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KAWASAKI VULCAN 2000 ACCESSORIES
Here's some useful items to enhance the
function of your motorcycle.
Foot shifter: The heal
shift gets in the way preventing you from placing your foot to the rear of
the footboard. It is easy to simply shift its location a notch or two
downward so your heal will not be hitting it. Of course, this will
disable the heal shifter so the toe will need to be used to shift. The
stock rubber toe shifter is hard rubber and hurts to use it. Slip on a
Kuryakyn Round Shifter Peg Cover to ease the pain. Part #8851.
Super bright low beam - The stock
light is fine, but try installing the Sylvania Silver Star high H-7
performance light bulb. It is almost twice as bright as a standard
halogen bulb. It is also quite sturdy and lasts longer. I had
bad luck with H-7 bulbs breaking on rough roads, but this Silver Star bulb
is still going. It is expensive, but it is also much more safer as
everyone seems to see you coming in the daylight hours. I have not yet
seen a Silver Star H-9 bulb for the high-beam, but I would certainly buy one
when it comes available.
Headlight Adjustment Flaw: The headlight
adjustment for the first model years of 04, 05 and 06 is flawed as sheet
metal type screws are used inside of a "plastic" adjustment block that
strips all too easily. It will strip if you even lean up against the
headlight lens! When adjusting the headlight you can't use the
method described in the owners or shop manual. You must remove the
headlight and use a wrench to turn the adjusting nut, very gently. To
get it right the first time set a depth gauge (Vernier calipers normally
have one) to 6 mm as measured from the lens to the inside lip of the outer
chrome lens cover. This will set the headlight perfectly without
needing multiple trial and error adjustments that will certainly wear out
and strip that soft plastic adjustment block. This is a serious safety
defect, but this advice here is how you manage the problem. If the
headlight block strips the headlight will suddenly drop downward leaving you
in the dark. Use duct tape or electrical tape to set the lens in place
so you can get home if it fails at night. Also, carry a spare low-beam
(H7) headlight bulb as I have had mine fail from vibration, bumpy
roads and spikes in the voltage regulator.
Headlight Rattle: The headlight
on the Vulcan 2000 (not the Classic model) has a bad habit of rattling.
The rubber spacers in the cowling tend to compress over a short period of
time (three months) and this allows the metal headlight frame to buzz loudly
against the metal cowling. Installing new parts will not solve this
trouble as the rattle will only returns. We even tried installing all
new parts with no success. After removing the headlight frame from the
motorcycle, place a 360 degree circle of electrical tape where the headlight
fits into the cowling, insert the headlight and the rattle will cease.
This tape forms a barrier so there is no metal-to-metal contact between the
headlight frame and the cowling. It works fine. Another type of
rattle is caused by the headlight glass touching and vibrating against the
chrome nacelle. The fix is to locate the point where it is touching and slip
something inside to isolate contact, or adjust the headlight up, down, left
or right, but the latter does not always work as it alters the headlight
Horn Failure: If the horn
fails, clean the two wire connectors at the horn and lube them with
dielectric grease. If this fails to solve the problem when it rains or
when you wash the bike the high beam switch on the left handlebar is letting
water inside and shorting the connection at that point. If you cover
that area and the horn still fails whenever it rains or gets wet, water is
leaking into the ignition switch. Place some dielectric grease
wherever water is entering. If this does not work it is time to take
it to the dealer to replace the defective items. Again, another
serious safety problem.
Gas Tank: If the gas tank
starts leaking gas or you smell gas fumes there is a bad weld where the
filler cap is welded to the tank, or it is simply a fine-crack in the o-ring
on the gas cap serving the vapor recovery system. The o-ring crack is
so small four dealer mechanics at four different dealerships failed to find
the crack! Just replace the o-ring if you notice gas leaking from the
gas cap area as the crack will be too hard to find with the naked eye.
Replace the gas tank if the cap's weld is bad or use gas tank epoxy repair
glue designed for gasoline tanks.
Bikers that hit deer are often
injured with many broken bones, a wrecked bike and some are outright
crippled or killed. Deer collisions is a serious threat. Go to a
automotive parts store and ask for the wind-powered deer whistle. It
is a two component whistle that you glue (stick on to) the front of your
motorcycle, like on the side of the front forks. The wind makes them
whistle, but only deer and elk and other wild animals can hear, but you
can't. The deer will not jump into your path, but will freeze in place
or run the other way, thinking you are a predator out to get them!
