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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-24-2011, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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So long, and thanks for all the fish!

Well, there comes a time when every man gives up on a project he find isn't worth it anymore, and decides to buy a different bike, that actually runs...

I want to thank all of you who helped me out in locating the problems with my fuel system, even though I gave up on it. I'll be selling my VN750 any day now, and I'll make sure the buyer knows of this forum. The advice you guidance you guys have given me has definitely helped light the way, at the very least, and I just wanted to give a final farewell and thanks to all of you who lent a hand in all of my problems.

I guess its now time to move on to a Honda CB750 forum. Hopefully one with just as helpful of members!

'97 VN750
Bought 2/2011
Rear Final Drive Shaft replaced with a '99 before purchase.
New plugs on purchase.
Replaced the battery.
Cleaned Carbs.
Seafoam in the tank.

Currently not turning over or running
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Perhaps your improbability drive just requires a small piece of fairy cake??
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I can relate. I rode mine just a few times before it stopped running right. I keep putting more money into it and I'm still not sure it will be rideable ever again, unless it goes to the dealer. And then I'd be putting 1500 more into a bike that's probably not worth that to begin with. I can't sell it in it's current state and would probably lose my ass parting it out.

But you gotta understand, it's old bikes, not just this one. I have a buddy who has a cb750, I think it's a 1973. He literally has over 5k into totally restoring his bike and making it a cafe racer. I think he's crazy and I'm an idiot for buying an old bike. New stuff is much better, even if only because it won't break as much. Shoot, you can buy most 2000-2005 metric cruisers for less than $4k with less than 10k miles, at least around here. Good luck to ya.

Bike is sold, thanks for the help guys. Ride safe.
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yeah but new bikes break down too and are harder to work on!

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stator replacement walkthrough, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11369
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Perhaps your improbability drive just requires a small piece of fairy cake??
You know, I usually get crap like this, but I just can't quite make sense of this one!

I can't explain it, but it pains me when I read of someone giving up on an electrical or fuel problem on the VN750. I wish I could buy the bikes and give a go at 'em. Not that I think I'm such a better mechanic, but I love my VN. It feels fantastic to ride. I wish everyone that has one could get that feeling from their bike.

I'm sure if I run in to a major repair, I'll be cussin' mine too ...

What are ya' gonna' do ...

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You know, I usually get crap like this, but I just can't quite make sense of this one!
I think it was meant to not make sense - a joke.

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You know, I usually get crap like this, but I just can't quite make sense ...
If you read the book that the quote used in this threads title came from ,
It might make sense to you....

(literary references only work on those that read the book)

Google it.

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I've met a few Vogons in my day. No worries, I had my towel and didn't panic. It's, "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and it's a great book. One of the best lines, "Oh no, he can't do that. President's don't have any real power. They just take the attention away from the people that do. No offence, you're a great guy." LOL!!!

Sorry the bike didn't work out. Good luck with your new one.
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Ok ... lol

I remember the movie couldn't hold my attention.

For those of you who took the time to read the book ... I hope the book was MUCH better ...

Good luck finding a new ride PhayzR!

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Sorry to hear

I'm sorry to hear that you are throwing in the towel on your VN750. I agree with some of the other posters who have voiced their love for these bikes. I too experienced some issues with mine recently, but could not even fathom not getting it fixed. IMHO, this bike is one of the finest pieces of machinery on 2 wheels, and to be completely honest, there is no new bike out there I would rather have than my Vulcan.

I am wondering - do you not have any decent shops that you could maybe take it to to get looked at? I can totally understand the money thing, if that is the issue. I am fortunate that we have a good shop here in Phoenix that I like (Westy's), as well as an awesome parts place (Bob's Used Motorcycle Parts) where I was able to pick up a used carb for $100.

I guess the way I look at it is this : I am going to ride something, regardless. And considering the fact that my bike is paid for, free and clear, I would rather pay for repairs than take on a payment. Oh yeah - I love the dang thing too! (that makes a big difference).

In any case, I wish you the best, and am sorry to hear you had such a rough experience with your VN. Hopefully, you will have better luck with your next purchase .



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Dunlop D404's

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