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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-31-2013, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Just got a 1986 Vulcan 750 please help!!

hi, new to the thread, my wifes grandpa just gave me a 1986 Vulcan 750, he hasn't rode it in years, im just wondering whats the first thing I should do? please anything will help!!
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-31-2013, 12:45 AM
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Go look at the Vulcan Verses. Plenty of a suggestions there. I would look at the splines before too long, but with a bike that old there's probably stuff I won't think of. Make sure the tires are under ten years old. Check your hoses for cracks. Battery's probably questionable too. But I hear there are lots if 86s still on the road so you can have a lot of fun with this! Enjoy!

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well, since it has ben sitting for years, first thing to do is check out THIS link. Read the Vulcan Verses. And get yourself a repair manual. You can also get an owners manual HERE.
Fill out your profile so we know where you are at. Since we are scattered around the world, chances are there is some one with in riding distance of you to help out if need be.
Lastly Welcome to the world of motorcycles, and our humble home of VN750.com This is the best forum on the interwebs, and we strive to stay the best.
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-31-2013, 07:23 AM
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Greetings & welcome. You can download a copy of the repair manual from
My signature. This will be a life saver as well as asking questions on here.
You will want to change out all your fluids.
Coolant, oil, brake fluid, final drive at the rear end.

Oh yeah, the "splines" are par of your drive shaft.
Quite often they came under coated from the factory.
You don't want dry metal grinding.
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hi, new to the thread, my wifes grandpa just gave me a 1986 Vulcan 750, he hasn't rode it in years, im just wondering whats the first thing I should do? please anything will help!!
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Along with what is listed above, get the old bad gas out of there 'before' trying to crank it up.

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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-31-2013, 10:06 AM
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Go look at the Vulcan Verses. Plenty of a suggestions there. I would look at the splines before too long, but with a bike that old there's probably stuff I won't think of. Make sure the tires are under ten years old. Check your hoses for cracks. Battery's probably questionable too. But I hear there are lots if 86s still on the road so you can have a lot of fun with this! Enjoy!
x2 what bstew7890 & Texas stated

.... old battery ! ...new AGM Battery for sure.

How many miles ?
Got pics ?

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Splines Lubed - 11/4/2012 - MF AGM Battery
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Dampers went out @ 13+K !
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...have a vulcan good day!

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First thing I would do is to change all the fluids.

One can never have too many alternative forms of transport.
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Thank you guys so much! What oil do you recommend? Weight etc? Can I purchase at Walmart? Sorry for odd questions really new to the motorcycle world
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