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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 03-07-2011, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Hey, I found a 2001 vn750 about 120 miles from me. Asking $2,800. She (girl owner, her 4th bike) agreed to let it go for $2,500. She's put about 2,000 miles on it, and had the dealer put new tires on it. Do you think the dealer lubed the splines? the bike has 11,200 miles on it. She is selling because herself and her husband want to sell their bikes, and buy one big touring bike. also, the side covers do not have the "vulcan 750" decal on them, can i order that? i wonder why they're gone. I'll try and post a pic

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18,800 miles, and counting
Bone Stock
New cam chain tentioners
all fluids changed
Spline Lube
windshield
Engine Guard
B-stone S11 RWL-stock sizes
*wanted*
New grips

2001 Vn750
13,100 miles, and counting
spline lube
Bridgestone S11 100/90
Shinko 170/80
rear end oil change
aftermarket mirrors
windshield
otherwise all stock
*anticipated mods*
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No the dealer did not lube the splines. And as for the decals, I removed mine as part of my customization.

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also, the side covers do not have the "vulcan 750" decal on them, can i order that? i wonder why they're gone.
Well they do have a habit of loosening up so maybe they were taken off for that reason, then some folks like them smoothe without the "Vulcan 750", and may have taken them off for that reason...
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ok, well then i wonder about the splines...... it all goes to the owner before her.


1986 Vn750
18,800 miles, and counting
Bone Stock
New cam chain tentioners
all fluids changed
Spline Lube
windshield
Engine Guard
B-stone S11 RWL-stock sizes
*wanted*
New grips

2001 Vn750
13,100 miles, and counting
spline lube
Bridgestone S11 100/90
Shinko 170/80
rear end oil change
aftermarket mirrors
windshield
otherwise all stock
*anticipated mods*
Engine Guard
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If the bike has 11,000 miles (or so) on it, the splines are probably still ok, even if they are (still) bone dry.

Personally, I would not worry about the splines being gone unless the bike has 15,000 miles on it--or more.

In any case, you'll usually have to inspect the splines yourself after you buy a used bike. Very few owners will be able to substantiate that the splines are ok, before you buy.

With spring time is just around the corner, it is still very much (and will continue to be) a buyer's market in the motorcycle world here.

Even though gasoline prices have shot well past $3/gal and will probably climb higher before they come back down, most people will still want to drive (rather than ride) when they need to commute to work, get groceries, etc. I think this is crazy, but nonetheless true.

So...most people who shop for bikes will still be bikers, and not really anyone else.

The real point I'm trying to make here now is that if you have real doubts about a bike, then forget about it and keep looking. There are too many remaining VN750s out there to settle for one that you don't feel good about.

With all that said, you can usually tell if a bike has been well treated (or not) buy giving it a good visual inspection. A bike (as opposed to a car) simply can't hide good care (or the lack thereof).

Sometimes, you need to look closer, though. I once sized up a used Honda Shadow VT1100. I walked away from the deal, because...upon closer inspection....there was rust on the inner frame where the battery box had leaked battery fluid/acid. The damage was irreversible, and would only get worse with time. A more casual observer would have missed this serious problem, I think.

Other threads exist on this forum that explain what to look for with a used VN750. Use the "search" function shown above, find them, and read them as your schedule permits.

Then....feel free to ask questions as needed.

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Thanks. She has stated it has been garage kept for thw whole 2 years she has had it, and the PO, (2nd overal) also never left it out. you know, girls are not known for knowing alot about bikes, or even cars, some do, but, what im saying is.... girls have an instinct.... lol and i could tell on the phone that she knows this bike has been well cared for... how does $2,500 sound? good price if the bike is 99% ready to go?

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18,800 miles, and counting
Bone Stock
New cam chain tentioners
all fluids changed
Spline Lube
windshield
Engine Guard
B-stone S11 RWL-stock sizes
*wanted*
New grips

2001 Vn750
13,100 miles, and counting
spline lube
Bridgestone S11 100/90
Shinko 170/80
rear end oil change
aftermarket mirrors
windshield
otherwise all stock
*anticipated mods*
Engine Guard
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IMHO, 2500 is too much, I would be at or under 2000 for that year/mileage
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yeah that is a bit high.
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post #9 of 32 (permalink) Old 03-07-2011, 11:06 PM
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Just a quick message to say I paid $2400 (only 1215 miles on the clock) for my 2004 in November. I know prices go up and weather gets better and I manged to be in the market at the right time. However, I agree with the others, $2500 sounds a bit on the high side.

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Thanks. She has stated it has been garage kept for thw whole 2 years she has had it, and the PO, (2nd overal) also never left it out. you know, girls are not known for knowing alot about bikes, or even cars, some do, but, what im saying is.... girls have an instinct.... lol and i could tell on the phone that she knows this bike has been well cared for... how does $2,500 sound? good price if the bike is 99% ready to go?

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A few things I would consider. Does it have a luggage rack, windshield, saddle bags? The new tires are a plus for you. That saves you around $200 to replace them. It might be a little high, but it's worth what you're willing to pay for it. If it is clean and doesn't need anything, then I'd consider it a good deal. You won't find them too cheap once summer hits. I paid $2100 for my 94 but it didn't have a scratch on it.

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