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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Monroe, LA
In summer, 2008, gas was very close to $4 a gallon. I'm retired and have some land I putz around on that's 25 miles from our home. Getting there and back was really cutting into my disposable income. I did some research and discovered riding two wheels would be a lot cheaper gas wise. The research didn't reveal how much I would wind up spending on gear, accessories, etc.! Was going to get a Chinese scooter (80 mpg) but my brother, who rode bikes for many years, suggested a motorcycle. Said the Honda Rebel 250 got about the same mileage and would be safer than a scooter.
Found a 2002 model locally for $1,000 and promptly bought it. Soon discovered how much fun riding was. Several months and about 3,000 miles later, I began to long for something with a little more power. The clincher was the log truck that wouldn't get off my tail going up a long hill. No matter how frantically I tried to wave him off my butt, he stayed within about 25 feet of my tail. Finally pulled off and let him by. If I could have caught him (I tried) we would have definitely had an exchange of words or worse.
I wanted a bike with shaft drive, no spokes, and more power. Found the VN750 in Birmingham, Alabama. The owner had bought it from his brother-in-law who was the original owner. Both kept the bike in a garage, and it looked spotless. He had taken it to the local Kawasaki dealership and had $1,300 of work done on the bike. (BTW, the splines were dry.) In the ensuing six months he put less than 300 miles on it. It got to where it wouldn't stay running unless he gave it some throttle. I figured fixing it couldn't be that big a deal and bought it for his aking price of $1,000. I got home and discovered the throttle cables weren't properly adjusted and needed lubrication.
Have since bought a non-running '87 VN750 as a project bike. Waiting on me to finish building a barn so I'll have some place to work on it and store the bike I'm not currently riding. The carport's getting a little crowded and there's not enough room for my truck!
I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
1989 VN750 acquired December, 2008, 6,711 miles
Currently 23,298 miles
2001 Honda CMX250 Rebel acquired July, 2008
1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts
Last edited by flitecontrol; 12-18-2009 at 08:12 AM.