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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-21-2018, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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I decided to update my bike a bit. The 80s gold pinstripes just weren't doing it for me. The blue is a metallic finish.

I plan to pick up some tank badges from a 2006 and install them on the tank. I always liked how those looked.
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'89 Vulcan 750 Bought 4/12/18 @ 17805.9 miles $800
Purchased stock. Wrecked once
22490.0+ miles

Completed modifications:
Removed mufflers, straight pipes out of GB
110/90 Front Tire
Pick-up coil re-gapped to .020"
Compufire 55402 r/r series regulator
USB Outlet + Voltmeter
Repainted Metallic Blue w/ new tank bages
Ear Shave (wo/ coasters) 40/140 NO shims 45MPG
MCCT conversion

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Of all the things that date the VN, the paint isn't really one of them. Mostly it's the mini apes and the mags.


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is that blue 'cobalt blue metallic'?? that looks identical to the color that I repainted mine

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I would have been fine with solid black. It was the decals that looked dated to me. I had to repaint after removing the decals anyways. I want to lower the mirrors too, but I'm not sure it's possible.

I'll have to check the name of the color. I drove to Lowe's and grabbed a can of blue metallic spray paint. I wasn't sure if I wanted red or blue, but they only had blue.


'89 Vulcan 750 Bought 4/12/18 @ 17805.9 miles $800
Purchased stock. Wrecked once
22490.0+ miles

Completed modifications:
Removed mufflers, straight pipes out of GB
110/90 Front Tire
Pick-up coil re-gapped to .020"
Compufire 55402 r/r series regulator
USB Outlet + Voltmeter
Repainted Metallic Blue w/ new tank bages
Ear Shave (wo/ coasters) 40/140 NO shims 45MPG
MCCT conversion

Planned modifications:
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Windshield
Highway Pegs
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I got my cobalt blue metallic from home depot in spray cans, a coat of clear over it made it look even better.. did you clear coat yours?

mine was rust-o-leum I believe

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Great job on the paint! I noticed you have open pipes. Have you removed the goat's belly yet? I just did that on mine and it's nice to get rid of that 20lb abomination. I love the sound of the 750 straight piped! I ditched the heat shields too. New shocks and an ear shave really cleans up the profile of the bike.
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I got my cobalt blue metallic from home depot in spray cans, a coat of clear over it made it look even better.. did you clear coat yours?

mine was rust-o-leum I believe
I couldn't find the exact paint online. It was Krylon FUSION Metallic Blue.
It looked exactly like this can...only blue.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Krylon-FUSI...-oz/1000460235

I did clear coat afterwards.

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Great job on the paint! I noticed you have open pipes. Have you removed the goat's belly yet? I just did that on mine and it's nice to get rid of that 20lb abomination. I love the sound of the 750 straight piped! I ditched the heat shields too. New shocks and an ear shave really cleans up the profile of the bike.
Thanks! I like what you've done with yours! It's a different bike now! It looks pretty clean without the heat shields. I kept the goats belly for two reasons. 1 I have heard you lose performance without it. 2 I didn't want to make any changes I couldn't undo if I didn't like the results. Do you run an H pipe? I don't know if I could go with it any louder than it is. I just want to be heard, not hated. I'd love to hear the straight pipes in person though. If I can unbolt, and rebolt the GB, I might try it one weekend to see how it sounds.


'89 Vulcan 750 Bought 4/12/18 @ 17805.9 miles $800
Purchased stock. Wrecked once
22490.0+ miles

Completed modifications:
Removed mufflers, straight pipes out of GB
110/90 Front Tire
Pick-up coil re-gapped to .020"
Compufire 55402 r/r series regulator
USB Outlet + Voltmeter
Repainted Metallic Blue w/ new tank bages
Ear Shave (wo/ coasters) 40/140 NO shims 45MPG
MCCT conversion

Planned modifications:
Custom LED turn signals
Windshield
Highway Pegs
(Possible) ignition advance
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I haven't noticed any significant loss in power. (I haven't had it on a dynoor anything). I'm just running them wide open and separate, i figured that without the baffles and heatshields, the pipes don't weigh enough to put much strain on the exhaust bolts.

As far as noise it isn't much louder than a Harley with shortshots and unless I'm really trying to be obnoxious and winding it up like crazy, it just has a nice ballzy sound. (I live in a pretty yuppie area, lots of hybrids and uppity people, so when i roll op the hill I try to get at least one car alarm to sound off) 😆🤘🏻

I've heard people say that these bikes are absolutely skull splitting when they are straight piped, but I'm just not seeing it.
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Of all the things that date the VN, the paint isn't really one of them. Mostly it's the mini apes and the mags.
And the seat and ears.
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And the seat and ears.[/QUOTE]

God if that isn't the truth! I can't wait to get rid of that seat! Haha
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