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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-06-2009, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Disconcerting Experience

Was riding home from the office the other day when my right calf brushed up against something while I was re-adjusting my position on the bike. I looked down to find the top engine mount bolt sticking out six inches from the side of the bike! I smacked it back in and finished the mile or so to the house. A couple of days later, I found the nut on the ground in the parking space at work where the bike had been parked.

Before finding the nut, I was shopping around to get another one, and happened into a Kawi dealer near my house that, before now, hadn't been much of a respectable dealer. It's under new management now, and seems to be more likely to do well. In any event, as I was standing there talking to the parts guy, I noticed a VN750 on their lot. It was a '94 with 28k miles going for $2,400. As I was glancing at it, something struck me as odd, but I couldn't quite figure it out. Finally, it hit me. That bike was missing the same engine mount bolt that tried to work its way out of my bike! I pointed it out to them and advised that they might want to get that bolt replaced before trying to sell the bike...

All this to say that you might want to check those three engine mount bolt nuts on the left side of the bike to make sure they're not working free. Lock-Tite is my friend...


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Wow, I've never heard of this issue before but 2 occurrences in a such a short time is tough to argue with. Thanks for the heads up FA. Did you get it worked out? Bolt in and sealed?
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there was something about this posted last spring... a guy was riding home and felt the bolt come loose.... can't remember who it was... great reminder to make sure everything is tight
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Weekly or daily inspections before ride really pays for it self. As and old retired Air Force, Aircraft mechanic for years, a preride inspection never hurts and only a little time is needed to complete.

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Yep - I always give my bikes a good going over before every long ride, or at least once a week, whichever comes first. Knock on wood nothing found loose yet, but the one time you don't check is when it will happen...

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See this post: https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...t=engine+mount

Read on down and you'll see I found it a month or so later on the side of the road. Might be a good idea to replace all the engine mount nuts with lock nuts. Should be available at Ace hardware...

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inspections before ride really pays for it self
Yep. Last summer I put my bike on the table for a look and found the front axle nut fingertight.

Wrenching on motorcycles has to be a very deliberate task. Critical fasteners should be checked regularly. I like a little squirt of blue locktite on most fasteners.

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Originally Posted by slimvulcanrider View Post
there was something about this posted last spring... a guy was riding home and felt the bolt come loose.... can't remember who it was... great reminder to make sure everything is tight
it was me on my 86. had to ride 12 miles till I found a napa to match a nut and lockwasher on it in the parking lot. had to shift real quick and reach down and grab the bolt again. lucky you were only a mile from home!

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