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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-23-2018, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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Keeping the VN750, have to make it comfortable...

Well I went and bought my wife a 2018 Can-am Spyder F3 Limited yesterday, so looks like i’ll Be keeping my VN750 for quite some time. So I need to make it more comfortable for longer rides. My original plan was to buy a bigger bike with a fairing and storage, but apparently that isn’t happening.

I’ve read all of the seat threads on here, and I think the best thing to do is send off my factory seat and have it modified by a professional. The other thing that is uncomfortable for me is the hand grips. For one I need to loosen up the throttle, it’s a little stiff and works on my grip after a while. I’m assuming something other than factory grips would be more comfortable also.

I do have a big ol Harley seat with a removable drivers back seat I got a good deal on but it’s too long, won’t sit down in the saddle of the frame.

What has everyone done to make theirs more comfortable? Throw me some ideas.

- 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
Ear shaved
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Relay coil mod
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Lowered rear
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Petcock gutted

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as far the seat goes.......your options are....

1. have the stock seat redone/modified for better comfort.
2. buy a Mustang seat for it. I have one and I love it.
3. buy a Corbin seat for it. many on here have then and love them
4. buy some other seat that will fit on the VN750. you most likely will have to mod it to fit, but it can be done. many on here have gone this route.

as far the grips.......

if you keep the stock grips and plan on a lot of freeway/long rides, pick up a Cramp Buster. best $10 you'll spend for that.

or

yes, pick up some after market replacement grips for your VN750. many on here have done that and love them.


also if you don't already have one, pick up a nice windshield for freeway/longer rides.

as for the luggage.....again, if you don't already have one, pick up a rear luggage rack for your VN750. then get yourself a nice trunk bag or two. with your wife riding her own, you can now use the space on the rear of the seat behind you to strap on second bag. this also doubles for a back rest.
get some nice big saddle bags and a nice tank bag too. a fork bag couldn't hurt either.

my wife rides her own bike too. by her doing that, I can carry a hell of a lot on stuff on my VN750, using all of the above.

highway pegs. these help a lot. also, pick up or make your own, floor boards. many on here have done it and love them.

well, that's what I've got just off the top of my head. hope it helps.

by the way.....nice! on the Can am. I'm a fan of those things, way cool.

if it goes vroom or boom, I LIKE IT!
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Thanks! I forgot about the highway pegs, I have thought about taking knifemakers design and modifying it. I also didn’t think about the floor boards, that’s one of the things I really loved about the big bikes. I do have a windshield and brackets, but it’s in bad shape, I still need to mount it and see if I like it enough to buy a new replacement windshield.

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Ear shaved
Mufflers removed / 38/140 + 2 shims
Relay coil mod
Pick-up coil mod
Emissions removed
Lowered rear
Rear blinkers located in tail light housing
Petcock gutted

- Wife's: 2018 Can-am Spyder F3 Limited Pearl White
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not knowing what kind of windshield you have.....what I have now on my VN750 is one like this https://www.ebay.com/itm/Clear-Winds...Jan~b2&vxp=mtr

I used to have one like this too https://www.ebay.com/itm/Slipstreame...RbGqnW&vxp=mtr

I like them both. both worked really well with freeway riding.

if it goes vroom or boom, I LIKE IT!
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To add to the previous, I have a set of knifermaker floorboards, they make long rides more comfortable. I think the floor boards are more comfortable that highway pegs and the handling of the bike is safer.
Just saying....

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The windshield and brackets I have are Memphis shade brand. After riding today and going through several rain showers a windshield would be great!

- 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
Ear shaved
Mufflers removed / 38/140 + 2 shims
Relay coil mod
Pick-up coil mod
Emissions removed
Lowered rear
Rear blinkers located in tail light housing
Petcock gutted

- Wife's: 2018 Can-am Spyder F3 Limited Pearl White
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What has everyone done to make theirs more comfortable? Throw me some ideas.
The Saddleman seat was very comfortable, I rode on that for a long trips and never felt sore. I just checked their website and it looks like they are not on there anymore. Might be worth contacting them. Did you check my profile for the seat write up I did?

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Did you check my profile for the seat write up I did?
I've read through it several times and gawked at the pics. Not much to be found now days, there is a corbin that keeps getting reposted on ebay, but the guy wants $429!! I'll take my chances modifying my own seat before I pay that!

- 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
Ear shaved
Mufflers removed / 38/140 + 2 shims
Relay coil mod
Pick-up coil mod
Emissions removed
Lowered rear
Rear blinkers located in tail light housing
Petcock gutted

- Wife's: 2018 Can-am Spyder F3 Limited Pearl White

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I have a Mustang I am willing to sell. I prefer the Corbin but the stock is not that bad for me.

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Oh I was wrong, the windshield and brackets I have are national cycle brand.

- 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
Ear shaved
Mufflers removed / 38/140 + 2 shims
Relay coil mod
Pick-up coil mod
Emissions removed
Lowered rear
Rear blinkers located in tail light housing
Petcock gutted

- Wife's: 2018 Can-am Spyder F3 Limited Pearl White
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