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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Monroe, LA
Well, I know EQPlayer and EdAlbris (sp?) have over 50,000 miles on theirs. In a few more years, I should too. Keep in mind there are folks that only get to ride on weekends and live in northern climes. They aren't going to rack up as many miles as someone who uses the bike as a daily commuter and rides year round.
Since you mention your trust in a Kawasaki dealership, let me share my experience with one. I got my Vulcan from a guy who had just spent $1,300 at the dealership to have the bike "gone over" from one end to the other. He gave me the receipts when he sold it. They kept his bike four months. He was an occasional rider and put around 300 miles on his bike in a little over 90 days, which was the lime limit on the warranty for the dealership work. It started having throttle issues and you had to hold the throttle to crank the bike. Turns out the original pull throttle cable, which had never been lubricated, was frayed and binding in the cable housing. He sold the 750 to me and bought a 2008 VN2000.
When I called him a month or so after the sale, he told me his brand new bike was in the dealer repair shop with a blown engine. Seems they had over filled the crankcase with oil, and he, assuming the dealership knew what it was doing, didn't check it. There are similar stories of other members experiences with Kawi dealerships on the pages of this forum. I'm not saying they are all worthless, but there are many examples of dealerships giving bogus diagnosis and not knowing how to properly service these bikes. And it's not like there weren't a bunch of these bikes produced; they were made from 1985-2006.
One reason so many of these bikes wind up being parted out is because the rear driveshaft splines were not properly lubed, both from the factory and dealerships. A new final drive costs $1,200 from Kawasaki. If you get a VN750, be sure to check that. I would do it before buying the bike.
I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
1989 VN750 acquired December, 2008, 6,711 miles
Currently 23,298 miles
2001 Honda CMX250 Rebel acquired July, 2008
1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts