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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-13-2009, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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I give up!!

The transmission on my VN700 finally went out and my wife says that I need to get rid of it. I was running late getting to Fort Hood this morning so I was riding my bike real hard. I was doing a consistant 75-80 mph, shifting from 4th to 5th and back down to 4th a lot. I was moving through gears to keep from losing speed on this hills. I was over 5,000 rpms for most of the 50 mile ride. When I got to post I was on time and thought everything was fine. On my way back from work, I noticed that I lost a lot of engine torque. Taking off from 1st was like I was starting out in 3rd. Then the bike started slipping in and out of gear. It would rev high then slip into gear then slip out of gear then back into gear. I was like this in 1st through 4th gears finally affecting 5th gear. About 25 miles away from home the bike lost all power to rear wheel as if I were stuck in neutral but I could shift through gears without even engaging the clutch. I got stuck out on US-183 for four hours today in 104-degree weather waiting on a tow truck to come pick up this bike that has become the bain of my existence. I don't have the money to continually feed into this bike (I just forked out $800 on bags, mounts, racks, electrical parts, AGM battery, windshield, etc) and I don't feel like investing any more time into it. The bike has a really nice feel to it when it is moving. The engine is still very strong (only 11000 miles on it). Don't know what else to do but sell it. If anyone in the Central Texas area wants it, I'm selling it for $1500. At least I can use the money towards getting my AC fixed on my truck.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-13-2009, 09:43 PM
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Use the money to buy a VN750, newer and in good shape. You will be glad you did.

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Check engine oil. If it has enough you might want to check the drive splines.
I don't think that was a hard ride for this bike. imo.

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Use the money to buy a VN750, newer and in good shape. You will be glad you did.
ditto, but then again I am really like the looks and room of the 2000 classic and if I had the money I would probably have one sitting next to my 750!

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Check engine oil. If it has enough you might want to check the drive splines.
I don't think that was a hard ride for this bike. imo.
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I ride mine about 5700 to 6500 rpm on Highway up to 2 or 3 hours or until it's time to get gas....our engine are pretty much 'bullet proof'.

Don't give up man let us know what you got with the oil and spline, there are some very helpful people in this forum that could help!!!

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I need the dough for my truck more than I need the bike right now. I bought the bike thinking it would be a low-cost alternative to driving. Unfortunately, I keep having to put more and more dough into. Now, with the rear end shot, I may have to pour another $1000+ into it. You guys in the forum seem to be a bit more dedicated than I am towards the VN700/VN750. I feel that I may need a little bit bigger bike than the VN700 or the 750. Plus it gives me an excuse to buy a 1500 drifter later. I really like the drifter lines. Kind of like an Indian but without the huge price.
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Sorry to hear about the trouble bro, do what you gotta do and stop back here anytime. If you get a new bike down the road, feel free to post some pics and a review.

Good luck with everything...
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post #8 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-14-2009, 10:58 AM
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I need the dough for my truck more than I need the bike right now. I bought the bike thinking it would be a low-cost alternative to driving. Unfortunately, I keep having to put more and more dough into. Now, with the rear end shot, I may have to pour another $1000+ into it. You guys in the forum seem to be a bit more dedicated than I am towards the VN700/VN750. I feel that I may need a little bit bigger bike than the VN700 or the 750. Plus it gives me an excuse to buy a 1500 drifter later. I really like the drifter lines. Kind of like an Indian but without the huge price.
Sometimes we end up with bikes that the PO never took care of, and they end up seeming like money pits. A lot of members here would put hte $$ into getting her fixed up, and a lot wouldn't. No one likes inheriting other people's problems, but we someitmes unknowingly do. If you end up with lemons, euither make lemonade or do tequila shooters. It sucks that your bike is having issues. I was in the process of selling mine when the head gasket blew. I ended up parting it out here on this forum, and now the spirit of my bike lives on in several other people's rides.

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post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-14-2009, 11:49 AM
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You would be better off parting it out on ebay if you have the time to take it apart.You will get alot more money that way.I don't know anyone that would buy a 1985 with a bad driveshaft and final drive unit for $1500.00. Unless they have the parts to fix it. Did the rear tire lock up? Did you hear it making any grinding sounds coming from the rear end? Hope it all works out for you in the end.

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post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-14-2009, 12:13 PM
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Sounds like a clutch problem. The clutch went out on mine too, not as bad as yours though. My symptoms:

Very high heat
No engine braking

The shop said the clutch plates were glazed, thus slipping instead of holding. Replaced the clutch and it was back to normal. They failed at about the 40K mark.

I change the oil every 3K, if the previous owner didn't change the oil very often the clutch may fail sooner.

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