Stupid is as stupid does. - Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums
VN750 General Discussion

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-18-2009, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
Daily rider
 
ksmnet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Posts: 1,043
iTrader: (0)
 
Garage
Stupid is as stupid does.

So, I got the bike out the other day after a couple of weeks off. It was running great, but then it started losing power all of a sudden. It even killed on me once or twice. Then I started hearing some loud clattering, but could not figure out where it was coming from. Then it finally just smoothed out and ran fine the rest of the way to the office, and for the 21 mile ride home. I parked it, then started thinking about what the problems could be. I spoke to a mechanic at a local shop, and he thought the clattering might be the acct's not holding good tension, but it was only a guess.

Then, I got to thinking about how much oil I put into the thing, and determined I was putting too much in. I was told by a shop there was supposed to be 5 liters of oil in the engine. I finally noticed the "4l" stamped on the side of the engine, and figured that might be part of my problem as well. So, I drained down the oil until I could see the level at the top of the sight glass.

Well, to make a long story longer, I got the thing out yesterday to go make sales calls. I had to drive 20 miles or so. It started out running great, then all of a sudden a total loss of power. It finally dawned on me that the new key I had the locksmith make was very long, and had a wide black plastic top on it. I noticed that the tach was vibrating and bouncing against the key to the point where it shut the thing off.

So, I ground off the edges of the key, and the bike has been running flawlessly since. I don't know what the clattering was, but it could have been somehow related to the key being turned off or partially off or something. All I can say is that it has not been an issue since.

Ya live and learn I guess.

2017 Indian Roadmaster (current ride)
2003 VN1600A (Traded August 2017 to #1 son for a Bushmaster AR)
2001 VN750 bought 4/19/08 w/2309 miles(Sold April 2010 with just over 12,000 miles)
VROC #33035
__________________________________________________ ________________
Just when I thought I was winning the rat race, somebody moved the finish line!
ksmnet is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-18-2009, 06:01 AM
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
750Doug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: S.E. Michigan
Posts: 2,850
iTrader: (10)
   
Nice catch.
750Doug is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-24-2009, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
Daily rider
 
ksmnet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Posts: 1,043
iTrader: (0)
 
Garage
Thanks. Going on a 200 mi ride tomorrow, and it's been running great. Getting close to needing to replace the rear tire, though. Not sure what I'm going to go with, though. I like the stock Bridgestone. It hugs the corners well. I like to take them fast, when I can tell there's not gravel all over the place. I scraped and pushed up the left footpeg the other day. Wasn't expecting that. I thought the kickstand or side stand would hit before the footpeg. Having loads of fun, though.

2017 Indian Roadmaster (current ride)
2003 VN1600A (Traded August 2017 to #1 son for a Bushmaster AR)
2001 VN750 bought 4/19/08 w/2309 miles(Sold April 2010 with just over 12,000 miles)
VROC #33035
__________________________________________________ ________________
Just when I thought I was winning the rat race, somebody moved the finish line!
ksmnet is offline  
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2009, 07:38 AM
fuzz
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: north vermont
Posts: 138
iTrader: (0)
 
if you are going to rub the pegs you need better tires , if you hit a rock or crack with ****ty tires you will hurt your bike , oh you may get hurt too . get better tires

Quote:
Originally Posted by ksmnet View Post
Thanks. Going on a 200 mi ride tomorrow, and it's been running great. Getting close to needing to replace the rear tire, though. Not sure what I'm going to go with, though. I like the stock Bridgestone. It hugs the corners well. I like to take them fast, when I can tell there's not gravel all over the place. I scraped and pushed up the left footpeg the other day. Wasn't expecting that. I thought the kickstand or side stand would hit before the footpeg. Having loads of fun, though.
fuzz is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2009, 09:23 AM
Old Twistie Sticks Rider
 
Old Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Country Created by Geniuses, But Run by Idiots...!!!
Posts: 5,072
iTrader: (2)
 
Yep, good catch...
I usually scraped the right side more than the left, I guess it is because on a right hand turn you are on the inside and it is sharper...
Anyway be cautious especially with a worn tire...
Have a good one...Old Dog...

Southern Central Tennessee.......
Now on the Dark Side......
Girl's Bike 09 Sporty xl 1200 Custom...33k + & clickin......
Sportster Owner/Rider since age 72...lol... Rider since Simplex...???
09-xl1200 "C" Vivid Black, Cast wheels w/19" Frt., SE-Stage 1+, X14iEDs...
MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
RoadKing Air Shocks, Mustang Seat, Progressive Fork Springs...
Old Dog is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2009, 06:23 PM
Linkmeister Supreme
 
OlHossCanada's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 7,960
iTrader: (8)
   
Quote:
Originally Posted by ksmnet View Post
Thanks. Going on a 200 mi ride tomorrow, and it's been running great. Getting close to needing to replace the rear tire, though. Not sure what I'm going to go with, though. I like the stock Bridgestone. It hugs the corners well. I like to take them fast, when I can tell there's not gravel all over the place. I scraped and pushed up the left footpeg the other day. Wasn't expecting that. I thought the kickstand or side stand would hit before the footpeg. Having loads of fun, though.
I have a friend who rides a Shadow 1100. He says he makes sparks on almost every corner. It works well at night for getting tailgaters to drop back. I guess they think he is going down, when they see sparks.

Gordon

1991 VN 750 -"Cosmic Lady" or "Bad Girl"?
Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

H-D windshield
Relocated R/R
MF-AGM battery
Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15


TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/11-vn750-general-discussion/9127-top-ten-items-you-would-suggest-new-owner-do-his-new-ride.html
OlHossCanada is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2009, 07:23 PM
CWO3 Navy (Retired)
 
cliffhusn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Maryland
Posts: 722
iTrader: (7)
 
Sounds like you need one of the VN750 grills to make you feel better about this.

I keep hitting the kill switch for some reason and wonder why it dies....

The Flag on my bike honors those who serve our Country and those who have served!
cliffhusn is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2009, 08:03 PM
Straight roads are evil
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: California
Posts: 580
iTrader: (0)
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ksmnet View Post
I like the stock Bridgestone. It hugs the corners well.
Get Metzeler ME 880's if you want to see a tire that hugs the corners well. They are so far beyond the Bridgestones it isn't even funny.

The journey is the destination.

2006 VN750 (SOLD)
63160 miles
Mustang seat
R/R Relocate
MCCT
MF Battery
Red spark plug wires
Stainless Steel brake lines
Stiffer fork springs
Windshield
Givi bags, Wingrack mount
Voltmeter
GPS Mount
Pashnit sticker!
EQPlayer is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-28-2009, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
Daily rider
 
ksmnet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Posts: 1,043
iTrader: (0)
 
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by cliffhusn View Post
I keep hitting the kill switch for some reason and wonder why it dies....
Been there, done that.

2017 Indian Roadmaster (current ride)
2003 VN1600A (Traded August 2017 to #1 son for a Bushmaster AR)
2001 VN750 bought 4/19/08 w/2309 miles(Sold April 2010 with just over 12,000 miles)
VROC #33035
__________________________________________________ ________________
Just when I thought I was winning the rat race, somebody moved the finish line!
ksmnet is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Once registered, your User Name"cannot be changed". We can make exceptions within 7 days, but after that, it is set in stone.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome