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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 05-09-2014, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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VN750 or 900 Custom?

Perhaps not the best place to ask but here it goes anyway. I am currently riding a 1988 Suzuki VS1400 which I LOVE! It is 26 years old, still runs great BUT... it is pretty old.

I used to have 2 bikes until my father gave me his car. I sold my other bike which was a 1985 Kawasaki ZN-700. It was an alright bike but not needed anymore. it was also about to start costing me some money and I really did not think it was worth the expense.

Well now I miss having 2 bikes and I am looking to get another. My choices are pretty much narrowed down to Kawasaki bikes, the VN750 and the 900 Custom.

Now I am going to look at a 03 VN750 tonight that is reasonably priced, new newbie forum. I really like the look and modern electronics and fuel injection of the 900 Custom. Unfortunately for me to get one of these it will take about another year of saving money.

I know these two bikes are quite different so the comparison is pretty poor. Tell me why I should choose the VN750 over the 900 Custom? I mean I like the looks of both bikes really. Although I have never ridden either I hear the 750 is quite fast.

Convince me one way or the other....please.
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I like both, rode several of the 750 for over the years. Ended up with the 900C. I suggest you test ride both if given the chance.


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I would love to test ride each, but that is not an easy thing to do. I am looking at a 750 tonight and MAYBE the owner will let me ride it. I'll coming rolling up on my bike so that might help. Unfortunately I don't know anyone with a 900 that would let me test it out.

Can you quantify some key characteristics?
Acceleration?
Long ride comfort?
Maintenance?
Gas mileage?

I guess the only thing that really bugs me about the 900 is all of the damn plastic on the bike. Granted it is lighter and won't rust, but....its plastic.
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Get the 750 and sell it next year while saving for the 900. Geez, do I have to figure everything out

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Well, that could be a plan I suppose.
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Sounds like a good plan. But I would choose the 900. I've rode both & the 900 is a nice machine. Seats more comfy too.
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For me the 750 was a far better bike, but it depends on what you want to do with it. I used mine mostly for high speed highway riding. It has way more power than the 900, is the most comfortable bike I've ever had, even edging out a Goldwing slightly. It easily does a GPS 75 mph with plenty in reserve. But. It is not without it's problems. I bought mine new, already new about it's quirks, and maintained it properly. Only issue I had up until 92,000 miles when the stator went, was bad cam chain tensioners. I would however be hesitant to buy a used one, because if it was owned by someone who did not know about it's problems, and did not maintain it properly, it could get expensive real fast.

I don't know much about the 900, other than most people say it is too slow for extended interstate travel. I do know the engine is a lot simpler, other than the EFI, and belt drive eliminates the spline issue.

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Wow, your comment about a used bike really has me concerned now. I am about to go look at this bike but I am now quite unsure of buying it. I don't need to be buying into a maintenance pig. My pockets aren't that deep.
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Wow, your comment about a used bike really has me concerned now. I am about to go look at this bike but I am now quite unsure of buying it. I don't need to be buying into a maintenance pig. My pockets aren't that deep.
Think about it.
Most of us 750 riders bought our bikes used.... we still ride em' ...love em'....
we haven't sold them !


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Splines Lubed - 11/4/2012 - MF AGM Battery
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Dampers went out @ 13+K !
After TOC MCCT's..... so amazingly quiet I discovered a rattling heat shield on my stock exhaust !
...have a vulcan good day!
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2003 VN750

Well I just got back from looking at the 03 Vulcan. It was decent looking. I have pictures located here, http://s134.photobucket.com/user/dmr...wasaki%20VN750

I removed the seat and checked the charge voltage at 4000RPM. It was dead on 14.0VDC. It had a new sealed battery and the terminals looked good. Once there the owner told me he had dropped it in the garage and the left fron blinker had been epoxied back into place. The clutch lever was bent down and felt a bit odd in my hand. I did not notice any other damage. The bike started immediately upon pressing the start switch. It was cold when I got there. It the brake fluid was low and coffee colored, so it would have to be replaced as well as the coolant. So there would be some minor maintenance to do on it before I would ride it regularly.

The owner was an older gentleman and would not let me ride it. he is asking a bit much for it, in my opinion for the condition. I'm not sure he would go much lower on the price but I would offer $1800 as it is.


http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/mcy/4455724120.html

But I am also going to look a t a 1999 Suzuki VS800 tomorrow as well. I could ride it home at $1800. I have owned one before and loved it.
http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/mcd/4433134915.html
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