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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-24-2010, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Well, after being on this forum every waking moment after buying my first bike, a 1999 Vulcan, and driving 4500 miles during the spring and summer of 2008, I graduated college, got a job, and moved. This past summer, I only rode 1300 miles! I even moved to NE Wyoming, an area with better rides than I had in MI!

Well, it's winter, and although there are a few weekends here and there that are ride able. BUT, I am going to try to repair her and get her out for 6,000+ miles this summer.

I'm fixin' the bike:
--> front valve cover gasket/seal
--> leaking clutch seal
--> new exhaust system
--> carb clean and tune up for the higher altitude
--> repair seat
--> new rear brake shoes
--> anything else needing repair

Looking for:

--> a goat--maybe even full exhaust system.
--> a used seat with a good back attachment. (mines stripped out)


Planned trips for Summer 2010:
--> Yellowstone NP
--> Spearfish Canyon
--> Devils gorge
--> Other Badlands, black hills area trips

'99 VN750 with 8900 miles and growing (3,111 when I bought it 03-22-08)
Ear shave with Unipods
Drilled mufflers and degoat
TOC springs
N/C Street shield EX windshield
Jumbo Saddleman Highway Studded saddlebags
Willie and Max Saddlebag mounting kit
License plate turn signals
Home made sissy bar
Luggage Rack from Scoop
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-24-2010, 10:26 AM
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I may have a goat or two in the workshop, I know I have a couple of almost new (5,000 miles) mufflers. Give me a shout.

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It`s good to hear from you again 99. You`re making me jealous just thinking about the trips you have planned for this summer. Good luck with all the service and maintenance items waiting to be done. Keep the shiny side up.

Gordon

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Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

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July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15


TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
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Am I understanding correctly? You drilled out the goat thing and mufflers, and now want to return to a stock exhaust? Jerry.

I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.


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Jerry- that's correct. It's too loud and it really screwed my fuel mileage and carbs went out of sync. I may be young, but I got good ears still and I'd like to keep them that way, lol... You add the wind noise to the exhaust sound, it makes a bad combo, lol.

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Ear shave with Unipods
Drilled mufflers and degoat
TOC springs
N/C Street shield EX windshield
Jumbo Saddleman Highway Studded saddlebags
Willie and Max Saddlebag mounting kit
License plate turn signals
Home made sissy bar
Luggage Rack from Scoop
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I may be young, but I got good ears still and I'd like to keep them that way, lol... You add the wind noise to the exhaust sound, it makes a bad combo, lol.
Wear earplugs on every ride. Makes riding much more pleasant.

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When you visit Yellowstone NP, be sure to do the "Beartooth Highway" while you're heading towards the Park. You'll be glad you did!....

Unless my bike is somehow different from all the rest, the factory exhaust/goat setup on mine makes (under moderately hard acceleration) a nice growl that reminds me of a small-block V-8 with dual exhausts. It's most pronounced (and the nicest) between 3k-5k rpm. No other cruiser I know of makes a sound like that...especially in factory tune. Not too loud--but not too soft, either.

Why anyone would want to change the bike away from this is beyond me....

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Yosemite is great, I road there on a rented HD from Reno 2 years ago.
Check out Bodie if you get the Chance, here is some picts of my trip.
http://s463.photobucket.com/albums/q...k_Vulcan/Reno/

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Jerry- that's correct. It's too loud and it really screwed my fuel mileage and carbs went out of sync. I may be young, but I got good ears still and I'd like to keep them that way, lol... You add the wind noise to the exhaust sound, it makes a bad combo, lol.
Don't misunderstand my post. I think you are doing the right thing. Those are some of the reasons why I left my exhaust stock, and have never been unhappy with it. I've never been a member of the "loud pipe" crowd. While I love the sound of loud pipes under the right circumstances (I'm a drag racer, and run open headers on my small block Chevy), I would not want to have to listen to them all the time. And while I do wear a full face helmet, usually with the face shield cracked open about a quarter inch unless it is too cold. I don't wear earplugs. There are reasons why I ride motorcycles, and being out in the wind is one of them. I wonder if people wear earplugs while driving convertibles? Jerry.

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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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X2 on the Beartooth Highway. It is spectacular.

I can't do earplugs. It makes me feel disconnected from the bike. The fullface helmet is enough of a disconnect already.

"Shutting up rarely leads to anything bad"

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