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Old 08-17-2009, 06:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Kawasaki 500 Vulcan VS Suzuki Savage 650

Can someone who has owned or did have a chance to ride these two bikes give me their impressions?
I am contemplating buying a 2004 Savage 650 for a VERY interesting price, the bike has very little mileage, is in MINT condition.
All I know is that the Savage 650 is a single cylinder thumper, is very rugged, about the same size as the Kawasaki 500 Vulcan, and that the maintenance on it would be very simple.
I have bought a 1997 Kawasaki 500 Vulcan at a very decent price, shelled out about $800 to fix the front tire and front forks, it was wrecked, but everything else is in very good condition, it has very little mileage, less than 3500 miles, the engine runs fine, although I think that the carbs are a little gummed up, but nothing that a little carb cleaner cannot take of.
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the savage is an awesome starter bike. that was my first bike. rocked it for 3 years.

i can't really recall ever even working or riding a 500 vulcan, but i'm sure i have somewhere over the years.
i wanna say the vulcan is a twin? i really don't know tho.
the savage eats rear tires but is great on gas.

you'd be happy with either probably.. i did like the sav tho. it was a fun little bike. i just outgrew it skill-wise. after a while i was dragging the exhaust. lol
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the savage is an awesome starter bike. that was my first bike. rocked it for 3 years.

i can't really recall ever even working or riding a 500 vulcan, but i'm sure i have somewhere over the years.
i wanna say the vulcan is a twin? i really don't know tho.
the savage eats rear tires but is great on gas.

you'd be happy with either probably.. i did like the sav tho. it was a fun little bike. i just outgrew it skill-wise. after a while i was dragging the exhaust. lol
agreed, get the savage, drop a ninja 250/500 front end on it, get some rearsets, turbo and/or NOx it, spoon some pirellis on it, then rail it.. Just wondering what you could get out of one of those thumpers if you really tweaked it.
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