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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-15-2009, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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First Real Ride On my 750

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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.

Cheers all
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-15-2009, 10:35 PM
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Your wobbling issue sounds like the tires to me. What size/brand of front tire do you have? (Let us know both tires, actually). Some members have raved about the increased control they have with newer tires, and I think Metzler 880's are the brand most raved about.

Also, you may be able to get away with adding highway pegs instead of modifying your seat. That will help you be more comfortable when cruising, but not when shifting. It's a help but not a cure.

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If you need more arm room yo can do away with the mini apes and go with a lower handlebar. Drag bars or motocross dirt bars,I went with the dirt track bars and kept all my stock cables,Just a suggestion and if you like the bars, loosen the clamp and tilt the stock ones forward a little it may be exactly what you're looking for and it's free.




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Just a suggestion and if you like the bars, loosen the clamp and tilt the stock ones forward a little it may be exactly what you're looking for and it's free.
Yep, thats what adjustments are for...
And the Hwy. pegs may solver the other prob. ...
If you want to be stingy like me, PM me your email and I will send you a sketch or picture of some home made ones I did and like... (I can't post pictures like smart folks can...)
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I notice a weaving/wobble in the front end if my tire is below 30 psi. Riding 2 up would ad to that feel. Moving the seat back is not an option to gain leg room, you'll have to go with hwy pegs to extend your legs. I'm 5-7 and the bike fits me well.

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I notice a weaving/wobble in the front end if my tire is below 30 psi. Riding 2 up would ad to that feel. Moving the seat back is not an option to gain leg room, you'll have to go with hwy pegs to extend your legs. I'm 5-7 and the bike fits me well.

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Can you supply us with pictures of your bike? The more data we have the more help we can be. If you don't have an engine guard, you'll need one before you can get highway pegs. The pegs attach to your engine guard and I know of a good looking sturdy pair for about 30 bucks. That's in the US of course so there may be some variability there.

You may also want to look into the Saddleman Seat for our bikes. Go here:

http://www.saddlemen.com/store/index...oducts_id=6037

Its a tad pricy but in my opinion, well worth it. Its way more comfortable than the stock seat but more importantly it drops the seating position about an inch and moves it back about 2 inches. The lower center of gravity helps with handling and control and the set back seating position makes the bike roomier. Before the Saddleman I would ride with bent elbows and now my arms are straight out. Also because of the added room, I don't use my highway pegs nearly as much. The stock pegs are more comfortable because they're further away. I'm 5' 9"...
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Yep, thats what adjustments are for...
And the Hwy. pegs may solver the other prob. ...
If you want to be stingy like me, PM me your email and I will send you a sketch or picture of some home made ones I did and like... (I can't post pictures like smart folks can...)
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Forward controls might be your better option with the long legs, especially on the twisties, since you will need to shift more often. Highway pegs are good, especially on the highway... but the twisties might call for the forward controls.

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