They cost less then five dollars. I have seen them in Wall and
K-marts. I use them on my motorcycle and my truck and I know they have
worked as I have seen the animals avoid me. This device can save your
OIL FILTER MAGNET
This device can truly extend the life of your
motorcycle engine. The magnet simply slips over the exterior of the
oil filter and will trap magnetized metals from circulating past the oil
filter media. Be aware that 60% of engine wear is due to contaminated
oil. The oil filter can't remove sub-15 micron particles so they
circulate with the oil acting as sandpaper scratching cylinder walls,
pistons, valve guides, bearings, etc. The tolerances in the engine are
now increased, oil pressure drops, horsepower and mileage is reduced and
it's time to overhaul the engine only for the process to start all over
again. The oil filter magnet really does work to extend engine life,
improve lubricity of oil, lower engine temperatures, improve emissions and
mileage and maintains horsepower.
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$100. I have personally see the tire changer and I can say it will
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Portable Tire Changer - Harbor Freight Tools
Attachment - Harbor Freight Tools
If you do not have a garage or are traveling in an
RV you can make a bracket so the tire changer will mount to your trailer
hitch which will make a solid platform. If you have a garage, you need
to anchor the tire changer down to the concrete. Drill holes with a
hammer drill then insert expansion bolts and you are done.
Static balancing the newly mounted tire and rim is easy
to do. Just search the Internet on how to do it or ask your mechanic
how. It really is easy and requires no expensive tools. You just
find the heavy spot and place a lead weight on the light spot 180 degrees
away from the heavy spot.
I don't think of it as "work" changing my motorcycle
tires. There is a sense of satisfaction of doing it yourself.
I also have a No-Mar brand tire changer in my garage and they even make a
model that will temporarily install on a vehicle tow hitch which is perfect
for those snowbirds and others who trailer their bikes to motorcycle racing
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ARE MOTORCYCLE RALLIES
They are! Let's take a look see what is going on
at the big rallies!
Sturgis Rally, South
Dakota was growing each year and reached an amazing
world-record attendance of 550,000 motorcycles in 2005. What happened
in 2006? It was totally destroyed! I know, I was there each year
and I saw the destruction of the rally in 2006.
First; the price of fuel
hit over $3 a gallon and the rally lost half right off the bat as people
could not afford the gasoline cost to travel to the rally, so there was only
250,000. Yes, those are still big numbers, but it got chopped down in
half again to 125,000 who become so upset they left the rally three days
Second; what happened?
The greed factor became so powerful that some people thought it would be a
great idea to open up huge acres of land for "automobile parking" so cars
could come to the rally. And cars and trucks sure did come too, by the
thousands and it plugged up the roads with so much gridlock us bikers could
not even get into Sturgis to attend our own motorcycle rally!
Third; Rapid City thought
it would be nice to bring in more "cars" for the motorcycle rally so they
bring in NASCAR cars downtown to rev up their motors drawing a huge crowd of
"cars" to see more "cars" taking up all the parking spots and plugging up
the streets with gridlock so motorcycles could not attend. This is
really happening, I kid you not! They don't understand that cars,
trucks, SUV's are the mortal enemies of motorcycles, killing riders.
Fourth; the RV parks
became so greedy they raised their rates to astronomical levels and it
forced many bikers to cancel attendance for the rally. I
would not pay them $750 for a week in any RV park. Many riders are now
seeing the gouging taking place and are staying away. Imagine paying
$600 or more in fuel to get to Sturgis only to be hit with $750 camping fee
for one week? Imagine it! Imagine having to pay another $600 in
fuel just to get home, not counting meals or other expenses. Is
Sturgis worth the cost of $2050 to you? Keep in mind just in 2005 it
would have only cost you $550 and you could even attend the rally and all
the events too with no cars to worry about. How many bikers were hit
by cars at this rally? What do you think? Are you feeling lucky?
It is downright unsafe, expensive and no fun anymore!
Fifth; the greed factor is
expanding and the Native American Indians were demonstrating and protesting
the rally noise affecting their sacred site, Bear Butte. Why?
