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  • 1997 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500

    Hey all, I inherited the title bike from my cousin when he and his wife moved to Florida recently, so NO I am not going away from my Roadies. He had been having reliability issues with the electrical system and was chasing some other issues as well. The biggest problem with this bike is that it wasnt ridden enough. I spent a lot of time working on it with him as he is not as mechanically inclined as I am and it was a good time with my "Cuz". I have gotten the electrical issues worked out so its up and running, but rough because amidst the electrical problems the carb float got a hole in it and we had to replace the float, needle and seat. Im going to be selling this bike after I have gone completely through the basics on it and so I am not inclined to go join the Vulcan forums for a few weeks just to get some basic knowledge like float bowl level (without buying and using the kawasaki "special" tool).

    The Vulcan uses a fuel pump like the Roadie but has a Keihnan carburetor. Because they are so similar I've set the float level for now at about 2mm above the bowl seam using a clear hose off the drain. But have some other questions as well,

    So.... I was wondering if anyone on here has decent knowledge of this era of Vulcan 1500 that would be willing to answer some questions.

    Thanks,
    Rod

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    Hey, Rod. When I had my m/c service & repair shop (sold that business in '012), I worked on a handful of Vulcan 15's, but they were all suffering from clutch problems (mostly spongy springs leading to slipping clutches).
    Never had any. roll in w/carb problems. Sounds to me like you're zero'd-in on the correct path to straighten it out.Keep us in the loop.
    I love the smell of smoked pork in the morning !

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