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I wasn't planning to try to sell my 98 1100 Shadow Spirit, but an opportunity arose today that is making me consider it. A buddy offered to sell his 99 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic to me for $1,000. It may need some work, but it seems like a good deal to me. Do any of you have experience with these bikes? Is there anything I need to also consider?
 

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Sorry, I guess I wasn't clear. I already have two bikes, the Shadow and a virago 920 project. My wife doesn't want three bikes in the garage, so I would need to sell one. The total price of the Vulcan is $1,000. I'm hoping to get around $2,500 for the shadow. The additional money from the sale of the shadow could be used toward other bills or to go toward repairs/mods to the Vulcan and virago.
 

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If you wanting to ride long trips and two up alot the Vulcan will probably be more comfortable but you won't gain anything in performance but you will get a 100 lbs. more in weight. Power to weight ratio 96' Vulcan 1500 Classic 1:15.5, 06' Spirit 1:12.5. I guess I'm saying, not a good deal as others have also spoken of known issues with the Kawasaki.
 

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Just before I bought my Wing I was looking at a Kawi Drifter and my mechanic Tony told me to stay away from the Kawi Vulcan 1500s because of the primary gear in the trannys, I think thats what he said. Well, he said 1 in every 3 Kawi 1500s he has had to fix had this problem. I would have a mechanic go thru the bike from top to bottom first.
 

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Thank you all for your responses. I didn't realize that the 1500s had these issues. I was under the impression that they were rated up there with the hondas. It sounds like I need to do more research on the 1500s and put a bit more thought into this. Thanks again.
 
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