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07-28-2019 03:44 PM
DCinCT nice thing about my 06 valve servicing...they are self adjusting.
07-28-2019 01:06 PM
coffee man a buddy of mine had an 07 C90 for a time. I got to ride it and was quite impressed with it. It did have a processor and loud exhaust. The exhaust I didn't like but that thing had real get up and go exciting to ride. It pulled well in any gear or speed without chugging. I seriously considered buying it. The exhaust and smaller tank were the biggest issues I had. Could have bought a different exhaust and a Gman tank. I test rode the newer C90 at Thunder in the Valley Johnstown PA. I was not impressed with the bike. Fuelling was way to lean and it chugged a lot more than I cared for.

If I was going to consider going back to a Cruiser, an older C90 with it's hydraulic valves Air/oil cooled, could be a good bargain. I would install a processor if it didn't have one. Maybe the new C90 would be better with a processor as well. I believe the new C90 requires valve servicing much like the C50.
07-27-2019 09:16 PM
Originally Posted by ronken10 View Post
On those made before 2008.
05's and 06's were the stator issue 05 stator went at 15k,,,my 06 stator went last year at 55k...they say it usually goes between 15k and 30k so I figured I was safe on the much for figuring anything. Overall have been pleased with both bikes...05 was lost in an accident at 67k...other than the stator no real issues...the 06 I currently ride now has 63k and overall has been good to me. Not going to break any speed records if that's your thing and the gas tank holds 3.6 gallons...believe the ones pre 2000 had the smaller tank.
07-27-2019 08:38 PM
Originally Posted by crashtestdummy View Post
I have a 2005 vl1500/C90, there are no valve train problems with the vl1500 model, the electrical system on the 2000 model is good from the factory but if it hasn't already been done it can be made rock-solid for less than $200 and 1 hour of time it's called mod 3 and it was developed and proven by the members on the vl1500 Delphi site to make the electrical system on these bikes rock solid.

Many of the members over on the vl1500 Delphi forum have well over 100,000 trouble free miles on them with no major engine or trans work needed, with regular maintenance these bikes are a hidden gem that many misunderstand and don't know much about. Don't let the lack of knowledge and misinformation posted here lead you astray, stop by the Delphi vl1500 forum and learn more about the bike from those that know it best.

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I heard the same thing that they had problems that could be fixed. Check it out maybe worth your time and money
06-12-2019 06:35 PM
EazyDyz As I said Jap reliability. Plenty of high mileage VL's too, despite locknut tappets.
If you're wringing its neck you should've just got a bigger bike IMO
06-12-2019 12:01 PM
Skrapiron There are alot more VL1500s making it to 100k on the clock without major mechanical issues (save for the faulty charging system that plagues all older models) than you will ever see with VL800s. Hydraulic tappet adjusters, better engine design and you don't have to wring its neck to get it to do freeway speeds. The tiny tank is really the only complaint most owners have.
06-12-2019 11:24 AM
EazyDyz Even more impressive, aircooled engine clocking well over 100,000.
Fuel no issue just throw a back up bottle in the saddlebag, or buy a more modern one with bigger tank
06-12-2019 09:42 AM
Skrapiron The '04 is air cooled. It also only has a 3 gallon fuel tank.
06-12-2019 09:28 AM
Originally Posted by Dg5150az View Post
I have a 04 1500 vl and I love it.big, low, heavy, very comfortable. To be honest though, I wouldn't mind a bigger fuel handles long trips, extreme heat (phoenix /Tucson ) and has never let me down or left me stranded
Water cooled and Japanese, can't say i'm surprised! Just be sure to change coolant every other year.
06-12-2019 07:20 AM
Originally Posted by Dg5150az View Post
I have a 04 1500 vl and I love it.big, low, heavy, very comfortable. To be honest though, I wouldn't mind a bigger fuel handles long trips, extreme heat (phoenix /Tucson ) and has never let me down or left me stranded
Great thread. Thanks for bringing it back!
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