The rally is growing and new bars and campgrounds are being built that make
noise, not to mention the motorcycle noise passing by the mountain. I
don't blame those Indians one bit. It's all they have left of the
Black Hills and to encroach on Bear Butte is uncalled for, unnecessary,
insulting and rude.
All was fine for many years until uncontrolled greed
expanded in 2006 and is just totally ruining the rally. Bikers left Sturgis
days early vowing never to return. I was one of them! I will not
return to Sturgis rally again, not under these horrible conditions.
Yes, you forever missed the good years of Sturgis. It's all gone now.
Sixth; there is a very
serious problem of speeding cars, trucks, big-rigs on Interstate 90 that
runs through the Black Hills in Sturgis and 90 miles per hour seems to be
the norm. This is way too fast for tens of thousands of motorcycles
trying to dodge away from speeding vehicles. At this "special event"
the speed limit needs to be reduced, way down for at least 20 miles between
Rapid City and Sturgis. Fatalities of vehicles running bikers off the
road is real and it is an extremely serious problem day and ever more so at
night. This highway is totally mismanaged. If you've been to
Sturgis you know what I am talking about. A lot of bikers come home in
caskets. Also, we rarely see the highway patrol ticketing those
speeding cars and trucks!
There is a new trend and you can see the writing on
the poles in Sturgis. It's the new noise ordinance regarding loud
pipes. Get ready for the tickets boys, it's coming just as cops
everywhere are beginning to crack down on the noise.
What will you find at Sturgis? You will find
yourself "trapped" in your expensive campground unable to negotiate the
streets in Sturgis due to car and truck traffic clogging up everything to a
stand-still mess. Your Harley will not tolerate these traffic jams due
to baking of the engine components. Many engines failed in 2006 from
overheating in stalled traffic. It is a big mess and its far from fun.
This car and truck traffic was not local, it was a large majority from other
states! It's going to get worse each year now.
Sturgis is now a car and pick-up truck rally. If
you leave in the early morning you may get out to ride the Black Hills, but
you won't get home in the afternoon when the cars and pick-up trucks arrive!
I repeat, you will not get back to your campground due to gridlocked roads
filled with cars and trucks. You will not be able to enjoy your own
motorcycle rally. Imagine that! Even when 550,000 motorcycle
attended in 2005 I could always get a parking spot in downtown Sturgis day
or night. In 2006 the roads were so polluted with cars us bikers had
to turn around and leave and that's what 125,000 did too. In 2006
there were only about 250,000 bikers showing up and when the cars appeared
on the scene 125,000 more bikers left the rally. The year before
there was 550,000 bikers. The good days have ended for Sturgis,
regarding motorcycles that is. If you have a car you are now invited
to attend Sturgis with free parking!
has been cancelled completely 100% shut-down due to loud motorcycle pipe
noise and the government permitting process would not approve the rally.
This is true at least for the year 2006. Things could change in the
future, but expect a hostile environment from the local people and police if
the rally resumes. The people are fed up and they don't want the noise
or their community invaded with motorcycles with loud pipes. Police
will ticket the bikers aggressively!
Americade - Lake George,
NY Rally is being ruined by the police ticketing bikers with
loud exhaust pipes. Try 600 $100 fix-it tickets in four days and that
will give you an idea and this is not even considered a V-Twin rally.
Most bikes are the quiet type here! The rally is being ruined by loud
pipes. The party is ending.
Laughlin Nevada River Run
Rally don't be fooled by the local lying newspaper editors.
The rally is dying and almost just about already! I attend that rally
each year and I have seen it seriously decline in attendance each and every
year. Here's what's going on...
all know about the shoot-out that happened inside the Harrah's Casino
between the Hells Angels and Mongols motorcycle clubs. It's newspaper
news. That incident did create changes and the change has become
highly charged with police everywhere. It is very oppressive as the
police are not friendly even to the law abiding. It's really
intimidating. It's like a fear that they will get you even if you are
doing nothing wrong. Heavy supervision!
Second; the police are vey
aggressive and go after the bikers and very few of the speeding cars.
