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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-18-2012, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Getting a second VN750... what's wrong with me?! :)

Well, I don't know what has come over me, but I am picking up a second VN750 tomorrow.

I found a '90 VN750 on Craigslist posted for $900 with just over 20k miles. Her condition was presented accurately on the ad. She had been moved outside from the garage due to space constraints. The paint on the tank is faded and there's a small dent (probably fixable, imo). Also, there's some surface rust on the frame (we're near the coast, so it's hard to avoid here).

I went over to check it out, and I pretty much knew what I was getting into. She was hard to start (choke cable is disconnected - mechanic who cleaned the carbs didn't reattach it, apparently), but once she was going she idled nice. She didn't charge, as I had expected. The stator wires were getting very hot @ the bullet connectors, so I am personally thinking the R/R is shot. She has some sputtering issues between 4000-5000 rpm, as was experienced by forum member Bean (ended up being wiring @ the ignition coil for them).

Other than the issues mentioned, the engine is in great shape mechanically from what I observed. Even the ACCTs were quiet (for now...) The engine itself really sounded really quiet, which surprised me honestly. I am used to a bit more mechanical noise, then again my exhaust is a lot harder to hear over too (this one has stock exhaust).

In the end I offered $700. I explained the potential work I would needed to do, such as the stator, and the owner agreed with my observations. He agreed to my offer, and I will be picking her up tomorrow. I think my offer was fair, and that I am not low-balling them or anything like that. There is work to be done on it, but for $700 I feel it is fair to both parties.

All in all, I am stoked to be getting another bike! My wife has shown interest in riding now, so I think we'll be taking the MSF courses together soon.

Sorry for the rant, just felt like passing on the good news of another VN750 being saved!

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Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
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Thats just plain greedy having 2 VNs to repair you must like pain lol, good look with the new purchase sounds like you got a good deal there, good job you know what you are getting into
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glutton for punishment! Will be cool to have both up and running, your own Little Vulcan fleet!

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Dude I am pretty excited for you. I am looking at a 900 Vulcan for about $1000 dollars. A little scared to pull the trigger since I just bought my 750 three weeks ago. You seem to be extremely knowledgeable about these bikes. Is the 900 basically the same as the 750? Are there spline issues and R/R issues? It is a 98 I think. Owner said it has 12,000 miles on it. Oh, and congratulations on your new purchase. Can't wait to see a picture.

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The VN900 is a completly different animal form our beloved vn750. they have similar issues with the charging system and splines, but the stator is replaceable with out an engine pull. All shaft drive bikes need spline maintenance, but the vn900 is belt drive. for more info on the VN900, go over to the VROC group and search through their forum.
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Well, I am home with the new VN750.

Prior to the ride home I cleaned up the stator wiring, so it is no longer a fire hazard. Sure enough, separated they no longer get as hot as they were. The owner always had trouble getting it started. With some minor love I got her going in a few seconds, which kinda stunned the PO a bit. The clutch is so smooth on this bike, it felt like the cable was disconnected! I definitely need to oil up my clutch cable on my 86 if it is supposed to be that effortless.

The ride home was uneventful. She has issues around 4k rpm, and once you go over 5k she's very happy to oblige. She rode nice! She feels lower than my 86, and the suspension feels a bit softer. I am wondering if the springs in my 86 were changed out for progressive ones at some stage.

I'll get some pics up soon for you guys. She isn't a looker (yet), but she honestly ran pretty damn decent. I do hope the stator is still good, seeing as the bullet connectors were getting hot it must be pushing out some voltage.

The process begins...

1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars
MOSFET FH012AA R/R


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1998 Honda VFR800 FI

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sweet! like deja vu all over again...eh?? It sounds like you got a great deal on it. I would think the stator is fine if the connections were getting hot, but you need to check it out anyway....hopefully all 3 windings are in good shape.

Good luck with the new baby
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Dude I am pretty excited for you. I am looking at a 900 Vulcan for about $1000 dollars. A little scared to pull the trigger since I just bought my 750 three weeks ago. You seem to be extremely knowledgeable about these bikes. Is the 900 basically the same as the 750? Are there spline issues and R/R issues? It is a 98 I think. Owner said it has 12,000 miles on it. Oh, and congratulations on your new purchase. Can't wait to see a picture.
Striker, there were no 1998 vn900s made.

The VN900 wasn`t introduced until 2006.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasak...an_900_Classic

However the VN800 preceded it from 1996 until 2004 according to this link:
http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/bi...C--1996--2004/

Another link to vn800 specs. Note the vn800 has chain drive.
http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/kaw...n_800_1996.php

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TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/11-vn750-general-discussion/9127-top-ten-items-you-would-suggest-new-owner-do-his-new-ride.html

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Well, found out why the bike sat so low... it had the wrong size back tire! Lucky for me my 86's back tire is in good shape, so it will go on the 90 since the 86 is getting brand new tires all the way around.

Edit: I wonder if I can bend the bars back or if I should just buy a pair of strait used ones. Thoughts?

1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars
MOSFET FH012AA R/R


1990 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

1998 Honda VFR800 FI

2014 Honda VFR800F

1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350

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