Throwback! 1990 Mercury Grand Marquis GS
Behold, the land yacht
Over the years I’ve had a few motorcycles. Here you can get a glimpse of each one.
Here you can find some pictures of my first scoot, a 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 750. There are a few pictures taken a couple days after bringing her home as well as several pictures after the addition of some accessories. I became the proud owner on August 13th, 1998 at which time my Dad taught me how to ride in a parking lot nearby the dealership. After about 2–3 hours I was able to ride her home and a short time later I took the MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) beginner riders course. I learned a lot of good information in this course which supplemented what my Dad had taught me very nicely. Granted you can’t teach experience but at least you can be more aware. I rode my bike as often as I could and finally put it up in December for a winters nap.
I thoroughly enjoyed this motorcycle, the handling and power were fantastic to say the least. I never had a problem keeping up with anyone I rode with (including 1500 & 1600 cc scoots) and all you needed to do was to think about leaning and she would follow the curve of the road. Personally I found the stock seat to be quite comfortable the majority of the time although others have said they didn’t like it.
’Tho I did trade her in for the 1500 Classic in June 2000 there will always be a part of me that longs for that special agility of the 750 Vulcan.
|Engine type||4–stroke V–Twin, DOHC, 8–valves|
|Bore x stroke||84.9 x 66.2mm|
|Carburetion||Keihin CVK34 x 2|
|Frame||Double cradle, high–tensile steel|
|Rake/trail||32 degrees/5.0 inches|
|Suspension type, front||Hydraulic telescopic fork|
|Suspension type, rear||Air–assisted dual shocks|
|Suspension adjustments, rear||4–way rebound damping|
|Tire, front||100/90x19 tubeless|
|Tire, rear||150/90x15 tubeless|
|Brakes, front/rear||Dual hydraulic discs/Drum|
|Seat height||28.9 inches|
|Dry weight||484 pounds|
|Fuel capacity||3.6 gallons|
|Color||Pearl Chateau Gray/Ebony|
First a couple shots a few days after bringing her home in August of 1998. The only accessories I put on at the point of sale were Fire & Steel™ case guard and Fire & Steel™ sissy bar. Fire & Steel™ (F&S) is Kawasaki’s OEM accessories line.
And here are some after I added some accessories.
Here are a few pictures taken after a long morning of cleaning. Time to go for a ride!
Here’s a picture of my Vulcan and my Dad’s 1999 V–Star 1100 — Thanks Paula!
|Fire & Steel™ light visors||Fire & Steel™ motormount covers|
|Fire & Steel™ luggage rack||EMGO hand grips|
|EMGO mirrors||Fender Ornament|
|License plate bracket (with bullet style bolts)||Blue dot conversion on taillight|
|Front fender mud flap||Clock|
|Fire & Steel™ reservoir cover||Fire & Steel™ saddlebag supports|
|Saddlebags||“Dice” valve stem caps (for tires and rear shocks)|