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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-06-2007, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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Spare parts on rides

What VN750 spare parts would you recommend be taken on a ride of any real length, that can be replaced without the need for a shop? Spare fuses? A spark plug, maybe?

To word the question another way--what VN750 parts are generally most likely to fail (besides the stator, r/r--or perhaps a flat tire) that can be reasonably repaired in the field?

The above of course assumes that the bike is otherwise maintained properly....
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On trips, I take a spare headlight bulb, a bottle of seafoam (never know what kind of gas you'll get stuck with) my compressor (tiny one from Walmart, have my tender pigtail on my battery where I can plug a cig lighter pigtail to it for using the compressor) a tire plug kit, some tools, some rags and a can of Honda Pro cleaner, extra fuses of course, but no spare parts. Spark plugs might be a good idea, but I have new iridium plugs so I don't imagine I need spares, or don't plan to need spares anyway.

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I might add to the above list...a smaller set of jumper cables.

BTW: what sizes/capacities of fuses (or what range, if I buy a pack) do you recommend?....
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Off the top of my head, I don't recall the sizes. But I know they are duplicates of the ones on the bike. I carry a couple spares of each of the ones in the fuse box, along with the spares that are in there. I think it is two sizes, maybe a 10 and a 30, but I'm not sure.

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I gather that 90% of the time, when a bike leaves someone stranded--the problem is actually an electrical issue.

So does anyone else have any other suggestions on this topic?.....
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If you can get a spair R/R. That would not be a bad Idea.
You could relocate one and leave one in the stock location so it is always there.

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Volt meter mounted on the bike somewhere is a good idea. Of course that's for all time not just trips.

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Especially in light of more chronic electrical problems, your point Fergy about the voltmeter is a good one.

Where are the best places to mount one of those on the bike? What are some of the more recommended voltmeters for this use?
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If you can get a spair R/R. That would not be a bad Idea.
You could relocate one and leave one in the stock location so it is always there.
Now THAT is a good idea!

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i also recomend a spare of each hand lever. it is common that when the bike is dropped, its less then 15mph. this leaves little damage to the bike and in most cases rideable, but sometimes the hand levers will bend or break. this way you can at least make it to the nearest shop if you need further repairs without a tow.

also a spare H4 headlight, hard to find out in rual areas, a small set of tools, a decent LED based flashlight (b/c of the run time) and depending on the spacing of gas stations, there are some aluminum gas bottles too...

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