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Vulcan 500 vs Katana

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  • Kshirk81
    started a topic Vulcan 500 vs Katana

    Vulcan 500 vs Katana

    I have my 2000 Vulcan 500 up for trade and I was offered a 93 Kat 600 with 16k miles. I am fairly new to Katana's so I was wondering if there is anything to look out for with that year? The kawy is in good shape, but I'm not a fan of cruisers. Especially forward controls. I think the trade is worth it, but was hoping to get some of the opinions of those who ride Katana's or any information I could get.

  • FireKit
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    my Vulcan seemed underpowered before trading up to my current ride..

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  • Kshirk81
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    Thanks for all the info! I'll check into it. The swap isn't happening for a few weeks.

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  • ZukiFred
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    only issues I am aware of on the older Kats is that 2nd gear goes out if it has been misused, but with only 16K miles, I am sure it is fine.

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  • shpielers
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    Tank might need de rusting. Por 15 works well if that's the case.

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  • Kshirk81
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    True, from the pictures, it looks pretty clean and well taken care of. 16k miles is pretty low for that year. I'm hoping to see it today.

    The Vulcan needs some work, so I'm ok if it needs some minor things. Unfortunately the bike was left outside by the previous owner. No real rust but it was blown over during Sandy. Has a nice dent in the tank. I think I'm going to go for it.

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  • shpielers
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    Something to consider - it's an older bike - how much tlc will it need? Some bikes that age will need tons, others are good to go, depends on the owner(s).

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  • 92xjunker
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    You'll like Kat, very comfy on long rides.

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  • Kshirk81
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    Thanks! I think I'm going to take the trade.

    I'm not really into super sports...I had a zx9 a bit ago and it was too much, espcially for this area.
    Last edited by Kshirk81; 04-18-2014, 10:23 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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  • 92xjunker
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    Very reliable bike as long as it is maintained. Cheap to insure. Not a true sport bike but, not a true touring bike either. A mix of both.

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