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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-27-2009, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Question Is the VN750 Peplaceable...???

Folks, if you like your VN750 like I did "Clyde" hang on to it, there is just not anything out there to replace our bikes...
The closest thing I can find is the HD Sportster and I don't believe I can live with the shake and bake they have, probably the better lookin bike but that seems to be the end of it...
The Suzuki "S" mods. 50s & 80s don't seem right, and too much like a failed try at a custom look alike...
I am now thinking I should have kept "Clyde" and fixed him up...
Maybe someone will come out with a 2010 mod. that is right, I hear HD may have some big changes for 2010 and I think July is when they make their showing...
So, keep'm in good shape and make sure that kick stand is up good......
If I don't find a bike I think I like I may settle for a Sporty, but then at my age I may just quit riding, hard row to hoe...
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Ummmmm. I'm a bit confused, here.....

If you liked your VN750 that much, and still have that much respect for the bike (as you should.......), why don't you just shop for a clean, used example?

The bike hasn't been out of production that long......and good, clean, low-mileage examples still aren't hard to find.

Maybe you feel that by getting used, you're simply picking up someone else's troubles or neglect.

But when I got my '05 used 3 years ago, with less than 1,600 miles on the odo then, that did not prove to be the case.

Anyway, just some food for thought...

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Ummmmm. I'm a bit confused, here..... Maybe you feel that by getting used, you're simply picking up someone else's troubles or neglect.
Anyway, just some food for thought...
Yep, you nailed it, and also I have let all my good stuff go, either with the totaled bike, or 2 items I sold, fork brace & rear luggage rack...
I guess I'm just regretting letting my bike go, should have fixed it up, thats about all I can say, my bike was in great shape all around and the way I wanted it...
I'm not saying I wouldn't buy a good used 05 or 06, but I just have a fear of some people passing on troubles... I would buy one if I thought I could trust the reason for selling...
It is not neccessary to buy a bike today anyway, as my shoulder will not be in riding shape for about another month or so in my opinion... (hopefully but doubtfully sooner)...

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Girl's Bike 09 Sporty xl 1200 Custom...33k + & clickin......
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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...
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Time for a URAL with a side car.

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Most clean, late-model, low-mileage VN750s are not going to be an issue of someone else passing on a lemon.

A reasonably good visual inspection (examples: for corrosion, or evidence of a drop or tip-over) and a decent test ride will quickly reveal how well (or not) a late-model, low-mileage VN750 has generally been treated. Of course, you might also check out the "Vulcan Verses" for detailed used inspection pointers.

Plus, by shopping the used market....you get the advantages of someone else eating the very worst of the bike's depreciation, and breaking it in for you......

In short, given a proper go-over, there's no real good reason to shy away from a late-model VN750--certainly one with less than say, 10,000 miles.

Heck--if you like the VN750 better than anything else out there--then why buy anything else???.....

Most here would probably agree with the guy who wrote the following--click on this below link, and read the ensuing review, for a good "big picture" perspective:

http://www.powersportsnetwork.com/en...7273&veh=21816

'05 VN750



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Time for a URAL with a side car.

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GL1100 front fender
OEM engine guard
OEM high back rest
'V-Twin' HWY pegs
Black 750 Spectre handlebars
SunPro Volt Meter (Amazon)
Maier bug shield (JCW)
Bar Ends anti-vibe (JCW)
Emgo air filters
Tank bag-Eclipse
Tail bag-FroZone Cooler
Back Rest-Igloo 6 pak cooler
WalMart Saddle Bags
R/R Relocate
Dry Splines Lubed
AGM DieHard-Sears
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Sporster XL Mufflers
LED's-stop,tail,turn,marker
Pickup coil mod to .45mm
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I've bought 4 bikes over time ~ two new, two used. Both used bikes were great. I looked over them carefully, gave them a good test ride, and had a trusted mechanic do the same. People are always selling bikes in good shape because: 1) they're moving to larger bikes, 2) they find that they don't ride as much as they had expected, or 3) they find themselves in some kind of financial pinch. Dog, while your shoulder heals, take the time to find a good one ~ they're out there!

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I`m glad to hear you are healing up Old Dog, but sorry to hear you are having such a hard time finding a new ride to love. I was afraid you were being in too big a hurry to settle the insurance claim and dispose of Clyde and your accesories after the accident.

IMHO it`s still not too late to return to us in the vn750 fold, as theauhawk and EasyRector have suggested. There are lots of good late model, low mileage 750s out there, and you can easily pickup a new super brace and a luggage rack, all for a lot less $$$$ than a new Sporty will cost.

It doesn`t sound to me like the cost is your main concern though, anyway. You miss Clyde, and the feel of the vn750 under you and in your hands, going through the twisties or down the highway. If the vn750 is still the ride you love, honor Clyde, and get a replacement to enjoy the years you have left to spend in the saddle.

I have seen bumper stickers that say "Life is Too Short to Drive an Ugly Truck". I could reword that for you to say, "Life is Too Short to Ride a Shaking Sporty, When I Could be on a Vulcan". LOL. I hope your shoulder continues to heal, and allows you to get back in the saddle soon, before you decide to quit riding for good. All the best to you my friend.

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Folks, if you like your VN750 like I did "Clyde" hang on to it, there is just not anything out there to replace our bikes...

Have a good one...Old Dog...
Why don't you go back where they had Clyde and see if the guy running the Warehouse will make you a deal on Clyde.
Or find out from him if and when they might have a public auction to sell off the bikes. You might be able to pick him back up for a few hundred dollars.

JaY



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Pick-up Coils Gapped at .018"
Splines Lubed
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