Well yesterday was my first real ride out on my vn750 we went on a 200mile round trip 2 up on a mix of roads from motoways to twisty's. The bike seemed fine and regular stops were made to check all was well on the way there as this is a new bike to me but is an 89 model and not knowing its history wanted to make sure nothing was working loose etc..
A few observations.
- Power - Didn't seem to have a problem with power 2 up at all, even up some really steep hills.
- Handling - Now this might take a bit of getting used to cornering on the twisty's but all in all it seemed to sit pretty steady all the way. It is probably my riding skills that need a little more time in the seat as it was 10 years ago since my last bike. But im sure it will come with time.
- Comfort - Not too bad but need to try and alter the seating position as i am 6' 2" and could really do with my feet further foward and/or me sitting futher back and my arms need to be a little straighter.
- Fuel consumption - Got around 45mpg which i didnt think was too bad.
A few questions.
The main thing i noticed while riding on slightly rough roads was the bike seemed to wobble a little. Maybe wobble is not the right word it was nothing too major but was like the front end was very slightly twitching. This was in straight lines not on corners and at lower speeds as at higher speeds it didnt do it.
I have read on the forums about people adding forward controls and altering seats and think this might be worth looking at for me. If i move the seating backwards it will also help with my arm problem and legs problem but will it affect the bikes handling if more weight is further back above the rear wheel ? and is there any pictures around of peoples bikes that show a good view of forward controls as i havent been able to find any.
Jobs to do.
Change engine oil and filter.
Change spark plugs.
Check air filters and change if needed.
Change front fork oil and put air in.
Check air presure in rear shocks.
Check and lube final drive.
Find some luggage for it.
Please add to this if there is anything i have missed.
So in conclusion i am very happy with the bike and am looking forward to working on it and adding to / impoving it.