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Your First vn750 "Must-Have" Tools

I recently purchased my first motorcycle, the vn750 (mine's a 1996), and I'm looking to start my toolset in order to properly maintain the bike. What are the first and most important tools (should we say top 10?) every motorcyclist, from newbie to senior, must have. In your recommendations, it would be very helpful if those posting could add the specific brand names of the tools they found worked best for their Vulcan. I'm excited to get to work, and thanks in advance!


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Go to ebay and get a clymers or other 'shop' manual. Other than that I haven't had to get any special tools other than the usual garage tools.
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Consult the thread forum for all the must have stuff.
I would think some type of adjustable wrench and duct tape.
Also, if you dig fixing flats...a stop n go plug kit and a small compressor to connect to a cig lighter plug you have pre installed.

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Ventura guards
MadStadt mount
Givi windshield/Heated grips
Backoff
Riderbeads
Givi 52 topcase
Pat Walsh Crash bars skid plate
OEM centerstand
Headlight modulator
Battery tender
Aquarium thermometer with forward probe mount
Admore LED Lighting/Givi E36N panniers
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Service manual

Impact driver so you don't mess up the heads on fasteners.

Set of metric wrenches and sockets.

Torque wrench.

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Pocket Digital Voltmeter
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#1 - a good digital tire gauge. Have its accuracy checked periodically by a Master Calibrated Gauge found at most big tire centers or any motorcycle racing shop. Use a Sharpie to mark the side of the gauge with any need + or - PSI to compensate for inaccuracies (should only be 1 or 2 Lbs off at most).


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First of all...metric tools and sockets. And then, use JIS drivers on all the screws.

http://www.rjrcooltools.com/vessel.cfm

I have a set of these and they grab like a Doberman on a steak and I have not rounded out a screwhead since I got them. I wrench on my bike a lot and these grab the screws and turn each one with authority. I also have a Carb tuner to sync the carbs but that is basically a once in a lifetime thing so I am willing to share it with anyone close! Also, a good torque wrench that will measure inch pounds and foot pounds is a must.

I love my Vulcan and after learning which drivers to use on her it is now that much more rewarding.

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Here's what I'd recommend (for what it's worth):

Shop manual
Torque wrench(es) to measure in-lbs and ft-lbs
Metric sockets and wrenches (include a 27 mm)
Quality air pressure gauge
Oil filter wrench
Air compressor
Motorcycle jack
Small hand pump for shocks
Good lighting
Good quality cold beer

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I recently purchased my first motorcycle, the vn750 (mine's a 1996), and I'm looking to start my toolset in order to properly maintain the bike. What are the first and most important tools (should we say top 10?) every motorcyclist, from newbie to senior, must have. In your recommendations, it would be very helpful if those posting could add the specific brand names of the tools they found worked best for their Vulcan. I'm excited to get to work, and thanks in advance! .....
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Rebuilt Engine
ACCTs lubed w/TOC Springs
Pick-up Coils Gapped at .018"
Splines Lubed
Deka MF AGM EXT15L Battery
NGK Iridium IX Spark Plugs
R/R Relocation Fix
New Rear Rack
Stock Seat Repadded
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I'd add a BFH.

My dad told me once I might not be able to fix everything, but you can break anything beyond recognition.

A nice stool to sit on while working on the bike is a good thing too, if you don't have a big lift.

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