I found him a bigger bike to ride, as he is around 6'4" and 280, I took that bike up to him and traded off.

Got it home and first thing the carbs were plugged and the overall look was of neglect, period. Well, as I do not sell junk, it was immediately torn down to tank off, seat removed, super show cleaned and all mechanics and electrical checked from top to bottom. I could not get the paint to renew back to MY personal specs, so I called on Misfit who is also a top notch mechanic to do a complete repaint and rebuild the carbs, plus to recheck it from top to bottom in case I missed anything. So, I say better than new because it has been checked by not one, but two mechanics and the dealer doesn't even do that, new or used.


So....
2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 (same engine as the ninja, I been told ) I know they are da** quick.
They no longer make this model and they sell hot, at least around here as many are looking for mid sized commuters.
1700 miles
Top to bottom mechanical check, twice.
Tuneup
Oil Change
Solo seat conversion
Spanking new gloss black paint, badges removed (AWESOME job by Misfit )

The Bad:

Slight rust on the exhaust pipes. I removed most of it, but if someone wants to take the time to pull them off, they could get it all off, or rechrome. Not blatantly visible as is. Replacements are available, but they are stupid priced, I will be honest as I thought about replacing them. And whoever decided a 500 needed a system with a crossover pipe to balance it is an idiot. Misfit said If I wished, he would wrap them in pipe gauze, but he is a gauze junkie anyway. Razz







$3000. Turn the key and haul Ass.  Cool


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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Dragon on Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:29 pm

*Crickets*



geek
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by intruderrider on Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:43 pm

Like I said I wish had the cash it would have been gone yesterday.
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Miss G on Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:12 pm

Wow...that's the same bike? Misfit did a fabulous job!!! Will talk to my BIL but I think the price may be over his limit right now.
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Paladin on Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:20 pm

How much ya askin for it? I know that you have told me but I have a major case of CRS.(can't remember s*it)
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Dragon on Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:03 pm

Look just under the pictures....

And remind me to slap you Sunday. geek
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Paladin on Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:18 pm

Sad Ok I will remind you
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Dragon on Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:28 pm

Ok, just got the shiny new title today. Last chance before it hits the public ads. Very Happy
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Scadoodle on Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:59 pm

Good Looking Bike. Did you try Glazing Compond on the paint. I use 3M Hand glaze compound to bring back that Glassy look. Then some Insulator wax. Yes, I have some. I'm going to have to put my wife back to work, I'm missing to many good deals.
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Scadoodle on Tue Sep 20, 2011 2:03 pm

Oh by the way, I Was Raised in Ohio, It's prettys backwood's itself. Just has more snobs
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Dragon on Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:31 pm

It has fresh paint. It was too far gone in my personal care and opinion of it. I do my best to sell stuff in the best shape I can. Wink
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Scadoodle on Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:17 pm

your a good man,I don't care what they say.
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Dragon on Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:38 pm

Lies, all lies...... geek
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Scadoodle on Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:45 pm

Don't know what to say! Something made you an extraordinary! lol!
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Scadoodle on Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:57 pm

Just Checked out "The Bella Album" Twisted Evil , Sweet. I never saw that tail light till then. You did a fine job.
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Dragon on Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:34 pm

Took awhile to put that all together. All pieces were searched, found, ordered and then assembled separately. Bracket, plate frame, cateye taillight, skull bolts and then LED redeye skull bolts. Twisted Evil

14 skulls on that piece alone. Very Happy
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Miss G on Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:29 pm

Dragon wrote:Lies, all lies...... geek

lol!
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Scadoodle on Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:47 am

Yeah, Good things take time, I'm still at it on my light bracket, and planning my head light bracket which will also include Speedo and Idiot lights
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Dragon on Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:13 am

Well, it must be TOO good a deal for the bike, the post nazis on CL are flagging it off. Jackasses.
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by JSteele on Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:09 am

Evil or Very Mad Jerks like that piss me off. Lets Get'um! Mad

It's not like you are selling puppies and kittens for shark bait. Some people are just jerks.
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by hayweed on Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:40 pm

Dragon wrote:Well, it must be TOO good a deal for the bike, the post nazis on CL are flagging it off. Jackasses.
How dare you call me a Nazi. From now on I will flag ALL of your posts. Razz
I posted the same add that I always put on CL for the forum. And it gets flagged all the time. But it takes 3 people to flag it and then CL decides if it should be taken off.

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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Scadoodle on Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:20 pm

Is CL Craig s list? I've never messed with it
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by hayweed on Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:38 pm

Scadoodle wrote:Is CL Craig s list? I've never messed with it
Yes.

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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Dragon on Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:38 pm

I dont think CL even looks at them. I think it auto pulls it and then auto sends an email after 3 flags. Easy enough to make 3 profiles.

I reposted it with like 2 sentences, a phone number and pics. They flagged it again.

Some jackasses are flagging it because mine is a better deal than the ones they want twice for, I figure. Wink
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Re: Better than new Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Post by Miss G on Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:02 pm

Dragon wrote:I dont think CL even looks at them. I think it auto pulls it and then auto sends an email after 3 flags. Easy enough to make 3 profiles.

I reposted it with like 2 sentences, a phone number and pics. They flagged it again.

Some jackasses are flagging it because mine is a better deal than the ones they want twice for, I figure. Wink

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