I have seen this over and over again that it concerns me as being unfair as
the cars are "hot-rodding" among the bikers which is highly dangerous, yet
they don't get stopped. A biker gooses the throttle for the crowd and
he gets the ticket. I was afraid to even blip my throttle this year!
Third; the road to Oatman,
AZ is (during the rally) a biker destination and guess what we encounter?
A mandatory road-block sobriety check-point. This means, being on the
Boundary Cone Road to Oatman was a 100% set-up and trap for bikers, but not
cars. The cars and bikes, the general traffic, were all down at the
Highway 95 intersection, but the bikers were stopped, not the cars! I
found that to be rotten to the core to set that sting up on Boundary Cone
Road where rarely any cars travel during the rally. Do you get the
picture now? This rally is being destroyed by police.
Fourth; but that's not
all. The hotel rooms have become way too expensive and RV parks are
overcharging and that is driving attendance down, down, down. Greed is
ruining this rally. Many of the vendors selling goods are not even
selling anything related to motorcycles. Try flea-market junk!
It's really happening. The food in the casino buffets have deteriated
really bad. You can't get a good meal in any casino in Laughlin
anymore, not even at Harrah's (which they had the very best next to Las
Vegas) and it's the employing of illegal aliens that are doing the cooking
without a gourmet chef to guide them. This is a recipe for disaster!
I saw few bikers eating in the buffets! In fact, the parking lots were
empty of bikes compared to prior years and the casinos were also vacant of
bikers. The newspapers claimed the rally was a huge success. I
laughed in anger. Must the editors lie to cover-up the truth?
This really is dying on the vine of greed and police abuse.
newspapers said there were fewer cars on the road during the rally.
Where were those lying editors? I was on those roads and I was
downtown Laughlin and I saw repeatedly more cars and SUV's than motorcycles,
period! I was really upset when I read that newspaper story. The
reason the rally is dying is because it no longer a mortocycle rally, its a
car rally, just like Sturgis has become. They let cars, trucks, SUV's
to mix it up with the bikes downtown and its chaos. Also, notice when
and if you go, the police go after the bikers very aggressively yet the "cagers"
are left alone. I see this discrepancy and it is wrong. I had to
dodge out of the way numerous times by "tuners" and "trucks" hot-rodding.
It became so bad, most bikers just parked the bikes and the people watched
the cars and trucks ride by. It's true. It really is happening!
Go see it for yourself if you don't believe me.
Daytona Beach, FL Rally
I won't even go there. I went once and it was not fun.
Arizona Bike Week Rally
It's in Phoenix, Arizona and
I won't return. Here's why.
Cops are very serious now about loud pipes. The
local residents despise this rally and the noise and the invasion of bikers,
so they passed laws to use as weapons to fight back. Fix-it tickets for
loud pipes is a reality.
You also have to "pay a cover charge fee" to enter
vendors row! A very small vendors row at that. Whoa, partner.
I won't pay this!
Also, they don't close down the streets for
"motorcycles only" in the downtown areas or other attraction zones. They let
the cars mingle with the trucks like bulls in a china closet, much like
Laughlin's River Run Rally! These "cagers" in Phoenix drive like
idiots and you have to experience it yourself to see what I mean. They
hit each other with horrific crashes on the freeways constantly and they
will tailgate you inches away at high speeds. Most dangerous city I
ever ridden in out west. This rally is quite scary in that regard.
It's enough for me to have backed off the last three years of attending and
I have no plans to return.
The rally has nothing much to offer but "unfun" and it
seems to pull only a small crowd from San Diego and Southern California.
I know many Nevada and Arizona riders do not even bother to attend.
The promoters put out a fabulous brochure and when you
read it is sounds like, "Wow, I got to go see this" but when you get there
its no fun at all. The drag races are about the only thing this rally
has to offer. Maybe someday it will be better managed, intelligently
organized and structured for fun. But watch out for the loud pipe
tickets and the raging maniac car drivers in the greater Phoenix area.
A serious threat to your health!
