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My VN750 / First photo attempt

(First attempt at uploading photo. Bear with me if it didn't work)

This is my baby. I think I have finally got her just how I want; and, she has been a marvelous first bike. She is a 2005 VN750 and just rolled the 15,000 mile mark. This photo was taken during our Fall 2010 trip through the Blue Ridge Pkwy and Skyline Drive.

That having been said, our Summer was so freaking HOT (and still is) that I only got to ride a handful of times over the past 6 months because I am not into being a baked potato in my helmet. On top of that, there were 3 bikers killed around here this past weekend because the cagers refuse to accept that they are NOT the only ones on the road (NOTE: the bikers were not 'at fault' in these crashes -- of course they are still no less dead).

Now the question remains... I am thinking about upgrading (now that I have 4 years of bike experience) or debating to drop out of the bikes all together (I just live in an area that is getting too congested to safely ride. These cagers are complete and total idiots.

My vent for the day. Thank you for listening.

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Talking Side note: Photo

This photo was also taken during our recent Fall 2010 Trip through NC, VA, WVA (Blue Ridge Pkwy / Skyline Dr. and WVA twisties). As you can see from the GPS (Note the Max Speed), it was one helluva trip.

It takes a lot of work to make a 750 go that fast -- not to mention strength to hang on to the bike.

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I can see the pics just fine, look what a good job you did.

It says you're bike's top speed was 270. Is that miles an hour? Because slap an airfoil on ya and your airborn - no joke. These bikes don't go that fast, not even going down a mountain with wings attached. Not even with a sixth gear. A jeto pack on the luggage rack, maybe.

The average speed of a 757 jet airliner at 30,000 feet is about 323 miles an hour. They have 2 aviation rated turbine engines burning low lead fuel putting out a combined total of about 40,000 horses. You're not far from that on 2 wheels at ground level at 270? Unless those hard bags double as turbine engines, I just can't believe that - something's broke.

That first pic must be Skyline Drive. Aptly named, beautiful picture man - thanks for sharing.

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I rode in the Texas heat, with a full face helmet all summer. I did get a new Scorpion Exo helmet and surprisingly, it wasn't that hot. I'd stop at a light and you could see the sweat form on my arms, but my head stayed cool. I rode with the visor up, and that helped a bit. But to get home after riding in the 110 heat and still have a dry helmet was pretty amazing to me.

I work smack dab in the middle of downtown Dallas, so I can tell you a little about traffic. A few places I've learned there are more problems than others, and made adjustments for them. The biggest problem I have is with the city buses. Apparently, red lights, right of way and lane changes are something they've been told to ignore.

Global warming? So what if my kids never see a polar bear. I never saw a dinosaur and I'm ok.
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I can see the pics just fine, look what a good job you did.

It says you're bike's top speed was 270. Is that miles an hour? Unless those hard bags double as turbine engines, I just can't believe that - something's broke.

That first pic must be Skyline Drive. Aptly named, beautiful picture man - thanks for sharing.
LOL.... Yes, that is Miles Per Hour (MPH). You don't believe I rode that fast?

GPS: To my knowledge nothing is broke. I have the same issue from time to time with my Tom-Tom too. As best I can figure, the Garmin calculates speed based on your triangulated position over time. In the mountains where the roads twist back on themselves, the GPS thinks I am in one spot, then recalculates and corrects the position to my actual location and divides that distance by time. Sometimes that abrupt change in location calculation makes the GPS think I traveled at ridiculous speeds. (I regularly get readings of 100+ miles per hour, but the 270mph was too good to pass up. I had to photograph it. LOL)

And, yes, that picture was on Skyline Dr. If I am not mistaken, it was the first vista on Skyline after leaving the B.R. Pkwy.

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Oh yeah, top speed of 270mph, you traveled 130 miles and you moving time was 3 hours?

Since it's a Vulcan, I just have to say "That's illogical Captain".

Global warming? So what if my kids never see a polar bear. I never saw a dinosaur and I'm ok.
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Great choice of saddle bags. not only does the shape mimic the tank, the silver accent blends perfectly with the tank also. What kind are they?

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Great choice of saddle bags. not only does the shape mimic the tank, the silver accent blends perfectly with the tank also. What kind are they?
Thank you. They are the Mutazu. Not expensive, but they have (thus far) held up well. The only maintenance they have required is about once a year, I spray a little dab of graphite lubricant into the lock to keep them smooth.

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LOL.... Yes, that is Miles Per Hour (MPH). You don't believe I rode that fast?

GPS: To my knowledge nothing is broke. I have the same issue from time to time with my Tom-Tom too. As best I can figure, the Garmin calculates speed based on your triangulated position over time. In the mountains where the roads twist back on themselves, the GPS thinks I am in one spot, then recalculates and corrects the position to my actual location and divides that distance by time. Sometimes that abrupt change in location calculation makes the GPS think I traveled at ridiculous speeds. (I regularly get readings of 100+ miles per hour, but the 270mph was too good to pass up. I had to photograph it. LOL)

And, yes, that picture was on Skyline Dr. If I am not mistaken, it was the first vista on Skyline after leaving the B.R. Pkwy.
Makes sense. Good to know for when I take those long rides too. I'd have to change the name from "Vulcan" to "Laser Beam".
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Thank you. They are the Mutazu. Not expensive, but they have (thus far) held up well. The only maintenance they have required is about once a year, I spray a little dab of graphite lubricant into the lock to keep them smooth.
Here`s a couple of links for anyone interested in the Mutazu hardbags.
Mutazu LN hardbags (same as JWenhart`s):
http://www.mutazu.com/products.php?c...=12&s=prod.php

Sloppyburpfest`s installation of Mutazu GA hardbags:
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...=mutazu+sloppy

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