Introduced in 1985, the Vulcan 750 has been around in its present form longer than any of the bikes here (except the Virago), and reflects all that was good and bad about 1980s vintage Japanese-brand V-cruisers; although the VN750 is produced in Kawasaki’s Lincoln, Nebraska facility. The 749cc engine makes no serious pretense of being air-cooled, and as a couple of testers commented, looks somewhat like a water pump. However, it does boast the most impressive technical credentials in the class, including dual overhead cams (DOHC) with maintenance-free hydraulic valve adjusters. Automatically tensioned dual-stage silent-type cam chains turn the cams. To tame the vibration of the 55-degree single-crankpin design, Kawasaki employs a gear-driven counterbalancer in addition to rubber engine mounts. Two 34mm carbs feed the engine, which exhales through somewhat homemade looking mufflers, on each side of the bike.