This Rally Has Been
Discontinued - Honda Hoot, Knoxville TN
Rally I went to this rally but I found that the rally is
seriously mismanaged and unfair. They have a fish fry, but if you
don't get a ticket in time, you can't eat. This is strange as if they
run out of fish? If you don't sign up in time for a
factory-sponsored ride, you can't go. They have quite a few rides, but
I could not get on any of them. If you can't wait long periods of time
to test ride the new bikes, you don't test ride at all. Even in
Sturgis I could test ride numerous bikes with no long delays. I found
that I could not enjoy these attractions because I did not have the know-how
or the connections to obtain tickets or whatever was needed to get on board.
This is unfair. There were many riders being "locked out" of the major
The weather is hot, humid, wet from rains often.
The "cagers" drive excessively fast and are very, very dangerous on the
roads leading to the attractions.
Deals Gap is boring compared to riding in Colorado and
California and Nevada mountains and getting a ticket is easy to do in the
mouth of the Dragon. You may even get hit by a crotch-rocket or two!
The vendor section in the park is nice, but the music
is played so loud it will drive you away from the vendors. It was just
plain horrible. It was actually deafening and a nuisance. You
could not even talk to the vendors. People, even the vendors,
complained but the music volume was "never turned down." That's not
how to treat people! This rally could be real nice, but these factors
ruin it for most all, except for the privileged few who can get the tickets.
Solution? Get rid of the ticket-system and let
everyone eat the fish-fry meal. Let all the bikers have a crack at
riding the main events. The police need to ticket the aggressively
This rally has since closed down. It's another example of Honda
dropping out and leaving you stranded with nowhere to go. They do this
with their motorcycles discontinuing them all too frequently. They
dropped the 1100cc V-twin Shadow model, they dropped the
Valkyrie (started it up again, but will likely drop it again, we'll see)
they dropped the 1800cc VTX V-twin model which was an awesome bike many
riders purchased only to be abandoned by Honda.
SO WHICH RALLY
Reno, NV Street
Vibrations Rally in September is still the best and most
beautifully managed rally in the entire nation. They block off the
entire downtown to zero car traffic and its bikes only! Yeah, you'll
love it! And the police are not mean beasts. They will talk to
you and they do smile and generally are relaxed and professional. They
do not go after the biker for making a little noise or whatever, like a
small safe burnout. It's tolerated downtown, it's all part of the
show. Besides, the casinos here do it right and give you good meals
and decent deals. RV parks are ruining the rally
as they "gouge deep" for RV parking.
From Reno, in 40 minutes you can visit Lake Tahoe, CA.
One moment you will be in the desert and the next moment you are up 10,000
feet looking down. The scenery is fabulous. Pine trees, streams,
rivers, some waterfalls are nearby. Other attractions are Yosemite
National Park, Lassen National Park's dormant but still actively hissing and
steaming volcano, Sacramento, CA, etc.
People rave about Deals Gap, the Dragon at the Honda
Hoot, TN Rally but they have not driven Highway 49 in California's gold rush
Sierra Nevada mountains. It's about 150 miles long with scenery that
just won't quit. High and low elevations, tight, tight turns and just
spectacular motorcycle riding, and you can pan for gold if you want to.
Gold is still there in almost every stream.
I have seen a problem at Street Vibrations Rally and
that is there are less and less vendors showing up downtown.
That will kill the rally as vendors are important and
is like the side-show to the main event. They are likely being driven
out by greed for high rent space. Some very big vendors have pulled
out and big custom bike builders too have not shown up!
Bikers that want to ride and park on the main street,
Virginia Street, have to pay a hefty fee for the privilege, about $50 for
the event. Most bikers balk at that and park in the casino parking
lots and side streets.
If you are tired of the lousy conditions at your
favorite rally, then give Reno's Street Vibration a whirl while the good
times last. It won't be long this rally will die too as attendance is
already on the decline and the vendors are giving up on Reno's greed factor.
That's not a good idea to overcharge the vendors as they are part of the
rally itself. Imagine a circus without the clowns, it's just not going
to be as much fun.
Laughlin River Run - Laughlin, Nevada
is another great little rally with great accommodations in the large
casinos, is well managed and lots of fun rides and just riding along the
Sturgis, South Dakoa is the
best. You got to experience it at least once in your lifetime.
DO YOU AGREE?
Now there will be some who disagree. If you're
the type of rider that arrives in town, parks the bike, hits a bar and
drinks all night, sleeps all day only to repeat the process repeatedly then
all of the rallies will work just fine for you.
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