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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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forks won't lock

just bought the used vn750 (2006). When I try to lock the forks (in Lock or Park position) they don't stay locked.

I can see the "post" (not sure what it's called) extend out when I put the key in lock position but the part of the frame seems like it might be worn - so even if it's 'locked' I can still turn the forks. The little post doesn't get blocked by that piece of steel on the frame.

has anyone ever seen this? anyway cost effective way to fix it?

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 05:51 PM
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Is the lock bolt going over the frame portion lock? When my son bought his we had to bend the metal tab up so the fork would lock. Used a big hammer and a long drift punch.
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I think that's exactly what's happening. The bolt (assuming that is what protrudes down when the ignition is in the lock position) slides over the top of the piece of steel (frame portion lock i guess) that looks like it's supposed to stop the bolt.

I wondered about trying to 'reshape' it but wasn't sure if that was wise. I guess I was afraid it would break.
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Interesting thought Flaco - I did buy it from a dealer (small independant). Although - I suppose that doesn't mean it wasn't stolen at some time.

stupid question - how does one go about finding that out?
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see if your local pd will run your vin or have your ins co do it

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LoL Flaco!! I'm not too concerned.

Was just looking to see if anyone had the same issue with the lock.

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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 10:47 AM
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I would think if you get it registered and get tags, you would be good to go...lol...
Then let the state & the dealer worry about it... Just my thoughts, I really have no idea...

PS-Did you get the fork lock fixed...??? If you don't, what I do is I carry a small cheap bicycle cable lock and put it around my front forks & wheel and also lock my helmet with it... That will stop kids and non Pros., but not a Pro. that wants your bike, personally I don't worry about Pros. ... I seldom even use the cable lock, I do sometimes at china-mart if I'm goin to be in a bit, and maybe at a resturant sometimes...
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When my son's ignition first locked up we couldn't turn it at all. Finally, after several applications of PB Blaster it would at least turn so we could move the forks. I think it would have been really hard to remove the ignition with the forks locked in place. We would have bent the locking tab down if necessary.

The ignition had been replaced once before I am sure because the cover was missing from the puck and the key didn't match anything else on the bike. So I figured that may have been the reason it was bent in the first place. Unfortunately the VN750 is worth more in parts than it is as a running bike. I did not think his bike was stolen because a thief would make more $ selling the parts rather than risk selling a hot bike. I would be leery of buying a engine, forks or frame from EBay because they could easily be from a stolen bike.
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