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Old 04-11-2007, 06:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok I have just completed the rear wheel removal and installation on my wife's 750 Vulcan.....all I can say is....I LOVE removing and installing drive shaft type rear wheels....talk about $hit-simple.

I think the Vulcan is even easier than the Shadow, but both are just a joy to do.

Anyone who thinks they can't do it, or it's difficult needs to give one a try....no messy chains, no alignment issues. Just plug and play.
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Yes they are sweet for sure. I have shaft-drive on both of my bikes and it sure makes things simple to work on. You rarely hear about anyone ever having trouble with a shaft drive and the maintenance is so simple, it would almost be a pain to go back to the old chain drive setup.
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You rarely hear about anyone ever having trouble with a shaft drive
BMW has had a substantial amount of trouble with driveshaft bikes. The reason you donít hear about it is because owners donít want to talk about it. When I ask high mileage BMW owners about driveshaft trouble, they just mumble something about thatís part of owning the bike or any brand of bike can have trouble.

I know someone who had trouble with a V65 Magna, the shaft locked up and he slid to a stop. Very expensive to fix.
Another guy had the shaft break in a Yamaha, it just stopped moving the bike, like a chain coming off. Cheap to fix.

Yeah, I like driveshaft bikes. Other than the BMWís, the shafts are very dependable.
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I too have heard bad things about shaft drives from the Vstar 650 crowd. Poor seals and stripping of the splines. Glad to see that Honda has their S### together. I still wince a little, a little jaded now. Real expensive to fix.
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