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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-28-2009, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Total miles and major problems

Just wondering how many miles ya'll have on your bikes and if any
major problems. My wife's bike (04) seems to be a lemon. 26,000
miles and lots of extensive work on clutch and engine. And now
the radiator is leaking.
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I had 80,000+ on a '93, bought new, only problems I ever had were a sticking float in the rear carb when the bike was only a few months old, the toolbox door broke off, and the chrome caps fell off the swingarm pivots. Toward the end, one button came off the seat.

I currently have 43,000+ miles on an '02, so far the only problem has been with the cam chain tensioners. The originals failed, I replaced them with brand new Kawasaki ones, they too failed, finally went to manual tensioners, and all is well.

I glued the chrome caps on before they had a chance to fall off, and learned to just not use the toolbox. It is designed to break if used.

Oh, one more thing. The left grip on both bikes would not stay in place, it kept sliding off. I finally glued the one on the '93, and replaced both grips with foam ones on the '02. Overall, they have been very reliable bikes. I did have to do the spline lube thing on both of them way sooner than the manual called for, apparently Kawasaki never lubed the final drive splines on most of the Vulcan 750s they built. Jerry.

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1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike
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42K miles on a '86.
Cam chain tensioner replaced with manual.
Fork seals.
Clutch.
R/R.
Stator.
Stator.
And stator.

Runs great!!!!!

Mo.
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51000 miles now, 2006 model. Had four big problems this year:

Stator
Water pump seal failed
Clutch wore out
Cam chains

Plus two (or was it three?) sets of tires. Ridden about 18000 miles this year. Still three more days to go!

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!
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36000 on an 86 carbs and stator, regulator

1986 vn 750 aka "Huck Farley"
42,000 miles
Rick's stator and rr
Tuxedo stator cover mod
pickup coil mod
dampers replaced
agm m/f battery
Harley sportster exhaust, degoated
Hid conversion
splines lubed
custom "vn750.com" grill cover
NGK Iridium spark plugs


acct to mcct mod https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17917

rekeying locks, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7309

stator replacement walkthrough, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11369
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91 30k
3 engine pulls in 2 yrs
stator
shift shaft (split cases re rung and replaced dampeners )
stator
mechanical seal
stator



Stator #3
MF AGM
DeGoated
Ears Shaved
R/R relocated
Rebuilt



She's worth her weight in GOLD
If u dont have it already Here is the Service Manual
How To Test the Stator
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'04, 5600 miles

When new it would overheat sometimes. Turned out some hose under the tank was pinched
Jets gunked once up from lack of use
Toolbox lock fell off
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Wow. I am amazed at all these problems. I guess I've just been lucky, and the Vulcan 750 isn't as reliable as I thought it was. Jerry.

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1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike
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06 18000 miles head gasket at 10000 miles

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I have 04 with 10,000 miles, New RR, white wire started to melt before relocation, lost tool box lock at about 2 months, went to mauel cam chains tensioners, no other troubles at this time.

2004 25,500 miles
Led tail light enhancement
Homemade floor boards
Headlight modulator
Extra heat sink on R+R
R+R relocation
Homemade driver's backrest
Fused Stator
Mcct conversion-cost 4.50
Ride-on in tires
crash bar with home made hyway pegs
iridium plugs
home made fork wind deflectors
coil pickups adjusted.
Kenda kruz tires 110/90 170/80
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