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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-09-2010, 06:14 AM Thread Starter
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Cool VN750...Canadian or American?

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I have a VN750 down here in Brazil and getting some parts from US (CycleParts). Trouble is, how do I find out if my bike is made in USA or Canada? I don't have the original import receipt cause the bike is from 1995 (A11). Kawasaki parts said VN750-A11-L is the Canadian one but I cannot find anything like that in the registration. Anybody can help me?
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According to my Clymer manual, the US and Canadian models had the same frame and engine numbers for that year. Therefore, the engine parts should be interchangeable. has the best prices for our bikes.

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Identification Numbers

Attached is the list of year/Frame No's from the front of my Haynes manual. With any luck it might help
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I have a 95 (CA) California model. It has 2 tubes at the rear of the fuel tank, 1 tube is tagged blue and 1 is tagged red. I believe the other "US" model only has 1 tube at the rear of the fuel tank.

When I was looking through the service manual at the motor parts diagram, I noticed that there was a part number for stock coaster covers for the (CN) canadian model. That is the cover for the "air suction valves" that are usually marbled by owners on this forum.

My guess would be that you would have these covers, if it was a canadian model. (circled red in photo)

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Welcome to the Vulcan madness GP. All vn750 were made either in Japan or Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. The differences between US and Canadian delivered bikes is mostly in exhaust emissions controls, I believe.

davewex points this out in the post above where he mentions the "air suction valves" that draw air into the exhaust to burn off unburned fuel. This air causes a loud popping explosion in the pipes when decelerating, which many owners dislike, and seek to stop or lessen it by plugging the valve intake with a marble. Hence the term "marbled".

The vn750`s destined for delivery to Canadian dealers did not have all the emission controls required for US delivery, and California bound bikes had even more stringent emission controls than other US states.

My Canadian delivered vn750 does not have the "air suction valves", but just a pair of rectangular, polished stainless steel covers or "coasters" to block off the openings on the exterior of the cylinder "jugs". These coasters are circled in the diagram in dave`s diagram above.

Here is a free downloadable service manual for Ma Kawi`s vn750. It is BIG, 2395 pages, so it takes a while to download. Save it for next time you need it.

Here is another link for the history of changes to the vn750 through the years:

I hope this helps you when ordering parts and wrenching on your scoot.


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Thanks guys for the prompt response! I will check all out.
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I'm sure any parts from the U.S. will fit. I have a California model, and it came with about 20 pounds of emissions CRAP. It is now about 20 pounds lighter. I threw away all the cannisters and valves, but kept the hoses, seemingly about 100' of them, for use on other things. Jerry.

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